-This review pertains to the 2-disc Anniversary Edition DVD of Labyrinth-
Labyrinth was the second fantasy film directed by Muppet creator Jim Henson. Though the tone of this film is not as dark as its predecessor, The Dark Crystal, it has become a classic in its own right.
Jennifer Connelly (in an early role) stars as Sarah, an imaginative teenager who when left to baby-sit her infant brother, calls upon the goblins of her favorite story to take him away. But when the goblins do she is forced to defy the Goblin King, Jareth, who is superbly played by David Bowie. In order to retrieve her baby brother she must venture deep into a magical labyrinth. There she encounters Hoggle, a curmudgeonly dwarf who begrudgingly helps her on her quest. She also befriends a host of other memorable characters including Ludo, a giant hairy behemoth and Sir Didymus, a valiant knight who happens to be a two-and-a-half foot tall and one-eyed dog. She also meets a talking worm that steals the picture for the few moments he's on screen.
The story deals with delicate subject matter, mainly what it means to grow from a girl into a woman, but it manages to do so in a sensitive, fun and entertaining way. And the music by David Bowie helps to keep things light. Monty Python's Terry Jones wrote the screenplay and this results in the film's comedic tone. But what really makes this cult classic so unique is the wizardry of Jim Henson's team of puppeteers and special effects designers. The production design is also inspired and even award worthy. The film is a must-have for fans of fantasy films or Jim Henson.
The Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth includes the following special features: a new high definition film transfer, a new audio commentary by conceptual designer Brian Froud, "Inside the Labyrinth" vintage documentary, the new "Kingdom of Creatures" & "The Quest for Goblin City" documentaries, photo and art galleries, and previews.
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