Muppet Mania

Muppet Mania

Jul 30, 2009

Crystal Main

When Jim Henson branched out to do darker material than The Muppet Show would allow, we got two of the most beloved fantasy films of our time: Labyrinth (starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly) and The Dark Crystal. Both films have been released several times on DVD with less-than-impressive results. In fact, sometimes it looked like both were mastered by someone looking through a dark crystal, since as muddy as the colors were. Blu-ray Bob has high hopes for Sony’s Blu-ray editions of the movies, both to be released on September 29, that will feature full 1080p picture with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound. Extras for Labyrinth include a picture-in-picture “Storytellers” exclusive, a making-of documentary, and two “Journey Through the Labyrinth” featurettes. That sounds great, but couldn’t someone have thrown on the fabulously ‘80s video for David Bowie’s “As the World Falls Down”? The Dark Crystal seems a little more complete with a picture-in-picture storyboard track, a SkekTek Crystal Challenge trivia game, deleted scenes, retrospective featurettes and even an extra about the original Skeksis language featuring test scenes with an introduction by screenwriter David O’Dell.

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