- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 5, 1999
- Originally Released: 1982
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Stereo - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes (2)
- Isolated Music Score by Trevor Jones
- Original Character Language Work Print Scenes
- Featurette: THE WORLD OF DARK CRYSTAL (60 mins.)
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
- Cast & Crew Biographies
- Character Concept Drawings and Profiles
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 12/15/1982
"...A dazzling technological and artistic achievement by a band of talented artists and performers..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/28/2003
"...This live-action yet actorless exercise is distinct enough to stand apart from typical fantasy fare..."
A fantastical, puppet-filled adventure, this tale co-directed by Muppet creator Jim Henson and Frank Oz reveals the story of Jen, a young Gelfling boy chosen by prophecy to mend the Dark Crystal, which broke 1,000 years ago and plunged the land under the dominion of the evil, quarrelsome Skeksis. Fearing the prophecy, whose fulfillment would mean the end of their reign, the Skeksis exterminated the Gelflings--all but Jen and Kira, a girl he meets on his journey to the crystal. Pursued by the Skeksis and their dark creatures, Jen and Kira race to the crystal, even as their time runs out.
Family (General) |
Fantasy Worlds |
- THE DARK CRYSTAL was co-director Frank Oz's first directorial effort.
- Co-directors Frank Oz and Jim Henson were famous for playing Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, respectively, in Muppet performances.
- Jim Henson and his Creature Shop based the film's characters on designs by fantasy artist Brian Froud.