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The Dark Crystal

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    86
    from 4 reviewers
  • The Dark Crystal
    1982
    93 min
    PG
    True 4K
    HDR10
    Dolby Atmos

    Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Actors: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

    Plot: On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

    Disc Release Date: 6 March 2018

    • Video
      87
    • Audio
      88
    • Extra
      79
    • Movie
      84

    all scores

    avforums review by Simon Crust
    • Video
      80
    • The Dark Crystal was shot on 35mm film and has been scanned, cleaned up and finished as a 4K Digital Intermediate thanks to Sony Pictures. It is this 4K DI that has been used here for this Ultra HD Blu-ray....

    • Audio
      80
    • The disc has been given a Dolby Atmos remix and addresses some of the issues from the previous Blu-ray releases’ front heavy mix. First up there is now a greater since of ‘space’ with this track; for example...

    • Extra
      80
    • Extras are all found on the included Blu-ray: The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy featurette – The only new feature in the set, both Lisa Henson and Toby Froud regale us with their stories of their respective...

    • Movie
      80
    • THE GREAT CONJUNCTION IS THE END OF THE WORLD! Or the beginning. Innovators Jim Henson and Frank Oz, both masters of puppeteering, pooled their respective talents, along with fantasy illustrator Brian...

    • Total
      80
    • 1982 saw Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s The Dark Crystal hit the theatres, and fantasy movies were never quite the same again. The very simplistic tale of good triumphing over evil is made extraordinary with...

    Blu-ray.com review by Martin Liebman
    • Video
      100
    • A movie like The Dark Crystal would seem to be an ideal candidate for a 4K/HDR release. Here's a movie that was shot on film; is full of richly and carefully constructed costumes, creatures, and set pieces;...

    • Audio
      100
    • The Dark Crystal's UHD features a brand-new Dolby Atmos mix, and it's nearly every bit as precise and exciting and complimentary as the 4K visuals. The track soars, presenting every aggressive action element,...

    • Extra
      80
    • The Dark Crystal's UHD set contains all of its supplement content on the bundled Blu-ray disc. Sony's UHD disc does not include the studio's heretofore typical Moments and still photo cast and crew tab....

    • Movie
      90
    • Sony has released the fan-favorite Jim Henson/Frank Oz film The Dark Crystal to UHD. This new release features a magnificent 2160p/HDR video presentation and a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack. A bundled remastered...

    • Total
      90
    • The Dark Crystal remains a wonderful movie, and it looks practically brand new thanks to Sony's amazing UHD release. It's ultra-sharp, amazingly complex and revealing, and richly colored. There's no doubt...

    High-Def Digest review by Matthew Hartman
    • Video
      90
    • Given a fresh new native 4K restoration, this 4K UHD Blu-ray release takes all of the great things from the SDR Blu-ray and dials everything up. Where the Blu-ray was an earned and respectable 4.5/5, this...

    • Audio
      100
    • While I was already impressed with the new DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix, this new Dolby Atmos mix for The Dark Crystal is a showstopper. That opening shot of the Skeksis' castle with the rumbling storm overhead and...

    • Extra
      80
    • The Dark Crystal arrives with all of the previously available bonus materials along with the new The Myth, Magic, and Henson Legacy bonus feature. While the new material may not be all that extensive,...

    • Movie
      100
    • "Another world, another time, in the age of wonder. A thousand years ago this land was green and good - until the crystal cracked."As our own Aaron peck did an exceptional write-up about the 2009 Blu-ray...

    • Total
      90
    • As I was hardly six months old when my parents took me to see The Dark Crystal in theaters, it isn't an understatement to say that I quite literally grew up watching this film. It's always been a part...

    AVSForum review by Ralph Potts
    • Video
      86
    • Sony remastered The Dark Crystal from the original 35mm film elements, and its presentation in Ultra HD is derived from that 4K image and the results are quite good....

    • Audio
      84
    • Extra
    • Disc 1: The Dark Crystal Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc 2: The Dark Crystal Blu-ray • ALL-NEW: The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy: Go behind the scenes of this iconic film with stories from Lisa Henson and Toby...

    • Movie
    • In another time, The Dark Crystal was the Balance and Truth in the Universe, but it was destroyed, dividing the world into two factions: the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now as the convergence...

    • Total
      85
    • It’s making its debut on Ultra HD Blu-ray in this Combo Pack from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that features beautifully restored video, a complimentary Dolby Atmos immersive sound mix, and new, and...