Jim Henson’s masterpieces return to DVD

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just unveiled details about DVD re-releases of Jim Henson’s feature film master pieces The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, scheduled for August as Special Editions.

In another time, the Dark Crystal was the Balance and Truth in the Universe, but it was destroyed and the world split into two factions led by the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now as the convergence of the three suns approaches, the Crystal must be healed or darkness will reign forever. It is up to Jen, the last of his race, to carry out the prophecy that a Gelfing will return the missing chard of crystal and destroy the Skeksis’ evil Empire. But will Jen be up to the challenge of battling the unknown?

The 2-disc 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD will feature a brand new transfer of the film with 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio. As extras the release will also include Rediscovered Footage from Jim Henson’s home in England as well as the Multi-part Featurette “Reflections on The Dark Crystal” featuring including all-new interviews with the writers and performers behind the magic including David O’Dell, Dave Goelz and Katheryn Mullen, Brian Froud, Brian Henson, Jane Gootnick, and Mira Velimorivic.

“Labyrinth” tells the story of Sarah (Jennifer Connolly), a young teenager with an active imagination, who, when frustrated with babysitting her baby brother, summons the goblins to take him away. Be careful what you wish for, because when little Toby disappears, Sarah must follow him into a puzzling fantasy world to rescue him from the Goblin King (David Bowie). Guarding the castle is the Labyrith itself: a complex and twisted maze of trickery, including outrageous characters and inexplicable dangers that Sarah must get through in time to save Toby.

The Special Edition features a brand new transfer of the film also, combined with a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio track. It will also include newly Rediscovered Footage recovered from Jim Henson’s home in England as well as 60 minutes worth of featurettes with new interviews of the writers and performers behind the magic including, executive producer George Lucas, Brian Henson, Brian Froud, Karen Prell, Dave Goelz, Mira Velimorivic, Gates McFadden, Toby Froud and Jane Gootnick.

Both releases will be in stores on August 14 with a $24.96 suggested retail price. While not yet announced we believe Blu-Ray versions of these films are also on their way some time in the foreseeable future, which would make these films even more spectacular, no doubt.

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