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The Dark Crystal Blu-ray

United States
Sony Pictures | 1982 | 93 min | Rated PG | Sep 29, 2009

The Dark Crystal (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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The Dark Crystal

 (1982)

The Dark Crystal Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

The last of the Gelfings, Jen and Kira join forces and embark on a dangerous journey to "heal" a precious Dark Crystal and restore order to their planet.

For more about The Dark Crystal and the The Dark Crystal Blu-ray release, see the The Dark Crystal Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Kathryn Mullen, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Billie Whitelaw
Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz

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The Dark Crystal Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Dark Crystal debuts on Blu-ray with the expectedly solid 1080p, 2.35:1-framed transfer from Sony. As with its dichotomy of light versus dark characters, the film features drastically differing visual tones that set the mood for each species and locale. The film takes on a decidedly dark and dreary tone inside the home of the Skeksis where the dark creatures appear dressed in varied shades of gray, black, and purple. The castle itself is of limited color; it's not dark by any stretch, but certainly devoid of life. On the other hand, the Mystics live in a somewhat more serene location that's dominated by tans and browns. It's not the most cheerful location but it does add a much-needed lift for the eyes. Later, on Jen's quest to retrieve the crystal shard, he traverses some lush terrain that's marked by green grasses and flowers of varied bright, primary colors. The transfer never falters in any of these locations; it's not the most intricately detailed or handsome transfer out there, but for a movie that debuted in the early 1980s, it looks about as good as can be expected of it. Fine detail never overly impresses, nor does it completely disappoint. Viewers will certainly note many of the intricacies that make up the puppets, and the 1080p resolution even allows for many of the puppeteering strings to be clearly visible throughout the film. Occasionally, the movie looks somewhat soft and the transfer exhibits some assorted dirt and debris. The Dark Crystal does feature a subtle layer of grain. Black levels vary, appearing strong and inky in some scenes and a bit too bright in others. Overall, however, The Dark Crystal looks very good on Blu-ray, and despite a few flaws -- many that seem inherent to the production rather than a fault of this transfer -- fans should be immensely satisfied with this effort from Sony.


The Dark Crystal Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Dark Crystal features a good Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack. Listeners shouldn't expect a surround-sound extravaganza with this one. The sound design seems a bit limited but the lossless presentation certainly represents the best the film is ever likely to sound. The film's score doesn't have the same absolute clarity and lifelike feel of the best Blu-ray soundtracks; it's a bit limited in range and clarity, but works well in conjunction with the overall Blu-ray presentation. As alluded to earlier, there's little in the way of back channel activity, leaving the listener feeling somewhat detached from the proceedings. Even noisy outdoor scenes -- for instance an establishing shot in chapter nine -- does well to bring the locale alive but doesn't wholly engulf the listener in the concoction of natural sounds that make up the environment. The track does pick up somewhat in the final act, taking on a more aggressive posture and featuring a strong low-end presence. Dialogue reproduction is uniformly good throughout; Jen's gentle voice, Chamberlain's whimpering, and Aughra's grizzled and aging vocalizations all come across with superb definition. The Dark Crystal may not feature a truly awe-inspiring soundtrack, but like the video presentation, it certainly represents a substantial upgrade from any other format.


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