It is interesting to note that the cult classic called The Dark Crystal will be making a limited return to the movie theaters in the not so distant future. To be exact, the movie will be shown in a small number of movie theaters on February 25 and February 28, meaning that interested individuals might want to buy tickets for themselves sooner rather than later. With that said, it should be mentioned that The Dark Crystal will be released in a 4K resolution, which should offer movie-goers something new. Furthermore, this new release will be paired with an interview featuring Lisa Henson, who will be providing further insight on the movie by going into detail about its production process. Finally, the 4K Blu-ray release is scheduled for the same time while both a Blu-ray release and a digital release are scheduled for March 6, meaning that there will be plenty of other ways for interested individuals to watch The Dark Crystal even if they can’t make it to one of the right theaters at the right times.
What Is The Dark Crystal?
For those who are unfamiliar with the movie, The Dark Crystal was a high fantasy movie that was released in 1982. It was centered around Jen, a member of an elfin-looking race of creatures called Gelflings, who had been tasked with restoring his ravaged world by repairing the titular crystal, which had been broken a long, long time ago. Over the course of his journey, Jen receives significant assistance from the benevolent Mystics while facing significant opposition from the much less benevolent Skeksis, who are in a very real sense, two sides of the same coin. Regardless, The Dark Crystal was released to a mixed response, but has since managed to become a cult classic, which is perhaps unsurprising considering its unique visuals.
In part, The Dark Crystal‘s unique visuals can be attributed to the influence of Brian Froud, a fantasy illustrator who created the concepts for the creatures that populate the movie. As a result, there isn’t a single human to be found in the movie. For that matter, there isn’t a single Earth creature to be found in the movie, though for obvious reasons, the creatures that can be found draw various degrees of influence from various Earth creatures. With that said, it should also be noted that The Dark Crystal was filmed using puppets, which is perhaps unsurprising considering that it was made by Jim Henson of Muppet Show fame. Combined, these people as well as others involved in the production of The Dark Crystal created something that is one of a kind, meaning that fantasy fans should give it a watch when the chance comes up for them if they have not done so already.
Speaking of The Dark Crystal, there have been plans for a follow-up for some time, which have never been turned into a feature film. However, it is interesting to note that Netflix and The Jim Henson Company have teamed up to make a prequel series called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance that will explore more of the world laid out in the movie. As a result, people who remember The Dark Crystal with fondness might be glad to know that they can expect new material in the not so distant future, seeing as how filming started up in fall of 2017.
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