The Dark Crystal to Debut on 4K Ultra HD and Return to Blu-ray & Digital on March 6, 2018!

The Dark Crystal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Digital release Limited Edition
The Dark Crystal 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray release

Fans of the highly-enjoyable The Dark Crystal will be able to revisit the fantastical world when the film debuts on 4K Ultra HD and returns to Blu-ray and Digital on March 6, 2018, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment!

The Dark Crystal was released back in 1982 and since then has been able to live on as a must-see when it comes to films in the fantasy genre. Now fans will be able to own the title for the first time on 4K Ultra HD come March 6, 2018, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has been fully restored in 4K from the original camera negative. The Blu-ray release is housed in a lavish, limited edition 24-page Digibook, complete with rare archival photos and behind-the-scenes stories. There’s also tons of extra bonus material for fans to enjoy, including the all-new featurette “The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy,” which takes you behind the scenes of this iconic film with insight from Lisa Henson and Toby Froud.

You should know that the 4K Ultra HD release includes “Dolby Atmos audio and is presented in full 4K resolution with HDR. The 4K restoration also serves as the basis for the 1080p HD presentation on Blu-ray.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

In another time, The Dark Crystal was the Balance and Truth in the Universe but was destroyed dividing the world into two factions: 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 shard of crystal and destroy the Skeksis’ evil Empire. But will Jen be up to the challenge of battling the unknown?

Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz with producer Gary Kurtz (Stars Wars, The Empire Strikes Back), The Dark Crystal is a fantasy masterpiece weaving a timeless myth of Good and Evil.

The Blu-ray Bonus Features Include:

  • ALL-NEW: The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy: Go behind the scenes of this iconic film with stories from Lisa Henson and Toby Froud.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary with Brian Froud
  • Picture-in-Picture Storyboard Track
  • Original Skeksis Language Scenes with Introduction by Screenwriter David Odell
  • The World of The Dark Crystal Documentary
  • Reflections of The Dark Crystal: “Light on the Path of Creation” & “Shard of Illusion”
  • Photo Galleries
  • Theatrical Teaser & Trailer

The Dark Crystal clocks in with a runtime of approximately 93 minutes. It is rated PG.

A 10-episode prequel series is in the works over at Netflix. Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure has also been announced from Boom! Studios and The Jim Henson Company.

Are you looking forward to the release of The Dark Cyrstal on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital? Let us know.

(Update: 21/12/2017): The Dark Crystal will also make a rare appearance on big screens nationwide in a special two-night presentation from Fathom Events on February 25 and 28, featuring an exclusive interview with Lisa Henson. Tickets are available at Fathom Events’ official website.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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