Muppet-master Jim Henson took a walk on the darker side with his fascinating tale of good vs evil The Dark Crystal, crafting what has gone on to become a fantasy classic. So, how does it fare on 4K Ultra HD? Is it, well, good or evil?
The story: Things really can be drilled down to a pure tale of good and evil in what was the first non-animated feature film to be (visibly) human-free. Centuries ago, a magic crystal on the planet of Thra cracked. From this fissure two new races ventured forth – the good Mystics (yay!), and the evil Skepsis (boo!). Years later, young Gelfling Jen, one of the only survivors of his race after they were obliterated by the Skepsis, learns of the upcoming Great Conjunction, whereby Thra’s three suns will align. He also learns that he is to save the world, by finding a missing shard and healing the magical Crystal, thus restoring peace to a warring world.
“End, begin, all the same. Big change. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.”
The 4K disc: We can’t help but get excited when Sony deliver a shiny new native 4K release, and depending upon your thoughts on film grain, this one doesn’t disappoint. The detail present in The Dark Crystal here is astonishing – look at the Skeksis’ costumes! We reckon the last time this movie looked so good was to those who were on-set when it was filmed. That aforementioned grain is mostly fine, but noticeable if you hunt it out. Some effects shots do see it get heavier, but hopefully the magic of the movie will distract grain haters enough. If a near perfect visual presentation isn’t enough, maybe a brand new Dolby Atmos mix will impress you? The original film hit cinemas with basic two channel audio. Boffin trickery has been used to spread these out into a fully surrounding experience that is, in short, magnificent. The London Symphony Orchestra’s majestic score in particular fares well from this treatment.
Release date: March 7, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw
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