The Dark Crystal: Collector's Edition (2003) The Jim Henson-Frank Oz collaboration of yesteryear is a lot like "The Lord of the Rings" in that it features a young male on a…
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The Dark Crystal: Collector's Edition (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 25, 2003; DVD Release Date: Nov 25, 2003; Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Kids and Family, Sci-fi and Fantasy

The Jim Henson-Frank Oz collaboration of yesteryear is a lot like ''The Lord of the Rings'' in that it features a young male on a quest to conquer evil. Only this time, he's a puppet. Said puppet is sent by a wise Mystic (also a puppet) on a journey to end a thousand years of suffering at the hands of the wicked Skekses (puppets, more of them). The look and feel of the film may seem dated, but this live-action yet actorless exercise is distinct enough to stand apart from typical fantasy fare.
EXTRAS The deleted scenes and making-of doc are enlightening and entertaining. However, fans will really geek out over the reproduced notepad that features Henson's original outlines and story ideas. Not that I did or anything.

Originally posted Nov 28, 2003 Published in issue #739 Nov 28, 2003 Order article reprints