Strean on Amazon Prime
Watch The Dark Crystal on iTunes
Stream on HBO Max
Stream on Hulu
Stream on Peacock

The Dark Crystal (1982)

Released:  Friday, December 17, 1982  
Length:  93 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rating: The Dark Crystal is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may not be suitable for children.

The Dark Crystal Synopsis

The Dark Crystal © Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Jim Henson ventures into Tolkien territory in his all-Muppet fantasy feature The Dark Crystal. The titular Crystal maintains equilibrium in a mythical kingdom. When the Crystal is broken, the evil Skeksis take over, killing off the good-guy Gelflings and enslaving everyone else. Two of the Gelflings have survived: Jen was raised by the all-knowing Mystics, while Kira grew up amongst the swamp-dwelling Podlings. Jen and Kira join forces to "heal" the precious Dark Crystal and restore order to their world. Adults may find the whole affair a little precious, while children may be disturbed by the film's mortality rate. Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Purchase The Dark Crystal On Amazon  Purchase DVD/Blu-ray/4K UHD physical copy of The Dark Crystal today at

Stream from AppleTV  Stream The Dark Crystal in Digital HD/4K from the AppleTV store.

The Dark Crystal images are © Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Release Date for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Announced  5/21/2019 11:31 AM EST
"The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" will be heading to Netflix this summer. The streaming giant announced that all 10 episodes of the series will be available as of Friday, August 30.The Jim Henson Co. series is a prequel to the storyline that took place in the 1982 film, "The Dark Crystal". Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel have lent their voices to the series as three Gelfl...  More>>

Voice Cast Announced for Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance  12/17/2018 2:43 PM EST
Netflix has announced the voice cast for their upcoming series Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.Taron Egerton (Kingsman), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) will be leading the cast as Geflings Rian, Brea and Deet. Other actors in the cast include Helena Bonham-Carter, Toby Jones, Alicia Vikander, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe, Harris Dickinson, Natalie ...  More>>

Netflix to Release Dark Crystal Prequel Series  5/18/2017 1:21 PM EST
Netflix will be releasing The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the prequel series to the 1982 Jim Henson film, The Dark Crystal, with production beginning this fall. The series will be comprised of 10 episodes and will take place long before the film's timeline.  It will feature the famous creatures from Jim Henson's Creature Shop with the Jim Henson company producing. Louis Leterrier will be dire...  More>>

The Dark Crystal 4K Review

The Dark Crystal 4K Review
Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal was released in 1982 and became a staple of many 1980's kids' film experiences. The film, while geared towards children, wasn't a typical fluff piece that the 1980s family/children film genre can be guilty of. Through it, we were introduced to a whole new world of characters that have endured in our hearts throughout the past 35 years.

The film follows Jen (voiced by Henson himself), who is raised by a race called the Mystics and is the last known survivor of his race, the Gelflings. He is sent on a journey by his master to repair the Dark Crystal, which was responsible for the balance in their universe. After the crystal was broken, an evil race called the Skeksis gained control and brought corruption to their planet, Thra. If Jen can repair the crystal, the balance will be brought back to the universe and the rule of the Skeksis will end.  Along his journey, Jen learns that he isn't the only Gelfling to survive when he meets Kira, who was raised by Podlings after her parents were killed. Together they must set out to complete the task of repairing the crystal, the task that is only destined to be completed by a Gelfling, and save their universe. 

It's safe to say Jim Henson was a groundbreaking artist in the field of puppetry. With The Dark Crystal, we see Henson's designs come to life through complicated animatronics and puppets.  His characters were partly influenced by the artwork of Lewis Carroll, showing crocodiles wearing elaborate wardrobes and living in a palace. He also wanted to bring a darker sense of storytelling back to the children film world, because he felt as if it wasn't realistic to always make stories so "happy" and "safe". He wanted to instill a bit of anxiety into the viewer; for them to feel the gravity of the film. He also pulled inspiration for the film from The Land of Gorch, which featured a more adult form of puppetry, and was featured as skits on Saturday Night Live. His team's artistry and commitment to perfecting every move is evident and the realistic look shines through.

The video is presented in it's original 2.39:1 aspect ration and encoded in HEVC / H.265 coded with 2160 lines of resolution using HDR10. The picture itself is absolutely amazing. Henson and Froud made every aspect down to the smallest detail of the film true. Even the finest blade of fake forest grass looks absolutely stunning and with the HDR10 balance thrown in. It truly feels like you are actually there in the world of The Dark Crystal and it is impressive. The real treat for this re-release of the film is the inclusion of a Dolby Atmos soundtrack that been created just for the theatrical release and this 4K UHD version of the film.  It is amazing and truly something to hear. Instead of just having the world of the Crystal surround you, it actually takes up the entire room. From left to right, from top to bottom there is no escaping the world of fantasy that Henson created.

This 4K UHD  release IS the definitive release for any casual or full-fledged fan of this fantasy classic. Aside from the amazing new transfer of the film, it includes over two hours of special features including an all-new featurette entitled, The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy — a behind the scenes look at the making of The Dark Crystal narrated by Lisa Henson and Toby Froud. This as well as the other special features: a deleted funeral scene, audio commentary with creature designer/illustrator 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 all  combined to make repeat viewing of the disc almost guaranteed.

The Dark Crystal is a considered a classic for those that grew up in the 1980s and is a film that still translates well to this generation of children. In an era where so many things are CGI, it's refreshing to experience this film all over again and see the true artwork that is showcased. This 4K UHD release is the best The Dark Crystal has ever looked on or off the screen. It is highly recommended you pick up this "definitive edition" of this classic film.

Also be sure to turn into Netflix late this summer for the 10-episode series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.


For more reviews please visit our film/television review section.


Today's Digital HD DealsView All

One Night In Bangkok
One Night In Bangkok
WAS: $9.99
NOW: $7.99
Robin Hood
Robin Hood
WAS: $13.99
NOW: $4.99
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
WAS: $14.99
NOW: $9.99