Labyrinth (Anniversary Edition) (Sous-titres français)
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Relive the magic! This newly restored, 2-disc anniversary edition of Jim Henson's LABYRINTH contains an all-new commentary and bonus features that are guaranteed to captivate as never before. David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly invite you into a magical universe where nothing is what it seems! Babysitting infant stepbrother Toby on a weekend night isn't young Sarah's (Connelly) idea of fun. Frustrated by his crying, she secretly imagines the Goblins from her favorite book, LABYRINTH, carrying Toby away. When her fantasy comes true, a distraught Sarah must enter a maze of illusion to bring Toby back from a kingdom inhabited by mystical creatures and governed by the wicked Goblin King (Bowie).
Sarah (a teenage Jennifer Connelly) rehearses the role of a fairy-tale queen, performing for her stuffed animals. She is about to discover that the time has come to leave her childhood behind. In real life she has to baby-sit her brother and contend with parents who don't understand her at all. Her petulance leads her to call the goblins to take the baby away, but when they actually do, she realizes her responsibility to rescue him. Sarah negotiates the Labyrinth to reach the City of the Goblins and the castle of their king. The king is the only other human in the film and is played by a glam-rocking David Bowie, who performs five of his songs. The rest of the cast are puppets, a wonderful array of Jim Henson's imaginative masterpieces. Henson gives credit to children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, and the creatures in the movie will remind Sendak fans of his drawings. The castle of the king is a living M.C. Escher set that adults will enjoy. The film combines the highest standards of art, costume, and set decoration. Like executive producer George Lucas's other fantasies, Labyrinth mixes adventure with lessons about growing up. --Lloyd Chesley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This edition has quite a number of excellent special features. All the featurettes are excellent and are a half-hour or longer (where most DVDs have 15 segments). There is lots to learn about how the puppets were done, technical contruction, casting, writing, etc. Full of interesting tidbits for the die-hard Labyrinth fan.
The commentary with Brian Froud is entertaining and despite Froud having to carry the commentary by himself, he keeps the viewer engaged as he reminisces about the film and tells cute stories. Plus he has a very jovial voice and truly loved making the film, which helps alot.
My one critique is the lack of reflection from Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. Playing the two main characters (and certainly two very defining ones in my childhood) I was hoping for a commentary with the two of them. Sadly I was disappointed.
It would be BRILLIANT if in the next issue of this movie they included a commentary from them - together. I am eager to hear from both their perspectives on this AMAZING film.
And Sony, I PROMISE I will purchase the release! You have my word.
Beautiful film, beautiful transfer, excellent special features (though lacking Connelly and Bowie).
Jeniffer Conolly is superp as Sarah, and David Bowie even more superb as Jareth, The Goblin King. The casting couldn't have been more perfect, as both artists became legends in their own right in that their appeal has lasted through the decades, and so, has the film. It remains a cult classic.
If anything, the lack of special effects has made it's appeal even more undeniable, as it cannot be dated. Too many times has it occured with films that as speical effects develop, the films lose their appeal. As the film relies on the fantastic nature of not only the genre, but the spectacular muppetry, the film retains it's beauty, despite it's simplistic cinematics...
A must see for all lovers of the fantsy genre...and of course Jim Henson or David Bowie fans...
The story centres around Sarah, a teenager, who resents her stepmother and Toby, her baby stepbrother and 'wishes' for the goblins to take him away. When they do Sarah finds herself journeying through the labyrinth of the goblin king (Bowie) in order to save him.
She befriends an assortment of creatures such as Hoggle, a grumpy dwarf type being and Ludo, a massive, hairy beast who has a gentle nature. They accompany and help Sarah on her way to the goblin king's castle where Toby is being held.
Jim Hensons workshop has worked it's usual magic and the film is littered with songs written and performed by David Bowie.
This film is pure entertainment for any age group, well worth watching.
A young girl slips into a deeper world when she wishes her baby brother away. Here she enters the world of Labyrinth, where this way might be that way and a lie can be a truth and you never really know anything for sure until you've experienced it for yourself. Jim Henson's brilliance shines, in one of his best accomplishments. Puppets gallore. Starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Unforgettable moments abound.
That's the simple premise behind "Labyrinth," a coming-of-age fantasy set in a very odd fantasy world. It rests partly on the acting talents of David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, but also on the glorious sets and special effects -- and the sense that we've been thrown into a world where magic is dangerous and wild. At times it's a bit too silly, but the overall effect is a magnificently otherworldly one.
Teenage Sarah (Connelly) loves to lose herself in fantastical daydreams, so she's irritated to be stuck babysitting her crying baby stepbrother. But after she idly wishes that the goblins would steal him... it actually happens. Then the Goblin King Jareth (Bowie) challenges her -- she has only thirteen hours to navigate a hazardous, ever-changing maze. If she fails, her brother will be a goblin himself.
As she rushes through the Labyrinth, Sarah encounters a grumpy dwarf named Hoggle (Brian Henson), a gentle beast, a vulpine knight (David Shaughnessy) and many other bizarre creatures who help and/or hinder her. Jareth himself is trying to sabotage her progress -- but no longer just because of the child. Now he's become fascinated by Sarah, and wants her to be his forever.
"Labyrinth" was not a commercial success when it was first released, and in fact caused Jim Henson to fall into a depression because he had hoped for better. But it's not hard to see why it became a cult success -- it's a hybrid of "The Dark Crystal" and "Alice in Wonderland," melding a fantasy quest with a coming-of-age journey. And of course, it has David Bowie as a rock'n'roll goblin. Who couldn't love that?Read more ›
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Such a beautiful movie ... Watched it with my 12 years old daughter and she loved it :)Published 15 days ago by Nathalie Hamel
This movie is magical and was a Christmas for my 7 year old grandson who adores David Bowie!!!Published 28 days ago by Joan Gregory
It's cheesy, fun, & chock full of great music. The Henson characters are great. And, there's Bowie. Enough said!Published 1 month ago by Debbie
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