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Labyrinth [Import]

David Bowie , Jennifer Connelly , Jim Henson    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
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Bowie/Connelly ~ Labyrinth


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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tips for next release Jan. 16 2008
By Tibbi
Labyrinth is my favourite film of all time. I loved it when I watched it as a girl (albiet it scared the jeepers out of me) and I love it now years later.

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).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless magic July 19 2004
On its' release this little gem of a film was overlooked and not the hit it deserved to be.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic yet Imaginative July 16 2004
By Pamela
Rather than relying on modern cinematics and special effects, Labyrinth instead relies on the talent and imagination of it's creators. It combines the talents of Set Designer M.C. Eshcher, Producer and Director, the infamous Jim Henson, and of course, the talented fantasy artist and designer Brian Froud. This combination creates an absolutely fun, and magic filled journey through the naivete of childhood that can be shared by the young and old alike.
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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Labyrinth lives on Dec 14 2005
By A Customer
I was just a kid when this film came out. I used to love it for its great music and the imaginative sets, creatures etc. Now when I watch it I see the bildungsroman aspect of the work and I can appreciate it at a whole new level. This is one of those classics that will never die and can be appreciated by both young and old. I love it and highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gem Jan. 14 2007
You can't explain this film. Many tried to explain it to me before I saw it, and each of them said the same thing I am going to tell you: it's one of a kind, you just have to see it.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I <3 Bowie June 18 2004
David Bowie as the Goblin King was truley magical, expessially because of how gorgeous he is and because of his charming wit. the music in the film is fantastic, i highly reccomend buying the soundtrack to this film as well. Jennifer Connoly plays Sara beautifully, and this edition is absolutley wonderful. it is the ultimate item to own for any fan. It also provides a MUCH clearer picture, compared to the original. The picture is much more sharp and looks like the film was made recently and not in the 80s. i would buy this in a second. 100% viewer satisfaction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fairytale! June 13 2004
By Kate
I just finished watching this movie about an hour ago, and I can't get over it! There isn't much to say that hasn't already been said, but I must emphasize how much I loved Bowie. People can think what they want, but I thought he was almost beautiful as the Goblin King. I would recomend this to anyone who loves fantasies and wants to get lost in a fun and sweet tale!
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