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‘The Dark Crystal’ is Returning to Theaters Early Next Year!

Another world, another time… in the Age of Wonder.

While Netflix develops The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, an episodic prequel to the ’82 film, we’ve just learned that The Dark Crystal is coming back to theaters!

The Fathom Events screenings, taking place across two nights, will feature the new 4K restoration as well as a brand-new introduction with Lisa Henson, CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company, who will reflect on the making of the one-of-a-kind film and the legacy of her father, Jim.

“From genius filmmaker Jim Henson comes the fantastical story of The Dark Crystal. Many years ago, the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged and an age of chaos began, led by the evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards, the Skeksis, who rule with an iron claw. Meanwhile the Gelfling orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of peace-loving creatures called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal and restore balance to the universe.”

Tickets go on sale January 12, with screenings taking place across the U.S. on February 25 and February 28. Participating theaters will be unveiled on January 12.

Following the two-night-only theatrical re-release, The Dark Crystal will make its way onto 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital on March 6.



  • MC McEmcee

    Dark Crystal is a wondrous technical marvel that is also super, super slow and boring.

    • scream4ever

      I agree with every word of that sentence.

    • Michael Martinez

      Wow. You have no taste. The Dark Crystal is one of the greatest movies of all time. I first saw it when I was 5, Ive been watching it for 35 years. Expand your mind.

      • dr.chimrichalds

        I agree. It’s also one of the darkest, most frightening children’s films ever made & one of the single greatest achievements in puppetry ever committed to film. Of all of the creative minds who have ever left us way too soon, I often wonder the most what Jim Henson would be able to accomplish with the technology available today & how far he would be pushing the medium.

        • MC McEmcee

          I would agree with all of that. None of it contradicts my previous point. Brilliant puppeteering can’t carry a film on its own.

          • dr.chimrichalds

            I personally never found it slow it boring, but I can see how some people might.

      • MC McEmcee

        You literally offered nothing of substance in that post. It’s super slow and boring. If they had spent some of their FX budget on a few script rewrites, it might have actual narrative energy. It’s Jim Henson wizardry without any of the storytelling skill. Open your own mind and stop letting nostalgia be your litmus test for films.

        • SilentHillSiren

          Boring is subjective, really, in most cases. I like the story and don’t think it moves too slow. Yes, it is slower paced than most kid’s movies but unlike many slower movies this art least has interesting scenes, background and creatures to look at.

          On a separate note I’m really hoping that The Never-ending Story will get a big screen revival.

  • Demented Daniel

    Instead of shitty remakes, they should just re-release the classics like they’re doing with this.

  • Geno1987

    A double bill of this and Labyrinth would be perfect.

  • For those in the New York area there’s currently a Jim Henson exhibition at MoPOP featuring Dark Crystal puppets. Look amazing, shame I’m in the UK! Details –

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  • biff

    Ohh, my step-sis is gonna lose her shit. The Dark Crystal is her favorite film.


    I re-watched it not too long ago and was surprised by how bad-ass the Garthim were. That was a great puppetry effect.

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