Labyrinth Blu-ray (Empire review)

LabyrinthSquareA pubescent girl (15-year-old Jennifer Connelly) enters a darkly magical world to rescue her baby brother from the Goblin King (David Bowie) in Jim Henson’s smash hit fantasy, a heady mix of Carroll, Sendak and Baum co-scripted by Terry Jones. It’s no Princess Bride, and could do without the toe-curling musical numbers, but aside from a couple of dodgy composites, the crisp Blu-ray transfer does Henson proud.

EXTRAS: The original hour-long ‘making of’ shows the vast difference between the original print and the HD transfer, and includes some neat studio footage of Bowie at work on the film’s songs. This is complemented by two half-hour retrospectives, featuring producer George Lucas and Henson’s son Brian, covering all the bases. Also included: commentary by conceptual designer Brian Froud, and a ‘picture in picture’ feature with the puppeteers.

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