Now 20 years old, Jim Henson's classic fantasy film The Dark Crystal - featuring the breathtaking concept design of renowned artist Brian Froud - is an incredible work of the imagination. This mystical adventure has such a cult following that when the film was recently re-released on video and DVD, it quickly sold a million copies. Just as ...Read MoreNow 20 years old, Jim Henson's classic fantasy film The Dark Crystal - featuring the breathtaking concept design of renowned artist Brian Froud - is an incredible work of the imagination. This mystical adventure has such a cult following that when the film was recently re-released on video and DVD, it quickly sold a million copies. Just as remarkable is the cult status of The World of the Dark Crystal, Froud's book on the film. Originally published in 1982, this definitive and beautifully illustrated volume is being reissued in a collector's edition. This superb reproduction of the original volume includes an additional new essay by Froud, illustrated with previously unpublished paintings, drawings and sculptures from the film's archives. The new edition also features a facsimile of a 20-page booklet Froud and Henson created to present the film to backers - an overview of the story so rare that only a few copies are known to exist. This collector's edition of The World of the Dark Crystal, like the re-released film, is a must have for all Henson and Froud fans.Read Less
This lavish production is a must for any fan of the movie "The Dark Crystal". A huge book to grace any coffee table, it's crammed with full-colour illustrations and a fascinating text which could be considered a fantasy tale in its own right. It purports to be the first findings of an archaeological study of the world of the Crystal, in which human researchers strive to understand its strange artifacts and decipher the documents left by Aughra the seer. The mystical and spiritual forces inherent in the story, which are barely hinted at in the film, are discussed in much greater depth here. In fact, if you are of a mystical or occultist bent, you will find much food for thought! For the more technically minded, it is possible to trace the development of the film design through the illustrations. The story's evolution is highlighted in this collector's edition by the bonus document -- a facsimile of the original story outline (also illustrated), produced to show to potential investors. I've wanted my own copy for 20 years, and now that I have it, my only regret is not buying it sooner!
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