The Dark Crystal
Our next Rialto Recommends is Jim Henson and Frank Oz's magical 1982 creation THE DARK CRYSTAL. On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. Considered a commercial disappointment when it was originally released, THE DARK CRYSTAL has burnished its reputation over the last 38 years and is now considered a cinematic classic. Variety raved "THE DARK CRYSTAL, besides being a dazzling technological and artistic achievement by a band of talented artists and performers... that could teach a lesson in morality to youngsters at the same time it is entertaining their parents." While the Boston Globe said "A children's fantasy film so enjoyable, imaginative and devoid of cuteness that you want to shake the hand of each individual member of the huge team of collaborators." The blog DVDTalk adds "Crystal is a miraculous rush of innovation and storytelling patience, and, in the last 25 years, the film has grown from a 1982 misfire, to a cult wonder, to a bona-fide classic that's timeless in stature and masterful in execution." THE DARK CRYSTAL is streaming on Netflix or is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, Vudu, Apple, GooglePlay, YouTube and others.