Labyrinth (4K UHD)

 (23,080)7.41 h 41 min1986X-RayHDRUHDPG
A young girl, who enters a world of her own creation, experiences her first awareness of love, responsibility and danger.
Directors
Jim Henson
Starring
Brian HensonDavid BowieJennifer Connelly
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Science FictionFantasyKids
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Ron MueckDavid GoelzToby FroudDavid ShaughnessyShelley ThompsonChristopher MalcolmTimothy BatesonMichael HordernNatalie FinlandDenise BryerShari WeiserBrian HensonSteve WhitmireKevin ClashRon MueckAnthony JacksonDouglas BlackwellDavid HealyRobert BeattyCharles AuginsDanny John-JulesRichard Bodkin
Producers
Eric Rattray
Studio
TriStar Pictures
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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BrianReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Original Blu-ray, not the 30th Anniversary editions, features the best visual quality
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I found that I must edit an older review, as Amazon does not distinguish between the same title in differing formats. I have bought the original Blu-ray, the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray, and the 30th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray. I have the DVD, and the VHS may be around here, too.

The DVD version is a horrid, blurry mess that does not translate well to modern high-resolution screens. That said, I think the DVD version reveals the poor quality of either the original film stock or cameras. Lighting seems to have been a problem in many scenes.

Both the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray feature the noisiest video I have ever seen. It is difficult to say which version is worse, as the increased resolution of the 4K 30th Anniversary edition is offset by a marked increase in visual noise. That 4K offers a sharper image, but everything is sharper—including the noise!

The original Blu-ray release, not the 30th Anniversary version, is the one to get, if you are at all interested in the visual quality of the actual film. Its resolution and color improve upon the original DVD and VHS while to a large part avoiding the noise and over-saturated colors of the 30th Anniversary editions.

The 30th Anniversary releases are not revealing "film grain." Rather, the picture is troubled by what can only be described as a pixelated static, something quite visible across light-colored surfaces. The effect is so strong that if you get close to your screen, no surface is ever solid or smooth, but instead an electrified jumble of dancing pixels.

In the 30th Anniversary editions, the first minutes of the picture are littered with film artifacts, such as random lines and "tears" one was accustomed to seeing in old film, but not in anything that has undergone thoughtful processing. I have to imagine the remastering was handed off to someone who had no idea how to clean and remaster film. The result is a complete disgrace and insult to everyone involved in making the original—not to mention customers who naively assume the fancy 30th Anniversary packaging is indicative of any special effort or quality. It turns out to be, instead, a sad cash grab. I'm altogether disappointed in the myriad "reviews" I've read that turn out to be copied press releases rather than reviews, and fail to mention the poor video quality.

As harsh as I've been, I will admit that the 4K 30th Anniversary edition is tolerable—even pleasant—provided you will be viewing from a fair distance. At eight to ten feet, the noise is not so distracting.

I've read complaints about the sound, but I've not noticed sound issues in any version I've watched—and I've watched them all.

My review largely reflects my own impression of the visual quality of the various retail releases. Regardless of what I've argued, the film itself is a classic, great for kids and kids at heart. Just don't get too close to your screen when you watch it.
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Michael KReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, but don't waste your money on the ...
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Great movie, but don't waste your money on the 4K version, as it is no better than the standard Buray. The 4K version is a rip off. They shouldn't charge you more for not getting true 4K quality. Studios should be ashamed to advertise a higher quality that isn't delivered.
74 people found this helpful
G. HessReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Poor 4k quality
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4k quality is poor, as though it was poorly upscaled from 1080p instead of remastered.
62 people found this helpful
CaptPostModReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Horrible 4K Transfer
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I've watched more 35mm film print transfers than probably your average person. So I'm used to film grain and noise issues. Ideally, you transfer a film from the original negatives. But when those are lost or corrupted, you have to transfer from a high quality print. The disadvantages of that are that you're a generation removed from the source. Like copying a cassette that was itself already a copy from a CD. The quality degrades. Labyrinth in 4K is even worse than that. I can't tell what's wrong with this noisy mess. The color timing's off. There's not just film grain but lots of additional digital noise, too. It honestly looks like I'm watching the film on a SegaCD.

I've watched this movie on the big screen probably more times than any other film. I know what this movie is meant to look like. And the 4K transfer isn't it. I agree with another reviewer who says it looks upscaled. I think they had a poor scan of a 35mm print at 1080p rather than a scan of the negatives at 4K. Then they upscaled their 1080p film print transfer over to 4K and didn't bother to apply any color correction.
9 people found this helpful
H. BonczekReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Enduring Classic
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This film is a true classic; I loved it as a pre-teen, still loved it years later as a young adult, and today have chosen it to show to both my children and my English classes. There is something both whimsical and moving about the combination of Bowie, muppets, and a fairy-tale story that never loses its appeal. It is a perfect fit for my unit on archetypes (with a female hero, no less), and my son at 5 used to ask "Can we watch the movie about the goblin king?" Even better, I still enjoy it upon every re-watching, and never seem to get tired of it as I do many films.
27 people found this helpful
CHI MOMReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
MAGICAL BOWIE
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With the passing of David Bowie, I realized I had some of his best music on CD but had never seen this movie. So for $5, I couldn't pass it up. This story follows Sarah who has an active imagination and is quite a dreamer. When she makes a wish for the goblins to carry her baby brother away, she realizes just how vivid her imagination is and goes on a journey to rescue him that leads her through many perils full of interesting characters. David Bowie plays the character of Jareth easily and comfortably as if it's no act. The music is all Bowie, the muppets are all Jim Henson and together it's a magical journey well worth the few dollars spent. I'm glad I did.
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ChemicalclownsReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgic but not great
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Okay look, the Labyrinth is a really good movie to look back on with your rosy Nostalgia glasses; you think that it's wonderful but in actuality it's not that great of a movie. I feel like everyone should see this at least once and if I ever had kids or if my family had more children on the way I would definitely want to show them this movie because it really just describes my childhood and it brings back wonderful memories. But if you're looking for a real review on this movie, it's honestly just like any other 80s movie. The film itself is kind not that clear but not in a way that's totally unwatchable, you're not going to get a 4K Movie experience watching an 80s movie let's be honest. There's a lot of scenes in this movie that could have totally been cut out and you wouldn't even notice because they were totally unneeded. The leads are amazing but watching this as an adult again I find that the female lead gets so annoying after a while but that's just a personal opinion. To me this movie would be five stars but watching it again after 10 years I find that it's just not as good as I remembered it and my mom agrees- she was one of the people who saw it when it first came out and she was laughing about how bad it looks nowadays.

If you're reading this review as a 2000 baby who might have never seen this before I would totally say give it a go but maybe rent it because I'm not sure how often you would watch it again if you didnt grow up with it? If you're someone like me who is watching it for Nostalgia feels and you think about this movie a couple times a year then yeah I would say that for the price it's not too bad? But I feel like this movie should probably only be priced at five or six dollars at this point and the $14 (I think) they're asking for it? Is only because the male lead david bowie) died and he was a very popular singer who influenced alot of people.

Just because I gave this movie 3 stars doesn't mean that I don't still love it dearly.
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RDDReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Fantasy from Jim Henson!
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Jim Henson’s 1986 film “Labyrinth” focuses on 16-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) traveling to the center of a maze in a fantasy world to rescue her brother Toby (Toby Froud) from Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie), whom Sarah wished away to him in a moment of pique when she was unhappy at having to babysit. Along the way, she receives assistance from Hoggle (Brian Henson), Ludo (Ron Mueck), and Sir Didymus (Dave Goelz and David Shaughnessy), who exemplify the role of puppet characters in adding depth and heart to this fantasy world.

The film makes extensive use of Brian Froud’s designs, creating something where each element both entertains and adds to the overall film while also showcasing how practical effects, in-camera effects, and imagination made the fantasy films of the 1980s so memorable. Froud and his wife, Wendy, also worked with Henson on “The Dark Crystal” and helped define a style of fantasy that casts a legacy beyond the 1980s. David Bowie’s music gives “Labyrinth” that extra special touch as his musical numbers elucidate plot elements and are just fun, catchy tunes that you can sing outside of the film. George Lucas served as an executive producer on the film and it’s easy to see how it may have inspired his later fantasy work, 1988’s “Willow,” which was also a family-friendly fantasy film that wasn’t afraid to confront some darkness in order to give it real stakes. The film remains the type of story that everyone can enjoy all these years later and that parents can watch with their children, both finding enjoyment.

Bonus features on this Blu-ray include a picture-in-picture track with interviews from Cheryl Henson, Kevin Clash, Rollin Krewson, Connie Peterson, Warwick Davis, and Nick Dudman. There is also a commentary track from Brian Froud, who designed the creatures and world of “Labyrinth.” Finally, the Blu-ray includes a making-of documentary, “Inside the Labyrinth,” and two specials, “Kingdom of Characters” and “The Quest for Goblin City.” “Inside the Labyrinth” is a wonderful documentary hosted and narrated by Jim Henson that has some phenomenal behind-the-scenes moments and that goes into detail on the film’s extensive pre-production and then how each scene was filmed, including interviews with actors, puppeteers, and more. “Kingdom of Characters” and “The Quest for Goblin City” feature later interviews that add more detail and behind-the-scenes footage that did not appear earlier, including some test footage, as well as reminiscences from Brian Henson and George Lucas discussing the mythological archetypes of the story.
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