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Home video releases of the 1982 film The Dark Crystal.


VHS Releases

Cover Year Distributor Notes
VHS-DarkCrystalOld
1984 Thorn/EMI Video The first video release of the film. Fullscreen.
DC disney
1994 Buena Vista Home Video Fullscreen.
VHS-DarkCrystal
1999 Columbia Tri-Star Fullscreen.

Beta Releases

Cover Year Distributor Notes
ThornEMIDarkCrystal1982Beta
 ???? Thorn/EMI Video  

CED Releases

Cover Year Distributor Notes
Dark crystal ced
 ???? Thorn/EMI Video The only CED release of the film.
UPC number 26359196683

Laserdisc Releases

Cover Year Distributor Notes
Dark-Crystal-Laserdisc
1990 Image Presented in widescreen. Included additional 67 minutes of additional footage: The World of the Dark Crystal documentary, original trailers, and the deleted Emperor's funeral scene.
Dark-Crystal-Laserdisc2
1994 Buena Vista Home Video Presented in widescreen. This release did not include any of the additional footage.

DVD Releases

Cover Year Distributor Notes
DCDVD
1999 Columbia Tri-Star

Single disc "Special Edition" featuring the widescreen presentation of the film and bonus features.

Disc Features

  • The Dark Crystal (Widescreen)
  • Isolated Music Score
  • The World of the Dark Crystal
  • Original Language Work Print Scenes
  • Deleted Funeral Scenes
  • Character Drawings & Profile
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Talent Files
  • Production Notes
  • Bonus Trailers
Darkcrystaldvd-superbit
2003 Columbia Tri-Star Single disc "Superbit Collection" edition featuring the animorphic widescreen presentation of the film. (Superbit DVDs intentionally excluded extras in order to enable minimal compress and hence maximise picture and sound quality.)
Darkcrystaldvd-collectorbox
2003 Columbia Tri-Star

Single disc "Collector's Edition" featuring the widescreen presentation of the film and bonus features.

Disc Features

DCDVD2
2005 Columbia Tri-Star

Single disc featuring the widescreen presentation of the film and bonus features.

Disc Features

DC.fantasyfilm
2006 Sony Released as part of the "Jim Henson Fantasy Film Collection", a three disc box set including "The Dark Crystal", "Labyrinth" and "MirrorMask".
DC.anniversarydvd
2007 Sony A two-disc "25th Anniversary Edition" featuring a brand new high-definition transfer of the film along with newly created bonus features. A holographic image is on the box cover.

Disc 1:

Disc 2:

DC.digitalcopy
2008 Sony A two-disc Wal-Mart exclusive release of the film including the standard DVD of the film (disc 1) plus a digital copy disc (disc 2) for playback on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and PlayStation 3 (PS3) or for porting to a personal computer (for playback or for loading onto a portable device, such as an iPod).

UMD Releases

Cover Year Distributor Notes
DCUMD
1999 Sony

UMD cartridge for PSP, featuring the film in widescreen (with optional subtitles).

DC.digitalcopy
2008 Sony A two-disc Wal-Mart exclusive release of the film including the standard DVD of the film (disc 1) plus a digital copy disc (disc 2) for playback on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and PlayStation 3 (PS3) or for porting to a personal computer (for playback or for loading onto a portable device, such as an iPod).

Digital Releases

Cover Year Distributor Notes
DC.itunes
2008 New Video and The iTunes Store A digital release of the film released via iTunes for playback on computers or loading onto a portable device, such as an iPod.
DC.digitalcopy
2008 Sony A two-disc Wal-Mart exclusive release of the film including the standard DVD of the film (disc 1) plus a digital copy disc (disc 2) for playback on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and PlayStation 3 (PS3) or for porting to a personal computer (for playback or for loading onto a portable device, such as an iPod).

Blu-ray Releases

Cover Year Distributor Notes
Bluray-darkcrystal
September 29, 2009 Sony
DC Lab Blu-ray Froud art edition
June 12, 2012 Sony The Brian Froud Art Edition, packaged with Labyrinth.

International Releases

Cover Year Distributor Notes
Dark crystal argentina vhs
unknown Ledafilms Argentina release. El Cristal Encantado (Literally Translated Title: The Enchanted Glass)
Noimage
1983? Thorn/EMI? UK CED Release
UPC number 77080320359
TDC JH Palace
1987 Palace, Virgin & Gold (distribution) Ltd. UK release.
Dc4frontukvhs
unknown 4 Front. UK release. Palace, Virgin & Gold (distribution) Ltd. reissue.
Dc jap dvd
2001 Pioneer LDC. Inc.. Japan DVD release.
Dc jap laserdisc 2
 ???? Pioneer LDC. Inc.. Japan laserdisc release.
Dc jap laserdisc
 ???? Pioneer LDC. Inc.. Japan laserdisc release.

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