Scenes filmed for The Dark Crystal, but cut from the film before release.
|Jen emerges from swimming in the pool and is told by urZah that his master is dying.|
|The Skeksis funeral for SkekSo. This scene has been included in the bonus features of the film's DVD releases.|
|The Mystic funeral for urSu. This scene has been included in the bonus features of the film's DVD releases.|
|After the funeral, urZah sends Jen on his quest and tells him who Aughra is and where to find her. This scene has been included in the bonus features of the film's DVD releases.|
Original Skeksis Language|
The test screenings of The Dark Crystal had the Skeksis speaking a unique language. Jim Henson stated, "My whole approach to this film is visual. I wanted as little dialogue as possible because I believe the story is stronger that way. Dialogue becomes a crutch. If you have all these alien-looking creatures, why should they be talking in English? An early concept was to have the Skeksis just making noises, but in a way you knew what they were saying."
Gary Kurtz responded to the non-English version stating, "The audience thought that they were missing something. Actually, they didn't need to understand the Skeksis' dialogue at those points. The translation of what was being said is really quite banal. The strength of those scenes was instinctively knowing what's going on...But the Skeksis scenes were quite long. You had to concentrate. The audience wasn't prepared to do that."
The response of the test audiences led to the replacement of the Skeksis language with English dialogue. Scene from the early workprint have been included in the bonus features of the film's DVD releases.