Site created 12/15/97.
review added: 3/28/00
1986 (1999) -
Lucasfilm/Henson Associates (Columbia TriStar)
review by Brad Pilcher of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
Specs and Features
122 mins, PG, letterboxed widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 enhanced,
single-sided, dual-layered (second layer for supplements), Amaray
keep case packaging, theatrical trailers for Labyrinth,
The Dark Crystal and
The Storyteller, Inside
the Labyrinth "making-of" documentary, talent
files, film-themed menu screens, scene access (28 chapters),
languages: English (DD 2.0), subtitles: English and Spanish, Closed
"I ask for so
little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave."
Any person who grew up in the 1980s remembers certain films.
The Goonies is one of them.
Princess Bride is another. But
neither is out on DVD yet, and that's a shame. Labyrinth,
however is on DVD, and that's great!
The film itself is better remembered, because having just watched
it with my "adult" eyes, I see that it's just OK. The
acting is passable, but nothing spectacular. The script is hokey.
The effects are downright silly at times. So why is this movie
lovingly remembered? Well, because the effects, while silly, are
incredibly fun and endearing. The situations themselves are so
far-fetched as to be the stuff of childhood fantasy. So if you grew
up with the film, you can remember loving the misadventures of
Jennifer Connelly, as David Bowie tried to thwart her travels
through the labyrinth. The music is good, and the goblins are fun.
Really, the characters who aren't real add so much to this film, and
this was years ahead of The Phantom
Menace, where the "fake" characters were so
The plot synopsis goes like this. Connelly is Sarah. She's in love
with a fantasy world, and when she gets frustrated baby-sitting her
little stepbrother, she wishes the goblins would take him away.
Oops! She gets her wish, and now she must travel through the
labyrinth to the Goblin King's castle in order to get her
stepbrother back. Along the way, nothing is as it seems, and a
charming group of goblins and creatures help (and foil) Sarah at
This is one of the few discs to have the Lucasfilm logo on it, so
it was surprising to see a quality disc on the technical side of
things. This movie has never looked this good, benefiting greatly
from an anamorphic transfer. Film grain, while still present, is
simply unnoticeable. Artifacting is not an issue. The colors are
perfect, bringing the world of the labyrinth to life. The sound is
also impressive, bringing the music out with a rich and encompassing
sound field. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mix is just great, continually
showing what can be done even without a 5.1 mix.
The extras are slim, but of superb caliber. Aside from trailers for
The Dark Crystal and
The Storyteller, we get a
fabulous "making-of" documentary. Running at about one
hour, this shows much insight into the production of the film. We
are treated to cast and crew interviews, along with
behind-the-scenes shots and interesting tidbits about how some
special effects were pulled off. It's very well done and wholly
informational. This is what a documentary is supposed to be people!
As a piece of pop culture, this film is great. Kids will love it,
whether they are kids now or were kids in the 80s. Add in the great
quality and a documentary that's worth a purchase as a stand-alone,
and you've got the makings of a quality disc that's easily worth
buying. You don't even have to go through the labyrinth to get it,
so definitely pick it up.