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Labyrinth
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10.06.2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Labyrinth order
Director:
Jim Henson

Actors:
David Bowie
Jennifer Connelly
A bunch of crazy Muppets

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Sarah (Connelly) is a girl who lives in her own little world of fantasy and fairy tales. One evening, stuck at home babysitting her baby brother, she makes an unfortunate wish about how she'd wish goblins would come and take him away. More than obliging her, the goblins snatch the kid and their King, Jareth (Bowie), shows her the only way to get him back: she has to cross a twisted labyrinth where nothing is what it seems and take him away from his castle in the middle.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Oh, how I long for the old days of cinema... I remember a time when computers were used solely to make opening and closing credits in movies, and whatever happened in between was left in the hands of actors and other artisans who could take a pile of foam and fabric and turn them into creatures that may have a few jerky movements but who had a lot of personality. LABYRINTH is one such film in which the legendary master of puppetry, Jim Henson, took the art to another level and made a fun little film that to this day outshines many of the supercomputer-generated fast-food tie-in fests that pass for fantasy films. If you need only one reason to watch it, you can count on that coming through for you: crazy puppets with funny voices singing, dancing and stealing little babies once the lights go out.

The plotline is actually quite simple, if not flat-out childish. It's basically just a girl running through a weird maze trying to get out the other side. What's fun about it then? Pretty simple: the girl is the adorable Jennifer Connelly and the Goblin King Jareth is the peculiar, but charismatic, David Bowie and once in a while, he tends to break into song and toss goblins around like yesterday's leftover fish sticks. I'll admit that some of the beats in Bowie's tunes are a tad dated but what the heck, you can't expect much else from a guy who's wearing tights and whose hair is teased three ways from Tuesday, can you? As for Connelly, she's her usual charming self. Only sixteen years old back then, she was a perfect fit for this role: bright-eyed, fun, cheerful and not too shabby an actress if I say so myself. It's nice to see her on top nowadays.

Overall though, the pleasure of this movie is also very much in the curious environment of the maze itself. Full of strange creatures, tricks, traps and secret paths, the labyrinth looks like a pretty funky place to find yourself if you know the way out, but if you don't, it can take on a scary aspect real quick. If you can let your hair down though and just take this for what it is; a short, entertaining movie with some fantastic creatures, you should have no problem with it and be able to sit back and watch the gremlins (and the good times) roll.
THE EXTRAS
The downside of Superbit? That's it: no extras at all.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Since you won't find any extras on any Superbit DVD, it comes down to one question: what do you think of the movie? If you think you can get more than one viewing out of it, then go for it and buy it! The format isn't all that much more expensive than a regular edition and if memory serves me well, the regular widescreen Labyrinth DVD didn't have that many extra stuff on it anyway. Compare, contrast and then make your choice, but I'm pretty happy to have this DVD on my shelf.
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