Home video releases of the 1982 film The Dark Crystal.


VHS Releases

Cover Year Notes
VHS-DarkCrystalOld
1984 Distributor: Thorn/EMI Video

The first video release of the film. Presented in fullscreen.

DC disney
1994 Distributor: Buena Vista Home Video / Jim Henson Video

Presented in fullscreen.

VHS-DarkCrystal
1999 Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Video / Jim Henson Home Entertainment

Presented in fullscreen.

Beta Releases

Cover Year Notes
ThornEMIDarkCrystal1982Beta
Distributor: Thorn/EMI Video

CED Releases

Cover Year Notes
Dark crystal ced
Distributor: Thorn/EMI Video

The only CED release of the film.
UPC number 26359196683

Laserdisc Releases

Cover Year Notes
Dark-Crystal-Laserdisc
1990 Distributor: Image

Presented in widescreen. Included 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 Distributor: Buena Vista Home Video / Jim Henson Video

Presented in widescreen. This release did not include any of the additional footage.

DVD Releases

Cover Year Notes
DCDVD
1999 Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Video / Jim Henson Home Entertainment

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 Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment / Jim Henson Home Entertainment

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 Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment / Jim Henson Home Entertainment

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

Disc Features

DCDVD2
2005 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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

Disc Features

DC.fantasyfilm
2006 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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 Notes
DCUMD
2000s Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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

DC.digitalcopy
2008 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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 Notes
DC.itunes
2008 Distributor: 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 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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 Notes
Bluray-darkcrystal
September 29, 2009 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DC Lab Blu-ray Froud art edition
June 12, 2012 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

The Brian Froud Art Edition, packaged with Labyrinth.

Dark Crystal Blu-ray 2018 digibook
2018 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Anniversary Edition packaged in behind-the-scenes digibook.
Dark Crystal Blu-ray in VHS packaging
2019 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Rewind Edition in VHS packaging.
  • Australian release.

4k Blu-ray Releases

Cover Year Notes
Dark Crystal 4k Blu-ray
March 6, 2018 Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • NEW — 4k restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • NEWThe Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy: Go behind the scenes of this iconic film with stories from Lisa Henson and Toby Froud.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary with Brian Froud
  • Picture-in-Picture Storyboard Track
  • Original Skeksis Language Scenes with Introduction by Screenwriter David Odell
  • The World of The Dark Crystal Documentary
  • Reflections of The Dark Crystal: "Light on the Path of Creation" & "Shard of Illusion"
  • Photo Galleries
  • Theatrical Teaser & Trailer

International Releases

Cover Year Notes
Dark crystal argentina vhs
Distributor: Ledafilms

Argentina release. El Cristal Encantado (Literally Translated Title: The Enchanted Glass)

DC Danish 83VHSCover
1983 Select Video

Swedish release under the "Muppet Home Video" label.

Noimage
Thorn/EMI?

UK CED Release
UPC number 77080320359

TDC JH Palace
1987 Palace, Virgin & Gold (distribution) Ltd.

UK release.

Dc4frontukvhs
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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