Watch Jim Henson’s Director’s Cut of THE DARK CRYSTAL

This is a great example of fanaticism done right. Jim Henson tried to be really weird and dark with his puppetry in the 1980s. In ’82, he released The Dark Crystal, a disturbing but beautiful fairy tale involving Gelfings and Skekses in a mythical land of waterfalls and such. However, Henson’s initial cut of the movie was even darker and weirder than what ended up getting released. One fan, Christopher Orgeron, has taken it upon himself to piece together, using what material he could, a cut of the movie as close to Henson’s original as possible.

As you can read about on Mental Floss’s website via writer Chris Higgins, who interviewed Orgeron as well, the changes the studio made Henson make included voiceover and extra English dialogue, as well as cutting some of the scarier bits. Using what materials were available, including a portion of a black-and-white VHS dub of the original cut, Orgeron spent the past two years piecing together the “definitive” Director’s Cut of The Dark Crystal, which you can watch the entirety of below. We applaud your hard work, Mr. Orgeron.

For more on The Dark Crystal, check out the Author Quest panel from this year’s SDCC as well as our interview with Lisa Henson and a retrospective of Jim’s life and work.

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