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Friday, October 11, 2019

Soundtrack Albums for Netflix’s ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Announced

Music.Film Recordings has announced two soundtrack albums for The Jim Henson Company’s Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. 

The Volume 1 soundtrack features selections of the original music from the show composed by Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Daniel Pemberton (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Steve Jobs, Ocean’s 8, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and the Volume 2 soundtrack features music by Pemberton and Samuel Sim (Awake, The Halcyon, Home Fires). Both Volume 1 & Volume 2 albums will be released on CD on November 15th, 2019. 

The soundtracks are currently only available via digital download. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

‘Farscape’ Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Complete Series Blu-Ray

On November 19th, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release on Blu-ray the complete “Farscape” TV series, in time for the science-fiction series’ 20th Anniversary.

The Blu-ray Disc set includes all 88 episodes, more than 15 hours of archival special features, and the series finale miniseries “Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars.”

“Farscape” was produced originally for the Nine Network and on the Sci-Fi Channel in March 1999. It was produced by The Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment. The Henson Company provided the alien make-up and prosthetics.

The series was supposed to last for five seasons, but was canceled after four, ending on a cliffhanger. Rights to the series were later acquired by co-producer Brian Henson, who directed a three-hour miniseries finale, “Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars.”

Earlier this year, in March, all four seasons of “Farscape” as well as “Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars” were made available on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Nordics, and several other countries.

BLU-RAY BONUS MATERIALS

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars 2-part Finale Miniseries
Audio Commentaries
Archival Documentaries, Featurettes and Inside Looks
Behind-the-Scenes Interviews
Deleted & Director's Cut Scenes
Alternate Version of the Season 2 Premiere
TV Promos
AND MORE!

CAST AND CREW

Creator: Rockne S. O'Bannon
Executive Producers: Rockne S. O'Bannon, Robert A. Halmi, David Kemper, Brian Henson, Richard Manning
Cast: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Gigi Edgley, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Lani John Tupu, Jonathan Hardy

SPECS

1080p 1.33:1 / 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
5.1 DTS-HD MA English Audio

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

On September 24th, We ALL will Celebrate the Life of Jim Henson

September 24th has a special place in all our hearts. On this day, back in 1936, Jim Henson was born. This year we will all celebrate what would have been his 83rd Birthday.  

Please take a moment today to reflect on what Jim has meant to you. Even though he left us far too soon, let's all be thankfull for the 54 years he was with us and all the joy he brought (and continues to bring) to millions around the world.

If you have any thoughts or artwork you would like to be add to our 'Jim Henson Tribute Page', please send them along to me at bknatchbull@gmail.com

CLICK HERE, to visit our 'Jim Henson Tribute Page' Enjoy reading the many posts on how Jim has affected so many of us throughout the world including some of the Muppeteers that have worked with Jim and/or The Jim Henson Company.  


We will never forget you Jim.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Review by Nicholas Napoli

The worlds of Jim Henson are visually very different from anything else, it includes puppets, as a child this is what hooked me, to all things Henson. The Muppets living amongst humans in the real world, Fraggles exploring the Gorgs garden and that Street we’re all familiar with. Growing up, everything Henson related gave me goosebumps and although at the time I was just a child, that didn’t exclude Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. The first time I watch The Dark Crystal I was very confused, not the Muppets I was expecting, to be honest at the time I much preferred Labyrinth. Probably because I was used to having humans surrounded by any kind of Muppets in my entertainment. I remember as a child, I was fascinated by the world of Thra, the visuals were very appealing to my young mind, however I had no idea what the story was about, Labyrinth was easier to follow. As I’ve grown older, that preference has switched, in my opinion The Dark Crystal is far superior to Labyrinth within the story it is trying to tell. 

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is one of the few triumphs, that manages in succeeding to change your whole perspective of the original, making it far superior to what it originally was, without it’s back story. The Dark Crystal is a beloved film, with a very passionate fan base, and an ever-growing cult following, making it more beloved as the years go by. Imagine if this new show had failed, imagine if it were solely treated as a cash grab? Luckily, The Dark Crystal was left in safe hands and because of that, love, respect and a lot of passion was put into furthering this particular story. I have watched the whole series twice, and plan to watch it all over again, this is truly a masterpiece. This show brings back feelings in me, I thought I had lost, thanks to maturity. It has been a long time, that I have not felt those goosebumps I felt as a child, when watching a Jim Henson production, this felt like the imagination of Jim Henson was still alive.

The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Dinosaurs, Farscape, Turkey Hollow and Doozers, these productions to me at least, have the Henson feeling I always hope to find. Nothing against The Happytime Murders, I really enjoyed it, could have added it to the list had they removed the R Rated content. I watched the original The Dark Crystal, right after watching Age of Resistance the first time around, and it was as if I were watching it all over again, that is how much of an impact this new show has been able to achieve onto the original. As I grew up, I always wondered how the world of Thra would look, updated for today’s modern audience, the visuals, I knew they would be breath-taking, and I’m glad to say I was not wrong. Gelfling sitting around a camp fire, Deet rising through the tree of life, Rian jumping out of the castle, the flying Crystal Skimmer and everything else found between episode 1 and episode 10. This new-modernized version of Thra is very welcome, each and every character stand out on their own, this was well worth the wait. 

The attention to detail is incredible, in my opinion Aughra shared similar mannerisms to Miss Piggy in the original, it’s difficult for me to describe, in this new series I still get the same vibe. The Chamberlain was brought back to life perfectly, spot on, the dedication to these characters is clear. Aughra and The Chamberlain were in my opinion probably the two most well fleshed out characters from the original being brought back to life for this series, they both returned in perfect form. The Skeksis each have their own different personality, I can easily tell them apart now, compared to the original. Seven clans, hundreds of Gelfling, with Poddlings, Landstriders and many other creatures inhabiting Thra. The importance of healing the Crystal and how much was at stake is now far clearer. I like the fact that Hup speaks his own language, reminiscent of how Jim Henson first intended on releasing his film. The duo of skekGra the Conqueror and urGoh the Wanderer performing their puppet show, brilliant. 

There are many stories that should not be expanded on but The Dark Crystal, at least to me, has always felt like the ending of a much longer narrative, one that is finally being told. There have been many books, giving us background on the world of Thra before Jen healed the Crystal. Aughra has been on Thra for many conjunctions, she is Thra and luckily because of this, there are still many stories to tell. Thanks to the books, a lot of the mythology is answered and thanks to the show, we can now visually see this world brought to life again. The doors have now been open for so many more different possibilities, thanks to all the new concepts introduced in this series. Having Aughra being reborn from the Crystal after her essence is returned to Thra cleverly opens the possibility for giving the World of Thra the happy ending, we always hoped it would have. Once the Crystal is healed, the urSkeks returned to their world, could all the Gelfling essence stored in the crystal be returned to Thra? Imagine what could now happen if the original movie lasted a few minutes longer? 

Age of Resistance expands on the world of Thra, but most importantly it gives a whole new appreciation for not only the original movie, but also the original message Jim Henson hoped to share, when creating the original The Dark Crystal. It is so clever, how it handles its story lines, how it connects to the original movie, how it expands on it in so many positive ways. The writing on this show is at another level, being able to give a whole new life to a story that is 37 years old is an incredible achievement. The writers, the crew, everybody involved have been so loyal in respecting what they are working with and it is clearly visible on screen. This makes me remember that Jim Henson had a message to share with The Dark Crystal, he was very passionate about this project, in telling his story. This show makes that message much clearer, Jim Henson is a genius, and happily so is everyone else who came together to revive the world of Thra, therefor Jim Henson’s message. The same one Fraggle Rock taught many of us years ago, except this time aimed at a more mature audience. 

by Nicholas Napoli 

An Evening with Deet- um Brian Froud by KingRichard76

Brian Froud holding my
signed Deet pop and Dark Crystal book 
Friday, September 13th, 2019

As I write this, the Dark Crystal Age of Resistance was released on Netflix two weeks ago today, this piece isn't so much a review of the series itself - as there's simply oodles of reviews all been written by many within the last two weeks - this blog is simply a LOVE letter to all those who worked on this wonderful production, from Brian, Wendy and Toby Froud, performers like Louise Gold, Beccy “Deet” Henderson, and all those who worked in unison to keep the legacy of Jim Henson both indelible and perpetual. 

Having been born in the mid seventies, and a child of the eighties I- like many, grew up with Jim Henson's finest creations the Muppets, it was in 1986 that I saw Labyrinth and when I first saw Hoggle I actually thought it was a small actor with plenty of prosthetic make up - was only when I saw the documentary Inside the Labyrinth that I realised it was a small actor (Shari Weiser) but wearing an animatronic head, so in effect a puppet, during the documentary the writer Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) spoke about how when he first saw the Empire Strikes Back spoke about when he saw Yoda and thought it was a little man because of the way his ears/eyes moved and couldn’t believe it was a puppet. 

Over the years with technology advancing the way it has anything is possible when it comes to film making, dinosaurs walking the earth, the Titanic sinking, Avengers assembling, Paddington Bear enjoying the sights and sounds of London, Yoda whooping Christopher Lee’s butt in Attack of the Clones, the amount of cgi used in this day and age seems to be in every single production…

Back in 1982 Jim Henson brought to the screen The Dark Crystal, a fantasy adventure inspired by the amazing artwork by Brian Froud (conceptual artist on both Dark Crystal and Labyrinth) directed by both Jim Henson and Frank Oz, many of us grew up with this film and it was unique that it was a major motion picture where every single character was a puppet, and you could tell they were puppets, that each movement, each expression was created by the performer either performing below the camera frame or actually within the puppet itself. 

When you think of Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, one of the first things that come to mind are the wonderful and beautiful designed characters, all who were created and designed by the wonderful conceptual artist Brian Froud. 

Last week, almost to the day that Dark Crystal Age of Resistance was released those wonderful people from SFX magazine here in the U.K. organised a wonderful event, billed as an evening with Brian Froud, which saw us first seeing The Crystal Calls, the making of Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, then a Q&A with Brian Froud himself and then an exclusive late night entry to the exhibition which boasted actual puppets, costumes etc from the show itself. 

It was a very wonderful experience, being alongside a plethora of other Muppet fans who grew up watching the World that both Jim Henson and Brian Froud created, my two good friends, Bunny and Nicola were there and excitedly spoke about what episodes we were on, its almost as if overnight this has become a global phenomenon. 

Fans of all ages made their way up the steps to NFT3 and hurriedly rushed down the steps to get as front to the auditorium as possible, myself Bunny and Nicola being first in line were right at the front, everyone was chatting excitedly knowing we were going to be in for a real treat… The door right by the stage opened up and Mr. Brian Froud walked in followed by a round of applause as he did so, he took his seat and shortly the nights enjoyment began. 

First on the agenda was seeing the Crystal Calls, the making of the dark crystal, which is a superb documentary, one of the moments in it that sticks out for me was an early piece of test footage that showed a practical puppet Skeksis of the Scientist with a fully cgi gelfling, straight away I winced and as much as I have a great deal of respect for the cgi artistry, many of us from an earlier era was enthralled by seeing actual puppets and we fell in love with them.

Within the documentary we saw how many of the production crew weren’t that happy with the marriage of both practical puppetry versus cgi characters and went with the route of practical- and in my opinion this was one of the many reasons Dark Crystal Age Of Resistance has become such a big hit both for those of us who grew up on the original and those newcomers who have been fed a large dose of cgi over the years. 

It was lovely seeing a huge emphasis of the documentary showcasing the performers, everyone from long time Muppet veteran Louise Gold who not only worked alongside Jim Henson on the original Muppet Show but also worked on the original Dark Crystal, then of course theres the lovely Beccy Henderson who performs (in many peoples opinion) the star of the show, the very lovely Deet, she with a sunny disposition and positivity running through her essence, theres Olly Taylor, Kevin Clash, Nick Kellington, Helena Smee, Warwick Brownlow Pike, Victor Yerrid all terrifically wonderful performers. 

This was a terrific in-depth documentary and at an hour and a half was really informative, and showed Brian (in between drawing), Wendy and Toby Froud talking about their roles on set, then some of the voice actors themselves talking about their love for the original film and how dedicated they were to their roles, the performers both rehearsing intricate scenes, how Director Louis Letterier would be filming the puppets up close and personal with a Steadicam whilst rushing through the set. Was also fun seeing how the performers got into the Skeksis costumes. 

After the documentary, Brian Froud went to sit down on the stage with the host and a half hour was dedicated to Brian being asked questions about his work and the Dark Crystal, he spoke with great eloquence and am sure many if not all in the room enjoyed what he had to say. It was then opened up to questions from the audience, I was able to ask him if he thought the tv show would have lived up to and surpassed his expectations. Brian gave a wonderful answer and if anything it shows that all those who worked on the tv show, definitely did it out of Love and respect for the legacy that Jim Henson had begun several decades earlier. 

After the q&a and Brian receiving a well deserved round of applause, myself and Bunny made our way to Brians table to meet the man himself, it was a great moment when he signed my Deet popfunko #Winning and my Dark Crystal novel, he kindly posed for a picture holding my goodies, once out of the line I saw three friends I’ve made from being a Dark Crystal fan, Rob Turner, Sarah Jane Wilson and Zainab Mirmalek. 

After exiting the screening we then lined up to go inside the exhibition itself which had a number of wonderful pieces from the show, different props, creatures from Thra, there was even a booth where you could record your own voice over to be played into one of three selected scenes (those who heard me do a voice over for the Chamberlain must have thought ‘Well, sounds like he needs to be on a higher dose of medication.’) it was fun to do, we then got to be by the Crystal of truth itself, then join the Chamberlain for a wonderful (if not crawling feast). 

Then I got to meet the (in my opinion and seeing the amount of love for this character on the internet) true star of Dark Crystal, the lovely gelfling from Grot herself, Deet/Deethra who mark my words will be the number one gift under many peoples Christmas (sorry Bunny for using the c word lolz) trees this year. 

By now, I expect everyone has seen all ten episodes (even so I’ve done my best to avoid posting spoilers), I know that there are many who are on their sixth or seventh re watch, and just watching the first episode its easy to see why, we aren’t seeing state of the art cgi characters, we are seeing puppets, actual puppets, they look like puppets, they move like puppets and its that which instantly takes many of us back to a more simpler time, you become invested with the characters, their story is your story, and you go on the journey together… Here's to season two *Coughs* season three *Coughs* Netflix, and *Coughs* for Dark Crystal Age Of Resistance to be released on both Bluray and DVD! 

And on that note, this is in “Essence” hmmmm, a love letter to Jim Henson and all those wonderful people who continue to this day to perpetuate his immortal legacy x 

Special thanks to Bunny, Nicola, Howard, Zainab, Sarah, Rob, Lucy, Louise Gold, Beccy Henderson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Neil Sterenberg, Dave Chapman, Kevin Clash, Warwick Brownlow-Pike, Olly Taylor, Victor Yerrid, Alice Dinnean, Helena Smee, Damian Farrell, Lisa Henson, Brian, Toby and Wendy Froud 

And of course to the memory of Jim Henson. 

KingRichard76











Friday, August 30, 2019

Complete Soundtrack for "Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance" Added to the MuppetsHenson Radio Network

Want to listen to the wonderful soundtrack to "Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance"? 

You can! 

Listen to both Volume 1 and Volume 2 now on the MuppetsHenson Radio Network. You can find in in the Right Sidebar right under the NEW MuppetsHenson Poll.

Happy listening.

AUDIO: Together We Fight - from Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance - Daniel Pemberton


AUDIO: Preperation For Battle - from Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance - Daniel Pemberton


"Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" Soundtrack Track Listings

Original Soundtrack (Volume 1) music composed by Daniel Pemberton

Label: Varese Sarabande / Music.Film
Format: Digital
Release Date: August 30, 2019

Tracklisting

1 The Dark Crystal: The Age Of Resistance
2 Another World, Another Time
3 Story Of The Dark Crystal
4 Rian + Mira Dreamfast
5 Aughra Awakes
6 The Crystal Chamber
7 Essence Draining
8 Into The Catacombs
9 Deet Enters Thra
10 Dzenpo!
11 Her Light Faded
12 What Lies At The Dream’s End
13 Together We Fight
14 The Blue Flames Part I
15 Thra Is Calling
16 Outcast
17 The Journey
18 The Hunter + The Storm
19 Dreamspace
20 Speak For The Dead
21 Aughra Returns / Peeper Beetle Ceremony
22 The Dark Crystal: The Age Of Hope

Original Soundtrack (Volume 2) music composed by Daniel Pemberton and Samuel Sim

Tracklisting
1 An Old Story – Daniel Pemberton
2 Brea And The Library – Samuel Sim
3 Remember Your Oath – Samuel Sim
4 The Darkening – Daniel Pemberton
5 Puppet Show – Daniel Pemberton & Samuel Sim
6 Deet In The Woods – Samuel Sim
7 The Three Brothers Rise – Daniel Pemberton
8 Sisters – Samuel Sim
9 Outside Podling Wayhouse – Daniel Pemberton
10 The Mystics – Samuel Sim
11 Tales From The Sanctuary Tree – Daniel Pemberton
12 The Blue Flames Part II – Daniel Pemberton
13 Song Of Thra – Daniel Pemberton
14 All-Maudra – Samuel Sim
15 Our Sister Is Gone – Samuel Sim
16 A Few Traitors – Samuel Sim
17 The Aureval + The Throne Room – Daniel Pemberton
18 Preperation For Battle – Daniel Pemberton
19 Attack Of The Arathim – Daniel Pemberton & Samuel Sim
20 The Seven Clans – Daniel Pemberton
21 A New Crown – Samuel Sim
22 Tricky Chamberlain – Daniel Pemberton
23 The Skeksis Arrive – Samuel Sim
24 Battle For Thra – Samuel Sim
25 The Scientist Engineers – Daniel Pemberton
26 The Dark Crystal: End Credits – Daniel Pemberton

Thursday, August 29, 2019

AUDIO: The Crystal Chamber - from Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance - Daniel Pemberton


NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is NOW UP! - "Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" - Rate Series, Each Episode & Soundtrack

NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is now up for your votes!

This week's question or questions deal with "Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" now available to watch and/or download on Netflix.  

We have a special poll for you this week. We want you to rate the series as a whole and then each of the 10 episodes plus the special making of documentary. We also want you to rate the soundtrack to the series which is now available on digital download.  


Let us know your thoughts on this highly anticipated series. You can find the MuppetsHenson Poll near the TOP of the RIGHT SIDEBAR. 

Thanks for your participation!