The Labyrinth Oracle answers Labyrinth questions...
Labyrinth- The Computer Adventure Game: Download it. Excellent Apple ][ emulator for Windows: ApplewinThere do seem to be some problems with it, I have not had a lot of luck, so pleaaase don't email me to ask for instructions on how to run it.
The soundtrack is probably the easiest Labyrinth thing to track down. I got mine at Best Buy, and apparently CD NOW also has it. I have also heard that Sam Goody (used to be Musicland), Border Books and Music, and Silver Platters can order it. Try any other record store and see if they can order it. It is manufactured by Capitol Records Inc. -Monica
All labyrinth-related books are out-of-print, except for The Goblin Companion, Look for the novel and storybook in sales of used fantasy and science fiction books. There is also a fair bit of Labyrinth and Dark Crystal material included in Jim Henson The Works and No Strings Attatched.
Where can I get Labyrinth on DVD, Laserdisc or Video?
(List Price: $24.95)
The labyrinth laserdiscs are now very hard to find, but check e-bay and
used Laserdisc sellers.
The Goblin Companion (still available), is a smaller reprint of The Goblins of Labyrinth (out of print) without the full page Labyrinth illustrations. Its is still worth getting, as it does include so many wonderfully disgusting examples of the Goblin City's inhabitants, complete with vivid stories about them.
alt.movies.labyrinth is available on some news servers, but you may have to request others to add it. Labyrinth is also often a topic in the rec.arts.henson+muppets newsgroup. The latest info on the Labyrinth mailing list can be found HERE Amethyst, the maintainer of the Labyrinth mailing list created an IRC channel on DALnet called #jareth. I don't know if it is still there.
The figures for Labyrinth have been hard to find. So far all I have learned is that its domestic gross earnings are $12.730 million (the All-Movie guide). If anyone knows its cost, its foreign gross earnings, or its foreign and domestic rental earnings, you can let me know -Monica
They are now known as The Jim Henson Company, and can phoned or mailed as follows: Raleigh Studios 5358 Melrose Avenue West Office Building, third floor Hollywood, CA 90038 (213) 960-4096 Fax: (213) 960-4935 -------------------------- 117 East 69th Street New York, NY 10021 (212) 794-2400 Fax: (212) 570-1147 -------------------------- 1(B) Downshire Hill Hampstead, London NW3 1NR England (071) 431-2818 Fax: (071) 431-3737 They also have a website at http://www.henson.com/
There are 17 stills: L-1: Sarah running through Labyrinth L-2: Sarah & Jareth "you have 13 hours..." L-3: Sarah & Hoggle outside Labyrinth L-4: Jareth with the goblins in his castle L-5: Sarah & Hoggle emerging from urn L-6: Sarah & Fireys L-7: Sarah & Ludo L-8: Sarah gazes off into peach-induced dreams L-9: Sarah & Jareth at the Ball L-10: Sir Didymus L-11: Sarah, Ludo, Hoggle, Sir Didymus and Ambrosius in Goblin City L-12: Goblins L-13: Sarah at the Ball L-14: Jareth and crystal ball L-15: Jim Henson & Hoggle L-16: Jim Henson & George Lucas L-17: George Lucas
My laserdisc version is wide screen/letterboxed, meaning it appears on the screen in the same 2.35 to 1 aspect ratio as in the theaters! As normal television is less then a 1.4 to 1 ratio, that means the normal video is showing less then 60% of the laserdisc. You can see a lot of detail or things in the corners that are completely cut out in the video. When I saw it, I saw parts of scenes I hadn't seen in 10 years. The video has a lot more panning and scene jumping than the laserdisc. For example, the Door Knockers scene doesn't have very many camera changes, where you can see both knockers, Sarah, and Ludo playing with the ring all at once. This had to be many different scenes on the video. Other than things like this throughout the film, they are the same length and all. Except one small difference I noticed is that where the video in the final credits shows the ending lines "Made by HENSON ORGANIZATION LTD. at ELSTREE STUDIOS, HERTZ., ENGLAND of THORN EMI SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT LTD." and leaves them still on the screen for a minute, the laserdisc shows the words, fades them out, and plays the last minute of Underground with a blank screen. - Walter Pullen (Astara@msn.com) I have the NON-widescreen laserdisc version of Labyrinth from Image Entertainment. I would say the only thing extra on it is the speckling all over the screen due to laser-rot. :( - Monica
There is an OCRed copy of an older script version on this site.
Or you can buy a hardcopy (photocopy actually) of this same older version with pictures from Andy Wolf for $15 email@example.com, or from Script City for $20, (213)871-0707. It is 100 pages long.
As far as newer versions are concerned, there is some peculiar copyright situation with Jim Henson Production scripts, so you won't find offical copies of scripts for any Muppet or related movies anywhere. :( -Monica
Note: Most US single-sheet theatre posters do come folded, (so they fit in the box with the film cans that are shipped to the theatre) 1) US theatrical release one-sheet 27x41: Shows same image as LP and Laserdisc covers, (eg. white background with illustration including Jareth, Sarah, and Labyrinth creatures). ($25 from Cimema City, $25 from Movie Poster Warehouse www.mpw.com) 2) International version/Style B: US 1 sheet, folded, ~27x41: Dutch 1/2-sheet 14"x21": Italian 1-sheet 55"x40": Sarah and her friends runing in front of a big green Labyrinth in the background, Jareth & crystal ball in the sky above them, castle in the background. Very saturated colors, predominantly blue and green. ($20 from Cimema City, $25 from Movie Poster Warehouse www.mpw.com) 3) US teaser/advance one-sheet 27x41: Jareth holding a big crystal ball with an image of Sarah running through the Labyrinth in it, the same as the novel cover. ($30 from Jim's Spotlight JimsSpotlt@aol.com, $45 from Cimema City) 4) I have also been lucky enough to find a rare Italian variation of the International/Style B version: It is a HUGE (55"x40") wall-sized poster, and while it is based on the Style-B graphic, it has a much more flattering picture of Jareth instead, and the bright colors of the Style-B have been darkened and desaturated. The bright blue sky has been replaced with a much more appropriate night-time sky. I expect it was a one-time find, (the people I ordered it from only had one), but I will eventually take a photo of it and put it on the site. And hey! Maybe I will even get some large photo prints made, and have them available to trade for other Labyrinth merchandise..... :)
Yes. It is included on Ryko Vision's "Bowie The Video Collection", which ought to still be available on VHS (RYVC 0290) & laserdisc. It has the videos for both "Underground", and the previously unreleased "As the World Falls Down". "Underground" doesn't use actual movie footage, but features footage of Bowie as himself with a number of creatures from the movie. "As the World Falls Down" has a lot of actual movie footage. Trivia Note: Some purist Labyrinth fans are only semi-fond of the "As the World Falls Down" video, because a young woman who vaugely resembles Jennifer Connelly is used in the video scenes that are not Labyrinth movie footage instead of the REAL Sarah. You have to consider though, that Jennifer was a 14 year old girl, (even if Sarah's concept was for a 16 year-old girl). THINK: The ageless members of the Fae, (i.e. Jareth), may get away with falling in love with young, sub-legal age human girls. David Bowie as himself however, (as featured in the video), took the societally acceptable route for a 48-yr old human, i.e. the 20-something year old Jennifer Connelly-esque woman.
Good question. Normally such things show up on Laserdisc releases of movies, but I know my early, 1986 Pan & Scanned Embassy Home Entertainment disc doesn't include any, and I have heard that the widescreen one doesn't offer anything extra either. If Labyrinth ever makes it to DVD, **MAYBE** it might have a trailer included.
This has go to be one of the biggest questions for Labyrinth fans who never got to see the Making-of documentary, (or never took the time to really scrutinize the credits). The balls are spun by the famous juggler Michael Moschen, and the technique is known as "contact juggling". Because Jareth is wearing gloves, it made it less obvious that it was someone else's hand being used, (but harder for Michael!). Michael had to crouch in an uncomfotable position behind Bowie, and spin the crystal balls not only with gloves on, but without even being able to see what he was doing! And after all that, most people didn't even if know he had done it! :(
This may be one of the hardest pieces of Labyrinth merchandise to track down. Basically, distributors have run out. :( I first tracked it down through Interlibrary Loan (a service most Librarys offer, frequently for a small fee), and was able to make a duplicate for myself before I returned it. I was then lucky enough to track down a distributor that had one copy left. They refused to sell to me directly, but I was able to go to a local video rental store and have them order the same copy from the same distributor for me. If you are persistent enough, you might be able to locate and order old stock in a similar manner, otherwise, you need to get someone who owns it to dub it for you. Or perhaps you might just settle for getting Jim Henson The Works and No Strings Attatched, as they include some of the same background info as the documentary, in their Labyrinth and Dark Crystal sections.
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