Labyrinth

Labyrinth

DVD - 1999
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Sarah wishes her brother would be taken away by goblins, but when he really is, she sets out to rescue him and has to cross the Labyrinth before she gets to the Goblin castle.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Columbia TriStar Home Video,, [1999]
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780767821667
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC LAB
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (circa 101 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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1aa
Aug 30, 2018

This is a great movie: its fun, funny, clever, inventive, uses many symbols and mytho-poetic tropes, interesting characters and their development, and there are several morals that it imparts (quite Guilliam-esqe, in fact). I liked how the 'knights and knaves' (a la Smullyan) device was used, but it was only used once! The upshot the film - "you have no power over me" which the main character discovers when she confronts the King of the Goblins - is an important antidote to the exaltation of the power of "story" and narrative that has become a dogma in recent years (indeed, once one realizes that a story is a story, it loses its power).

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Derringer
Jun 06, 2018

Well, one thing for sure - "Labyrinth" was certainly no "Sesame Street".

Back in 1986 when this fantasy/adventure film played in the movie theaters, I never got around to seeing it. But, now, viewing it 32 years later, I found myself to be quite let down by its story (which went on for far too long).

I also wish that David Bowie had put a little more wickedness into his rather bland portrayal of the (supposedly) wicked Goblin King, Jareth. But, I guess he had to tone down that sort of stuff since this film was clearly aimed at the kiddies.

Anyway - This bizarre, little movie was OK at best.

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Me_Tarzan
Jun 01, 2018

Having never gotten around to seeing "Labyrinth" when I was but a wee tyke - Viewing it now, as an adult - I must say that I was tres' disappointed to find out that the late, great pop-icon, David Bowie sure didn't have the acting chops to convincingly play a wicked goblin king. Nope. He didn't.

And, speaking about the atrocious-looking fright-wig that Bowie wore - That, to me, was nothing but a source of "fly-away-hair" annoyance. It really was.

And, on top of that - Labyrinth's decidedly overlong running time of 100 minutes certainly played against its story being able to hold my full attention throughout its entire duration.

Anyway - Yes. Indeed. There were some very entertaining moments in this pre-CGI production. But I couldn't help but find its story to be very reminiscent of "Alice In Wonderland".

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Gwen904
Feb 26, 2018

Weeeeiiiiiiiirrrrrrdddddddddd…

Totally bizarre movie, but still interesting.

LiztheLibrarian Jan 25, 2018

It has David Bowie and muppets, what's not to love!?

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CTarcza
Sep 11, 2017

I loved this when it came out. Being a few years younger than the main character at the time made it highly relatable. It's basically a coming of age story. Even rewatching it I get so much out of the storyline that I didn't pick up on as a kid. If you haven't seen it before, the puppets and early CGI probably will disappoint you. I still love the songs and I even named my cat Jareth after David Bowie's character.

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sabrinarj
Aug 08, 2017

I just wrote a big huge comment that was at least 2 pages long with quotes and everything and I lost it somehow and I'm not rewriting it. All in all, it was very good I give it 5/5. ^_^

MissRoslyn Dec 22, 2016

One of the key movies of my childhood, this film was ahead of it's time in practical effects. Charming and funny, I am not surprised that it has endured as it has.

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Nancyhanks
Aug 02, 2016

This is a great movie with fantastic puppets. Be sure to view the extra features!

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1tarheel
Dec 15, 2015

I can see how this becomes a cult classic. Pretty amazing, technically, though, the soundtrack doesn't hold up as well. But that's maybe just me. Overall, this is a really fun watch. Reminds me why I still miss Jim.

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jgrnlees
Jul 21, 2011

Coarse Language: Minor swearing only. Rated PG more for the scary images/goblins, I would think.

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