Exclusive news from the Uncharted Territories. The consistent internet whispers of bringing Farscape back to our screens might just be true. Farscape was a science fiction television series that ran on the SyFy network (back then known as the SciFi Channel) from 1999-2003. Now it seems the cult favorite show of thousands of nerds worldwide will be getting a sequel!
Jim Henson and Frank Oz‘s 1982 cinematic fantasy The Dark Crystal remains a marvel of practical visual effects, puppetry, and classical storytelling more than three decades after it was first released in theaters. A longtime favorite of kids and adults, Crystal‘s cult following has grown over the years and the film continues to win over new fans every time it gets inserted into a DVD or Blu-ray player or screens theatrically.
I know it did with me. Earlier this year I blind bought the extras-packed Blu-ray release of The Dark Crystal from Barnes & Noble to see if the movie deserved the love and adulation that has been piled on it since its big-screen debut a week before Christmas 1982. As a proponent of practical effects, models, miniatures, and matte paintings over CGI creations I was amazed by the beautiful imagery that directors Henson and Oz – working from a screenplay by David Odell (Masters of the Universe) – and their team of FX wizards and puppeteers headed by concept artist Brian Froud worked tirelessly to bring to life at a considerable (for the early 1980’s) budget of $17 million.
It’s been a quarter of a century since Jim Henson‘s ambitious fantasy film Labyrinth first premiered to a lackluster reception from audiences. In the years since its release the movie has built up a cult following and been widely hailed as one of the best children’s fantasy films of the 1980s, thanks in no small part to the exceptional puppet work and the performances of a young Jennifer Connelly and British glam rock superstar David Bowie as the Labyrinth’s villainous Jareth, the Goblin King.
Comics publisher Archaia has announced that it will be producing a graphic novel prequel to Labyrinth that will focus entirely on the story of the Goblin King. According to Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy, “It’s the story of how Jareth is brought into the Labyrinth for the first time. So, it doesn’t deal with Sarah, it doesn’t deal with Toby or anything like that.”
Farscape fans with a Blu-ray player should be very happy to know that the entire series will be released in a fancy new Blu-ray box set that will be out just in time for Christmas.
Set to release on November 15, 2011, Farscape: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set will retail for a price of $199.95 (currently available for pre-order through Amazon for $125.99). The series will also be available in four separate season sets, for $69.95 each; available for pre-order for $45.99 through Amazon).
The Gold Box deal of the day today over at Amazon today is the Farscape: The Complete Series DVD box set for only $49.99 (that’s 67% off the list price of $149.95).
Note, this deal is valid only for today, Tuesday January 4, 2011, until midnight PST while supplies last.
This 26-disc DVD set contains all 88 episodes of the sci-fi series Farscape, along with over 15 hours of bonus features like audio commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and behind-the-scenes footage.
The live-action series ran for four seasons, shown in the United States on SciFi Channel, and is best known its puppetry work from the Jim Henson Company’s Creature Shop. The show starred Ben Browder as American astronaut John Crichton, who’s on a quest to find a wormhole that will lead him back to Earth.