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Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History is the definitive collection of rare artwork, interviews, and on-set photos from the beloved Jim Henson fantasy classic.

A true masterpiece brought to life by the ingenious puppetry and peerless storytelling of Jim Henson, Dark Crystal is revered by an entire generation of fans. For the first time, this deluxe and highly comprehensive book tells the complete story of this deeply personal Henson project, highlighting the unique creative journey and groundbreaking techniques that brought the film to the screen. Drawing from unseen archive interviews with Jim Henson and new interviews with the film’s behind-the-scenes creative team, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History leaves no stone unturned in chronicling the entire production, from the initial concept based on themes close to Henson’s heart to the ingenious conceptual design, puppet construction, and logistics of the shoot itself. The book also delves into the wider world of Dark Crystal, exploring the creation of comics, novels, and other official projects inspired by the film. 

This deluxe coffee-table book contains an in-depth look at the day-to-day production of the film and showcases a huge range of incredible visuals, including candid set photography, previously unseen concept art, storyboards, production notes, and more. The book also features a plethora of amazing removable items, such as script pages, notes and sketches from Henson, and other unique treasures. Definitive, enthralling, and revelatory, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History is the last word on an enduring modern classic and the book that fans of the film have been waiting for.

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"Every page is a treasure, overflowing with concept sketches, original illustrations, and photographs" ― The Roarbots

About the Author

Caseen Gaines is a popular culture historian whose work has been published at Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The A.V. Club and Decider. He is the author of several nonfiction books including  We Don''t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future TrilogyA Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic, and  Inside Pee-wee''s Playhouse, which won a Silver Medal at the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards. He can be found on social media @caseengaines.

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PJ
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
WARNING! This is a smaller REPRINT, without the inserts! Item description and images are INCORRECT
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
Was really looking forward to getting this. Thought my forty dollars would be well-spent. The listing states this is an 11X9 inch "coffee table book" which comes with "removable inserts." What I received was a 9X7 inch shrunken version of the original book that was... See more
Was really looking forward to getting this. Thought my forty dollars would be well-spent. The listing states this is an 11X9 inch "coffee table book" which comes with "removable inserts."
What I received was a 9X7 inch shrunken version of the original book that was issued a few years ago. The print is tiny and all the images and photos are reduced. SUPER DELUXE BUMMER! I am returning this. It''s even smaller than a magazine fer chrissakes. It boggles the mind why they would do this, when they know full well how devoted the fan base is, how successful the first issue was, and how willing we are to spend money on this franchise. Is it greed on the part of the publishers, or just plain stupidity? Even this cheapo version states on the back cover that it includes removable inserts, which proves they just reprinted a shrunken version of the first book. This is actually fraud, when you think of it, because this is a twelve dollar book at best, but by charging the same price as the deluxe version they know they are deceiving the buyer into thinking he/she is getting the real thing.

Consider yourself forewarned!
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A. E. Babski
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Very Cool Book, but smaller than described and without inserts
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
Overall I''m happy with this purchase but it is smaller than described. The product specs say it''s 9.2" x 11". The book I received is only 7.5" x 9". Also, there are no cool inserts as described and photographed by other reviewers from a few years ago. Looks like this is a... See more
Overall I''m happy with this purchase but it is smaller than described. The product specs say it''s 9.2" x 11". The book I received is only 7.5" x 9". Also, there are no cool inserts as described and photographed by other reviewers from a few years ago. Looks like this is a newer cheaper printing. Maybe they should knock the price down a bit to compensate. Aside from that, the photos and artwork are as amazing and inspirational as I''d hoped. I absolutely love The Dark Crystal! One of my all time favorite movies.
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Deezy
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Nice book, NEW EDITION, Not the Coffee Table Version
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2020
The book, illustrations and content are marvelous. 5 stars for that. 1 star for the seller. I feel misled by the seller, as they did not change the description of the ORIGINAL edition of this book to reflect the fact this is a NEW printing of the book.... See more
The book, illustrations and content are marvelous.
5 stars for that.
1 star for the seller.
I feel misled by the seller, as they did not change the description of the ORIGINAL edition of this book to reflect the fact this is a NEW printing of the book.
So, don''t order this version if you are expecting a large coffee table book with pull out illustrations, because this version is NOT that.
This is a very small, compact edition of this book. There are no big illustrations to pull out; none of the gorgeous details that are noted in the original edition.
I am kicking myself for not buying this 2 years ago at full price. I am also mad at myself for assuming that the much cheaper price was just a result of it being on the market for so long.
I really detest bait/switch tactics, and feel that by not updating the description, this seller did exactly that to many of us who really wanted this book.
Again. The book is fine for content, etc. I love the Dark Crystal.
It''s just not what was described or what I thought I was actually receiving.
Book: 5 stars. Seller: 1 or less for being dishonest.
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Glycerine
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Even the cat loves it!
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2017
Having been a HUGE muppet fan all my life, I’m ashamed to say I saw The Dark Crystal for the first time at the age of 33. It blew me away. I can honestly say it’s my favorite Jim Henson movie ever. Even moreso than Muppet Christmas Carol...which is an amazing movie as... See more
Having been a HUGE muppet fan all my life, I’m ashamed to say I saw The Dark Crystal for the first time at the age of 33. It blew me away. I can honestly say it’s my favorite Jim Henson movie ever. Even moreso than Muppet Christmas Carol...which is an amazing movie as well.

I started reading this book the moment it was delivered and couldn’t put it down. My little cat Billy even joined me. The pic I took was too precious to not post with my review. :)

The artwork is mesmerizing for fans. The reading is informative but not dry. I HIGHLY recommend this book to any Dark Crystal fan. It’s worth every penny. You’ll find hidden treasures IN the book too, which was a pleasant surprise.
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DallasDogfather
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An Absolute Must
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2017
This book is incredible. I have been a fan of the film since I made my parents rent it over and over back in the 80s and 90s. The artistry and mechanics of the film have been such an inspiration to me throughout my creative life, and this book offers such a well... See more
This book is incredible. I have been a fan of the film since I made my parents rent it over and over back in the 80s and 90s. The artistry and mechanics of the film have been such an inspiration to me throughout my creative life, and this book offers such a well put-together reference for things I''d never dreamed of seeing. My favorite part of the book is all of the inserts. Pages from the script, sketches, reproduction tickets...the book is more than I had hoped. It is truly something I will treasure, and I can tell it is something I will re-read over and over.
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ThunderHawk
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9.5 x 11+" book size of a great collection and story of The Dark Crystal Art/photos
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2021
9.5 x 11+" book size of a great collection and story of The Dark Crystal Art/photos that details the journey told by Jim Henson''s daughter among others, of Jim Henson''s first moments of inspiration to create The Dark Crystal just as George Lucas was experiencing success... See more
9.5 x 11+" book size of a great collection and story of The Dark Crystal Art/photos that details the journey told by Jim Henson''s daughter among others, of Jim Henson''s first moments of inspiration to create The Dark Crystal just as George Lucas was experiencing success with Star Wars in 1977, and then even had Henson create the Yoda puppet (though this book only mentions it without any picture of Yoda).

Brian Froud''s creature designs are here, and there are even cool mini book inserts attached (2 of them) in here relating to press materials and promotion of the film''s inspiration. A sturdy, well made book and well written, telling the history of this film. No mention of the new puppet Age of Resistance series from Netflix since this is an earlier printing. Great book!
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AJ@Play
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A True Crystal Thra-send
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2017
For D.C. and tangible book fans out there this is a Thra-send; a spectacular encapsulation of everything Made in Thra. As a fan of The Dark Crystal since the mid 80s, this was a wonderful page-turner that combines information and imagery from various other... See more
For D.C. and tangible book fans out there this is a Thra-send; a spectacular encapsulation of everything Made in Thra.
As a fan of The Dark Crystal since the mid 80s, this was a wonderful page-turner that combines information and imagery from various other publications, but also contains a ton of surprises of its own -- like, that Frodo stuntman and actor Kiran Shah was the stand-in for Jen.

Any book collector out there familiar with other Insight Editions releases such as Labyrinth, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts..., et cetera will feel quite at home cracking open this tome -- with a familiar same size and feel. It combines the written word of Mr. Gaines, images from The Henson Group and Insight Editions'' layout with recreations (of documents, pamphlets, notes, tickets...) scattered throughout like little treasures.

The movie was an eye-opener on so many levels for me back during my wonder years, it''s a such treat to revisit those nostalgic feelings again on a broader level and scope, with even more behind-the-scenes insight that makes the reader and viewer feel that much closer and at one with Mr. Henson and his amazing vision.

I did enjoy the simpler, mock-up book image originally posted (attached), but this Froud schematic circle cover also makes a lot of sense.
I only wish the book had a few pages and/or images of the Gelfling Ruins with the three-leaf motif found throughout the ruins and on Kira''s outfit.
A few images could''ve been larger, sharper -- out of the writer''s control -- but overall the book by Mr. Gaines is a must-have compendium.
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H.K.B.
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Was not shipped the edition advertised
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
The one star is for the fact I was sent the Loot Crate edition of this book and not the original edition. The Loot Crate edition is much smaller and does not have any of the moveable/added content. I had to return this and I would like to order it again but I am very... See more
The one star is for the fact I was sent the Loot Crate edition of this book and not the original edition. The Loot Crate edition is much smaller and does not have any of the moveable/added content. I had to return this and I would like to order it again but I am very hesitant since other buyers have had a similar experience.
When it comes to the actual writing, I am sure it is wonderful. I own the Labyrinth artbook and I was hoping to add this to my collection.
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Joe
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great book, terrible font.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 25, 2019
A (mostly) beautiful account of how the Dark Crystal was made, complete with written word, photos and additional material attached to the pages such as design briefs and call sheets. A truly incredible and exhaustive book, HOWEVER!! This is a truly petty criticism, but I...See more
A (mostly) beautiful account of how the Dark Crystal was made, complete with written word, photos and additional material attached to the pages such as design briefs and call sheets. A truly incredible and exhaustive book, HOWEVER!! This is a truly petty criticism, but I know there will be people out there on my wave length: The whole book seems to be written in the Times New Roman font, or at least some other default Windows fault. This unintentionally gives the impression that the whole book was written by a High School student in Microsoft Word. Yes, a petty criticism. But I was always taught to change from the default font to demonstrate that you had some basic presentational skills. It''s crazy to me they never bothered for this.
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terence mellor
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Buy this book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 5, 2017
Superbly researched and written by a die hard fan. If you only buy one book based on a film then this is the one to buy, perfect from start to finish. this is now the book that all other making off books should be measured against. Don''t think about buying this book just...See more
Superbly researched and written by a die hard fan. If you only buy one book based on a film then this is the one to buy, perfect from start to finish. this is now the book that all other making off books should be measured against. Don''t think about buying this book just buy it you won''t be disappointed.
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D Coleman
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
a nice book, full of nice little fun extra goodies
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2018
a nice book, full of nice little fun extra goodies......although i would have preferred these to be in a folder rather than glued directly on the pages. lots of nice info and pictures all about the movie and its production. would have like more of the mythos and extended...See more
a nice book, full of nice little fun extra goodies......although i would have preferred these to be in a folder rather than glued directly on the pages. lots of nice info and pictures all about the movie and its production. would have like more of the mythos and extended universe but its ultimately about just the movie.
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LMW
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Brilliant drawings
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 7, 2020
Bought for my sister as a present, absolutely beautiful drawings.
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SarahB71
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Fantastic book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2019
Fantastic book for any fan of the film, so much to look at with every detail possible of the film.
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