Thursday, December 14, 2017

Enjoy The Ride's Dark Crystal Deluxe Edition Viynl On Sale Friday!

After teasing us for some time, Enjoy The Ride Records finally revealed the full details about their upcoming Deluxe Edition Dark Crystal Soundtrack.


Not only was the full version of the cover, gatefold, and back images finally revealed...



they also released images and edition sizes of the variant vinyl colors well.



Web Exclusive Variants (hand-numbered for each respective color run):

100 - Black
150 - Three Suns Color In Color
200 - Purple Inside Clear with Purple Splatter
250 - Aughra Split**
300 - Tri-Color Stripe**
From Enjoy the Ride:
In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of The Dark Crystal, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available across five deluxe anniversary edition vinyl variants*, courtesy of The Jim Henson Company and Enjoy The Toons Records. This Deluxe 35th Anniversary Edition is pressed on 180-200 gram limited edition colored vinyl, complete with die-cut center labels** and housed in a 400gsm gatefold jacket. This release also includes a 24-page photo booklet, which includes rarely seen production photos, interviews, original poster art from around the world, and concept art from The Jim Henson Company archives.
The soundtrack features Trevor Jones' musical score written for the groundbreaking fantasy classic directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, and was arranged specifically for an album listening experience. The album was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1982.
And as previously reported:

While Supplies Last, each order will receive an exclusive 12" x 12" art print with randomly selected orders receiving a signed print by Josh Bodwell.
Full Track Listing:
Overture (3:11)
The Power Ceremony (3:57)
The Storm (1:03)
The Mystic Master Dies (0:51)
The Funerals / Jen's Journey (5:25)
The Skeksis Duel (1:41)
The Pod Dance (3:14)
Love Theme (3:17)
Gelfling Song (1:11)
The Gelfling Ruins (1:43)
The Landstrider Journey (0:44)
The Great Conjunction (4:13)
Finale (7:14)
 
That's not all, eagle eyed reader may have also spotted that along with withe anew aforementioned news, Enjoy the Ride also announced that this will be available at their online store starting this Friday!

Throwback Thursday Celebrates The Muppet Christmas Carol's 25th Anniversary!

The Muppet Christmas Carol premiered 25 years ago this week. To celebrate this milestone we scoured the internet, as well as our own our archives, to look at some of the many products and stories related to the movie.



Before the internet, we found out about upcoming movies in these things called newspapers and magazines!
Magazine ad

Cinefantastique

But, much like today, we saw our first real glimpse of the movie in the trailer:




A few weeks before the film was released, Jim Henson Records released the soundtrack,


Which included the songs "Room in Your Heart" and Chairman of the Board" that were scrapped early in the production process. Though they were never filmed, the producers liked the songs enough to include them for the fans. 

The Hal Leonard company released the sheet music so you could play the tunes at home.


In addition to the soundtrack a storybook, tape set, and book based on the film of were released as well:




The Muppets appeared on an Ed Sullivan Show Christmas Special to promote the film:


Newspapers ran ads touting critic's praises:


Here's the original review from The Philadelphia Inquirer:



The Disney Channel aired a short behind the scenes special:


Both Taco Bell and Hardee's offered Kids meal toys:







There were TV commercials advertising the film of course:


Golden books released a "big coloring book":

A commemorative magazine was also released:



The following year, The Muppet Christmas Carol was first released for home viewing on VHS and laserdisc. 






Where it received even more critical praise and advertisement.

Video stores (remember those) had window clings touting the film's home video release:

Large Window Cling

Small Window Cling

As well as special deals with Pepperidge Farms:
Pepperidge Farm Window Cling

Magazines and Sunday circulares ran ads and reviews for the video:
TV Guide


Philadelphia Inquirer


With all this promotion, The Muppet Christmas Carol VHS was second most bought tape of year, while the laserdisc was the 10th most bought disc.

Entertainment Weekly

Both the VHS and the laserdisc included the song "When Love is Gone" which was omitted from the original theatrical release. 


The song was was again omitted from the recent Blu-ray and DVD editions.


The fact that the just the theatrical cut is included is even more mind boggling when you consider that the behind the scenes special included on the disc features a look at the recording of the song!





The face you make when you realize you're watching the theatrical version
Since it's release, film has remained a holiday classic. In 2003, Palisades Toys released figures of the characters from the movie in both Muppet Show red boxes and blue packaging, 







and this year's Hallmark Muppet ornament celebrates features Kermit and Robin as from the film:




We'll end our our Muppet Christmas Carol 25thh anniversary celebration with some bloopers and a look at a signed poster for the film:




Happy 25th anniversary Muppet Christmas Carol!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Dark Crystal Adult Coloring Book Coming Next Year!

In the vein of the Labyrinth adult coloring book comes next year's Dark Crystal Adult Coloring Book!


While no images, or cover art, have been released yet, the book will feature over "forty black and white illustrations showcasing the strange and magical world of Thra, populated with vibrant creatures and characters like Jen, Kira, the Skeksis, the Mystics, Aughra, and more, waiting to be brought to colorful life."

It won't be out until July, but you can pre-order it now through Amazon.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sesame Street Gingerbread Ornaments!

Kurt Adler has a few new Sesame Street ornaments, including Elmo, Ocasr and Cookie Monster, as gingerbread men:




As well as these "Jolly" Elmo and "Snow" Coolie Monster signs:





To see more Kurt Adler Sesame ornaments and fins a store near that carries them check out 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure Coming Soon!

A new oversized hardcover book about the land of Thra is coming next year to a book store near you. 

Readers of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure will join Jen and Kira on a grand adventure through the world of Thra in their journey to restore the Dark Crystal. 


According to Nerdist, the book will offer fans an "immersive, interactive experience."

In this new book, you can help Jen and Kira find the missing shard, evade Skeksis, and heal their land in this stunning volume, gorgeously illustrated by artist Ann Marcellino. In a statement, Marcellino said, “I hope readers will enjoy looking through the details of the illustrations and maybe even come out of it with a new appreciation for the Dark Crystal world.”
Each page of of this new book will contain extremely detailed artwork with hidden treasures waiting to be found as readers rediscover the magic of the film, with lush spreads that present Jim Henson and Brian Froud’s fantastical vision of Thra and the wonderful creatures that live there. The book also features bonus challenges that take viewers deeper into the enchanting landscapes, Crystal Castle, and Aughra’s Observatory.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure will be released in May, and you can pre-order your copy now from Amazon

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Miss Piggy at the Fashion Awards!

The Swarovski Fashion Awards, yes that's apparently a thing, asked Miss Piggy to be a correspondent on their red carpet this year.


First, she sat down with Bustle to talk about the gig.


The divine swine was so honored by the request that she had trouble figuring out what to wear...



She even asked Vogue Paris editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt for help....



She finally managed to figure out what to wear and you can watch her entire appearance on the red carpet below from Facebook Live:


Let the selfies begin!