5:00am PT by Lacey Rose
'Labyrinth,' 'The Dark Crystal' to Be Relaunched in HD
On Memorial Day, Mark Cuban’s HDNet will air a double-feature of Jim Henson films, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.
The films, which will air for their first time in HD, will run for one night only on Monday, May 30 beginning at 8 p.m. It will mark the first time that the pairing has hit the small screen in more than 10 years.
“We have initiated a company-wide effort to relaunch these titles across both targeted and broad distribution platforms including all forms of television, digital, publishing and consumer products, making these much-loved titles easily available to the loyal fans who continue to support them,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company.
The move comes as Crystal, a fantasy flick directed by Henson and Frank Oz, is coming up on its 30th anniversary in 2012; Labyrinth, a Henson-directed, George Lucas production, is celebrating its 25th this year.
"As one the last independent networks, HDNet tries to find content that embodies that independent spirit. No movies are more unique and independent in mind and spirit than Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth,” Cuban told The Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier this week, Cuban put his art house movie theater group Landmark Theatres and independent film distributor Magnolia Pictures on the auction block to explore a possible sale.