'labyrinth' is getting a theatrical rerelease honoring david bowie's iconic goblin king

A special 30th anniversary DVD will include a making-of documentary, a Bowie tribute by Jennifer Connelly, and rare behind-the-scenes photos.

by Hannah Ongley
Apr 29 2016, 7:06pm

It's difficult to believe that it's been more than three months since the devastating death of David Bowie, let alone almost three decades since he first graced screens as Jareth in the seminal maze movie Labyrinth. To honor both the film's 30th anniversary this year and the passing of its iconic, weirdly hot Goblin King, the film will be getting a special rerelease including a whole bunch of bonus content. 

According to USA Today, the 1986 musical fantasy will again hit big screens nationwide on September 11 and September 14 this year, giving kids of the 80s, 90s, and today the chance to experience the otherworldly classic from 80s moviemaking's most brilliantly strange minds. Labyrinth started as a collaboration between director Jim Henson and illustrator Henry Froud, before catching the attention of executive producer George Lucas and scriptwriter Terry Jones of Monty Python fame — and, of course, of David Bowie, who contributed some underrated anthems to the original soundtrack. "Magic Dance" was no "Let's Dance" from a Billboard chart perspective, but lays down the framework for one of the film's most memorable scenes. 

"I'd always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages, as well as everyone else, and I must say that Jim gave me a completely free hand with it," Bowie said in a 1986 interview with Movieline. "The script itself was terribly amusing without being vicious or spiteful or bloody, and it had a lot more heart in it than many other special effects movies. So I was pretty hooked from the beginning."

The DVD/Blu-ray formats will include a making-of documentary and commentary by designer Brian Froud, a 24-page "digibook" with rare behind-the-scenes photos, and an anniversary Q&A hosted by MythBusters' Adam Savage. Connelly and Henson's children have also filmed a special Bowie remembrance in the wake of his passing. The makers haven't confirmed that there's a blooper reel of ambiguously sexual Jareth quotes, but they haven't denied it either. 


Text Hannah Ongley

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