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Legend [Blu-ray]

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Product Details

  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 22 2014
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 380 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004QSQML8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,494 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Legend, from director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator), is a visually stunning fantasy-adventure in which pure good and evil battle to the death amidst spectacular surroundings. Set in a timeless mythical forest inhabited by fairies, goblins, unicorns and mortals, this fantastic story stars Tom Cruise as a mystical forest dweller, chosen by fate, to undertake a heroic quest. He must save the beautiful Princess Lily (Mia Sara) and defeat the demonic Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry), or the world will be plunged into a never-ending ice age.


This strange, 1985 experiment by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) starred the up-and-coming Tom Cruise in a fairy-tale world of dwarfs and unicorns and demons. After the horn of a unicorn is broken, darkness and winter descend upon the world. Cruise's character, helped along by a magic sprite played by David Bennent (The Tin Drum), descends into hell to save paradise. This movie is almost a classic case of art direction gone amok. The somewhat amorphous Cruise doesn't lend much dramatic focus or artistic definition, but the drama between Tim Curry's satanic majesty and Mia Sara's character, who becomes a sort of princess of the netherworld, is pretty captivating. A mixed experience all around that makes one wish it had been more successful. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This film is truly a homage to pure, undamaged, fairy-tale magic. Although created in the age before computer animation, it sends the viewer to a realm that is foreign but feels familiar - maybe because it lives deep in our unconscious - a world of magical creatures and unicorns and princesses, and, of course, Evil. In this bold Ridley Scott deviation, the craft of moviemaking and wild imagination combined bring to life our innermost fears and fantasies. As far as makeup, set, direction and technical special effects are concerned, this is a true work of art. Any trick of the trade we've seen in LOTR comes from here. The host of magical creatures and the extensive netherworld bring to mind the phantasmagorical images of Rheon Argonian's dream-world or the medieval illustrations to Dante's Hell by Alberto Rios. The Evil is pure evil. The Good is light and luminous. But the borders of light and darkness are blurred, like in any good fairy-tale. As far as cast is concerned, the characters seem to live in their skins. Cruise, the hero, is still very young here, and despite his later reputation is completely in his element: he is saving the world. And, the drama between His Satanic Lordship (Tim Curry) and the Princess (Mia Sara) is darkly captivating and emotionally charged in all sorts of directions...
This film, strangely overlooked, sets the archetype in the genre of fantasy. It leaves an impression. It doesn't even require the viewer to suspend disbelief - the realm it portrays must be real, somewhere, somehow, simply because of the way it's made and because deep inside we believe in the basic, primal struggle of light and dark, of one life force with another.
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Format: DVD
The extras presented on this 2 disc DVD set are very interesting and worthy of your time. Director Ridley Scott provides a feature length commentary for the extended version of the film. In it, he reveals many interesting facts about the film and the cast, as well as revealing many special effects secrets that may surprise many people in their simplicity! The commentary moves along without any pauses and manages to keep your interest throughout.
The soundtrack by the group Tangerine Dream, created for the American release of the film, is presented here in all of its glory on an isolated track. Though being a fan of the Jerry Goldsmith score myself, I am glad that Tangerine Dream was showcased on this set for the sake of their many fans. After all, the only soundtrack currently available these days is the original score by Jerry, so spotlighting Tangerine Dream on the DVD makes good sense!
The documentary "Creating A Myth: The Making Of LEGEND" is very informative and details everything from the creation of the massive forest set to the big fire that completely destroyed the infamous 007 soundstage on which it was built. Ridley Scott, Mia Sara, and many others are available for an interesting hours worth of memories about the film. The inspiration for the film is discussed, as well as the critical reaction and subsequent changes that were ultimately made. Find out why the director made all of the last minute alterations to the film before releasing it in America right here in this documentary! Writer William Hjortsberg vividly recounts his early meetings with Ridley and details some of the hilariously absurd "brainstorm" ideas that he would occasionally throw into the mix. Altogether, very entertaining!
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Format: DVD
... because without them we probably wouldn't have the Director's Cut of such an amazing, and vastly underrated film. If you've watched the US release, you cannot understand the true Otherworldly essence this movie contains, not only due to the music score, but also the different scene cuts. However, it was very interesting to watch both versions, as the US and the Director's Cut are both on this "Ultimate Edition" DVD set.
Tangerine Dream's score is interesting - electronica, ELO style (if you've seen "Xanadu", you will probably know what I mean), but lacking real depth. Jerry Goldsmith's score truly captures every magical moment throughout the film, and really brings to life not only the scenery, but also the emotions of the characters (and viewers).
The US cut also destroys much of the basic premise of the story - the idea that pure innocence can destroy pure evil. The US cut implies Jack and Lili (made only a Lady in this version, not the Princess of the European release) are already having a sexual relationship at the begining of the film. How can she be considered 'pure' (in traditional fairytale style) if she is having sex (implied or not)? This is but one of the many jarring edits made to this film, which have been rectified in the Director's Cut.
I deifinitely urge anyone to watch this edition - there are not enough true fairytales captured on the big screen for children anymore, and the depth of ideas also makes it enjoyable for adults. Besides, it has Tim Curry as Darkness, the devil - how can you say no to that?
Watch it. Adore it. Feel the magic, and believe.
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