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Legend [Blu-ray]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)
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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


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice enough release in many regards... Feb. 2 2013
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Here's another reason why we can give credit to Ridley Scott: he could have easily offered us HIS version of the film and forget about the other one, but he didn't. He made sure (or at least the studio) that we'd get both sides of the coin because people out there like the original, others like the director's cut and another group likes both.

Legend is quite a "naive" tale, but it is in no way meant as an insult. In fact, it is one of its most beautiful qualities that makes viewer wonder. Even the name of the evil guy (Darkness...) is "naive" in its form, but all this naiveté shouldn't refrain you to watch the film. Scott definitely has a talent to take you into horribly realistic rides as in American Gangster, as he has the talent to take you down the fairy path and make you believe in both worlds.

The special features aren't quite as full as we could have hoped for, and the behind the scenes aren't that immersive, but it gives you a general idea of how they made the film at the time, and all the struggles they had to deal with.

All in all, it's a nice experience of a Blu-ray but as a french-native customer, I would have appreciated the dubbed track, to hear them as I first heard them back in 1985...
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Legend; Ultimate Edition June 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
(Please note that my review mentions a few scenes and plot elements which you may not wish to know beforehand if you have never seen the movie; however, I would definitely not consider them spoilers.)
Legend is one of "those" movies for me. Like many of the movies I saw when I was young, it helped define my childhood. I first saw Legend during its first televised airing in Canada at about the age of 8. My mother taped it off of television for me, and over my unicorn obsessed childhood it became etched into my memory. Strangely, the version I saw then I have never been able to find in stores.
When the taped-from-tv version finally gave out on me, my mother bought for me an official Legend release for Christmas. I watched the movie with a sense of horror as I found that scenes that I felt were pivotal or pleasureably memorable to the movie were not present. The two notable scenes missing were the scene in which Gump riddles Jack about moonbells, and the one in which Jack faces the witch on his way to Darkness. The lack of these scenes brought the movie's greatness down a few notches for me. Perhaps if I'd never seen it with those scenes I wouldn't have noticed, but knowing just what was missing, and what the movie was without them, ruined something for me. So, when I found Legend: Ultimate Edition, I decided to buy it to see if the Director's Cut was the better version. However, I was aware when I bought it that my childhood version of Legend featured the Tangerine Dream score, and not the original. So I wasn't really sure what I was getting.
Imagine my annoyance to find that the Director's Cut is no better. In fact, I think it's worse. I will pick out three specifics that bother me:
Lily: In the U.S. Theatrical release, I like Lily.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly poetic, disjointed, and memorable Jan. 11 2012
By Derek Draven TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Legend came out at a pivotal moment in director Ridley Scott's career. Blade Runner was already in production when the script for the film was being worked on, and that film's dark tone had already migrated over to what would become Legend. Disney was afraid of it, passing on the project due to the subject matter, and probably for good reason. It would later become one of Scott's most unique movies, requiring repeat views to truly appreciate it.

Legend tells the story of a Princess Lily (Mia Sara), a young maiden in love with a forest boy named Jack (Tom Cruise), who has befriended animals great and small. He promises to take her to see something truly remarkable: two beautiful Unicorns passing through a small meadow. Mischievous Lily approaches the Unicorns despite Jack's warning, and reaches out to touch one, breaking an unwritten rule that mortal beings are never supposed to touch a creature of legend. At the same moment, a trio of dark Goblins fire a blowdart at one of the Unicorns, spooking it and sending it racing away, leaving Jack and Lily unaware of the attack. Jack chastises Lily for her selfishness, but Lily feigns innocence before removing a ring from her finger and tossing it into the pond below. When Lily tells Jack that she will marry the man who finds the ring, Jack immediately leaps into the pond to find it. Meanwhile, the incapacitated Unicorn falls prey to the venom of the blowdart and dies. The Goblins track it, leaving the leader Blix free to cut off the horn of the Unicorn, which in itself is able to grant some degree of magical power. Night soon falls over the world, and a deep winter freeze coats the land while putting a curse on local villagers, freezing them in time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Disappointed Oct. 1 2007
Format:DVD
This movie was a favorite of mine as a child. Unfortunately both the Ultimate Edition and the other Edition feature the Director's Cut, which completely ruined the movie in my mind. Anyone who loved this movie as a child should avoid both versions of Legend in DVD. The revised score is horrific compared to the originally aired version, it's disjointed and mangles the scene itself, as though the composer wasn't even watching the movie. The part played by Mia Scott is ruined by the additional scenes, in which she's referred to as a Princess, rather than a Lady (as in the original) and rather than sweet, naive and innocent she comes across as spoiled and demanding. There are entire pieces of the originally aired movie missing from the Director's and Ultimate Editions and new scenes which provide no insight to replace the missing portions. Rather than renewing a cherished childhood memory of a wonderfully mystical land of love and innocence and the chilling thrill of the evil characters played out, I was left with distaste and supreme diappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Curry smolders
Legend is a classic piece of fantasy film making. The only time I ever liked Tom Cruise when he was a somewhat pretty boy chasing a spoiled piece of royal fluff to the ruin of the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Y. van Petten
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not like the soundtrack!
I hate to say it, but the Nort American theatrical release is better than the director's cut.
The film is still visually stunning, but this version has Jerry Goldsmith score... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Diana DePaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend Blu-ray
This is one of Tom Cruise's first movies it's actually pretty good it a great fantasy , for him a different kind of action flick
Published 1 month ago by Marian Sattler
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for mother
I got this dvd for my mother. She had just ruined her VHS and loves the movie. I thought the Directors cut was an added bonus. She is very happy with the dvd. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie Jean Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars What a devil.
This film is up to today, the best film that impressed me for the Diablo costume. This set the devil face in my mind forever.
Published 4 months ago by Papineau
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
After all these years... I was finally able to watch the directors cut version. It was worth the wait. Although I loved seeing the director's cut.... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pierre Villeneuve
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
This movie is an oldie but definitely a goodie. I have enjoyed watching this movie and will again and again.
Published 9 months ago by Moniquez
5.0 out of 5 stars parfait
Livraison dans un délais rapide et la marchandise dans un état des plus satisfaisant, très heureux d'en faire l'ajout à ma collection.
Published 12 months ago by Steve Dumas
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but recommended
I remember seeing Legend when I was a teenager and was blown away by Tim Curry's performance, the makeup and cinematography. Read more
Published on June 19 2011 by Petronius
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Fantasy Classic
Another Great Fantasy Classic!! "Legend" Is A Work Of Pure Uncontaminated Fairy Tale Magic. I Found That This Film Gives A Similar Feel In Style As "The Neverending Story" does,... Read more
Published on June 11 2007 by Nathan O'Casey
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