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Legend [Blu-ray]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 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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4.0 out of 5 stars LEGENDary Bonuses March 16 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank god for DVDs... Aug. 4 2003
By Dagonet
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic Oct. 16 2004
By Enigma
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to find the Ultimate Edition
So glad to find the Ultimate Edition, which includes both the Director's Cut and the Theatrical Release (with the soundtrack by Tangerine Dream). Read more
Published 5 days ago by TNT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An 80's gem, from a time before Tom Cruise lost his mind. :p
Published 1 month ago by Jeff :D
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the holy grails of 80's fantasy
There is something special about 80's fantasy films. This movie does not disappoint feeding the hunger of wanting to take part in a creative world filled with fantasy creatures the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MGen
5.0 out of 5 stars only good thing cruise ever starred in
thank you for the great buy i didnt need to go to walmart and be around a bunch of people getting in my way :) nothin like haveing it shipped right to ur door for half the price of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by anthony henderson
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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 8 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 9 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 13 months ago by Pierre Villeneuve
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