- Actors: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten
- Directors: Ridley Scott
- Writers: William Hjortsberg
- Producers: Arnon Milchan
- Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, Spanish
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
- Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Release Date: April 22 2014
- Run Time: 204 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 403 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004QSQML8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,926 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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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.See all Product description
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The film is still visually stunning, but this version has Jerry Goldsmith score rather than the magnificent Tangerine Dream one and it changes the entire mood of the film.
Also, the worst part of the movie is the dialogue and this version has more of it!
In having more dialogue, there is more story, though. But not enough to make up for the other downfalls.
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. There is something beautiful and urgent and innocent in the simple facts of that enchanted world, in its fragility - its summer and light resting in the horn of a single unicorn. It is also deeply passionate, whether this passion drives one to save the world or to destroy it.
In a word, if you've ever longed for the magical, even if it was long-ago when you were a kid and didn't learn yet to be scornful and cynical of emotions, this movie is for you. Enjoy it!
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.
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...