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This is a review of the 2012 All Region Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It plays 2 of the 3 versions of this 1985 dark fantasy film from Ridley Scott. The first is the 94 minute European Theatrical release, the second is the 113 minute Director’s Cut, which is the preferred version, recommended by both Scott and star Tom Cruise. There is a third version, the 89 minute American Theatrical release, disowned particularly by Cruise, which has a totally different (and later) soundtrack, featuring electronic artists ‘Tangerine Dream’. [Note: that appears on the All Region US ‘Ultimate Edition’ from 31 May 2011.]
The Director’s Cut (which we watched) has been restored from an ‘answer print’ of a preview carried out by Scott in California, reaction to which resulted in the additional editing. The ‘answer print’ quality is reportedly less good than the Theatrical version, but we found it excellent. The music on both versions is the original ~ and very fine ~ special soundtrack written by composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Ridley Scott’s body of work encompasses a wide range of genres, and he is as much at home with historical dramas and thrillers as with Sci-fi. From ‘Alien’(1979) to ’Gladiator’(2000) and ‘Hannibal’(2001), his films are renowned for their sweep, their gorgeous detail, their brilliantly-filmed action set pieces, their pace. It is fair to say also however, that this film is probably his most controversial. It received a mauling by critics upon release, and is still periodically giggled over or derided.
Scott set out to create a fairy story or mythological tale. He wanted something original, and sought the involvement of American writer William Hjortsberg. They worked extensively on the script, which initially Scott offered to Disney. Disney concluded it was too dark. It was also clear that location shooting would be prohibitively expensive, so a huge scale model forest, with 60 foot trees, was constructed at Pinewood.
Over the years, the consensus has been that ‘Legend’ LOOKS gorgeous. The sets are stunning, the special effects are amazing, the makeup superbly memorable. This kaleidoscope of colour, artistic sweep and delicious detailing is all pure Ridley Scott. There are also some fabulous action set pieces. The concepts are breath-taking. It also has to be said that though Tom Cruise is not an obvious candidate for forest-dwelling innocent, Jack O’Greene, he makes an excellent fist of the role (and did all his own swimming and diving scenes). Brit Tim Curry as the Lord of Darkness has become one of the most iconic characters in cinema. Swiss actor David Bennent is good as the elf Gump and Robert Picardo is fabulous as hideous Meg Mucklebones.
The problem is that the story falls uncomfortably between a deliciously dark fable on the one hand, and an overly-twee kiddies pic on the other. If Scott had held firmly to his bolder, bleaker vision, this could have been truly spectacular. Sadly, he sells out, with whimsical dwarves channelling their inner leprechauns. Bad idea! It remains a visually gorgeous entertainment, but oh! what might have been!
some of the reviews on here are for different versions so I am being clear - this review is for Legend [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] [US Import] Ultimate Edition US Import Format: Blu-ray I have wanted the version with the Tangerine Dream soundtrack for over 20 years and now I finally have it. Thanks to a few very specific reviews on here I took the plunge and bought this one and was delighted when it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. It also has the Directors cut with the other soundtrack and a few other special features. It is region free so if, like me, you are wanting that haunting TD soundtrack to whip up the magic - then this is the version you have been looking for.
Right thank you God I've finally found the tangerine dream version that I loved oh so much as a child, this American ultimate edition is the one it gives you the choice of directors cut and theatrical = which is the one with the tangerine dream soundtrack on it . So for everyone who is trying to find the tangerine dream version I promise you this version is the one you have been looking for ! It is a region free blu-ray and works perfectly well on my British dvd/blu-ray player . Thanks to the seller and thanks Amazon. I am very happy with this purchase and I hope my review was helpful to others who were desperately trying to get hold of the tangerine dream version.
The discs are a little confusing, it has a theatrical cut and the Director's cut, but it says their two theatrical cuts but theirs only one on the disc. Anyway, you get behind the scenes, music video and other stuff too, so that's okay with me. Seeing this on BluRay is incredible, after only seeing it in a grainy format years ago. Now, I can watch it in splendour and all it's magic and beauty. Mainly because of Tim Curry's performance, voice and what he went through for this role, is worth watching alone. Could have picked someone better than Tom Cruise for the main hero role but you can get over it because it's so beautiful and the rest of the movie is a wonder.
If you love this movie then you will probably buy both the UK and US versions(the US is region free). UK incl.European and Directors cuts both with Goldsmith score and NO extras. US Version is the ULITIMATE Edition which incl.Directors cut and Theatrical release.The theatrical has the Tangerine Dream score and a host of bonus features. Your decision will depend really on what score you prefer and/or if you want some bonus features. Everybody will have a favourite version, mine for an easy flowing storyline is the Directors cut but I do like the TD score and the extras, so a major plus for the US release, BUT as I love this movie, I have both. As some reviewers have already stated the perfect movie would be various bits from all 3 to make it really a LEGEND with !!!!!!!!!!! All 3 have subtle differences ie, some shots have alternative camera angle scenes where you see Darkness rather than just hear his voice, and range from different scenes altogether. Of note is that the Theatrical cut(US) seems to have the best hd transfer, although the other 2 are equally stunning, The Directors cut has a bigger Meg Mucklebone scene, my favourite character apart from Darkness, in the movie.A shame she didnt feature more, but I suppose that would be difficult without a head eh Jack!!!
I bought this film, as I vaguely remembered it from childhood and was interested to see it again in high definition. The visual aspects and soundtrack of the film in blu-ray are stunning and very clear, detailed and brightly colourful. However (unsurprisingly), in hindsight the film is pretty dated, camp / cringeworthy and has it's fair deal of bad acting / scriptwriting. I felt the film aimed mainly for children and fans of fantasy films in the same vein as e.g. 'Labyrinth' and 'The Dark Crystal'. For me, the only positives with this film is in the visual / production design and the soundtrack/s (Jerry Goldsmith's score especially). If you're a fan of this film though, I'm sure you won't be disappointed in this blu-ray transfer and special features available on this region free US edition (which includes both the theatrical & director's cut versions).