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Legend (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] (1986)

Tom Cruise , Mia Sara , Ridley Scott  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (805 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (805 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QSQML8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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464 of 486 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
LEGEND never really found an audience in theatres despite Ridley Scott and Universal's constant tinkering with the final cut. Seems many movies of this era were victims of audience test screenings, and the desire to give people a commercial product that went down easy -- see BRAZIL for a prime example of how studios think (the "love conquers all" version). So LEGEND was severely edited and rescored with a hasty (but often effective score by TANGERINE DREAM). It was short on plot and long on art direction, but sumptuous visuals and an all-out acting job by Tim Curry and make-up artist Rick Bottin made the movie an easy favorite of many fantasy fans. The movie looks stunning, and the story is a universal plunge into archetypes. Nothing wrong with that, it certainly worked for STAR WARS!
This DVD collection gives you two versions of LEGEND -- the original director's cut with over twenty minutes of added footage and the original Goldsmith score; and in addition, you get the original US release. In essence you get two different movies! The moods vary, the characters seem a little different, with whole new speeches and images to enjoy. If you are a fan of the movie or Ridley Scott it's a MUST-HAVE! This is what DVD dreams are made of. While many bemoan the fact BLADE RUNNER does not come with its 2 versions -- the fact is other than the narration and the happy ending, there is not MUCH different. But here we have a case where you can see what happens to a movie as it goes through development HELL. Fascinating stuff, and it comes LOADED with extras.
The only downside is the director's cut gets the royal treatment of a 5.
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally! October 3, 2000
Format:DVD
jerry goldsmith is widely considered to be one of the best creators of movie music alive. he once gave an interview where he said that the score for 'Legend' was his favorite thing he'd ever written. when this movie was released, however, the people at the studio decided that "the kids" just wouldn't get it, so they replaced it with a pop-y bit from tangerine dream. furthermore, scenes were cut, and the action was speeded up so that the movie could be marketed to a younger crowd. problem solved: this is a 2 disc set so you can compare and contrast the two versions: one with jerry goldsmith's score restored and finally bringing the "international" cut to the u.s., the other being the u.s. theatrical cut. this movie is incredible, but certainly not for everyone. the early tom cruise is fun to watch, tim curry is his usual over-the-top self, and mia sara is quite attractive as the princess(?) lilly. at its heart, this is a good vs. evil quest film, with the usual fantasy trappings of that sort used to wonderful effect. the movie is visually stunning, but it relies on more archtypical characters rather than character development. just because it has unicorns, fairies, goblins, swords, magic, etc., does not make this a children's film. i heartily recommend this one to any fan of sheer eye candy, fantasy, or fairy tales.
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107 of 117 people found the following review helpful
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As long as unicorns roam the earth evil can never harm the pure of heart, and that is why the prince of Darkness has sent his most foulest goblins out into the very daylight he seeks to destroy forever to cut off the horns of the last two remaining. But when Jack (the forest boy, played by a very young Tom Cruise) takes Lily (a royal princess, played by the beautiful Mia Sara) to see them, she does the forbidden and touches these ancient creatures. Lily soon discovers it was she who unintentionally lured the unicorns into the goblin's trap; enabling them to shoot the poison stinger into one of the "beasts", as they call them, with a clear view. She vows to make things right again as the land becomes shrouded in a blanket of snow and tries to protect the last unicorn standing but is too frail to defend even herself. She then is captured, along with the unicorn, and taken back to the great tree where the wicked come to sacrifice. There the prince of Darkness yearns for a companion and tries to make Lily one of them by tempting her with jewels and power while Jack and his new friends Gump, a jealous sprite and some other nymphs, device a plan to save Lily, the unicorn, and the world before it's covered in eternal shadow.

Legend wasn't too well received in theaters and was not a favorite among most critics but it has quickly become a cult classic with fantasy lovers like me. Considering the low budget director Ridley Scott was given in order to make this film in the mid-80s, I thought they did a wonderful job in bringing William Hjortsberg's dark fairytale to life, which was written specifically for the screen. I also felt the entire cast put on remarkable performances - especially Tim Curry who went through hell (pun intended) to look as devilish as he does here...
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "LEGEND" Of A Different Kind... May 29, 2003
Format:DVD
Well, I have never found the movie LEGEND to be one of the more satisfying movie experiences in my years of watching films. Though sporting a beautiful visual style and striking cinematography, I found the story to be very thin and uninteresting. Regardless of Tim Curry's incredible performance as Darkness, I was never really drawn into the plot in any way what-so-ever! The electronic score by the pop group Tangerine Dream didn't help matters. The added songs, which were VERY out of place for a fantasy film of this nature, literally sent me running away never wanting to return. Such was my experience with director Ridley Scott's fourth screen adventure.
After reading numerous stories about the film being tinkered with by studio executives, I was always a bit curious as to what it would have been like in its original form. I felt that it was very unfortunate that Jerry Goldsmith, a composer of many beloved movie scores including ALIEN, POLTERGEIST, and several STAR TREK films, would have his score unceremoniously ripped away from the film and replaced with a pop score in an effort to appeal more to the masses. What would the film be like with his original score intact again? These were wishful daydreams that I never expected to see happen. I was wrong.
LEGEND Ultimate Edition DVD is a wonderful release that is well worth the money. Finally, Ridley Scott has been afforded the chance to go back and fix his movie, restoring it to his original vision, along with the original music. The changes have done wonders for my overall enjoyment of this film. Firstly, the Goldsmith score immediately helps to draw you into this fantasy world and never lets you go. The conclusion of the film being set to actual music instead of pop-singing is awesome to say the least!
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit too demonic for me.
I don't care for really demonic movies and I feel this one is.
In fact it scared by grand sone. SO I say not for kids.
Published 1 day ago by Craig M. Houck
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I have always loved this movie but I could never find the theatrical version and I found it on here
Published 8 days ago by Chastine Bushong
5.0 out of 5 stars HELP
I watched this film when it came out originally ( yes I'm that old) but it was the Tangerine dream soundtrack , nothing else will do . Read more
Published 12 days ago by J. stone
4.0 out of 5 stars This is my Review from tv.com
This is a pretty decent film, but the plot moves really fast. The only settings we get are the forest, snowfall forest, and Darkness's fortress. Read more
Published 15 days ago by DisneyVillain
5.0 out of 5 stars FAST SHIPPING!! Product Exactaly as described
FAST SHIPPING!! Product Exactaly as described:0) Love this movie, Hard to find the theatrical version worth buying over directors cut music is by far better.
Published 18 days ago by K
3.0 out of 5 stars There are many great features to this thing.
Striking a near-perfect balance between grit and sensationalism, it takes viewers through a world marked by violence, double-dealing, and racial division, with an emphasis on the... Read more
Published 22 days ago by William Carruth
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
partly my fault. It was the director's cut which had more scenes not in the original movie but different music which detracted from the movie.
Published 24 days ago by Al Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy!
This is a great fantasy movie with unicorns and many other mythical creatures. The cinematography is excellent, as well as the acting and costume design
Published 28 days ago by Nathan Yoder
4.0 out of 5 stars Got to love a classic
For its time this was and still is a wonderful movie. Have watched it many many times, and I am sure I will watch it a few more.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Ken
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it thoroughly
I think watching it on an hd unit is the best way to experience this movie. Get the remastered version. Tim Curry as the devil is a great performance in the movie.
Published 1 month ago by kkrome25
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Well, what do you expect from a bunch of suits? They are desperately trying to make a dark and somber fairy-tale adventure appeal to today's childish money-spending "American Idol"&"High-School Musical" fanatic, short attention span, ritalin chewing crowd. They do this with... Read more
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