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Legend [VHS] (1986)

Tom Cruise , Mia Sara , Ridley Scott  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (896 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: William Hjortsberg
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Joseph P. Grace, Tim Hampton
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: June 2, 1998
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (896 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1558807381
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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VHS, Color, Running time 1 hour 29 minutes.

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475 of 497 people found the following review helpful
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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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally! October 3, 2000
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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108 of 118 people found the following review helpful
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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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Legend; Ultimate Edition June 19, 2004
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(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, I have never been able to find in stores the version I saw then.

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 pleasurably memorable to the movie were not present. The two notable scenes which were 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 of 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Henry Abell
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Published 4 days ago by Nick
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT the movie you saw as a kid!!
I bought this to share the magic with my 9 year old.... As soon as the movie started, I thought..... Something isn't right here. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Carey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy.
Great movie quality.
Published 4 days ago by Hugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by Jeff Lovelien
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the movie was very good in the ways of darkness and lily and darkness seducing her
Published 5 days ago by Jessica White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it. fast shiping
Published 8 days ago by Carol Golden
2.0 out of 5 stars The pacing is odd and the story seems patch worked at best and...
Okay for kids if you don't mind scaring them. The pacing is odd and the story seems patch worked at best and ridiculous at worst. Read more
Published 9 days ago by kenr
5.0 out of 5 stars It was definitely different with all the original material added ...
It was definitely different with all the original material added and the soundtrack... Not sure which one I'm going to have my kids addicted to...
Published 11 days ago by jer
5.0 out of 5 stars so happy I finally found the right
This is the one to buy, it has 2 versions, one having the music tangerine dreams which is what I was looking for, probably will never watch the other one as it just doesn't do the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Lori G.
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A vote for the version you like most!!
I much prefer the Tangerine Dream version. It was much more vivid and alive. While I love Jerry Goldsmith to death, his soundtrack for this movie is so quiet and tame. There is so little power to it compared to the other. Also, Jerry's version is classically based and "normal-sounding"... Read More
Jun 22, 2009 by Callista Z. Maris |  See all 6 posts
Running Time is the most accurate. They added the running times of both films: 90 minutes (theatrical) and 114 (extended).
The Ultimate Edition containing both films lists the running time for each film. After that DVD came out, a single-disc DVD containing only the extended cut was released. Hope... Read More
Dec 23, 2007 by Matt |  See all 3 posts
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