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5.0 out of 5 stars finally!, October 3, 2000
This review is from: Legend (Ultimate Edition) (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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Initial post: Apr 15, 2009 11:53:51 PM PDT
Gidget Jones says:
It's interesting. Most people seem to prefer Goldsmith's score which, while certainly adequate, sounds pretty much like all standard movie scores (i.e. traditionally orchestrated themes based more or less on Romantic music of the 1800s). But I remember seeing this movie when it was released in the mid-'80s, and one element that always stood out to me was the unusual music of Tangerine Dream. It's what gives this movie an eerily mystical quality, more so than the Goldsmith score specifically because it is based on contemporary (at the time) pop instrumentation. But the TD score is anything but pop music for the kiddies, as some other reviewers seem to feel. It is ethereal and fantastical, which is precisely what this film requires. I wasn't aware that this film had been released in this "ultimate" edition with both scores, but I'm delighted it has.

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 11:56:41 PM PDT
besides the weird creatures created for this movie; what makes this film what it is? for shure it is NOT the usual cheese orchestral music score that almost all movies have because IT DOES NOT HAVE IT!!! instead the music score was made by tangerine dream! none other than the best band in electronic ( and i mean real electronic music and not the electronic/dance/nightclub music of today that is wrongly tagged as electronic music! ) music!. it is understandable that some people like jerry goldsmith's music, but it sounds the same movie after movie, again and again!!! it might be ok to have the version of the movie with his score, but it just wont be the same!

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 3:49:18 PM PST
I LOVED the theatrical music score. We recently bought this movie at walmart for our daughters. All it had was the director's cut which had that hellish Disney-esque musical score. We ended up on Amazon to buy the blu-ray edition which has the theatrical release. The girls love it so much more, as do we. The music really *makes* the scenes. And we were glad for some of the scenes to be cut. Do we really need yet another princess singing? Bleh.
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