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Legend [Blu-ray] [1985]

Tom Cruise , Mia Sara , Ridley Scott    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Polish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, German, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UPTXA4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Tom Cruise stars in this 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, the fantastic story has Jack, (Tom Cruise), a mystical forest dweller, chosen by fate to undertake a heroic quest. He must save a 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. Co-starring Billy Barty and Alice Playten and directed by Ridley Scott, famed for his remarkable settings and unparalleled imagery, the incredibly realised fable is the stuff movie legends are made of.


The Blu-ray of Legend gets off to a very, very good start. Right from the off, you’re offered a choice of one of two different cuts of the movie. There’s the theatrical version, which many grew up with. But also, there’s Ridley Scott’s longer, richer director’s cut. Both, thankfully, are included on the disc. It’s the key extra feature that’s been included on the Blu-ray, and an important one.

Elsewhere? Well, ordinarily, the first part of a high definition upgrade that would stand out would be the picture quality of a film. In the case of Legend though, it’s the glorious score that plays over the menus. It sounds crisp and really quite wonderful, and remains so right through the feature itself.

Thankfully, the picture upgrade, too, is worth the investment. Considering how dark large parts of Legend are, it’s a challenging film to successfully transfer to disc. But it’s fine work that’s been done here. It really gets across just how young a certain Tom Cruise used to look, too, with the crispness of the 1080p transfer.

As with many fantasy films of the 1980s, the emphasis on practical effects is striking, and welcome. They hold up a lot better than you might be expecting in more exposed high definition. But then, so does the film itself. It’s a magical piece of work, in a genre that neither Tom Cruise nor Ridley Scott has spent much time in across their careers. And fortunately, the Blu-ray proves to be a worthwhile upgrade. --Jon Foster

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Once. Twice. Three times a Legend. 9 Feb 2012
There is only 1 reason to buy this blu-ray release. For the EUROPEAN THEATRICAL VERSION, which gives us yet another version of the film, from a Director who seems to like two, three, and in some cases even four versions of one film. It is presented with better sound, than we've had before, Jerry Goldsmith's score can be heard clearly and the dialogue and sound effects are crisp and sharp, giving the listener an all round balance of sound. The picture is the best I've seen it, it's rich in color and sharp in detail, the quality is not lost in the darkness, like the Director's Cut.

My main problem with this release, is the lack of, or NO special features. You get two versions of the film and that's it. Unlike:

Legend [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

This has two versions of the film, US THEATRICAL RELEASE / DIRECTOR'S CUT. A Director's Commentary, and a shed load of extras. The disc's themselves have the original posters printed on them, unlike the blu-ray disc, the menu's are better, beautiful, atmospheric images animated to catch the eye, and the packaging is beautiful, not just publicity photo's layered together in Photoshop. So why couldn't all of these, be incorporated in the blu-ray release too????????????????????

For the true fan, you must get BOTH.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Fantasy films ever! 13 Jan 2003
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
May I suggest that 'surround sound' is turned off???
As all the other reviewers seem to be concentrating on the presentation and not the content of the film, here's my twopence worth.
Definitely not a kid's film, this is a dark, sensual adult film of the age-old theme of the devil wanting darkness to take over the world - requiring the services of a virgin and a unicorn. The visual effects and photography are just brilliant, given the era this was made in - you can see Ridley Scott's influence and imagery in the latest Lord of the Rings films.
The acting is superb;
young Tom Cruise (as Jack) brings off the young lad charged with the task of rescuing the Princess and destroying Darkness with a grace and style that belong to a veteran;
Tim Curry is in his best-ever role here, (even better than Frankenfurter!); the stifled undercurrent of rage is barely held in check as he woos the slightly-willing princess; one is almost convinced by him as he declares his philosophy and aims - "No Good without Evil; no Love without Hate; no Innocence without Lust..." in that rich chocolatey voice; and his laughter and dismissive tone as 'the BOYY!' Jack confronts him sends shivers down one's spine;
and Mia Sara (whatever happened to her?) is both innocence and seduction, and believable in both roles, but her forceful rejection of the Lord of Darkness is as powerful a piece of acting as you will ever get.
Altogether a classic of film-making - seeing it again after several years makes one realise what a masterpiece this is!
Unreservedly recommended. *****
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it even more after 16 years...! 17 May 2003
I first saw this movie on tv over 16 years ago and fell in love with it. And even still, at age 20, it is my favourite movie. I believe I am this movie's biggest fan and critic. I have 7 veriated versions of this movie, and have easily seen Legend close to 4000 times (no, it's not a sickness, it just spoke to me in different ways everytime i saw/see it).
It's still so sad that the dance scene had not been rightfully placed back into the movie after all these years.
If it had been, then the movie would finally be complete.
There are so many funny little changes in each version; between misplaced lines, scene sequences, dubs, etc... There's no wonder why I just keep watching it.
I still haven't fulfilled my goal of taking every extra little bit and piece that all the movies have and lack and create my own version with every single line and scene possible to match the complete script as closely as possible.
Sounds disturbing, but if ridley can't do it, I will!
They say a great book can be identified when it entices you just as much/or even more after you read it as a child, adult, and grow old.
That's precisely how I view Legend.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Legend & Ultimate Confusion 7 Jan 2009
Firstly to point out i'm not going to review this film , i'll leave that task to others - just to clarify some version confusion.
There are actually 5 versions of this film although to try and clarify rather than confuse , i'll concentrate on the 3 that have been released on DVD , leaving to one side the VHS version and the TV version.
In the US there are 2 main versions - the new director's cut which is 113 minutes long and the US theatrical version which is 89 minutes. The UK and European Theatrical release is 94 minutes, however, the dvd uk release on the amazon pages is the edited UK TV version running at a further chopped 89 minutes.
The differences are largely in the beginning , middle and end sequences and most obviously, the musical scores.
The original musical score for the film was by Jerry Goldsmith but was discarded before general US release in theatres because the film was considered too long and cut down from 119 minutes to 89 minutes before release. For this reason a new musical score by Tangerine Dream was used for the US theatrical release.
In the UK and Europe, the movie was slightly less edited and included 5 more minutes ( probably even longer if you consider the difference in frame speed between NTSC and PAL ) and the original Jerry Goldsmith score was re-edited and used.
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