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Not the version everyone loves, do NOT buy
, 15 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Legend  [DVD] (DVD)
My feelings on this film are far from unique, it seems about 3 out of 4 reviews state the same feeling: Why this version?
I grew up in the 1980s and recorded Legend off the TV and watched it until the VHS began to go funny. I loved it; it was magical and mystical and oh so enchanting. Of course, many childhood memories are best left as memories and - after watching the DVD version - so it seemed was Legend. It seemed a bit silly, not very captivating and there was certainly nothing magical about it. And then the reason was explained to me. So, to sum it up, there were two versions released; the US version which was shorter and with a soundtrack by the Tangerine Dream and the European version which was longer with a classical score by Jerry Goldsmith. However, when the film was shown on TV in the UK in the 1980s, the US/Tangerine Dream version was used (and ONLY on TV - cinema and VHS/DVD releases are the Goldsmith version). Put shortly, the Goldsmith version is pants and the Tangerine Dream version is sheer brilliance. If you want an example of how much a soundtrack can influence a film, the two versions of this film can serve as no better example. This release is the Goldsmith version - the only version available on Region 2 DVD.
The wonderful music and the brevity of the film in the US/Tangerine Dream version mixed together so well to lift you into another world. The particularly disappointing changes in the Goldsmith version are the ending sans the song 'Loved by the Sun' and the Lord of Darkness's final speech before he is cast into oblivion. The Jerry Goldsmith version is not a bad film, but it is unexceptional, and just another film. Watching the Tangerine Dream version on the internet earlier today (poor, pixleated quality on a laptop and all) took me back to being an eight-year-old boy again and was a million times better than the Goldsmith version on 32 inch, widescreen HD TV).
What makes me so angry is that - just like George Lucas stubbornly refusing to release the original Star Wars films for years - you cannot purchase the Tangerine Dream version on region 2 DVD right now. And you can only buy that version as a box set with the limp Goldsmith release ON REGION 1! Please listen to the multitude of reviews and release the version we all grew up loving.
In short, this film is average and is not the version we grew to love. The second the Tangerine Dream version becomes available on Region 2 DVD, my copy will be on order, but I have no interest in this 'vanilla' version at all and strongly advise you hold off and wait for the real version.
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