Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced Legend for Blu-ray release on May 31. This Ridley Scott fantasy film starring Tom Cruise as a forest dweller who must defeat the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) will be presented in an Ultimate Edition BD, featuring two versions of the movie: the 114-minute director's cut and the 94-minute theatrical cut.
Special features include:
Commentary with Ridley Scott (on the director's cut)
Isolated music score by Tangerine Dream (on the theatrical cut)
Creating a Myth: The Making of Legend
Music video: Byan Ferry, "Is Your Love Strong Enough"
I must add this, what was wrong with the original poster artwork for this movie, why must we get great picture and sound on a blu-ray and wrap it in butt-ugly packaging??? seriously check this out and tell me what was wrong with reusing this? http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2910756096/tt0089469 Hoping for a great transfer, I always liked this movie and Tim Curry scared the crap out of me when I was a kid in this!
hey Dragon Tattoo take your childish behaviour elsewhere; if you expect people to "google" or "wiki" everything than there wouldn't be much of a point to discussions and to be the "spelling police" on the internet is a bit ridiculous.
You're new here you might be used to such antics on other boards but time to grow up.
The same goes for you nolfoc, there's no reason to use derogatory language, even if its towards a troll.
As for this release, I think i'll definitely pick it up... I don't recall enjoying the story all that much as a kid but I do remember the puppets/costumes/etc were top notch and I had a major crush on Mia Sara
So I guess i'll be picking this up... but maybe after it comes down in price
I liked the restored directors cut that came out on dvd a few years ago. The British version was in the same vein but a bit shorter i think and the American version had the Tangerine Dream score, but personally i thought the Jerry Goldsmith one fit the style of movie a little better. Really looking forward to this on blu-ray because the atmosphere of the sets will look amazing. The forrest was really dense and alive with pollen and bits floating around. The lighting and cinematography is outstanding too. Legend was the movie that burnt down the original Bond stage at Pinewood if your old enough to remember that. Anyway, waffles aside, i'm looking forward to this one.
Hmmm, Legend would have been about number 1,000 on my "Blu-rays I'd like to see" list, but it's not a bad movie. If nothing else we get to see Tom around the time he was introduction to Xenu and the magical world of thetans.
Alien, Blade Runner and Legend is the holy trinity of Ridley Scott movies as far as I am concerned (not that he hasn't made better movies (except for BR, that is <Cliché> my favourite movie </Cliché>, but there is just something about these 3 movies he directed after each other...)
But... How can they call this the Ultimate Edition if the European cut isn't included?!
I love this film! Awsome fantasy! Rob Bottin's work is just fantastic! I wonder, though, why they are just using Tangerine Dreams replacement score for the isolated? Jerry Goldsmith was the original composer, and his score is VASTLY superior. Personally, I'd rather pick up a foreign released blu if it contained Goldsmith's score, as I believe it was kept in for the European market.
LEGEND wasn't a big box office success, but perhaps it may be better known for the final break between director Ridley Scott and composer Jerry Goldsmith who had feuded earlier when they worked on ALIEN. As Captain Rex Kramer posted earlier, Goldsmith's original score is superior to the replacement by Tangerine Dream. I suspect the studio used Tangerine Dream for the Blu-ray because their score was used on the US theater showing, so maybe the contract is still binding for the US dvd.
"The Val Kilmer one is better than this." Hey CandyStalker if you are going to back someones point on using google to locate information should you not follow thier advise and use google to find the name of the movie you are saying is better. It's Willow by the way. Answering questions and helping each other out is why we use this website is it not?
"LEGEND wasn't a big box office success, but perhaps it may be better known for the final break between director Ridley Scott and composer Jerry Goldsmith who had feuded earlier when they worked on ALIEN."
Some also remember it as the beginning of the end for Jim Henson (which is ironic, considering how many pages Ridley originally wanted to take from "Dark Crystal" during production):
Jim had a full-blown fanboy following for the movie, hiring the same cinematographer to work on Labyrinth. And every fantasy project after that he believed had to follow the EXACT SAME visual Ridley-Scott style: Watch a couple episodes of "The Storyteller" and see backlighting, gold-filters, swirling leaves, doomed dialogue and Mia Sara clones aplenty.
1. the director's cut with music by Jerry Goldsmith.
2. the US theatrical cut with music by Tangerine Dream.
Tangerine's Dream's score is isolated, but Goldsmith's isn't. I'm guessing it's because, even in the director's cut, Goldsmith's score was severely messed around with. Some cues were moved, others were re-tracked, and some stuff was replaced by the composer's earlier score for PSYCHO II. Ridley Scott seriously needs a lesson on how to deal with film music! Still, this is still the best presentation of Goldsmith's score, in the movie, that we're ever likely to get.
If you want to hear Goldsmith's score as intended, pick up the Silva Screen CD.
@ BHolst: the reason why the euro-version probably is not included in the ultimate edition, is the rights are owned by Fox (Warner actually released the Euro cut in Asian territories, not Universal) - there is a French blu/DVD combo which appears to be released by Fox, so, that version will be released, but not here in the States.
Great, I have big fullhd tv since january and just started to look around for big/great/epic movies and Legend is definitely one of them. Funny thing - just a year ago I´ve seen the US theatrical version of the movie and it was terrible - the Tangerine Dreams music fit to the fantasy/medieval movie the same way as in Ladyhawk. Can´t believe this garbage made it to the blu ray :-) I hope the european version of Legend will be just with J.G. music and with no US theatrical version. Now let´s hope Willow will make it too (with a better twohead dragon of course) :-)
Rocklandboy - I agree with you. If you enjoyed the score, definatly pick up the Silva release for Goldsmith's version. It's a great cd. I have it, along with a few other versions of this score. It still would have been nice to have Goldsmiths score on an isolated track, though. Oh well.
@azmodeous Because the artwork pictured here looks better than what you linked to. Besides, I don't get all the complaining about artwork, when the majority of the time, all you see is the spine of the disc cases on your shelf.
Absolutely Day 1 for me too! I've discovered this gem when it was released on DVD years ago, and it felt like a mix between Lord of the Rings (the sets, the look, the creatures) and a touch of Zelda (Imagine Tom Cruise as Link and you'll get the picture when you'll watch this movie).
Never saw the theatrical cut, even if it's on the DVD, but I watched the movie 3 times and I love it more every time.
I'm sure I'll get bashed for this, but I love the Tangerine Dream score & don't care for the Jerry Goldsmith music. I saw this movie when it came out in 1985 and loved it! The music fit it perfectly! As cdmaniac said, there is an incredible ethereal feel to this movie and to the Tangerine Dream music score. For lack of a better term, Jerry Goldsmith's score sounds to "musicy", not fantasy, which the movie needs.
I've actually never heard of this film before. But, the fact that one of my favorite directors (and one of the most versatile), Ridley Scott, is involved makes it quite intriguing. It would be interesting to me to see how he handled a story driven primarily by fantasy as opposed to science fiction or those with a more "realistic" basis, like historical events and historical legend. Would also like to see how the special effects were handled. More and more I find the special effects of the age before computer generated images rather fascinating in terms of craft. I hope the transfer is top notch.
I agree with azmodeous and others that the cover graphic could be nicer. Even without having seen the film and knowing only the basic storyline, I prefer the original poster graphic shown via the link azmodeous provided in his post, above. I find the villain more menacing in that poster, for one. And I just like it better in terms of its visual aesthetic.
Goldsmith's score is one of the most amazing fantasy scores ever written. Not only that, some of the movie - I'm thinking specifically the Tim Curry/Mia Sara dance sequence - was choreographed to Goldsmith's music. Hence Tangerine Dream's re-score was written to a dance choreographed to Goldsmith!
I like Tangerine Dream normally, but this is their weakest effort IMHO.
I disagree with some things. First the original poster art was good but I loved some of the teaser posters and the European poster a lot more. Also the cover art for the Blu-Ray is not awful, it's actually pretty good. I mean the artwork on Monster Squad, From Beyond, Alligator and the Critters movies are HORRIBLE.
Second both scores are great and serve each version well. Tangerine Dream's score is more fairy tale and whimsical and it elevates the shorter US version. Jerry Goldsmith's score is more dramatic and orchestral and it gives the director's cut a sense of terror and a more adult mood.
So basically fans of either version win. I actually love both versions.
I think it is odd to see this "updated" artwork for the "LEGEND" Blu Ray packaging. Back in the day, most films featured impressive artwork. It was sad to see the entire industry move to static photo montages. This one
certainly does take the cake! This release has been long anticipated by me! I had false hopes when I first discovered Universal was planning a HD dvd release at one point (unfortunately close to the demise of the format)! Hopefully this is a newer HD transfer and not some pawned-off version of the 2002 dvd master.
Hell yes. im so happy this is finally making it to blu ray. may have the same features as the other dvd but im hoping the quality will be amazing and both versions bring it on! to bad the fairy dance footage was lost and destroyed. but i love tim curry in this!