Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten
Director: Ridley Scott
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
A YOUNG MAN MUST STOP THE LORD OF DARKNESS FROM BOTH DESTROYING DAYLIGHT AND MARRYING THE WOMAN HE LOVES.
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Whitney D. from BROOKLYN, NY
Reviewed on 3/14/2010...
Shaneka B. is right! Wish I'd read that before I ordered this one. They don't really advertise that this version is the director's cut. It's a VERY different viewing experience from the original US version!
David C. from GRAFTON, WV
Reviewed on 2/16/2009...
'Legend' is literally one hell of a movie! It's the classic "Good vs. Evil" fairy tale--one that involves elves, unicorns, fairies, ogres, and plenty of other supernatural beings (including Satan.)
Tom Cruise plays a character who as usual, doesn't do what he's told until it's too late and the world is literally coming to an end. He sets out on a quest to make things right and runs into one thing after another. The real star of the show is Tim Curry who plays the "Evil" being, one that looks like Satan (red skin, horns, yellow teeth, evil laugh, etc.)
The whole "Legend" world is very believable. Anybody who enjoys fantasy, role playing games, or love stories needs to watch this movie. Hopefully this movie will make it to Blu-Ray soon--it'd be awesome!!!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Rocio M. (Rlizz) from HESPERIA, CA
Reviewed on 2/16/2009...
Legend was one of the first Fiction movies that I came to love, it not only portrays an awesome fantasy world, but also that classic good vs. evil battle that can only be won by true love and sacrifice, and yay, happy ending!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Shaneka B. from BROOKLYN, NY
Reviewed on 2/16/2009...
This is the Director's Cut Version, So If You're Looking for the U.S version with music by Tangerine Dream, this isn't the one.(Just wanted to inform you on this).
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Two Movies for the Price of One! Darkness and Light!
Brett D. Cullum | Houston, TX United States | 05/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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 5.1 sound mix while the other version gets a 2 channel Dolby mix, and even the video quality seems different with again the director's cut looking better than the theatrical release. But at last we can see a widescreen version of either cut, and we get a lot of extras that explain some of why the movie is the way it ended up. Beautiful images, two good soundtracks (I like both though the mood changes), and basically strong performances. LEGEND is a waking dream!"
There is no good without evil; no light without darkness
Clarissa | Ontario, California | 10/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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...
Within this two-disc set is two versions of the film. One is the director's cut, as it was intended to be seen, and the other is the U.S. theatrical version, which I personally prefer, as do many others apparently. There are many extended scenes in the director's cut that were taken out of the U.S. release to trim down the overall running time but I felt the U.S. version simply flowed better. It also features a more dramatic score by Jerry Goldsmith instead of the more emotional score by Tangerine Dream and doesn't include the closing credits song "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" by Brian Ferry, ending the movie on a more magical note. But still, it was nice to see both versions and to compare the two. There's also a lot of bonus materials in the limited edition of Legend that many fans will be very grateful for."
M. Browning | the D.C. 'burbs, USA | 10/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."