Legend

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This lavishly staged and costumed fantasy is about young Jack Tom Cruise and his lady love Princess Lili Mia Sara, and how Jack battles Darkness Tim Curry to save both the Princess and the world. When the peasant Jack takes Princess Lili to see the unicorns, the strongest animals around, he does not know that Darkness, with his cloven hooves, yellow eyes, and red skin plans on using Lili as bait to weaken the unicorns which he does -- and plunge the world into an ice age. Soon after that disaster, Darkness ...
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This lavishly staged and costumed fantasy is about young Jack Tom Cruise and his lady love Princess Lili Mia Sara, and how Jack battles Darkness Tim Curry to save both the Princess and the world. When the peasant Jack takes Princess Lili to see the unicorns, the strongest animals around, he does not know that Darkness, with his cloven hooves, yellow eyes, and red skin plans on using Lili as bait to weaken the unicorns which he does -- and plunge the world into an ice age. Soon after that disaster, Darkness captures Lili and, Jack has to rally his elves and elvettes to rescue her and subdue Darkness at the same time.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Tom Cruise was a newly minted star courtesy of Risky Business when he was chosen to play the lead in this opulently produced fantasy, which got mixed reviews but delighted audiences all over the world. A perennial favorite at video stores -- in part because it’s an adventure film that can be enjoyed by the whole family -- Legend is finally available in a deluxe DVD edition containing two strikingly different versions of the film: the one that appeared in theaters and a never-released cut by director Ridley Scott. Cruise will still make young girls’ hearts flutter as the arboreal hero of this timeless tale, which finds the lord of darkness Tim Curry menacing a beautiful princess Mia Sara who embodies the innocence he must destroy in order to conquer the world. Fairies, goblins, and monsters abound, all of them vividly depicted, thanks to what was in 1985 state-of-the-art makeup and visual effects. Scott never loses sight of the fact that Legend is just a glorified fairy tale, and he spares no effort in creating a never-never land that is as believable as it is magical. The leading roles are well filled, as Cruise and Sara embody virtue perfectly, and Curry is appropriately majestic and demonic as the genuinely spine-chilling dark lord. A real treat for the senses, Legend has everything you could hope for in family fantasy: action, adventure, humor, romance, and mysticism. Supplemental features on the Special Edition include a making-of documentary titled "Creating a Myth," deleted scenes, musical scoring and storyboard images depicting scenes dropped from the script, and DVD-ROM content that includes script-to-screen comparisons. The unrated director's cut is also available in a stand-alone edition.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Ridley Scott's dark fairy tale Legend is a gorgeous exercise in fantastical storytelling. With the help of FX master Rob Bottin (Total Recall, The Thing), Scott created an unforgettable palette of imagery that will no doubt live on with audiences for years to come. While the story he brought to life admittedly isn't the meatiest - and borderlines on all-too-silly at many points - Legend continues to resonate because it truly is one-of-a-kind classic good vs. evil tale popping with lush eye candy from beginning to end. As far as the cast goes, it's Tim Curry's show all the way as the horned and hoofed Darkness. Aided by Bottin's astounding makeup design, Curry becomes the ultimate vision of evil as he chews up each scene with equal parts nasty glee and venomous seduction. One stumble in the acting department goes to Tom Cruise, whose scrawny frame and puny line deliveries make it tough for audiences to swallow him as the hero of the piece. In contrast, pre-Ferris Bueller Mia Sara radiates enough warmth and beauty as Lili that it's easy to understand Curry's urges toward her. Beyond the leads, the rest of the film is littered with other great character actors, including Billy Barty of Time Bandits fame and Joe Dante favorite Robert Picardo, delivering the brief, but deliciously nasty bog witch, Meg Mucklebones. With gorgeous lighting, set design, and costumes filling each frame, Legend is a sight to behold -- a true fairy tale come to life. While its sometimes uneven tone may continue to polarize the critical elite, even its detractors would be hard-pressed to come up with another film that achieves as much as this visually-arresting film does. Though technically brilliant, the production was plagued with such infamous setbacks as the fire that severely destroyed a massive forest set beyond repair and of course, the major cuts due to the various test screenings it had to undergo. Not only did Scott cut the film immensely after one of them, but also the original score by Jerry Goldsmith was completely dropped by the studio to make way for a more "popular" score by hot band Tangerine Dream. Thankfully, audiences can now experience the original cut and Goldsmith's score on numerous home releases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/1998
  • UPC: 096898019330
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Jack
Mia Sara Princess Lili
Tim Curry Darkness
David Bennent Honethorn Gump
Alice Playten Blix
Billy Barty Screwball
Cork Hubbert Brown Tom
Peter O'Farrell Pox
Kiran Shah Blunder
Annabelle Lanyon Oona
Robert Picardo Meg Mucklebones
Tina Martin Neil
Michael Crane Demon Cook
Michael Edmonds Tic
Ian Longmuir Demon Cook
Liz Gilbert Dancing Black Dress
Eddie Powell Mummified Guard
Arnon Milchan
Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director
Eric Allaman Score Composer
Nick Allder Special Effects
Jon Anderson Songwriter
Rob Bottin Makeup Special Effects, Special Effects
Noel Davis Casting
Leslie Dilley Art Director
Norman Dorme Art Director
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Bryan Ferry Songwriter
Christopher Franke Score Composer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
William D. Gordean Editor
Assheton Gorton Production Designer
Joseph P. Grace Associate Producer
Peter Guber Producer
Tim Hampton Co-producer
William Hjortsberg Screenwriter
Donna Isaacson Casting
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Marci Liroff Casting
Arnon Milchan Producer
Ann Mollo Set Decoration/Design
Jon Peters Producer
Arlene Phillips Choreography
Terry Rawlings Editor
Peter Robb-King Makeup Special Effects
Tangerine Dream Score Composer
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Jeremy Zimmerman Casting
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Legend

    I love this movie. The story and characters are amazing but the setting is even more spectacular. I still get goosebumps watching a couple of the scenes and they are totally inspiring. However, I was disappointed that this edition does not contain the original scene version. It only has the director's cut. Which while interesting does not provide the same feeling that I remember from before. We were upgrading our VHS collection and we'll have to get a different edition of this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    legend original or director's cut

    okay i had seen this when i was younger and had no idea what the heck was going on but now i watch it with an adult perspective and i'm like no way can this be for kids. so after watching the director's cut i must say that its a little better but i liked did not like the new ending. i loved and remembered well the original ending including the music which in my opinion fit the setting. but for the rest the story made a little more sense. and i'm going to say that this is a film that i can watch with tom cruise (since i don't like him but i can make an exception with legend). anyway, watch the director's cut and decide whether you prefer the original or not. mia sara looks so...pretty either as the princess or the evil princess either way she's still pretty. tim curry was unrecognizable and just freaking amazing with all that make up. man did i have some nightmares when i was young with certain scenes from this. good old childhood memories and such a awkward classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beginning of A New Type of Movie

    Legend was one of the first major fantasy films of the 80's. It opened up a new chapter in the book of movie genres. Tom Cruise and Mia Sarah look fabulous as two virtuous mortals, Jack and Lily, who are in danger of losing their world to the evil dark lord, played by Tim Curry. This movie has fairies, goblins, elves, unicorns, and even a water demon ( Meg Mucklebones ) Legend is a compelling version of good vs. evil in a realm so pure. The movie blends well and makes the viewer think, is there really another realm like this?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

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    Imaginative

    Jack takes Lily to see the unicorns but makes the mistake of wanting to take a closer look at the creatures. The goblins are to bring the horn of one of the unicorns and unfortunately succeed. In doing so, the world is turned into a snowy place and Jack along with an elf and others are to stop the Lord of Darkness and turn back the world as it once was. The locations, the costumes, just the look of the film is visually stunning. The characters are interesting. It's obvious the make-up people did an amazing job with characters like Blix and especially Darkness, played by Tim Curry, in a very creepy performance. This film I remember, while looking great, had a dark and creepy atmosphere to it, and seeing it years later, it still does. The music, depending on the version you're seeing, is good too. Recommend this movie if you love 80s fantasy movies and are tired of fantasy movies nowadays that are just about CGI instead of telling a story.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Definite Favorite

    I have loved this movie since I was a child. It is the classic battle between good and evil, light and dark. I love the concept of the unicorns being sacred and the light of the world. The love between Jack and Lily is sweet and innocent, yet sexy and powerful. As I've grown older, I have noticed more strong characteristics of the movie and it continues to be in my top 5 list of movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for Fantasy Lovers!

    Enjoyed

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Glad to own it

    I remembered watching this movie when I was younger and loved it so much, I had to add it to my movie collection!!I didn't know there were two versions, but I think I like the original!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I loved the original movie and was thrilled to finally find it on DVD. I was heartsick however, to find that the director's cut was different from what I had had on VHS. Not only was the music totally different, but some of the scenes had been changed as well. I'll continue to look for the original version, which was out on VHS and in Theatres. Do youself a favor if you liked the original, steer clear of the director's cut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dont like new music

    Love this movie but they have changed the main song though-out the movie and I hate the new song.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this movie

    I love this movie more than any other movie I have ever scene. The effects and costumes were awesome then and they ,to me, still are awesome and beat out some of these other movies. The storyline awesome as well. Love it Love it. If only they could make clean movies like this one over and over. I have to let my children watch these movies legend, princess bride, labrynith. Anyways AWESOME MOVIE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Legend

    The movie's alright with the dazzling costumes, make up and setting. Tom Cruise is okay as the lead hero and character as Jack with Mia Sara as Lily and Tim Curry is scary as Darkness but is for some reason tall. I mean really tall and the horns on his head look heavy. Pretty good movie none the less.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A masterpiece of the fantasy genre!

    This movie is a must have for fantasy lovers everywhere, the DVD is quite excellent and flawless especially the nicely done director's cut with better music score from the late jerry Goldsmith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Romantic and a Great Adventure for two Lovers to take on.

    This movie was more than outstanding! The costumes, makeup, and characterization were awsome and really intriged me to keep watching the movie. Tom, Mia, and Tim were wonderful. Great jod Ridley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Truly Stunning Movie

    I am only 14, and even I understand the work that went into this to make a wonderful movie experience!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    Words are not enough

    I think this is one of the most fantastic movies ever!I love it! The unicorns made me cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A flawed gem

    Ridley Scott is a camera visuals specialist and this movie showcases that talent. Fantastic imagery is the hallmark of Legend. Tom Cruise fans do not need to get excited about this film as he does not give a great performance and the character that he plays doesn¿t allow for much range. I saw the American version when it was originally released. It was mesmerizing but I noticed a choppiness to the story and several places where it looked like someone had pasted two unrelated scenes together. I surmised that the film had been cut up in the editing room and wondered why. I found out why when I got this disc. There are two versions on the disc. One the original released in England and the other the edited American version. Apparently the original version did not do well in theaters and so considerable re-editing was done before introducing it into the American market. The reediting was done long after shooting had stopped and so the editors had to patch together a new version from what they had. They shortened the movie by about 15 minutes, rearranged scenes, and replaced Goldsmiths score by one from Tangerine Dream. In doing so they created some problems like the choppiness that I noted and some scenes were lost that are necessary to understanding later scenes. Still, I think they were right to do the reediting. The American version has a stronger impact than the original version and the original version was definitely too long. I am glad that both versions are included on this disc so that we can hear Jerry Goldsmith¿s score and see how the original scenes went together. In his commentary Ridley Scott says that he ended up liking both versions and, althought I have a preference for one, I agree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very neat film

    This was a really fun film...I think the ''Evil Lord of Darkness'' might be a little scary for younger children, but the princess was absolutely lovely, as were the unicorns, and Tom Cruise makes a very good ''noble hero in shining armour'', so to speak. I also loved the cute little elf guy...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this movie!!!

    This has been one of my favorite movies since I was a kid. Yes it is a bit of a girly movie, but it has some action in there for the guys. (Yes the unicorns had taped onhorns, but give them a break it was the 80's. The the kind of high tech graphics,imaging and stunts weren't around back then, not to mention it was probably a low budget film), although i thought the sets were great. It's fantastic, nonetheless. You have to have a good sense of adventure and a vivid imagination to really make it come together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Fantasy

    this is a classic! A true fairy tale/fantasy masterpiece. It's a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. It's good vs. evil at it's best in this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Journey Into Another Relm

    This movie was one of Tom Cruise's earlier films, and I believe one of his best. The creatures and make-up in this film transports you to a non-existing world, but makes it believable. Tim Curry makes his character (Darkness)your worst nightmare a reality. Must See!!

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