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Ridley Scott, Tom Cruise, Mia Sara | Rating: PG (MPAA)
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Movie synopsis
Director Ridley Scott's lush fantasy film stars the young Tom Cruise as Jack, a peasant who lives in an enchanted forest with his beloved Lili (Mia Sara). One day, while quietly gamboling in a glade, the pair is distracted by the appearance of trolls, minions of the evil Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry). The cloven-footed, cavern-dwelling monster, long banished to the earth's nether regions, has sent the creatures on a mission to seize the horn of a unicorn, thereby plunging the planet into a frigid darkness over which he alone will reign. Things go from bad to worse as Lili succumbs to the forces of darkness, and Jack must assemble a motley band of elves to free her from bondage and return sunlight to the earth's surface. Sumptous art direction and overwhelming special effects are once again a testament to Scott's powers of visual invention.

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  • Edition: Ultimate Edition (2 Discs)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 025192177521

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Genre:Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Format:DVD
Display Format:Ultimate Edition (2 Discs)

Director:Ridley Scott
Leading Role:Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry
eBay Product ID: EPID3380848

Editorial reviews

"...Exhilarating visual elements....It is a fairy-tale produced on a grand scale, a classic tale of the struggle between darkness and light, good and evil..."
Variety - Strat. (08/21/1985)

"...Awesome in its fantasy splendor....It is a sumptuous, richly colored feast for cinematographer Alex Gordon's camera..."
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas (04/18/1986)

3 stars out of 5 -- "It's beautiful to watch -- Scott's painterly settings are, as you'd expect, rich and detailed -- and Curry has fun as the bad guy."
Uncut - Michael Bonner (03/01/2012)

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Created: 08/10/06

Legend: an often overlooked fantasy film

I find it telling of how good a director is, by the subtle elements hidden in the scenery of the movie.

Ridley Scott is such a director. He also uses Macs. He always assembles magnificent set designers, costumers, and make up artists.

The scenery in his movies are memorable and will fill your dreams from the first time you see them.

Scott brought us Gladiator ... which contained incredible acting and introduced us to incredible actors. He brought us Aliens ... which was essentially a launchpad for artist HR Giger and new stylistic way of presenting modern horror.
He also brought us the geek favorite ... Blade Runner ... another movie with incredible imagery.

Legend

I'm not a big Tom Cruise fan ... but every now and then he's in a great movie.

The Mission Impossible movies are decent, Minority Report is in my Top 10 ... and then there's this movie.

It's hard for me to get past the fact that he is a scientologist ... because frankly ... it's just weird.

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Don't be fooled by the description or the imagery on the DVD. This isn't a really scary movie.
It is a little dark, but the imagery is incredible. It may be one of the best stylized films ever produced.

Here is an exposition that scrolls before the movie begins ... this is the best way to give you a plot line without giving the movie away:

Once, long ago, before there was such
a thing as time, the world was shrouded
in darkness.

Then came the splendor of light,
bringing life and love into the Universe,
and the Lord of Darkness retreated deep
into the shadows of the earth, plotting
his return to power....by banishing light
forever.

But precious light is protected,
harbored into the souls of Unicorns, the
most mystical of all creatures.
Unicorns are safe from the Lord of
Darkness, they can only be found by
the purest of mortals....Such a mortal
is Jack, who lives in solitude with the
animals of the forest.

A beautiful girl named Lili loves Jack
with all of her heart. In their innocence, they
believe only goodness exists in the world.
Together they will learn there can be
no good without evil....No love without
hate....No heaven without hell....No light
without darkness.

The harmony of the Universe
depends upon an eternal balance. Out
of the struggle to maintain this balance
comes the birth of Legends.</blockquote>

Tim Curry as Darkness (The Devil) is by far the best portrayal and visual of evil in any movie I have seen.

Many of the sets were damaged in mid production due to a fire on a nearby James Bond soundstage.

One of Tom Cruise first movies. His 3rd lead character role:

Top Gun (1986) ... Maverick

Legend (1985) .... Jack

Risky Business (1983) .... Joel Goodsen

* Information from IMDB.COM

One movie mess up that that even the fan sites for this movie seem to skip over concerns the goblin Blix ... in one scene ... the face of Blix has a normal skin tone ... but in all other scenes, the face of Blix is green.

See if you can spot this!

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Created: 07/11/06

Legend (Ultimate Edition)

Definitely one of the greatest fantasy movies of all time. It is a classic tale of good versus evil filled with goblins, fairies, elves, unicorns, and mortals. A young Tom Cruise plays Jack, a forest-dwelling hero in-love with the lovely princess Lily (Mia Sara). In an attempt to win his true love's heart, Jack introduces Lily to the unicorns, warning her that she must not touch them. She of course does, thereby accidentally breaking off the unicorn's horn which plunges the world into utter cold, darkness, and despair. She is then kidnapped by an evil goblin who takes her to his master (the devil himself). As in all good fairytales, the hero must rescue the beautiful damsel in distress, in this case to save the world from eternal darkness and perpetual evil.
It is Tim Curry's portrayal of the Lord of Darkness that stands out as exceptionally fine. With incredible costumes and makeup and charming set designs, this movie is delightful for all but the very young (as some may find it a lttle too scary).
Be sure to watch the bonus disc which features lost scenes, a photo gallery, a music video by Brian Ferry, "Is Your Love Strong Enough?", and commentary by director Ridley Scott. This soundtrack is a particular favorite of mine.

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Created: 08/08/06

A Fantasy Classic

Review For: Legend (DVD, 2002, 2-Disc Set, Ultimate Edition)

Long before the success of the "Lord of the Rings", there was "Legend", a movie about good and evil, darkness and light. The story revolves around the mythical faerie creature called the unicorn. As long as unicorns roam the earth, evil can never come to the pure of heart. Due to this, the evil Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) has sent his most evil goblin Blix (Alice Playten) to cut off the horn of the unicorn. Without their horn, the unicorn loses its power and the earth will be shrouded in darkness.

However, two other mortals, Jack (Tom Cruise) and his beautiful young friend Lily (Mia Sara) live in the forest as well. Jack takes Lily to see the mythical creatures, but Lily mistakenly touches one of them, and, unknown to her, she has secretly led Blix and his minions to the creatures in the process. Frightened by Lily's touch, the unicorns bolt, but not before Blix unleashes a poisoned arrow at them. The arrow strikes home, and soon one of the unicorns is down. Blix raises his sword and severs the unicorn's horn. Triumphantly, he begins his journey to the Lord of Darkness, the prized horn accompanying him. Immediately after the horn was severed, the forest is covered in frost and snow. Gone is the sunlight and warmth.

Soon, Jack is joined by several other forest creatures, led by the elf Honeythorn Gump (David Bennett). Their task is to retrieve the horn and heal the unicorn before the Lord of Darkness gains possession. To make matters worse for Jack and his friends, the other unicorn and Lily have been captured and taken prisoner. Will Jack arrive in time to free Lily and regain possession of the horn, or will the Lord of Darkness succeed in his quest to rid the world of all unicorns so he can rule the world in total darkness?

This is a very good movie. The story is exciting, and the special effects are well-done. I am a big fan of fantasy fiction, both books and movies, and I was very impressed with this movie. Although the special effects are nothing like those found in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, they are still very good for the time it was produced.

I give this movie my highest recommendation.

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Created: 12/02/10

Legend - this film truly is a legend!

Review For: Legend (DVD, 2002, 2-Disc Set, Ultimate Edition)

This film has been in my life for many years. It started with my dad's obsession with a music group called Tangerine Dream who did the theatrical soundtrack for one version of this film. The first time I watched it I was hooked.
It's mysterious, pure fantasy with a wonderful story line about good versus evil. Featuring a young Tom Cruise as Jack, the beautiful Mia Sara as princess Lily and the fantastic Tim Curry as the demonic Lord of Darkness amongst a host of little critters, this film is a must for all ages. Produced by Ridley Scott, this is my all time favourite film.
Jack must save Lily from The Lord of Darkness or the world will be plunged into a never ending ice age of darkness. One piece of advice though is that the music most definately makes this film what it is hence why I would only buy the US theatrical version with Tangerine Dream score. I have 2 copies of this now, both of which I have had to import from America on R1 dvd. Whilst the Jerry Goldsmith score is good, it's orchestral and nowhere near fits the film.
Definately buy this film and be lost in a magical world of myth and magic :-)

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Created: 11/26/09

"One Of The Best Fantasy Films!"

Review For: Legend (DVD, 2002, 2-Disc Set, Ultimate Edition)

Tom Cruise, Mia Sara and Tim Curry star in Ridley Scott's 1985
fantasy. Elves help a woodland boy rescue his beloved from a
demon. I love this film and Tim is amazing as Darkness. This
dvd set not only has good picture and sound, but theatrical
and director's cuts with many neat extras. Both cuts also
have different music scores by Tangerine Dream and Jerry
Goldsmith which are both beautiful. This is one of the best
fantasy films I highly recommend.

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