ARROW BLU RAY RELEASE: Legend (1985)

This Ridley Scott movie has always stood out from his other work to me, as it’s quite literally a children’s story about the most archetypical battle between the good of Jack (Tom Cruise) and evil of the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry).

Much like how the original fairy tales were incredibly dark, this movie is filled with morbid imagery and a villain that may overwhelm viewers, making them love him more than the protagonist.

The death of the unicorn in this film is a moment that many 1980’s children will remember as quite possibly the end of said childhood. The true star of this movie remains Curry, who is absolutely incredible (as always). He spent five and a half hours a day just to get into the makeup, which then needed a full hour of bathing to remove all the adhesive. One day, Curry grew impatient and claustrophobic, removing the makeup and some of his own skin. He was off the film for a week to recover.

Interestingly enough, the European and director’s cut of this film don’t use Tangerine Dream, but instead feature music by Jerry Goldsmith. There was also a Bryan Ferry song, “Is Your Love Strong Enough?” that features Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and a music video for that as well.

If you look in n Meg Mucklebones’ swamp and when the unicorn is chained up, you can even stop Pazuzu from The Exorcist. Much like many of Scott’s early efforts like Blade Runner — and several other films on this list — this movie wasn’t considered a classic when it was released. But today? Today it certainly is. This Arrow Video limited edition blu ray has, well, everything you ever wanted to see about this movie, including the high definition 1080p versions of the U.S. theatrical cut (a new 2K restoration from original materials including a 4K scan of the original negative) and the director’s cut.

The U.S. version has commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Ridley Scott: The Making of His Movies, a reconstructed isolated score by Tangerine Dream, an isolated music and effects track, a featurette on the making of the film, a feature that compares the versions of the film, The Directors: Ridley Scott and the Bryan Ferry video “IIs Your Love Strong Enough?” The director’s cut has a Ridley Scott commentary, a documentary on the making of the movie, a promotional feature, alternate and deleted scenes, storyboards, screenplays, trailers, TV commercials and a stills gallery.

You also get an illustrated perfect-bound book with new writing by Nicholas Clement and Kat Ellinger, as well as archive materials including production notes and a 2002 interview with Charles de Lauzirika about the restoration of the director’s cut. Then there’s a large double-sided poster with newly commissioned artwork by Neil Davies and original theatrical artwork by John Alvin, glossy full-color portraits of the cast photographed by Annie Leibovitz, six double-sided postcard-sized lobby card reproductions and a reversible sleeve featuring the Davies and Alvin art.

If you love Legend, you need to get this set from MVD or Diabolik DVD.

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