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#1 of 26 OFFLINE   Oliver_A

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Posted December 17 2008 - 04:49 AM

Dear Mr. DeLauzirika,

are there any current plans to bring Ridley Scott's Legend into the high definition realm? Since this particular movie is one aesthetically pleasing experience, it would be an excellent choice.

Btw, are there any possibilities still left that one day, the 140min version could be found, including David Bennent's original voice track?

#2 of 26 OFFLINE   Charles de Lauzirika

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Posted December 17 2008 - 04:40 PM

I haven't heard anything about Legend on Blu-Ray recently but as with many catalog titles, I can only imagine it will happen at some point down the road.

I suppose there's always a chance the 140 min. workprint could miraculously pop up somewhere in some form (like the 3/4" tape of the alternate opening I found in London) but I believe Terry Rawlings told me that the workprint was physically trimmed down to the 113 min. Director's Cut used for test screenings before the film was conformed for the answer print that was eventually used for the DVD many years later. So there's a very high probability that the 140 min. cut no longer exists. But stranger things have happened...

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#3 of 26 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted January 14 2009 - 04:26 PM

My question is simple: when this was prepped for DVD, was it transferred in HD or SD. If HD, are the masters up to snuff for HD release, or would we run into similar problems to what happened with some early Warner titles i.e. 1080i masters that would have to be "converted" to 1080p, yielding a less than optimal result.
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Posted March 19 2009 - 04:54 PM

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I suppose there's always a chance the 140 min. workprint could miraculously pop up somewhere in some form (like the 3/4" tape of the alternate opening I found in London) but I believe Terry Rawlings told me that the workprint was physically trimmed down to the 113 min. Director's Cut used for test screenings before the film was conformed for the answer print that was eventually used for the DVD many years later. So there's a very high probability that the 140 min. cut no longer exists. But stranger things have happened...

Are you saying what was cut literally ended up on the floor, or does it exist for reinsertion? A reassembled workprint is better than none....

#5 of 26 OFFLINE   Ray_R

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Posted April 05 2009 - 02:49 PM

Charlie, this is another title I'd purchase on BD. Of course with everything ported over from the Ultimate Edition DVD. Seamless branching perhaps? The two cuts are quite different. How about some new interviews with Tom Cruise?

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Posted April 05 2009 - 03:01 PM

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My question is simple: when this was prepped for DVD, was it transferred in HD or SD. If HD, are the masters up to snuff for HD release, or would we run into similar problems to what happened with some early Warner titles i.e. 1080i masters that would have to be "converted" to 1080p, yielding a less than optimal result.
Considering a few scenes like Blix killing the first unicorn seem to have been dropped in from a lower quality source, I'm guessing the current Legend transfer was done in 480.

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Posted April 07 2009 - 01:05 PM

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Considering a few scenes like Blix killing the first unicorn seem to have been dropped in from a lower quality source, I'm guessing the current Legend transfer was done in 480.
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Charlie, if the Blu-ray has everything ported over from the Ultimate Edition 2-Disc with new interviews with Tom Cruise (I believe you were able to interview him for the TOP GUN 2-Disc?) trust me, I'll purchase this no questions asked!Posted Image Of course since I'm a huge fan of your work obviously.

#8 of 26 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted April 08 2009 - 08:57 AM

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Director's Cut, its all over filtered looking for just that scene.

EDIT: As well as the theatrical cut (I rarely watch it and have never managed to sit through the entire thing). This is screaming "REMASTER ME!!!" Charlie.

#9 of 26 OFFLINE   rykerabel

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Posted May 01 2009 - 04:47 PM

I seriously cannot wait for a bluray release of Legend... then my Laser disc can finally get a break.

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Posted May 04 2009 - 03:14 PM

the tom cruise movie legend will be on HDnetmovies in june. I guess it will be the theatre version.

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Legend - Closed Captions - New for June!
Rating: PG
Year: 1985
Cast:Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry
Director: Ridley Scott
Synopsis: Set in a fantastic land featuring magic swamps, unicorns, and dwarves, a struggle is taking place to save an innocent waif from the Prince of Darkness.
Run Time: 1:29
Air Dates:Thu, Jun 4th - 10:05 PM ET / 7:05 PM PT
Fri, Jun 5th - 1:35 AM ET / Thu, Jun 4th - 10:35 PM PT
Fri, Jun 12th - 4:35 PM ET / 1:35 PM PT
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#11 of 26 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted June 05 2009 - 05:49 AM

Yeah its the theatrical version. A shame too because its virtually nonsensical compared to the DC.

#12 of 26 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted June 16 2009 - 07:11 AM

Just give this film the Blade Runner treatment and I'll be happy. Posted Image

#13 of 26 OFFLINE   Oliver_A

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Posted June 17 2009 - 02:50 AM

@Charles,

If you are looking for a nice bonus, try to acquire the German dub. Why? Because it contains David Bennent's REAL voice. Funnily, as a sort of "revenge", he also dubs Alice Playten's role. Posted Image

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Posted July 06 2009 - 06:13 PM


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Charlie, this is another title I'd purchase on BD. Of course with everything ported over from the Ultimate Edition DVD. Seamless branching perhaps? The two cuts are quite different. How about some new interviews with Tom Cruise?
Seamless branching on "Legend" for Blu-Ray might be impossible, simply because the two versions have two different scores (Goldsmith and TD), and therefore, two differently mixed soundtracks.  Probably the best thing here for the sake of quality is to make it a 2 disc release, with one version per disc, as it was for SD DVD.

Of course, to add more features would take the co-operation of the many companies involved in this (remember, Fox handled most European distribution, Universal the domestic).  I have seen many trailers to "Legend" on YouTube that have not been issued on home video officially, so anything can happen.  Charles, it is your call.



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Posted July 31 2009 - 05:32 PM

I think it would be a wonderful idea to put Legend on Blu-ray! The 140 minute version you speak of is probably the "Director's Cut" which is actually 114 minutes. I have the DVD set with both the Theatrical and Director's cut on basic DVD format. It's still one of my favorite movies and Tangerine Dream does the best music through out the movie, giving it that fantasy appeal! The only thing about the "director's cut" I don't like is the absents of Tangerine Dream's music, it kinda takes the magic out of it to me. Here's a link to the copy I have, very good price for it too!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370234959934&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm38%26_nkw%3D370234959934%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1


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Posted August 15 2009 - 05:01 PM



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Seamless branching on "Legend" for Blu-Ray might be impossible, simply because the two versions have two different scores (Goldsmith and TD), and therefore, two differently mixed soundtracks.  Probably the best thing here for the sake of quality is to make it a 2 disc release, with one version per disc, as it was for SD DVD.

Of course, to add more features would take the co-operation of the many companies involved in this (remember, Fox handled most European distribution, Universal the domestic).  I have seen many trailers to "Legend" on YouTube that have not been issued on home video officially, so anything can happen.  Charles, it is your call.
 
I just bet Universal would have a release for LEGEND with both cuts, hopefully with the involvement of Tom Cruise this time for the supplements. As for FOX, I've been cosidering purchasing the European Cut on DVD for completists sake. Hopefully DTS-HD Master Audio for the Director's Cut and Dolby TrueHD for American Theatrical? As long as the extras are ported over from the Ultimate Edition, I'm still not selling it since it has a nice booklet.
One addition from the Ultimate Edition I'd want for the Director's Cut is a Jerry Goldsmith isolated score. Of course including a dedication to him would be great.
Of course I trust your Blu-ray involvement for Scott titles since I'm sure Rid does want the film grain retained.



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Posted August 31 2009 - 07:38 AM

I hope that any Blu-ray release of Legend includes all THREE major versions of the film.  The U.S. DVD release was quite nice, but I don't like that I had to import another copy of the title to get the European cut of the film.

 

 


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Posted August 31 2009 - 08:44 AM



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I hope that any Blu-ray release of Legend includes all THREE major versions of the film.  The U.S. DVD release was quite nice, but I don't like that I had to import another copy of the title to get the European cut of the film.
Universal USA has the rights to the US Theatrical and Directors Cut only. FOX Europe has the rights for the European Cut. No idea if Universal would go through the motions of negotiating for the European cut. Yeah I've been wanting to import the European Cut on DVD for awhile.



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Posted September 01 2009 - 12:22 AM

Last night HDNet broadcast "Legend", and it looked fantastic. I popped in the directors cut DVD into my Toshiba HD-A2 (upconverting, connected with HDMI), and it didn't even come close to the HDNet broadcast. This is a movie that definitely looks great in high definition. I can't wait for the Blu-Ray. It will be a day-one buy for me.


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Posted September 16 2010 - 06:07 AM

Hello! This is an older topic, I know, but I was wondering if maybe anyone had heard of any movement for a "Legend" Blu Ray release. I saw something yesterday that re-sparked my desire to find some sort of information. High Def Digest's Blu Ray release list has the film listed under "Release Date Pending," titles that are "planned for release in the Blu-ray format (as indicated by press release or previous public statements made by the distributor)," but with as-yet-unannounced release dates. http://bluray.highde...leasedates.html

 

I myself haven't heard a single thing about "Legend" coming to Blu Ray, but I'm eager to find out if anyone else has. Charles, in the nearly two years since your post up top, has there been any activity?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

-Bryan Coleman




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