Legend - SPECS!

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  1. Patrick Mirza

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    Legend: Ultimate Edition. The 2-disc set will retail $24.98 and will street May 21st!

    DVD Special Features: Never-Before-Seen Director's Cut, restored version with Jerry Goldsmith's score in 5.1 Dolby and DTS; Original U.S. Theatrical Version with Tangerine Dream score; "Creating a Myth: The Making of Legend"; Feature Commentary with Director Ridley Scott; Storyboards - the Director's Guide in Production Planning; "The Faerie Dance" - Music and Storyboards Depicting the Lost Scene; The Original Screenplay; Theatrical Trailer; Production Notes; Cast and Filmmaker Bios; DVD-ROM Special Features, including Script-to-Scene Comparison.
     
  2. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Cinematographer

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    So no Bryan Ferry music video? I thought that was one of the reasons for the delay. [​IMG] At least the rest of the specs sound great!
     
  3. Jeff Ulmer

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    I'm happy this has a release date, but what is the audio spec for the US cut? Also, I hope the DVD ROM features aren't PC only, though I suspect they are - no added value if this is the case.

    Extras aside, it will be nice to finally get this off the "to buy" list, and have a watchable version of the film, and while I biased towards the US cut for its soundtrack, I look forward to seeing the new director's cut.
     
  4. Rob Tomlin

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    I can't believe this is finally going to be released! And, for the most part, it looks like it will be done right!
     
  5. Jefferson Morris

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  6. Jo_C

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    Guys, I hate to tell you this, but it's the Region 4 DVD that's been announced, not the Region 1. The DVDFile.com site just reported so. It will contain all the features previously mentioned for the U.S. DVD, plus an isolated score track by Tangerine Dream for Disc Two.

    And so, the agonizing wait continues for us.
     
  7. Peter Apruzzese

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    No, the region 1 disc is coming as well. Universal's USA Business-to-Business website lists the release for May with the above specs, as well as the releases for Duel and It Came From Outer Space.
     
  8. Scott Weinberg

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    Welcome the #549 of the HTF Legend threads! [​IMG]
    Most of us have already heard the May 21st date, and the specs have been advertised for a while. Someone PLEASE email me when a Press Release is sent out!
     
  9. Charles de Lauzirika

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    Just FYI...
    The specs listed above are obsolete. Those were the original specs announced for the aborted Collector's Edition DVD back in the Fall of 2000.
    There will be quite a bit more on the upcoming Ultimate Edition. Wait for Universal's official Region 1 announcement. I promise, there are some cool new additions and surprises for "Legend" fans.
    And I think Mark Cappelletty will be happy. [​IMG]
     
  10. WoodyH

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    I love it when you post, Charlie! [​IMG]
    (keeps waiting...)
     
  11. Jeff Ulmer

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    Yet another legendary Legend thread becomes more legendary...where is that R1 release sheet?!!!
    Thanks forthe update Charlie, as always. [​IMG]
     
  12. Jo_C

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    Charlie is right. We must be as patient as we can be and wait for that announcement. I have a strong suspicion it could be any day now. But I hope May 21 is the right date.
     
  13. Mark Cappelletty

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    Yes! (in his best faux-Ed McMahon voice).

    Pretty darn cool.

    Thanks, Charlie (now get back to work on Black Hawk Down)!
     
  14. Patrick Mirza

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    FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD!

    LEGEND ULTIMATE EDITION

    FEATURING THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN DIRECTOR'S CUT!

    Universal City, California, March 8, 2002 "On May 21, Universal Studios Home Video will release director Ridley Scott,s masterpiece, Legend, in all its stunning, visionary glory, as a dual-disc DVD release. Priced at $24.98 SRP, the Legend Ultimate Edition stars Tom Cruise and includes both the never-before-released, 113-minute Director,s Cut " with its extraordinary original soundtrack by Oscar®-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith" and the version that was released theatrically in the United States. Legend is also available on VHS (feature only) for $9.98. Order close for both VHS and DVD is April 16.

    Legend Ultimate Edition DVD is a feast for the eyes, ears and imagination and boasts an impressive array of bonus features, most never available to the public:

    1) Feature commentary with director Ridley Scott

    2) Documentary, "Creating a Myth: The Making of Legend"

    3) Isolated music score by Tangerine Dream

    4) Lost scenes: Alternate opening: "Four Goblins", "The Faerie Dance"

    5) Storyboards: Lily and the Unicorns, Jack's Challenge, Downfall of Darkness

    6) Photo Galleries

    7) Publicity Photographs

    8) Production Photographs

    9) Continuity Polaroids

    10) Bryan Ferry "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" music video

    11) Trailers and TV spots

    12) DVD-Rom features including the original screenplay

    A classic fantasy-adventure about the eternal struggle between good and evil, Legend features a stellar cast. Box-office idol Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible I and II, Vanilla Sky, Eyes Wide Shut) stars as Jack, a mortal with a pure heart who lives in solitude and harmony with the magical folk and animals of the forest. Mia Sara (Timecop, Ferris Bueller,s Day Off) is Lili, a beautiful princess who loves Jack with all her heart. Lending his unique brand of menace and magnetism is Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Charlie,s Angels) as the Lord of Darkness, who seeks to seduce the princess, kill the last unicorn and plunge the world into eternal night.

    Resurrecting a Legend.

    Like so many of Ridley Scott,s films, Legend has attained the level of cult status enjoyed by only a select group of motion pictures. With the advent of the Internet, it has spun a whole new "web" of enchantment among fans. But along with devotion, there has also been a terrific sense of "what might have been." What these fans want most is to see Legend the way Ridley Scott originally envisioned it. "Producer Arnon Milchan says, "If I knew about movies what I know today, I probably would have convinced Ridley to fight for his original cut, which I felt was more true to his vision."

    Because the picture was originally produced with two companies being involved, one having the foreign rights, and the other the domestic, there was a decision made to go in two different directions. The result was two radically different versions: a European cut with the Jerry Goldsmith score and a reported running time of 94 minutes and a "less complex" U.S. cut, aimed at a more youthful, rock n, roll-oriented audience, which ran 89 minutes and replaced the original Goldsmith score with an alternate score by Tangerine Dream.

    The initial cut of the film ran over two hours long. In retrospect, Scott himself accepts much of the blame for altering the film, particularly with regard to the score: "I got totally paranoid," he reveals. "I started to hack away at the movie. A gentleman at Universal literally tried to physically stop me. As opposed to him saying, We,ve got to cut this film,, it was me....I figured that maybe we,d been too adventurous with our expectations of a full-blown fairy story, and therefore, maybe the combination of the score and the visual was actually too sweet. So, with only three weeks to redo a score, I went to Berlin and did the score with Tangerine Dream. In three weeks they did an incredible job, but it was completely different. It was a driving, more modern way to go, and given what they did in the time, I thought they did a fantastic job. On reflection, it was the wrong thing to do, and the first score [by Jerry Goldsmith] was what it should be, which is what we,ve got on this disc."

    One of the world,s finest composers, Goldsmith was honored with an Academy Award for his scoring of The Omen. Some of his other masterworks include scores for The Mummy, L.A. Confidential, Malice, Alien, Planet of the Apes, Patton and over a hundred more. And now, at last, one of his finest scores ever will finally be heard on the Legend Ultimate Edition.

    The Ultimate Fairy Tale

    Appropriately, Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma and Louise), the director of Legend, has himself achieved no less than legendary status. Prior to Legend, his fourth film, Scott had already directed The Duellists, Bladerunner and Alien, each of which is very stylized. Before moving on to what he refers to as "modern" films with normal people in modern, normal situations, he says, "I wanted to get off my chest this notion of a fairy story."

    Legend was the culmination of almost four years of research and preparation. Early on, Scott contacted novelist William Hjortsberg to discuss the possibility of his writing a screenplay: "I want to do a classic fairy tale, and I want to have unicorns in it " fastest steed on earth " and I want the villain to be called Darkness.," Together they discussed the basic story elements involving a young hermit who becomes a hero when he battles the evil Lord of Darkness, rescues a beautiful princess and frees the world from an icy winter curse. Scott recalls that Hjortsberg "went away and came back with a first draft which I thought was generally magnificent."

    "One of the things that I think is extraordinary about Legend," notes Tim Curry (who plays "Darkness"), "is that it,s much closer to Grimm,s Fairy Tales, to the kind of primal, psychological things that disturb children, which fairy tales were clearly intended to address...there's some really gritty, dark, bad stuff in there, the same way that there is in life. And fairy tales were invented to prepare children for the horrors that they might encounter."

    The script was "so beautiful," reflects actress Mia Sara ("Lili"). "Never before nor since have I ever read anything that had that kind of impact on me." But it was almost too good. Editor Terry Rawlings remembers: "The Hjortsberg screenplay I thought was absolutely incredible, but I thought, I don,t know how they,re going to film it because it would be costing a fortune. We had this room with storyboards, so you,d wander the room looking at the script as well as reading it, and you,d think, well, that,s a million dollars, that,s a million, that,s another million..." The final screenplay took three years and 15 script revisions before it was completed. Principal shooting began on March 26th, 1984.

    Forest of Enchantment

    The centerpiece of Legend is its remarkable forest. Ridley Scott had originally intended to shoot on location and scouted out Yosemite as a potential site. But the canopy formed by the immense trees blotted out much of the sunlight. "I would have had to put a scaffolding rig in the trees the size of a football field to light the picture," he says. So, at Pinewood Studios in London, production designer Assheton Gorton set about creating a forest whose beauty would rival any natural work of art.

    Gorton's sets, all of which started life as original sketches and models, are among the most elaborate ever built for a motion picture and were constructed on six of Pinewood's huge soundstages. Inside the world's largest soundstage " originally built to house a submarine set for the James Bond picture The Spy Who Loved Me " the vast, mystical forest came to life with giant trees, gnarled and sinister; an undulating mossy floor with hills and dells, meandering wooded paths, delightful forest glades and babbling streams; a sun-gilded amphitheater and a cliff-edged pond with bluebells and blossoms. It took 50 craftsmen 14 weeks to build. For the winter scenes, 1,500 icicles were added. Varying in length from one foot to eight feet, they were made of resin and hot wax to achieve the proper texture. The special effects team, under supervisor Nick Allder, also supplied tons of artificial snow in the process of "winterizing" the forest set.

    The forest was but one of several major sets designed by Gorton. Another is the gigantic kitchen at the bottom of the Dark Lord's subterranean castle. Constructed on a mammoth scale and populated with giant demon cooks, it appears even bigger against the tiny bodies of elves, pixies and leprechauns who appear throughout the film. The castle's great hall is another spectacular set, which includes the huge and menacing Throne of Darkness. Among its other features: ominous jet-black columns, 25 feet high and nine feet in diameter; a gigantic black marble banquet table, and a massive fireplace adorned with fantastic sculptures.

    Synopsis

    There can be no good without evil...

    No love without hate...

    No heaven without hell...

    No light without darkness.

    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.

    In this classic fantasy/adventure, pure good and foulest evil will soon battle to the death. Set amid a timeless mythical forest inhabited by fairies, goblins and other magical folk is the story of Jack, a forest dweller who lives in solitude and harmony with the animals of the wood...including Unicorns, who are key to keeping light alive and evil at bay. Chosen by fate to undertake a heroic quest, Jack must brave a host of terrors to not only save his true love " a beautiful princess named Lili " from the clutches of the demonic Lord of Darkness, but also rescue a captive unicorn...or the world will be plunged into a never-ending ice age where the dawn never comes and evil reigns supreme.

    CAST & FILMMAKERS

    Producer: Arnon Milchan

    Co-Producer: Tim Hampton

    Screenwriter: William Hjortsberg

    Director of Photography: Alex Thomson

    Special Make-Up Effects: Rob Bottin

    Editor: Terry Rawlings

    Original Music by: Jerry Goldsmith (Director,s Cut); Tangerine Dream (US version)

    Production Designer: Assheton Gorton

    Cast: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty,Cork Hubbert, Robert Picardo

    DVD

    Street Date: May 21, 2002

    Order Close: April 16, 2002

    Selection Number: #21775

    Copyright: © 2002 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

    Running Time:

    Disc 1 (Director,s Cut): 1 hour, 54 minutes

    Disc 2 (US Theatrical Version): 1 hour, 30 minutes

    Suggested Retail Price: $24.98

    Rating: PG (Director,s Cut not rated)

    Number of Layers: 2

    Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35

    Language / Audio:

    Disc 1 (Director,s Cut): English 5.1 Surround, English DTS, Spanish & French Subtitles, English Captions

    Disc 2 (US Theatrical Version): English Dolby Surround, Spanish & French Subtitles, English Captions

    Bonus Material:

    Disc 1 (Director,s Cut): Feature commentary with Director Ridley Scott

    Disc 2 (US Theatrical Version): "Creating a Myth: The Making of Legend," Isolated Music Score by Tangerine Dream, Lost Scenes, Storyboards, Trailers and TV Spots, Photo Galleries, Publicity Photos, Production Photos, Continuity Polaroids, Brian Ferry "Is your Love Strong Enough?" Music Video, Production Notes, Cast & Filmmaker Bios, DVD-Rom
     
  15. Horatio Jones

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    simply WONDERFUL news. Both versions on the same disc as it should be. IMO always better to give the viewer a choice rather than force them to adopt something. however, what does bother me is that the Theatrical Release version is only in Dolby Surround while the Directors cu gets DD 5.1 and DTS.
     
  16. Jay W

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    Yay!, I think buy.com cancelled my order.. (placed in December last year) [​IMG]
     
  17. Jeff Kleist

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    Horatio, since the US theatrical cut was an abortion that I believe was cobbled together by the studio, wouldn't you think Mr. Scott would want the time spent on his TRUE version of the film?
     
  18. Josh_Hill

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    Wow! This sounds like a great disc. Certainly getting this one.
     
  19. Sam Hatch

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    Lovin' the idea of that Tangerine Dream isolated score! [​IMG]
     
  20. Jeff Ulmer

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    Since I've never heard the Tangerine Dream score in anything other than stereo surround in a theatre, not having it in 5.1 isn't that big a letdown, but I had hoped with the time it has taken to get this released that part of the delay was a remix. Not a big deal, I'm sure it will be spectacular.

    I do wonder how the DVD ROM material is being implemented. I really hope it isn't Interactual or another Mac hostile program.
     

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