What editions are available?
- Theatrical (90 min.)
- Theatrical International Cut (94 min.)
- Director’s Cut (114 min.)
When Legend was released on Blu-ray in 2011 it included the theatrical edition and the director’s cut. When viewers have chosen a edition to watch a statement from director Ridley Scott is prompted.
“The final theatrical version of Legend was transferred by Universal in 2006 directly from the film’s inter-negative. Although I was not involved in this transfer, it displays a much more detailed and refined image than the Director’s Cut. Considering the significantly different source elements and transfer processes involved, it is safe to say that each version of Legend has its own strengths and I leave it to you to decide which one you think is best.
– Ridley Scott”
“For years before its release on DVD, the Legend Director’s Cut was thought to have been lost forever. However, in 2000, it was miraculously located in the form of a pristine answer print, which was later transferred to DVD. Answer prints by their nature offer limited latitude in the transfer process, commonly resulting in less-than-optimal picture quality. Such is the case with Legend Director’s Cut. Newly re-transferred in 2011 for this Blu-ray release, the limitations of the answer print are now even more apparent in high definition. However, given its one-and-only source element, the Director’s Cut looks as good as it possibly can and I am pleased to include it on this Blu-ray release as both an archival curiosity for fans and a digital preservation of my original vision for the film.
– Ridley Scott”
Source: Legend Blu-ray
The director’s preferred edition is: Director’s Cut
Comparison of the editions with courtesy of Movie-Censorship.com