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Music Box Announces: LEGEND (2CD) (JERRY GOLDSMITH)


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On 21/11/2021 at 6:18 AM, publicist said:

It never fails to astound me that they spend a year making a very expensive fantasy picture with all that imagery and then don't even preserve the material. There has to be a 125 and even a 140 minute cut (boring as they may be except for design fans) and all they have left are the badly cut versions that got released.

 

And some of these cuts and music edits are worthy of italian movies of the 70's and that's no recommendation.

Don't forget this was a universal film and a large collection of theirs burned down in that backlot fire.

Also don't forget the production issues with Legend. The 007 stage the forest was built on burned down during lunch. They hadn't finished or  were nearly finished--forget which--with the Jack being forced to Dance by Gump scene and when they were on lunch the whole sound stage burned to the ground. 

The shots at the end of Lilly and Jack (depending on the cut) running away towards the sun was on a swing set because they had lost the main forest so there were certain things they just couldn't film.

Further, if i'm not mistaken, when you watch the "directors cut" what you're seeing is a scan of the interpositive of the cut shown to test audiences. There's a title card that shows before it plays explaining it. So it had ALREADY been tinkered with. The original cut is missing or gone or not to be released--my guess is lost in the fire. 

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5 hours ago, GoodMusician said:

Don't forget this was a universal film and a large collection of theirs burned down in that backlot fire.

 

That fire was at Universal Music Group, a company unrelated to Universal Pictures. Album masters were stored there, not original scoring elements for movies. 

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On 27/11/2021 at 10:45 PM, Jay said:

 

That fire was at Universal Music Group, a company unrelated to Universal Pictures. Album masters were stored there, not original scoring elements for movies. 

I realize I was too vague: there were multiple backlot fires at USH.

I'm speaking specifically of this one in which original reports were that original film stock dating from as early as 'I LOVE LUCY' up to films from 2001 went up in the fire, they THEN came back and did a second statement saying "No, it was COPIES that burned" which just seemed like playing PR to me. They had to admit to the film stock burning because of the color of the smoke which indicated certain chemicals which were present.

And I wasn't speaking of LEGEND's score burning up but rather potentially film stock. Universal has been very hesitant to give much of a list of anything lost in the fire, again, claiming "nothing lost was irreplaceable" 

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Ahhh thank you!  My memory failed me and I forgot the fire affected BOTH UMG and Universal Pictures.  My bad!

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On 28/11/2021 at 1:29 AM, Brundlefly said:

The production of Legend must have been one big catastrophe - starting from the first day of shooting

 

For my money it was a catastrophe since they started writing it.

 

Its a terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE screenplay!

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11 hours ago, Disco Stu said:

Scott clearly just had these images in his head that he had to get on camera, and the story was created just to give some excuse to do that.

 

That's what it often comes across like, yes.

 

Earlier drafts of Legend are even dumber than the finished film. Scott's writer clearly had a furry fetish, because in these drafts Darkness is a furry creature, and Lilli is magically transformed into one. Hjortsberg has Darkness whip her into submission, and by page 105 they are, to use his term, "mating"...

 

And just the structure of the whole thing, the way its plotted, the dialogue - everything about this script is terrible.

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