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LegendR1
    This is where it all becomes a little complicated. What we have presented here is the "International" theatrical version of Legend. In the US, a version of the film was released theatrically that replaced the Jerry Goldsmith score with an electronic score by Tangerine Dream (a score which easily roots the movie in the mid 80s), and it was changed around somewhat in the editing as well (for example, Darkness' features are revealed much sooner). In Region 1, a two-disc "Ultimate Edition" of Legend has been released, and it not only includes the US theatrical version of the film, but a director's cut that includes the Jerry Goldsmith score and around 20 minutes of additional footage (as well as the structuring of the international version). So - the only way to get the non-US theatrical version of this film is via the Fox distributed discs available outside of Region 1. It really is not worth the effort however. And so for the full comparison:

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

  • Directors Cut version of the film
  • Audio commentary from director Ridley Scott
  • US Theatrical version of the film
  • Isolated Tangerine Dream Score
  • Featurette: Creating a Myth: The Making of Legend
  • Deleted ("lost") scene
  • Recreation of the Faerie Dance sequence from photographs and storyboards
  • Storyboards for key scenes
  • Music Video: Brian Ferry - Is Your Love Strong Enough?
  • Photo gallery
  • Additional Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Production Notes/Cast and Crew Bios
  • DVD-ROM features
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track
  • DTS 5.1 audio track
    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;
  • Danish, Finish, Swedish, and Norwegian subtitles
    Unless you can only speak one of the four subtitle languages present on the Region 4 disc, the verdict is easy: Region 1 - and this is before a direct comparison of the transfers is taken into account. The Region 1 disc is more colourful, is sharper, and has none of the annoying distortion present in the audio. The Region 4 will only be of interest to those who do not wish to import or completists who want the international theatrical version of the film in addition to the two versions available in R1.