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May 29th, 2014 by Oliver Harper 1 Comment

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Legend– we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

LEGEND (1985)

Ridley Scott was aiming to create a classic fairytale adventure with Legend. He kind of succeeded. He had the visuals, Unicorns and, of course, an impressive villain. But the movie encountered many problems when it came to screen tests. It didn’t test well with American audiences which resulted in the movie being cut down to 89 mins and the Jerry Goldsmith score being replaced with Tangerine Dream. The new score was more contemporary and was clearly aimed at appealing to teenagers. The UK received a longer cut with Jerry’s score intact and the movie did get better feedback in Europe. In 2002 the director’s cut was unearthed and put on DVD and it was first time people got to see Ridley’s original vision.

Which version did you grow up?.In this video I look at all three different cuts.

Oliver’s Review:

Original Trailer:


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Oliver Harper is, like the rest of us at FTN, a bit of a movie freak. He watches, thinks and then breaks down all the classics that were or may never have been. A big fan of 80s cinema, his trivia knowledge is phenomenal and the best part? He records great little videos to share his knowledge. Epic. Find Oliver's updates here:!/groups/370105659683174/--