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 Posted:   Dec 8, 2013 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   GoodMusician86   (Member)

I've stepped away from this only to come back to seeing the little exchange about the differeing scores lol...

Honestly, I have friends who grew up with the American edit and Tangerine Dream score and to them, THAT epitomizes the film. I don't disagree, there are parts of that score to which I am fond but it is no masterpiece which is an accolade to which I would not hesitate bestow upon Goldsmith's score.

But that having been said, I do think there's more than 4 minutes of missing music.

So far this is what I've figured out:

1) LEGEND - Main Title *Have
2) The Goblins *Have
3) My True Loves Eyes
4) The Cottage *Have / Have (although iso orchestra for the songs would be nice)
5) Teach Me Rabbit # Only Have the alternate intro. Missing section lasting [00:23]
6) Teach Me Rabbit (Rev) *Have
7) The Unicorns *Have
8) Living River *Have (again, iso orchestra would be nice)
9) Bumps & Hallows # Have most but missing the full ending of [00:20]
10) The Freeze # Have most but missing true opening of [00:20]
11) The Gump *Have
12) Faeries # Missing an unknown length but at least [~00:20]
13) Faerie Dance *Have one version on the album
14) Faerie Dance (Final Mix) # Missing entirely [1:51]
15) Faerie Dance (Instrumental Mix 1) # [1:51]
16) Faerie Dance (Instrumental Mix 2) # Assuming same length [1:51]
17) The Riddle *Have
18) The Riddle Alt Ending *Have
19) Sing The Wee # Not sure if this was ever produced for actual use in the film [??:??]
20) Forgive Me *Have
21) The Armour *Have
22) Oona's Secret *Have
23) Get The Mare # Missing [00:42]
24) Frying Pan # Missing [00:53]
25) Following The Goblins *Have
26) Following The Goblins Alt # Missing [00:34]
27) Meg *Have
28) Mare In the Dungeon *Have
29) Oona's Reveal *Have
30) Darkness Chant (Source) # Missing and full length unknown [??:??]
31) Hall Of Columns # Missing [1:58]
32) Gift of Jewels * Have
33) The Dress Waltz # Missing the full ending [00:15]
34) Darkness Appears (Choir Mix) *Have
35) Darkness Appears (Instrumental Mix) # Missing [00:38]
36) Without Light There is No Darkness *Have
37) The Ring *Have
38) Lilly Awakes (Alternate) *Have
39) Lilly Awakes (Film) # Missing but only about 2/3's are different. Full track plays [4:03]
40) Finale (No Song) # Missing this new introduction to the finale ~ [00:21]
41) True Loves Eyes - Credits *Have but an ISO instrumental would be nice
42) Sing The Wee (Album) *Have

Here is a list of as much that I know Goldsmith wrote for the film and what I know to be missing. Adding it up we get [9:12] and that's with only having one of each missing mix of "Faerie Dance." If they included an alternate mix (say isolated orchestra) thus putting it on the album three times, then we're looking at [11:03] missing. I've seen expanded releases done for less music than that.

Plus, seeing as several of the cues in the actual prep-up to the battle are taken from other scores or from library music, if that music could be found and included (being library music I imagine that the royalties are either non-existent or little) then we're talking a few more minutes too.

Add to that the 'Darkness Chant' or the 'Sing The Wee' meant for use in the film (if it exists) and you've easily got about 15 minutes more of there is some stuff...

 Posted:   Dec 8, 2013 - 10:34 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

A few random opinions that nobody should really care about:

1) "Legend" is a dreadful film in any version. It's easy to blame non-creative suits for recutting it, but I tried watching the longer version and couldn't make it through very much.

2) The Tangerine Dream score isn't my thing. I don't object to that sort of score for a fantasy film -- honestly, no reason it's any more or less appropriate than an orchestral score, and Goldsmith's has some very prominent synths, too -- but this one sounds tinny and lifeless to me. The dress dance cue is especially weak to me (Goldsmith's seduces, Dream's mocks).

3) I enjoy the Goldsmith score, though it isn't one of my top 25 Goldsmiths. I'd likely buy an expansion -- I'm weak that way -- but I find the Silva edition satisfying.

4) It's easy to mock Universal for allegedly assuming a more contemporary score would somehow bring kids to the theater, but I don't think that's it. They simply saw the film as a disaster, and wanted to change anything they could at that late date. The score was a casualty of this, but the fact that so many here found it "appropriate" was probably a weakness rather than a strength. They wanted to tone down the fantasy, rather than underline it.

5) I don't know why anybody would want the isolated orchestral backing to a song like "My True Love's Eyes." It was composed with voice as an element. I don't need to hear a cue with trumpets removed, or percussion taken out. The singing voice isn't an intrusion into the purer orchestra, it's just one more sound contributing to the whole.

 Posted:   Dec 8, 2013 - 10:42 PM   
 By:   GoodMusician86   (Member)

I just said the isolated orchestra would be a nice option and especially since there seems to be some confusion/controversy over the vocals (the original European cut and the Directors Cut have different vocals and it's believed/stated that the Euro cut has Mia Sara singing but that the DC uses a studio singer but there's been no statement confirming this that I've seen). So I kinda mention it too in the sake of being closer to the original but again, only as an option. My assessment of the amount of score missing does not include these. The film also has, depending on the cut, different ways of using the vocals/music layering them in and out at different times... so I don't disagree that's its not necessary, I just mention it for completeness sake.

As for the critiques on the film, I wont' disagree, but that's the great thing about film and film scores (especially Goldsmith): they are not mutually exclusive.

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2013 - 3:04 AM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

The rest of the cast is annoying as hell.

Really? I thought David Bennent as Gump was brilliant. The horses acted well too. smile

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2013 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Yes, David Bennent was good ( even though his voice is dubbed ) but those Horses were a bit careless letting their horns wobble.

I saw it on it's release here in the UK with Goldsmith score intact, though strangely all subsequent TV showings are with Tangerine Dream's score.

Though visually enthralling it's not a great film though I do enjoy Tim Curry's OTT pantomime performance as Darkness.

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2013 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Mr Drive   (Member)

Shouldn't it be 'Will we ever hear it all*?'

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2013 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

One thing that the TD version is certainly successful at over the Goldsmith;

-making Legend seem like the dated movie from the 80's that it is.

 Posted:   Dec 9, 2013 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   GoodMusician86   (Member)

Shouldn't it be 'Will we ever hear it all*?'

originally the thread was "when will we see it?" as in a release of the score.
People complained that we had "seen" it and that I should be more precise as to say "when will we see it all released?"

I now adjust again although I don't see what it has to do with the discussion but I've adjusted it.

 Posted:   Dec 10, 2013 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I'm always horrified when people say Tangerine Dream's score is better. Its a curiosity, not entirely unlistenable on its own. But it absolutely ruins the film on every level whereas Goldsmith's score elevates the film to the kind of faerie tale Scott wanted.

100% wrong big grin . While TD's score doesn't help the movie in any way, it certainly doesn't "absolutely ruin" the film "on every level". Ummm the script pretty much handled that chore before TD or Goldsmith ever wrote any music.

The movie is awful. Fascinating and lovely to watch, but awful. Goldsmith's lovely score is mixed so low in the director's cut - what's the point of it even being restored. The sound effects drown out most of it anyway, or key moments at least are buried .

NO SCORE was ever going to save this movie, or even come close. The Goldsmith score ( and also Tangerine Dream's effort, which does have some nice electronic work ) is best served by just listening to the CD.

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