Ridley Scott’s 1979 space horror “Alien” and 1982 sci-fi noir “Blade Runner” have both made the lead to 4K UHD disc, but it looks like his 1985 fantasy feature “Legend” will not.
Like various Scott films, “Legend” exists in three forms – the 89-minute American theatrical version (with a score by Tangerine Dream), the 93-minute international version, and the 114-minute director’s cut – the latter two with a score by Jerry Goldsmith.
A limited-edition Blu-ray of the film is coming from Arrow Films in September, and producer James Flower revealed on Twitter (via The Digital Bits) recently that an Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray release is not possible from both a technical and legal standpoint.
First up, the more well-regarded Director’s Cut was restored from one of only two surviving 35mm answer prints as there is no surviving negative. A scan from such a print to 4K would result in “less-than-optimal picture quality” with Flower adding that they contain unfinished effects and issues that need to be corrected all over again in 4K after having spent a lot of money fixing them for the 2011 HD release. He adds: “its imperfections would