The Legacy DVD Review
PictureAs an older, obscure, 70's horror flick, the picture was never going to set the world alight. Anyone with an interest in Hammer horror or Amicus movies will know the kind of quality I am getting at. The Legacy has that blurry, washed out, gritty look that this era of movies have. Not that this is particularly a bad thing, but some of the locations are so well dressed I wished that I could have seen some of them with more clarity.
SoundOnly stereo available, so ProLogic II was enabled to get the best from the sound, but this was to be a futile effort. The Legacy has a thin biting soundtrack with no bass to speak of. Voices are anaemic, though never muffled. There is also a staggeringly period introduction with a merry vocal track accompanying the credits, yanking you back to the 70's. Again this is to be expected, but there are precedents for more ambitious sound design from the same genre in the 70's. The enjoyably tacky, The Beast Must Die, for example.
ExtrasThere aren't any, not that his was surprising. The movie's focus and production doesn't lend itself to extended features.
VerdictNormally I can watch these kind of movies and still get some pleasure out of them. The Legacy was just a little stale in places and curiously disjointed in its pacing to be truly enjoyable. Despite being a shortish hour and forty minutes, an extra fifteen cut from the movie would have done wonders.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.99