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The Legacy DVD Review

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by Casimir Harlow Apr 1, 2005

    The Legacy DVD Review
    SRP: £12.99

    Picture

    The Legacy is presented in a reasonably good quality 1.78:1 anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. Sure, you can see the film's age, but all things considered, it is pretty damn good. The clarity is reasonable throughout, with little softness and only low level grain occasionally. There is little noticeable edge enhancement and there are no defects you might associate with a twenty-five year old print. The colour scheme is restricted to some less palatable English weather and a castle setting, but the colours depicted are represented well. Blacks are reasonably solid but not quite as deep as you would like but overall it is a reasonable transfer considering both the budget of the production and its age.
    The Legacy Picture

    Sound

    All we have is a relatively basic Dolby Digital 2.0 track that manages to serve the movie reasonably. It is by no means outstanding but we still get a few jumps and the dialogue - in particular the shouts and screams are well represented and never distorted, always clear throughout. There are a few effects which come at you but the lack of directionality is noticeable. The biggest downside lies not in the mix but in the score which, while well represented, is just sickeningly awful and terribly dated. It is almost unfortunate that it is presented so well because our ears have to bear the brunt of it.
    The Legacy Sound

    Extras

    In the extras department there is just a single, solitary theatrical trailer that does a good job of capturing the spirit of the movie without revealing too much, although it should still probably be avoided prior to watching the movie.
    The Legacy Extras

    Verdict

    If you like your seventies horrors to be non-demanding quaint little affairs, or you are a fan of the very cool, underused and underrated Sam Elliott, then this is worth a look and the reasonable technical details are let down only by a terrible score and a distinct lack of extras. But it's a solid, acceptable low-budget release of another back catalogue film that is still nice to find finally on DVD.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    7

    Picture Quality

    8

    Sound Quality

    6

    Extras

    1

    Overall

    6

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