The Legacy DVD Review
PictureThe 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.
SoundAll 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.
ExtrasIn 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.
VerdictIf 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.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £12.99
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