The Legacy (1978) (Blu-ray Review)

The Legacy (1978) (Blu-ray Review)

The Legacy (1978) (Blu-ray Review)

📅26 August 2015, 20:58

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The Legacy (1978) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Richard Marquand
Starring: Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, John Standing
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

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How far would you go to inherit everlasting life? When Margaret (Katharine Ross, The Stepford Wives) and her boyfriend Pete (Sam Elliot, The Big Lebowski, Road House) have a car accident in the English countryside, the other driver offers to take them to his lavish country estate to make amends. But once there, they are surprised to learn that all of the other houseguests are already expecting them! It’s not long before the couple’s fear turns into terror when the guests (including Roger Daltrey, Tommy) begin dying in unspeakable ways. Now it’s clear, the true master of the house is a supernatural force that will stop at nothing to find the rightful heirs for an unimaginably horrible legacy.

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The Legacy is a strange one. I mean, even a bit strange for 1978. You watch a lovely couple end up in a house in a way that makes your spidey sense start tingling and what follows has slow points, but still ends up showing you weird scenes and some very strange stuff overall. There is some interesting characters that all end up in a strange house together. You start to notice they are all wearing some weird rings, and you start to see things connecting with our female lead in question, Maggie. Her boyfriend, played by Sam Elliott, is here to add some common sense in spots, even if it seems to take him a bit longer than it should have taken anyone to notice that something is up. From the point things become clear to the characters, even if things aren’t as clear to the viewer, the movie takes a good turn and keeps it more or less until the ending. I’m not sure I’d call what it leads to the most logical thing I’ve ever seen on film, but if the intentions here were to create a very eerie and often compelling movie for the most part, The Legacy at least does that. And when the movie does offer up some effects or horror, it at least does it in a well enough fashion to make it seem worth the while.

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I don’t know how well The Legacy will work in a group of friends, but a late night viewing of it fits really well into the mood of the movie. It is also cool seeing some like The Who’s Roger Daltrey show up in another strange but interesting character. The film is more or less rich in those. Things get stylish more times than not and the setting works, especially during one scene when our leads find themselves running around (or driving) in circles. I don’t think it is a movie for anyone without a good attention span, because things get slow in spots. But I do think if you enjoy a creeping up on you horror from back in the day, you could do a lot worse than The Legacy. It isn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, not even for the year, but the story was strong and it keep me watching until the end. An ending that is a bit awkward, but awkward in a good way. The movie looks good in HD for its age and it has some neat death scenes, but ultimately uses style and a sense of confusion as its best weapon to the viewer.

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Extras

– HD transfer from the inter-positive
– Interview with Academy Award winning film editor Anne V. Coates (Lawrence of Arabia)
– Interview with special effects artist Robin Grantham
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spot
– Radio Spot
– Photo Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 87%

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