Perhaps from either being dimwitted or highly functional, as a child I never really cared much for live-action entertainment that was designed for my age group. My parents would rent PG flicks and I'd watch them because that was what was expected...and I was aware of that. The only movie from my childhood that has stuck was, go figure, Ghostbusters and its sequel. Others like Labyrinth and The NeverEnding Story are still hard to sit through from memories of disliking the experience. I can't imagine how screwed up I'd be if I was a kid nowadays...
Witnessing Scott's Director's Cut of Legend with totally virgin eyes, it's an enjoyable whimsical fantasy with a few hairline cracks in its otherwise perfect realm veneer. Essentially a dusty leather-bound storybook that cracks from its spine while opening filled with the usual young untested hero, virginal maiden, fairies, ghouls, goblins, and the Lord of Darkness himself. Tom Cruise is thankfully not Tom Cruise, but maybe a bit too much so. The now Church of the Alien God personality battling old age relies too heavily on everything that's so great around him to shape his performance from young boy to regal hero. That never quite happens even when opportunities are so readily laid before him. The Oprah couch surfer is still a clumsy kid with a sword in the final confrontation; not the mean motherfucking servant of God we seek. None of this is Scott's fault since, as Clint Eastwood attests, in the end a director cannot claim dominion over an actor's expression.
The same can't be said for the included theatrical version. After watching Scott's full version, skipping through the bastardized theatrical cut frankly sucked. The entire thing seems disjointed with Tangerine Dream's questionable score horribly dating anything it plays over. Like with the new DC DVD, Universal should have just ditched the theatrical abomination entirely. At least the Blu features both versions in separate encodes and defaults to the real version. Not to mention the shorter edit unsurprisingly being from an old HD master (from 2006) with baked-in smoothing and edge enhancement, destroying the striking appearance of the unmarred Director's Cut transfer. To paraphase Darkness, "I require the solace of the detail and the dark of the grain. Manipulation is my destroyer."