The Legacy (Region Free)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Richard Marquand, 1978)

Release date: 16 November 2020

Standard Edition Blu-ray

Written by the late, great Jimmy Sangster (The Revenge of Frankenstein, Taste of Fear), this supernatural riff on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is a gruesome, hugely entertaining chiller.

Two American architects (real-life couple Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, who met on the set of this film) are holidaying in England and find themselves trapped at a country mansion where the various guests become victims in a series of unexplained and increasingly violent deaths.

Director Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi, Jagged Edge), making his feature-film directing debut, deftly balances horror and grisly black humour. The film also boasts sumptuous photography by the great Dick Bush and Alan Hume, a wonderfully eccentric score by Michael J Lewis and a superb supporting cast which includes Charles Gray, Margaret Tyzack, Ian Hogg, John Standing and The Who’s Roger Daltrey.



Two presentations of the film: the US theatrical cut, presented in widescreen from a High Definition master (100 mins); the UK theatrical cut, presented open matte from a Standard Definition master

(102 mins)

Original stereo audio

New and exclusive audio commentary with Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television

An Editing Legacy (2015, 14 mins): award-winning editor and second unit director Anne V Coates recalls her work on the film

The Make-up Effects of ‘The Legacy’ (2015, 11 mins): Robin Grantham discusses his specialist make-up creations for the film

Ashes and Crashes (2019, 4 mins): interview with second unit director Joe Marks

An Extended Legacy (2019, 11 mins): an analysis of the differences between the US and UK cuts

Between the Anvil and the Hammer (1973, 27 mins): The Legacy director Richard Marquand’s acclaimed documentary short film, made for the Central Office of Information, about the Liverpool police force

Original theatrical trailer

Image gallery: promotional and publicity material

New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing