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A demon who seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns and marrying a fairy princess is opposed by the forest boy Jack and his elven allies in this magical fantasy. Two different versions of this picture feature soundtracks by either Tangerine Dream or Jerry Goldsmith.Written by
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Ridley Scott's preferred 113-minute "director's cut" was finally released to the U.S. on DVD in 2002 with the following additions/extensions:
Darkness' introduction is a bit longer (while still retaining his voiceover-only from the UK release;
Lily sings the full version of "My True Love's Eyes";
The clock-freezing vision from the U.S. version;
An extension of Lily visiting Nell;
Lily being called a Princess as it was in the UK version;
Jack's introduction is longer as Lily brings him biscuits which she stole from Nell's kitchen;
The Unicorn introduction is longer;
A unicorn trots circles around Lily just before she sings "Living River";
The Goblins invade the cottage, now frozen as the result of Lily's misadventure;
The Fairie sequence is longer (it is essentially the version of the scene as it played in the U.S. syndicated TV version);
The toast to Jack is longer;
Oona's introduction in the cave is longer;
Jack's encounter with Meg Mucklebones is longer;
An alternate version of the scene midway through the film where we first see Lily and the unicorn in the Tree of Darkness (an effigy of Darkness, not included in any previous version, can be seen);
The sequence where Jack, Gump and the fairies being held prisoner is longer;
A scene where Oona almost leaves Jack in prison but is freed by the other fairies;
An extension of the Demon Cooks scene (parts of the section where the cooks chop up a dead body can be seen in the opening sequence of the U.S. version);
An alternate version of "The Dress Waltz" (alternate shots of Darkness' effigy can be seen, and the sound mix of the sequence is different than in the UK version);
The voice of Darkness' Father is different than in previous versions;
Lily's confrontation with Darkness is extended;
Oona's thought line "you should see your Princess now" (heard in the UK version) is cut out;
The scene where Jack and the fairies splitting up in teams is longer (and thus explaining Gump's crystal ball in the "Darkness Fails" sequence);
An alternate scene where Lily sits down to dine with Darkness;
An extension of the "Darkness Fails" scene (Jack and the fairies running down the alley towards Darkness' cave and additional lines not used in any previous version);
Darkness falling into the abyss is seen (this was seen in U.S. theatres but not in the UK);
Jack picking up the alicorn and Gump explaining Jack's significance in his mission;
Jack finding the ring in the lake is extended slightly;
An alternate ending that suggests the entire film was a dream. This scene is where Jack finds Lily still asleep, giving her the ring, and the spell being broken, but when Lily wakes up she gives the ring right back to Jack and declares he belongs in the forest, and Lily promises to "come back tomorrow". Lily then sings "Reunited" (a reprise of "My True Love's Eyes"), and Jack and Lily go their separate ways. The film ends with Jack going off into the sunset alone, with the fairies looking on as the credits roll (previous versions have had both Jack and Lily going into the sunset); Jerry Goldsmith's original score is reinstated.
The Lord of all that is Darkness (Tim Curry) tries to take over the world by slaying two unicorns. He is distracted by the temptation of innocence, which comes in the form of pretty little Princess Lily, played by Mia Sara in her film debut. The Dark Lord decides he would like to have his way with virgin princess, while her true love Jack (Tom Cruise) tries to rescue her and save the world.
Long, dark, murky, loaded with black humor and undeniably well crafted. A beautiful film to look at that is hopelessly chopped up in the American version which replaces Jerry Goldsmith's original music with music by Tangerine Dream.
Cruise is alright as the hero, as alright as he's ever been anywhere else. Mia Sara is very lovely as the virgin princess whom this film revolves around. Curry sounds like he's having fun as the villain.
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