(aka 'I Am Legend: The IMAX Experience (IMAX version) ')
I Am Legend, the third cinematic
adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel, has been in development for a very long
time. Originally slated to star Arnold Schwarzenegger and be directed by Ridley
Scott, this movie has kicked around for so long that by the time it has finally
reached the screen, Schwarzenegger is out of the business altogether and the
director is someone whose career in music videos hadn't even started when
Michael Bay was being touted as possible replacement for Scott. Nevertheless,
all these years later, we finally have this new version of I Am Legend, starring
Will Smith as the Last Man on Earth and directed by Francis Lawrence
Theatrical Release: December 5th, 2007
DVD Review: Warner Home Video (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 6.94 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUBs: French and Spanish|
|Subtitles||English (CC), French, Spanish, None|
Comics (see thru PC) - Death as a Gift, Isolation,
Sacrificing the Few For the Many, Shelter - total 21:41
• 3.5 minute longer alternate
As anticipated this is a very strong image on Warner's I Am Legend film transfer to SD DVD. It has some fairly dramatic visuals - and I expect the Blu-ray to be superior in the usual areas - fans may wish to indulge this way. Contrast and detail are top-shelf. My only complaint would be colors look a smidgeon dullish at times and there is some visible noise in monochromatic darkness. As far as SD goes though - this is about as good as it will get on a dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic (in the original 2.35:1 ratio) DVD. Expectantly the image is super clean, maybe a shade dampened at times but I'll wager it does a grand job of representing the theatrical presentation onto digital. This DVD is coded for region 1 in the NTSC standard. There are French and Spanish DUB options and the original English (in a 5.1) sounds very buoyant and explosive when called upon with some shattering(s) delineated to the rear channels with gusto. The audio is supported by optional English (CC), French or Spanish subtitles (see sample below).
Note: Disc 2 has both the digital version (for your PC or related device and have an internet connection) and an alternate version of the film... varying from the theatrical on disc one. Without giving away spoilers - it IS different and runs about 3 1/2 minutes longer. I think I might have enjoyed it a bit more. This 2nd disc has no DUBs (only English track) but offers the same optional subtitles as the first disc. Without a specific comparison of images I'd say it looks exactly the same - or not different enough for anyone to make issue.
The only supplements aside from the 2nd disc are some animated comics strips (with other extras visible through your computer). They run about 20 minutes and seem to fit-in with the appeal of this genre. There are also some trailers that start the feature presentation.
I usually can get right into these apocalypse flics - but maybe it's just the nostalgic ones (Heston in The Omega Man and Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth - both, like I Am Legend, are adapted from, sci-fi icon, Richard Matheson's classic novel... I even love Panic in Year Zero! from 1962) but this wasn't my cup of tea for one reason or another. I thought Will Smith was very good but it just missed some ingredients (not enough 'kitsch'?) to sate my eclectic taste. Others may feel different but most should also consider the single disc version widescreen HERE if they are unsure about how much they will enjoy this one.