I Am Legend- BRD
(Francis Lawrence, 2007)
Review by Leonard Norwitz
Theatrical:Warner Brothers Pictures
DVD:Warner Home Video
Review by Leonard Norwitz
Region: FREE (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:43:54.269 + 1:40:31.650 (alternate version)
Disc Size: 40,331,320,660 bytes
Feature Size: 17,440,892,928 bytes + 16,347,887,616 bytes (alternate version)
Video Bitrate: 16.14 Mbps
Chapters: 27 + 28 (alternate version)
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 11th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1428 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1428
kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
English, Spanish, French, none
• Creating I Am Legend Documentary
• Cautionary Tale: The Science of I Am A Legend – Exploring the History of Viral Pandemic Infections and the Reality of Life-Threatening Microbes Lying In Wait for Humankind - in HD
• 4 Animated Comics - in HD
1 Disc in Standard Blu-ray case
Release Date: March 18, 2008
I Am Legend ~ The Score Card
The Movie : 6.5
The time is our near future. Dr. Alice Krippen has just announced a vaccine cure for cancer. Three years later, the planet’s human population is either dead or running amuck in disorganized rapid packs, intolerant of light and hungry for whatever they might be able to feed on. One man, Lt. Colonel Robert Neville, appears to be the only human immune to the virus. Being both scientist and military, he rigorously and obsessively searches for a cure, gathering specimens of small animals and “darkseekers” by day; and holing up in his home at night – a fotress that he has carefully kept secret and well-defended from the infected. In what passes for one of its lighter moments, Neville frequents a video store to pick up a DVD to while away the time at home. There he has arranged several manikins who stand in for his social contacts when his pet German Shepherd, Sam, is not enough. It's quite touching, really. One day, his dog runs carelessly into a building where Neville follows, fearing Sam will almost certainly become the victim of some rabid humanoid or canine animal. But little by little, the implications of his circumstances and his lack of progress toward a cure take their toll, until one day Neville finds Fred, one of his manikins, standing in the street where he oughtn't.
Image : 9 (8~9/9)
NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The score of 9 indicates a relative level of excellence compared to other Blu-ray DVDs on a 10-point scale. The score in parentheses represents: first, a value for the image in absolute terms; and, second, how that image compares to what I believe is the current best we can expect in the theatre.
Compared to Gary’s impression of the SD, the picture quality of the Blu-ray exceeds expectations of what he thought a high definition rendering would offer. Warner’s transfer to Blu-ray is better in all the ways we come to expect (resolution, color contrast, dimensionality), and it also displays none of dullness that Gary noted. The average bit rate is lower than we generally find - the low 20s, mostly – but that didn’t keep me from giving it a fairly high score. Tonal range is excellent, with appropriate information in the shadows. Sharpness is variable, as the image on film would have dictated.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music : 9/7
The main Dolby True HD audio mix is amazing, even if it only comes into dynamic play from time to time, as much of the film is spent on Smith thinking, worrying, muttering, testing, wandering about. Atmospherics are nicely placed and subtly articulated. But when those moments of truth come, this is a dynamite audio track. There are optional subtitles and Gary's Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Operations : 8
Right off, Warner presents a screen permitting you to choose the version of the feature you want to watch. If you think too long about it, the disc will automatically start with the original version. Menu selections are made while the feature is in progress. One word of caution: you had best be certain you want to watch the entire making-of documentary before you begin. Good luck in trying to get back to the feature before it's over.
Extras : 7
This Blu-ray disc offers two versions of the movie, both in 1080p: the Original Theatrical Version and an Alternate Version that takes the finale to a different dramatic and emotional place. While I object to the easy-solution epilogues in both versions, I find the alternate more satisfying on balance even though it addresses none of the logic problems noted above. The four short thematically related animated comics, happen to look very good indeed in HD. The SD documentary of just under an hour is informative, if not all that well put together. Its fairly high quality image of behind-the-scenes footage is intercut with brief interviews of the principal players in front and behind the camera.
March 15th, 2008