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I Am Legend
(Francis Lawrence, 2007)
Theatrical:Warner Brothers Pictures
Blu-ray Review by Leonard Norwitz
4K Ultra HD Review by Gary Tooze
4K Ultra HDDisc:
Region: FREE(as are all UHD discs)
Runtime: 1:40:26 (alternate version only)
Disc Size: 57,901,449,216 bytes
Feature Size: 55,824,558,156 bytes
Bitrate: As high as 84.3 Mbps - average around 73.0 Mbps
Case: Black Blu-ray case
Release date:December 6th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
Resolution: 2160p / 23.976 fps
DTS-HD Master 5.1 Surround
11 Foreign Language DUBs (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian etc)
29 options including English (SDH), Chinese, Danish, German, Spanish, Latin Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Swedish etc.
Commentary by Director Francis Lawrence and producer-screenwriter Akiva Goldsman
Leaflet for Ultraviolet digital download
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: 2.4:1
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
English, Spanish, French, none
• Creating I Am Legend Documentary (51:58)
• 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 (20:41)
• 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 : 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.
NOTE: The below Blu-ray and or 4K Ultra HD captures were taken directly from the disc but are limited by the computer display (see below) which they are viewed.
ADDITION: Warner - 2-disc - Region FREE - 4K Ultra HD (May 2018): The Warner includes the previous Blu-ray - which has both versions (not seamlessly branched).
DVDBeaver have over 5,000Blu-ray reviews on this website and over 10,000 disc reviews in total. This is our fourth 4K Ultra HD review. I am big on the post-apocalypse film genre so I've always liked I Am Legend.
The problem with reviews that use screen captures are standardization of the methodology used to obtain them - and while we have recently made an adjustment to improve representation in this area - both un-standardized, un-calibrated, computer monitors and a variety of home theatre viewing systems become a factor. This actually justifies comparisons all the more important since the images are all viewed on the same monitor and the differences are apparent despite the system.
4K Ultra HDproduces another significant issue - it is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light.
So we have made an attempt to replicate the image of our 4KHDR - Dolby Vision system. Our adjustment is trying to simulate the same strong color scheme - we cannot - but it is definitely closer than the 4K UHD captures as viewed on a standard computer monitor. We have included mostly RAW 4K Ultra HD captures as they do faithfully represent the detail, if not the color on your monitor display.
We are using an LG B6 65" 4K UHD HDR OLED TV display supporting both HDR & Dolby Vision:
and an Oppo UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player with HDR & Dolby Vision (UHD, Blu-ray, 3D, DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD and CD).
AStandard computer monitor cannot due justice to the 4K Ultra HD image. Likewise our simulation split-screen capture does not give a valid representation - yes, the 4K UHD is superior to our simulation.
We suggest using the native4K Ultra HD captures to see the presentations for grain texture (where applicable), detail, sharpness and even framing BUT to use our simulated split-screen to get a general idea of the color improvement.
The captures we have taken are native resolution: 3,840 by 2,160 pixels which you can see when you click on them. The resolution in 4K movie theaters is marginally higher at 4,096 by 2,160 pixels. To appreciate the advancement mathematically it is 4X the number of pixels on a 1080pBlu-ray display, and almost 24X times the resolution of your old SD Sony Trinitron tube television (standard definition).
While the 4K Ultra HD of I Am Legend easily looks far superior to the 1080P Blu-ray - which had two versions but not seamlessly-branched and hence the bitrate is significantly lower (a puny 16.4 Mbps). I wouldn't say the 4K Ultra HD is the height of this format in terms of image. This was a relatively early UHD package which only offers only the alternative version of the film. The 4K Ultra HD visuals are 2.4:1 like the Blu-ray.Detail rises quite significantly, colors seem to warm in UHD and it has impressive depth. Contrast, likewise is a leap up with brighter whites and inkier black levels.
The below Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD captures were taken directly from the disc but are limited by the computer display (see below) which they are viewed.
The average bit rate for the Blu-ray is lower than we generally find - sub 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 with the use of extensive CGI.
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Audio & Music :
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 is a a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
The 4K Ultra HD disc has DTS-HD Master 5.1 (no Atmos etc.) and it sounds solid - Zombie shrieks are piercing - also notable in Bob Marley & The Wailers' Three Little Birds, Stir It Up, Redemption Song and Stevie Wonder performing Superstition. Plus the excellent score by James Newton Howard (2005's King Kong, 8 Million Ways to Die, Batman Begins, The Bourne Legacy, I Am Legend, The Lookout etc.) benefits from the lossless. Warner add multiple foreign language DUBs, a descriptive audio track and many subtitle options - looking like it must be the same disc sold worldwide. Like all 4K Ultra HD discs it is Region FREE.
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.
As stated, the Blu-ray is included as a second disc in the 4K Ultra HD package where all those extras discussed above are housed. But the UHD disc has a surprise with an optional commentary by director Francis Lawrence and producer-screenwriter Akiva Goldsman not found on the original Blu-ray, or DVD. This is standard fare discussing the production hurdles and visual secrets to what we are seeing. There is also a leaflet for Ultraviolet digital download.
September 2010 (updated)
May 19th, 2018