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Blu-ray Review HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: I Am Legend

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Michael Osadciw, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. Michael Osadciw

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    Blu-ray Disc Review




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  2. Ronald Epstein

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    Thank you for the review, Mike.

    One of the initial reasons why I chose not to purchase this
    title was because when announced, it seemed that the alternative
    ending was not included. Granted, this could have been limited to
    the HD-DVD release.

    According to your review the alternative ending is included.
    This may prompt an immediate purchase.
     
  3. Robert Crawford

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    I liked this film better than most that have read the book so I'm looking forward to my copy's arrival. Furthermore, I can't wait until I see the alternate ending. I was never a big fan of "Omega Man", though I own the BR disc of it. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it just that it isn't one of my favorite films of that genre. I feel the same about "The Last Man on Earth" that I have on SD DVD. I think neither film has the acting performance that Smith delivers in this latest version of this written material.

    However, you're right about one thing, the CGI was horrible which hurts the film to a degree and probably affected the reviews of others about this film.






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    The cautionary tale extra IS in HD btw.
     
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    Oh come on there is nothing quite like a good early 70s doomsday sci-fi flick starring Chuck Heston!

    Can you say guilty pleasure? [​IMG]

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    I have to say I went in with a tad bit of low expectations and was pleasantly surprised.

    While it's not even near a perfect adaptation (I've given up that there ever will be) and add the fact that the concept isn't exactly fresh anymore as it's been ripped off so frequently over the years by Romero and his imitators, Boyle, etc, etc. I'd say Smith's performance (it's amazing what he can do without the usual one-liners) brought the film to a higher level.

    It was a worthy blind-buy for me.
     
  7. Matt Hough

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    It was a blind buy for me, too. Just couldn't pass up Amazon's amazing price reduction on this title. (I wish they'd do it with MICHAEL CLAYTON.)

    I was very pleasantly surprised by how effective it was (I jumped in my chair several times) and how fresh it seemed even though I reviewed the BD of THE OMEGA MAN just a month or so ago. The CGI was the weak link to be sure, but otherwise, I found it an entertaining popcorn movie and one I'll revisit with pleasure.
     
  8. Michael Osadciw

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    CGI is certainly weak when viewing in HD. I think the HD medium will put even more demands on CGI technology.

    Jim - I also agree that it's great to see Smith in a performance without one-liners. I hate one liners...
     
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    I also did a blind buy of this disc because of amazon's great price. Hopefully their sales of this title @ $18.95 will encourage similar pricing schemes in the future.

    It is still on its way to me...but I am very much looking forward to it.

    Thanks for the review, Michael (and Ken)! I like this tag team approach to reviews! What's next...steel cage matches!?! [​IMG]
     
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    I enjoyed this film in IMAX and I am especially looking forward to seeing this again. I also picked up the Future Shop steelbook case which must be the first ever specialty case in this format....pretty neat looking too. In regards to watching this film on Blu-ray, I'm really looking forward to the scene where:

    Neville and his dog Sam are hiding in the bathtub at home as the dark seekers start prowling around at nightfall. I remember feeling quite unnerved by that sequence.....I hope it's just as effective on Blu-ray as it was on the IMAX sound system.
     
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    Like the review said, the first two-thirds of the movie are pretty great. Once the Dark Seekers are revealed, the rest of the movie sort of falls apart for me. Didn't really like the ending and they didn't expand enough on the progress of the creatures. I actually liked the documentary on viruses more than the actual film. One of the few special features I've watched in a long time.
     
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    Blind buy for me. Did enjoy, and preferred the alternate ending.

    Could someone familiar with the book post that ending here, preferably with spoiler tags?
     
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    I would agree, but unfortunately it makes the third act's shortcomings all the more difficult for me to bear. Alas, two-thirds of a good movie does not a purchase make for me no matter how good a price or reference material it may be.
     
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    The presentation of this was great, some very good surround effects. Also, the alternate ending was so much better.

    What was really poor were the special effects of the zombies, some of the worst I've seen in a film in the past decade. Too bad, if they'd have gone with less CGI effects and more real-life stand in zombies, it would have helped make the film more believable and more enjoyable to watch. The zombies were nothing but a distraction for me they were so poorly done.
     
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    not zombies .... zompires!
     
  16. Michael Osadciw

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    flying CGI dark seekers that twist and turn like gumby is a poor decision in filmmaking.
     
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    Thanks for the book ending, Paul!
     
  18. Paul Arnette

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    No problem. It is one of my favorite books. Techically, it is a novella, as it is only approx. 160 pages. I would recommend everyone read it; however it may hamper ones ability to enjoy The Omega Man, I Am Legend, and The Last Man on Earth (and probably in that order) in the process. [​IMG]

    Edited to add:

    I forgot to mention one important detail about the novella's ending, which I have added to the spoiler above.
     
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    I saw this in the theater and thought it was pretty good - I felt the first hour was MUCH better than the last half hour - but I'll give it a rental sometime.
     
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    I love this film, the disk and the fact that both endings are on it. They both have a totally different flavour from each other but I like both. Does not hurt that the a/v is great too. Thanks for the review.
     

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