I Am Legend: Two-Disc Special Edition

DVD Reviews | Mar 24th, 2008

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Starring Will Smith, Alice Braga, Dash Mihok
Written By: Akiva Goldsman, Mark Protosevich
Directed By: Francis Lawrence
Studio: Warner Bros
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Imagine a plague ravages the entire world and there is all but one man left to walk this earth? That man Robert Neville, played brilliantly by Will Smith, is left on the island of Manhattan in New York during a deadly outbreak. An unexplained immunity to the deadly virus makes Neville the only person to walk New York and possibly the world. Yet he is not alone. Mutant plagued victims still wander the streets at night and hunt Robert Neville’s every move until he makes a mistake. Exciting and intense, I am Legend is a great, entertaining thriller.

As a military virologist, Robert Neville knew what fate most citizens of the world had laid upon him. It turns out, Robert was immune to such virus and had to watch the world destroy itself in front of his own eyes. I can’t imagine going through something like that and wanting to live to tell about it. Years after the virus was unleashed, Robert roams the streets of New York looking for survivors and also watching his back, as there are mutants out there. Each day at sunset, Robert locks himself up in his house and does not come out until the day light is upon him. The reason, the mutants only come out at night and are relentless in tearing up the city and killing anything in sight. If bitten, Neville would become one of them and his chances of finding a cure at an end.

I felt that the first half of the movie was its strongest and the second half of the film fell apart and turned into just another thriller horror type movie. I think I could have done without the mutants altogether. I would have liked to seen just Neville the whole movie, similar to Tom Hanks in Castaway. For one person to go through what he did and roam the earth would be interesting enough. They had to “jazz” it up a bit by adding the mutants to the film and making a more entertaining story, or so they thought. Even if the film alluded to what was out there besides Neville would have been better than providing so-so CGI monster mutants chasing after Neville. They looked very unrealistic and I have seen better in different films. The first half of the film is what is really garnishing my rating below. I also prefer the alternate theatrical version, provided with this special edition DVD and contains an alternate ending which I won’t spoil for you. I think watching that version would have been better to release in my opinion.

The special edition didn’t really contain any extras. Only 4 comics and a DVD weblink to watch extras on the website. I wish there was some more featurettes released on this set though. Perhaps sometimes holding off the release to provide a better overall package would make fans happier than rushing a release to just get the film out there.

-4 Awesome Animated Comics: Death As A Gift, Isolation, Sacrificing The Few For The Many, Shelter
DVD-Rom PC weblink to intense bonus material databank chronicling the movie’s creation and exploring the history and current status of live threatening viral infections.

Disc 2
-Alternate Theatrical Version
Digital Copy Included

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: Lonely drive in the city, Golf at the Intrepid. Revenge on the creatures
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100 minutes
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