I Am Legend
The last man on earth is not alone...
Warner Home Video has released I Am Legend. Will Smith stars in the third adaptation
of Richard Matheson’s classic science-fiction novel about a lone human survivor in a
post-apocalyptic world dominated by vampires. This new version somewhat alters
Matheson’s central hook, i.e., the startling idea that an ordinary man, Robert Neville,
spends his days roaming a desolated city and his nights in a house sealed off from
longtime neighbors who have become bloodsucking fiends.
In the new film, Smith’s Neville is a military scientist charged with finding a cure for
a virus that turns people into crazed, hairless, flesh-eating zombies.
Failing to complete his work in time--and after enduring a personal tragedy--Neville
finds himself alone in Manhattan, his natural immunity to the virus keeping him alive.
With an expressive German shepherd his only companion, Neville is a hunter-gatherer
in sunlight, hiding from the mutants at night in his Washington Square town house
and methodically conducting experiments in his ceaseless quest to conquer the disease.
The majority of James Newton Howard's score wasn't used in the film or was dialed
down so low, as to be invisible. Thanks to Varese Sarabande for rescuing this fine score.
44 Minutes of nice dramatic, emotional scoring, the best Howard has done this year.
Watch for nice choral work throughout the score.
The action passages are few, The Jagged Edge being
the biggest action cue, but like the movie, the score is
subdued. Where the movie fell flat in the second half,
the latter portions of the album play as an elegy of sorts.
But it's NOT one of his more ambient scores, like
Freedomland or Michael Clayton. There's some lovely
music here. It's Howard's best score of the year,
and overall one of the better scores of 2007.
The DVD is released in Widescreen, Blu-Ray and