I Am Legend
Starring Will Smith
Directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine)
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence
Appropriate for ages 13+
Available March 18, 2008 on DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-ray Disc
If you recall from my first review, I was a little disappointed with this new Will Smith film. I thought that the movie was overall effectively frightening, but had a bummer ending that made the audience depressed. Apparently the producers agreed, and so they gave us the Alternate Theatrical Version with a brand new ending. Remember that scene on the trailer that I was complaining about being absent in the theater? You know – the one where the infected are breathing down Smith’s neck? Good news – it’s in the new version and the ending is a vast improvement over the original. And if you have an extra day with nothing to do – this disc comes loaded with hours of extras. The best are the animated comics and a special doc discussing the science behind the movie, where real CDC officials discuss the history of pandemics and why we are overdue for one. This is a great disc, and an example for all others to follow.