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« on: December 12, 2007, 11:27:18 AM »

  I finished the Richard Matheson book this movie is based on and am really psyched to see this movie!  From looking at the trailers/commercials, it looks like the novel's been reworked some, zombies as opposed to vampires in the book, but the movie still looks interesting from what I've seen.

  Anyone else looking forward to I Am Legend coming out this Friday?

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2007, 11:30:29 AM »

Yeah. I'm waiting for it too. The comics are pretty good too, you should check them out.

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2007, 11:38:30 AM »

I wasn't interested in seeing this when I was first aware of it, but I've since changed my mind. It's getting some pretty good buzz so I'm interested.

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2007, 09:53:43 AM »

Check out the original Last man on earth with Vincent Price. It's based on the novel as well.

The Charlton Heston one (Omega Man) is okay too. It's like a strange action/horror/blaxploitation hybrid with mutants instead of vampires.

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2007, 02:14:37 PM »

I always like the bit at the beginning when Heston goes to the movie theater, loads and starts the projector, sits down and then starts to mouth every line of dialog in the picture. What a great way to show he's been alone for a long time.

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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2007, 02:28:06 PM »

  I read at dvdactive that The Omega Man was given a special edition release the last week of November.  Might have to give this one a look. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2007, 02:51:46 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2007, 11:38:49 AM »

Yeah... 'love OMEGA MAN. Early 70's Sci-Fi had great entries, like ANDROMEDA STRAIN, SOYLENT GREEN, WESTWORLD, COLOSSUS. I saw OMEGA MAN a couple of times on the big screen, it really was a great experience. Cool Soundtrack too. That damn DVD was immediately sold out and costs a fortune right now (no LP release in the 70's unfortunately).
The V.Price film is very interesting too, very dark for its time!

I saw the Will Smith trailer, didn't look bad. Altough I hate to see these endless exploding cars in NY streets in yet another film...

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2007, 10:54:04 PM »

  Saw this yesterday and really enjoyed it overall.  The first hour is great, the last 40 minutes only so-so, but I'm still highly recommending it.  Will Smith shows again that he can act, and he's not just an onscreen presence/personality.  Parts of the movie are scary and others very funny, but they all blend together very well.

  Obviously it's different from the book but it's got the same basic storyline going on so it worked for me.  I Am Legend tried to do its own thing and not make a word-for-word, page-for-page remake.  Good stuff though, go and see it.

  Anyone else see it since Friday? Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2007, 12:13:30 AM »

  Saw this yesterday and really enjoyed it overall.  The first hour is great, the last 40 minutes only so-so


Felt the same way.
When he met the woman and kid it was all down hill from there.
Interestingly enough that's when "Omega Man" starts to get kinda boring too.

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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2007, 11:26:38 AM »

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Felt the same way.
When he met the woman and kid it was all down hill from there.
Interestingly enough that's when "Omega Man" starts to get kinda boring too.

  Did you like the ending?  Not the last scene, the tacked-on one that wraps things up, but right before when Neville makes his revelation?  I don't want to say too much and give something away, but hopefully you know what I mean. Smiley

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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2007, 09:45:20 PM »


Felt the same way.
When he met the woman and kid it was all down hill from there.
Interestingly enough that's when "Omega Man" starts to get kinda boring too.

I know what you're saying.  I never read the book.  I've seen the Price film and Omega Man.  I think you're right that the power of the piece is the character being alone....the last man on earth....and how he's coping with that.  Yet I have to give credit to the filmmakers that made Omega Man.  They came up with the interracial relationship.  And of all actors to have the fever....Charlton Heston.  It was really something for its time.  Guess I always think of those deserted LA freeways and streets they filmed on Sunday mornings, the scenes of Heston in his solitude and those scenes with Rosalind Cash (by no means am I saying they were great, it was a laugh watching Heston try to be hip).  The film definitely gets campy, but I guess for me it's a guilty pleasure film.  Not sure I'm going to make any great effort to see I Am Legend.  I know I'll keep comparing it to Omega Man and I'm pretty sure it won't compare for me.  I guess some think Omega Man is dated, but I find it really interesting to watch and see how it was original yet also of its time.       

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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2007, 10:57:37 PM »

Heard the ending just sucked ass so im not gonna watch it Afro

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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2007, 11:36:40 PM »

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Heard the ending just sucked ass so im not gonna watch it

  That's what I wanted to see w/ Firecracker because part of it works.  There's almost two endings, for me the first one worked and the movie could have ended there, but they added another scene that feels very tacked-on.  So what I'm saying is the ending could have been great. Grin

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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2007, 04:50:21 PM »

  That's what I wanted to see w/ Firecracker because part of it works.  There's almost two endings, for me the first one worked and the movie could have ended there, but they added another scene that feels very tacked-on.  So what I'm saying is the ending could have been great. Grin


Neville's "revelation" was predictable even if I hadn't seen Omega Man so no it wasn't anything special.
I didn't care for the "colony" ending either.

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