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Which one of the three movies based on the book do you prefer?
The Last Man on Earth 13%  13%  [ 1 ]
The Omega Man 88%  88%  [ 7 ]
I Am Legend 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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 Post subject: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:15 am 
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There were three movies made based on Richard Matheson's novel entitled: I Am Legend. They were the following:

The Last Man on Earth, from 1964 starring Vincent Price

The Omega Man, from 1971 starring Charlton Heston

I Am Legend, from 2007 starring Will Smith

Which one of these versions do you think is best, and why? Which one did you like the least?

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 Post subject: Re: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
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I have read the novel, and of the three movies Vincent Price's is the closest to it. But there is just something about the Omega Man that set it apart. :neville: I consider Will Smith's version a remake of OM and not a new version and IMHO not that great especially the CG or the theatre ending. :cheers:

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 Post subject: Re: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
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The CGI in I Am Legend was horrible, no doubt about that. It totally ruined the creatures for me.

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 Post subject: Re: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
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NO HUMAN ELEMENT IN THE WILL SMITH VERSION. CGI SUCKS........ GIVE ME MATHAIS AND MY DARK FOSTER GRANTS ANYTIME

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 Post subject: Re: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
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I voted for The Omega Man, it had a great lead, some nice action sequences and a kick-*** score. Though I do wish that The Omega Man had been a little bit more like The Last Man on Earth by having Heston's Neville alone for a longer period of time. IMO they shouldn't have introduced the other characters until maybe 15-20 minutes later in the movie.

By the way, who voted for The Last Man on Earth? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
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Detective Thorn wrote:
By the way, who voted for The Last Man on Earth? :lol:


It's VINCENT PRICE man!

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 Post subject: Re: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
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If you're a Vincent Price fan, that may do it - I'm a long time fan of Price, going back to House of Wax (1953), but he wasn't enough to move The Last Man on Earth beyond its rather half-dead approach (an ironic approach maybe - Night of the Living Dead kind of overshadows The Last Man on Earth nowadays).

Also, it's telling that Heston killed Price in The Ten Commandments :neville: , because Heston and The Omega Man film itself managed to present the ultimate last-man-on-Earth scenario in many ways; it's easily my first choice - the action, the style, the presence... it's all there.

I am Legend started out OK but, as already mentioned, the CGI monsters/vampires were too cartoon-like; I dunno why the FX guys overdid it like that - it turned the whole thing into some average computer game. I also agree the ending was like something tacked on and strangely inappropriate (it reminded me of a similar happy ending out-of-nowhere in Damnation Alley, an older end-of-world film from 1977). I haven't watched the alternate ending to I am Legend yet; I'd probably like it more.


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 Post subject: Re: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
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Chrysagon wrote:
If you're a Vincent Price fan, that may do it - I'm a long time fan of Price, going back to House of Wax (1953), but he wasn't enough to move The Last Man on Earth beyond its rather half-dead approach (an ironic approach maybe - Night of the Living Dead kind of overshadows The Last Man on Earth nowadays).

Problem is, he hasn't even seen The Omega Man yet, that damned dirty cheater! :neville:

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 Post subject: Re: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
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Chrysagon wrote:
I also agree the ending was like something tacked on and strangely inappropriate (it reminded me of a similar happy ending out-of-nowhere in Damnation Alley, an older end-of-world film from 1977). I haven't watched the alternate ending to I am Legend yet; I'd probably like it more.


Hmmm here in the states the theatre ending has Neville blowing himself up and the "happy ending" being the alternate version.

P.S. I liked Damnation Alley all though it in no way follows the novel. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man or I Am Legend?
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Chrysagon wrote:
I also agree the ending was like something tacked on and strangely inappropriate (it reminded me of a similar happy ending out-of-nowhere in Damnation Alley, an older end-of-world film from 1977). I haven't watched the alternate ending to I am Legend yet; I'd probably like it more.


Hmmm here in the states the theatre ending has Neville blowing himself up and the "happy ending" being the alternate version.

P.S. I liked Damnation Alley all though it in no way follows the novel. :lol:

I guess I should have watched the alternate ending to I am Legend before commenting - I assumed the alternate ending was darker. To me, the theatrical ending had a happy note to it, even though Smith blew himself up, because the only female character and the kid
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find this surviving community out of nowhere, as if no world-destroying plague had actaully occurred.
Allovasudden, we're told that everything is OK; the world didn't end - isn't that nice. It was very similar to the ending of Damnation Alley. You're hinting that the alternate ending of I am Legend was even more cheerful, so I probably wouldn't like it (I really need to get to the business of watching it... :banghead: ).

I did read the novel of Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny many years ago. I hope someday they make a film faithful to it - in it, the hero is a coarse anti-hero Hells Angels-type motorcyle gang member named Hell Tanner who is forced into the role of 'hero' and is nothing like any of the characters in the film version. The novel had a very anarchic, anti-establishment tone to it and some irreverance. I think the character was more similar to the Snake Plissken character in the Escape From New York 1981 film.


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