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This Is Legend,
This review is from: The Last Man On Earth  [DVD] (DVD)Now while it's certainly fair to say that this film isn't perfect with such stilted dialogue, unconvincing (re)acting and occasionally terrible dubbing it is still the most faithful version of Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend" available today.
Vincent Price is always quality entertainment and you can easily forgive him for some of his more "theatrical" moments.
Whether by design or by accident the nightly attacks by Ben Cortman and the other "risen" plague victims are portrayed as more of a chore than a real danger. I think this is by design rather than just being ineffective or laughable production values and is certainly in keeping with the original story.
Scenes at the "burning pit" are powerfully effective, even quite shocking by today's standards and our hero's seemingly endless weary plight is conveyed with an unusual no-frills style. Robert Morgan is a truly tragic character. (Shame about the totally unnecessary name change)
Best of all is the fact that the proper ending of the story just about survives more-or-less intact which is something that can't really be said for "The Omega Man" or the tremendously disappointing "I Am Legend".
Fans of the original story couldn't ask for much more than this little gem. Fans of style over substance should go elsewhere.