With the third adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel, "I AM LEGEND" having just opened in theaters to a blockbuster weekend, WARNER BROS. has released the 2nd film adaptation, "OMEGA MAN" on blu-ray and hd-dvd. Charlton Heston stars as Dr. Robert Neville, one of the last survivors of a devastating plague, brought about by a biological weapon he created for the government. Making matters more difficult for Neville, he must also survive the continuously looming threat of mutants lurking just beyond his sanctuary, free to roam and create havoc, but only at night. This adaptation has altered some of the best aspects of the novel, and it's definitely affected, badly, by the period in which it was made, 1971. A lot of the imagery and music, is a perfect example of the worst elements of its period.
Still, it's mildly entertaining as "bad" cinema, and its ending, while unintentionally laughable, is at least different!
WARNER BROS. has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 transfer. While dirt and grain pops up frequently, the overall image is surprisingly solid for a film over 35 years old. While few scenes have the "pop off the screen" depth associated with the best blu-ray transfers, it has some of these moments and colors are rich.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital 1.0 mono mix. It's adequate, but unimpressive. Fidelity is wanting, and although not suffering from distortion, it comes close in a few spots.
An introduction, brief featurette and trailer, all in standard definition, are included.