This second film adaptation of Richard Matheson's science-fiction novel I Am Legend (the first version being The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price) unfolds in a post-apocalyptic 1976. Charlton Heston is Robert Neville, the sole recipient of a serum that enabled him to survive an onslaught of germ warfare between Russia and China - which seemingly rendered him the last (normal) human alive. Neville lives in a garish, antique-strewn L.A. penthouse. During the day, he roams through the vacant city. At night, he fends off a bloodthirsty horde of mutant scavengers garbed in Spanish inquisition robes and sunglasses, led by Matthias (Anthony Zerbe), a former television newscaster in his good ol' pre-mutant days. Matthias and his half-human vampires want to kill Neville. Neville's last man on earth status is shattered when he comes across a group of young people, presided over by the sexy and cynical Lisa (Rosalind Cash). Neville begins to form an interest in her, as the two try to keep Matthias and his minions at bay. The Omega Man was filmed in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday afternoons, an area that consists almost exclusively of office buildings, and therefore was suitably vacant at the the time of production. In 2007, Matheson's novel received yet another incarnation - this one with Will Smith in the Heston role.~Paul Brenner
Introduction by Co-Stars Eric Laneuville and Paul Koslo and Screenwriter Joyce H. Corrington
Vintage featurette The Last Man Alive - The Omega Man
The Omega Man has to be one of the best last man on earth movies made. It was one of Charlton Heston's pet projects. He regretted the "Family"s look. Makes the film outdated by todays standard. However, the deserted Los Angeles was one of the first realistic use of man's extinction, the trash in the streets, the abandoned cars, the corpses Heston keeps coming across. And the bi-racial love interest with Heston and Rosalind Cash caused a little bit of controversy for it's time.Just a couple of problems with the film that Warner Brothers could fix digitally now. At the beginning,as Heston is driving down the deserted streets, you see a guy walking down the sidewalk, for a brief second you can see the camera car turning after Heston's vehicle and finally where Heston is driving the military vehicle into the Familys' trap, you can see the filming lights reflected in the windshield with part of the crew. Nit-picky I know, but like I said, they could be digitally removed these days. All in all it's still a classic and if they had CGI back then, just imagine what they could have accomplished. On a sad note the film's Director Boris Sagal died a few years later during the filming of a television show in a helicopter crash. And with "I Am Legend" with Will Smith out, I figured Warner Brothers might cook up a special "The Omega Man" to coincide with "I Am Legend"s release. Perfect advertising tool. I have this on VHS and DVD. I would have bought a special edition if it had come out.
This review is from The Omega Man [With I Am Legend Movie Cash] [DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Omega Man was rushed into the Blu-Ray format to coincide with the release of Will Smiths " The Last Man on Earth ".
The VC-1 encoded 2.40:1 transfer shows considerable artifacts, especially in dark scenes but keeps consistant colors and fleshtones which is amazing considering the age of the film source.
The sound offerings on the disc are a standard English 1.0 Dolby digital track, which is substandard considering what you are paying for this disc.
If you already have the Warner Home Video version of " The Omega Man " then I suggest you steer clear of this Blu-ray version, since the Warner version is a re-master and looks better, without the grain, exhibited in the Blu-ray version.
I hope one day this film is given the TLC it deserves and with a little enhancing will be free of artifacts..
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is by far the best adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic novel I Am Legend. Despite the lack of special effects, this movie does not disappoint. Well-acted and never campy, this film is sure to satisfy most.