It may be a bit of an odd selection for a high definition release, especially considering that even the initial DVD version took many years to surface, but Warner Home Video has just unveiled plans to release the 1971 post-apocalyptic thriller The Omega Man to HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Disc in November. A new DVD version is also being released on the same day.
Welcome to the future. Biological war has decimated life on Earth. Los Angeles is a windswept ghost town where Robert Neville tools his convertible through sunlit streets foraging for supplies. And makes damn sure he gets undercover before sundown, when other “inhabitants” emerge.
“The Omega Man” adapts Richard Matheson’s novel “I Am Legend” into a high-impact, high-tension saga of a fate not far removed from reality. Charlton Heston is Neville, fending off attacks by The Family, sinister neopeople spawned by the plague. He also becomes a man with a mission after meeting Lisa (Rosalind Cash), another uninfected survivor – and guardian of some healthy children representing our species’ hope.
The high definition versions of the film will feature 1080p transfers of the movie in its 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio, complemented by the original mono audio track. No bonus materials have been announced for the release that is scheduled to hit retailers on November 23 for $14.97 on DVD and $28.99 in high definition.