Legion appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. While not a bad SD-DVD presentation, the transfer was more erratic than I’d like.
Some of the inconsistencies came from sharpness. Parts of the movie exhibited good clarity and definition, but more than a few exceptions occurred, especially in wide shots. Those tended to suffer from notable jagged edges and some shimmering. Overall delineation was fairly good, but too many unattractive shots appeared.
Some light edge haloes occurred, and other forms of artifacting marred the presentation. I noticed a bit of mosquito noise, and the movie occasionally looked grainier than it should. Various print flaws were absent, however, as the film lacked specks, mars or other distractions.
To fit its apocalyptic setting, Legion went with a restricted palette most of the time. In essence, we got faded browns or chilly blue-greens; a few other tones emerged on occasion, but this usually remained a limited set of colors. Even given those restrictions, I wasn’t especially impressed by the hues. They seemed a bit messy and lacked great clarity.
Blacks were similarly erratic. Dark tones tended to be somewhat flat and inky, and shadows were up and down. Some low-light shots offered decent clarity, but many were rather dense and tough to discern. I found enough positives here to make this a “C” transfer, but the concerns made it inconsistent.
On the other hand, I couldn’t complain about the film’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. As I expected, Legion offered a fairly dynamic soundfield that used the five channels in a satisfying manner. The action sequences were the most impressive, of course, especially when hordes attacked the folks in the diner. Gunfire and general mayhem swarmed the spectrum and added a lot of punch to the proceedings.
Audio quality was satisfying as well. Effects played the most prominent role. All sounded clear and accurate, and these elements offered nice low-end response; bass was consistently deep and firm. Music presented good range and clarity as well, and speech was crisp and concise. I felt pleased with this nice soundtrack.
Three featurettes show up here. Creating the Apocalypse goes for 23 minutes, 41 seconds and provides notes from special effects makeup creator Glenn Hetrick, director/co-writer Scott Stewart, 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator John Medlen, puppeteer Larry Odien, production designer Jeff Higinbotham, and actors Dennis Quaid, Doug Jones, Willa Holland, Adrianne Palicki, Jeanette Miller, Kate Walsh, Paul Bettany and Lucas Black. The show looks at stunts and various effects related to the “Ice Cream Man” and Gladys characters, and an animatronic baby. The concentration on technical areas makes this an interesting program, as we get good thoughts related to the subject matter.
Humanity’s Last Line of Defense runs 11 minutes, 30 seconds and features Stewart, Walsh, Palicki, Quaid, Bettany, Black, Holland, and actors Charles Dutton and Tyrese Gibson. This one examines cast, characters and performances. Programs of this sort tend to be high on praise and low on content, and that proves true here. “Defense” lacks much substance and doesn’t give us much of interest.
Finally, From Pixels to Pictures fills 10 minutes, 55 seconds with remarks from Stewart, on-set visual effects supervisor Gray Marshall, and visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer. As expected, they dig into some of the movie’s visual effects. The piece acts as a good complement to "Apocalypse” and offers nice details about the film’s CG elements.
A few ads launch the disc. We get promos for The Runaways, Justified, Youth in Revolt and Unthinkable. Most of these also appear under Previews along with clips for Grown Ups, A Prophet (Un Prophete), Wild Things: Foursome, Shinjuku Incident, Chloe, Salt, Rescue Me, Harry Brown, The Road and 2012. No trailer for Legion shows up here.
I went into Legion with low expectations but discovered a pleasant surprise. Though the movie sags at times, it still offers enough good thrills and action to make it enjoyable. The DVD provides strong audio but comes with mediocre visuals and extras. While the DVD doesn’t dazzle, I think the movie is worth a look.