FirstShowing.Net has posted the original ending from I AM LEGEND, which will be available on DVD. It includes a far more close and personal encounter between Neville (Will Smith) and the vampire-zombies.
Personally, I cannot say it is much better than the theatrical ending that was added at the last minute. Neither one does justice to the book. The alternate ending wants to do something a little more complex than the explosive, sacrificial finale seen in theatres, but it doesn’t really come off, because the monsters were simply too inhuman for a final-reel about-face. When Neville started shouting, “I can help you” to the pack leader, I could not suppress a chuckle at the ridiculousness of trying to negotiate with these sub-creatures. Well, that is exactly where the film was originally headed. It might have worked if the foundation had been laid better. At any rate, follow the link and judge for yourself.
UPDATED: For those who do not like clicking on links, here is the YouTube version of the footage, which unfortunately has the widescreen image squeezed down into a conventional aspect ratio…
UPDATED AGAIN: The YouTube video has (not surprisingly) been pulled down, presumbaly for copyright reasons.