life
A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

life4kuhdStudio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Year: 2017
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Run time: 104 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; DTS:X
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD / Digital HD
Region: A

Even though ‘Life’ really follows classic science-fiction standards by the numbers, it’s a really engaging movie. Yes, the first twenty minutes take the time to introduce the settings and the characters. Obviously, the rest of the movie focuses on the monster that is going to kill the crew members one by one. It’s as predictable as it gets when I’m telling you that the atmosphere inside the vessel will be intense, that there will be a few breathtaking scenes taken in space and that some characters will be ready to sacrifice themselves in order to save others. Of course, the famous lead character is the one to survive until the end. And yes, there is going to be an inevitable twist at the very end. On the other side, I must admit that the movie didn’t follow all the wrong stereotypes. There are no unnecessary side stories such as emotional conflicts between the characters that act in a rather mature way and we are not exposed to a cheesy love story either which makes the characters more believable.

The characters work as these great personalities with whom you develop some fondness over. No one is an antagonist or a selfish jerk but serve as real people who become desperate in a situation they are unprepared for. While Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson are decent in their roles, the supporting cast members like Olga Dihovichnaya and especially Ariyon Bakare were the real standouts of this film. Bakare’s character as the scientist Hugh who develops a fondness for the creature at the start was really the most compelling and complex character out of the entire crew.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 4K/2160p with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. ‘Life’ receives a nice 4K remaster that really helps boost the quality of the film. I will say that Sony did this film some wonders with this 4K transfer. This is one impressive looking film considering the extra bump in clarity and details that we receive. The stylized colors used in this film do an excellent job in bringing the world of ‘Life’ come to life in space. Dark tinted blues are the primary colors that are used in the film. This is where the HDR comes into play quite a bit throughout. You will see it especially with all of the magical effects and all of the energy surrounding the magic that has this extra crisp vibrant look to it. Blacks are deep. Considering that this film primarily takes place in space and in a spaceship, the film looks fantastic.
Video Quality: 10/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix, DTS:X. Like the video, the audio gets a nice upgrade here on Blu-ray. The rears get a ton of activity throughout the movie between dialogue, the score, and action sequences. I was quite impressed with hearing the various magical affects in the soundfield sound so life like. What is rather impressive is the use of the center channel where all the dialogue comes through. All of the dialogue and action pieces come through so clean that it is amazing with what can be done on the audio front.

Audio Quality: 10/10

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Life: In Zero G [HD]
  • Creating Life: The Art and Reality of Calvin [HD]
  • Claustrophobic Terror: Creating a Thriller in Space [HD]
  • Astronaut Diaries [HD]
  • Previews [HD]

Special Features: 6/10

Final Thoughts

All in all this is an enjoyable watch and due to the horrific nature of the alien and the superb use of tension. If you have the option to purchase this on 4K UHD, I highly recommend that you take that route over the Blu-ray as you will get some exceptional details.
Overall Rating: 9/10