Summary: Life is an intense sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life-form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on earth.
|Negative Formats:||ARRIRAW (3.4K), ALEXA 65|
|Peak Brightness:||4000 nits|
|Stars:||Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds|
|Review Date:||June 21, 2017|
Life is similar to Alien, with a crew trapped on a ship and with someone on there trying to kill them. Doing a decent version of Alien makes for a decent film, and Life is a good film. I’m not a fan of films of the genre, I just don’t enjoy being scared for a couple straight hours, but I overall enjoyed Life more than I expected to.
Technical Review: The specs note that Life has a 3.2K digital intermediate, but that is misleading. The DI was done at 2398×1556 resolution, which people might note as 2.4K resolution, or perhaps 2.6K when we refer to 3840 pixels wide as 4K. Technicalities aside, Life looks very good on UHD Blu-ray. The film takes good advantage of HDR in outer space, giving us multiple scenes of the International Space Station against a sunrise. Various lights and buttons in the ISS are also brighter, with space fields looking wonderful on an OLED.
Close-ups reveal lots of detail compared to the Blu-ray version. When you see facial stubble you can see individual hairs, though a couple of times there appears to be a big of extra sharpening going on. WCG use is not as noticeable in the more pale, drab space station interiors but does get used with the sunrise and exteriors.
The Atmos soundtrack is just fantastic. It is quiet when it should be but explodes from the speakers when the film calls for it. The sense of dread it builds while you watch and putting those creepy sounds into the height channels only makes it worse. Movies in tight, confined spaces where something can be moving all around you are wonderful choices for Atmos soundtracks, and Life delivers.
Special Features: Deleted Scenes and three featurettes.
|Title:||Life UltraHD Blu-ray|
|Pros:||Great use of HDR and WCG, wonderful soundtrack, good overall film.|
|Cons:||Source resolution isn't 4K.|
|Summary:||If you're after a film in the style of Alien, then Life does a good job of that while looking and sounding spectacular.|