Life appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a strong visual presentation.
At all times, sharpness excelled. If the movie suffered from any soft spots, they never became apparent, as the film remained tight and concise. No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects materialized, and I also saw no edge haloes or print flaws.
In terms of palette, Life opted for a subdued teal impression with some amber along for the ride as well. The colors suited the narrative and looked positive. Blacks appeared dark and tight, while shadows showed nice smoothness and clarity. The image seemed terrific.
In addition, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack worked well. With its space station setting and alien action, the mix boasted many good opportunities for sonic pizzazz, and it took advantage of them.
Music fleshed out all the channels in an engrossing manner, and effects used the soundscape in a compelling way. Quieter scenes made nice use of ambient information, while more action-oriented material created a vivid sense of the drama. All of this meshed together well and formed a lively impression.
Audio quality also worked well. Speech seemed natural and distinctive, without edginess or other concerns. Music boasted nice range and punch, and effects excelled. Those elements came across as tight and bold, with rich, firm low-end response. We ended up with a top-notch sonic experience.
Three featurettes appear, and these open with In Zero G. It runs six minutes, 54 seconds and includes comments from director Daniel Espinosa, medical space specialist Dr. Kevin Fong, movement coach Alexandra Reynolds, stunt coordinator Franklin Henson, and actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya.
“Zero” looks at costumes, props and attempts to recreate a space setting on film. Though brief, the featurette adds some good information.
For the seven-minute, seven-second Creating Life, we hear from Espinosa, Fong, producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, geneticist Dr. Adam Rutherford, supervising art director Marc Homes, and co-visual effects supervisor Tom Debenham. The show looks at research into possible alien life forms and the design of the movie’s creature. Like “Zero”, “Creating” brings us a pretty interesting little overview.
Creating a Thriller in Space lasts seven minutes, 28 seconds and features Espinosa, Gyllenhaal, Bakare, Sanada, Ferguson, Reese, Ellison, Goldberg, Ryan Reynolds, Homes, and Fong. “Thriller” offers a mix of production basics related to story, characters, set design, and attempts at realism. It tells us little of substance.
Six Deleted Scenes fill a total of five minutes, 49 seconds. Of these, the sixth – entitled “Sho and Jordan Talk” – runs by far the longest, as it goes for two minutes, 41 seconds. It gives us additional info about the Sho character – on its own it adds some value, but it would’ve slowed down the movie too much.
As for the rest, they throw out minor beats and don’t do much to expand the story or roles. I’m especially glad they lost the jokey line “in space everyone can hear you sing” since it makes the film’s Alien connection too overt.
Finally, Astronaut Diaries takes up three minutes. These give us in-character chats about their thoughts. The “Diaries” offer minor entertainment.
The disc opens with ads for Passengers, Baby Driver, Rough Night, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Resident Evil: Vendetta and T2: Trainspotting. No trailer for Life appears here.
A mediocre riff on Alien, Life fails to deliver a memorable cinematic experience. While it gives us a handful of decent thrills, too much of the movie seems bland and predictable. The Blu-ray offers excellent picture and audio along with a small set of supplements. I want to like Life but the end result leaves me cold.