Life (1999)
Universal Home Video
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Ned Beatty, Lisa Nicole Carson
Extras: Commentary Track, Documentary, Outtakes, Director’s Edits, Music Videos, Trailer and more

Although not a designated Collector’s Edition, Universal is serving up a pretty thick package with Eddie Murphy’s release of “Life”. The disc contains a widescreen version of the film in its 1.85:1 aspect ration in a beautiful anamorphic transfer.
Struck from a pristine print, the transfer is clean and devoid of noticeable defects, dust or scratches. The presentation exhibits a high level of detail due to the increased resolution of the anamorphic transfer and every bit of detail is perfectly maintained on the disc. Colors are strong, saturated and very well balanced, creating a natural and warm looking presentation throughout.

“Life” features a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track in English and a Dolby Surround track in French. Both of them are very good, although the Dolby Digital track has much better spatial integration and uses the split surrounds to create a much wider and bustling ambience for the film. The disc also features a very good commentary track by director Ted Demme, who appears very comfortable talking about his work and is adding a great deal of information to the film.

“Life” may not be Eddie’s funniest film, but it has a charm and sincerity to it that makes it a very good entry in his list of films. The presentation and the many extras on this disc, make this disc a great release.