Life Ultra HD Blu-ray Review and Comments

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    1. Casimir Harlow

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      Nice review as always Cas. I was pretty disappointed with this movie though, and could not give it more than 6/10 (and that's quite generous). It seemed the director tried to cram as many sci-fi and horror clichés into it as possible. Very predictable, and had me almost yelling at the screen on numerous occasions. It was as is if the crew of this spacestation had never watched a sci-fi or horror movie ever, and proceeded to make every conceivable mistake!
       
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      Life does have its moments and looks good, but I can't remember when watching so much idiocy on the screen made me so angry that I was rooting for the bad guy to kill them all and then some!
       
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      If you want idiocy check out the crew of Alien: Covenant, I actually enjoyed Life a lot more despite it being an Alien rip-off.
       
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      Prometheus killed me off with regards to the Alien movies. I'm not sure if I can bring myself to suffer through Covenant.
       
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      Is that the thing for Sci-fi Horror movies though? I mean if they were smart then they would probably survive, who wants to see that! I mean Trump is President, is it hard to take that Astronauts might be stupid? :censored::D
      I may be alone in thinking this but I would rather see an idiot die than someone outsmart a killer Alien.


      Having said that I didn't like this or Covenant, but after watching this I am tempted to give Covenant another try on UHD when released. :facepalm:
       
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      Covenant is better, but this is still relative.
       
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      I thought this one was OK, Definitely lots in common with Alien, The Thing and The Abyss.

      However I think the main issue is that pretty much everything has been done before, And at it's very best.
       
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      Life is derivative but Covenant is genuinely bad.
       
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      Way, way too many plotholes and stupidity from both the crew and the script writers to be enjoyable for me. A couple below but there are many, many more. Due to all of that and more it's a one watch for me which I would never want to waste time on again. Far more rewarding ways to spend two hours.
      Life 3rd firewall: we'll launch a tiny Soyuz, which only has tiny maneuvering thrusters, to push the massively larger ISS into deep space.
      James Cameron 3rd Firewall: I say we stay on the ground and nuke it in orbit. It's the only way to be sure...
      They 'remember' at the end of the movie they've got two one man Soyuz escape capsules. In reality these are three man affairs. And the only reason they are one man in the movie is to enable the end scenario. I get the feeling that was written first and the rest of the movie structured to get to that end point.
       
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      Yes, but not that stupid. This lot wouldn't get a job as trolley collectors at Tesco let alone be given the ISS to play in.

      Plus morons in space has been done before... ;)
      Morons from Outer Space (1985) - IMDb
       
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      I thought it was a really good disc in terms of picture quality, but the film itself was offensively boring. I'm totally down with schlock, and crappy movies in general, but it's as though the title of the movie was deliberately ironic; utterly, completely devoid of any liveliness.

      If it's better than Alien: Covenant then at least there's one positive I can take from this dross; it'll save me the cost of the Alien: Covenant disc.
       
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      Choose Life?
      I chose not to choose Life: I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got something else, anything else to watch... :)

      Choose Life - Trainspotting (1-12) Movie CLIP...
       
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      i haven't see Valerian yet but my money is on Covenant being the worst film of the year.

      might give this a look at some point but not desperate to see it
       
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      Yeah it's Life Vs Prometheus for idiotic scientists of the decade award.
       
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      Please let us know when you've decided which one takes your wooden spoon.
       
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      Kermode said this was better than Covenant, which shows how far Alien has fallen.

      Incidentally, according to IMDB this used a 3.5k DI, so there should be some near 4K detail in there.

      I'm waiting on the first two Alien movies getting the 4K treatment. No ugly upscaling there, just beautiful, grainy film.
       
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      It was shot at 3.5K but the effects and the DI were done at 2K, so that's what the UHD BD would have used. Mind you the disc still looks stunning.
       
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      Just watched it. Awful film
      Found the crew infuriating me with their decisions
      Best I can give is 5/10
       
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      The movie was shot at up to 6.5K on the Alexa 65 (3.4K for the Alexa Mini) and the DI was at 3.2K according to british cinematographer: Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Life - British Cinematographer

      And for me that extra resolution is plainly evident in the UHD, there's no way on God's green Earth that this is a 2K upscale, it's so sharp you could cut yourself on it and the regular BD pales in comparison. There's an odd geometric pattern to the grain (which I think is some kind of grain emulation artefact perhaps), and some scenes caused the full array dimming on my ZD9 to go into a fit but other than that, it's gorgeous.

      As for the movie I really liked it. Not much new under the sun, but decently executed nonetheless. It was a better attempt at an Alien-type film than Covenant was...
       
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      Thanks for the review Cas,pick up the US copy i enjoy it,lovely P/Q,defo down for an watch again :)
       
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      I was one of 10 people to see Life on it's release weekend; I brought the significant other with me because she likes Ryan Reynolds and because I love Alien.

      We watched thought it was okay; a 6/10 movie at best with supposedly smart people doing dumb things which is the usual trope for this genre (unlike Alien). The ending was the most likely outcome for the moronic crew.
       
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      No you're quite right Geoff, my mistake. That's an interesting article.
       
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      Although maybe not the worst film I saw in the last year, this certainly took the biscuit for being the most irritating. Boring, derivative, dumb and with an ending you could see coming a mile off. Parts of it were laugh out loud stupid. I wouldn't buy this on VHS let alone UHD. It looked nice in parts but I couldn't give this more than 2/10.
       
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      Got this on my rental list (the blu obviously). Got to say though, I really enjoyed Covenant!
       
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      I think I was in the minority in enjoying this movie a lot. I went into it knowing it was going to be a 'switch your brain off at the door' popcorn horror sci fi and that it would be derivative of so many other movies in the genre.

      I agree, it's all been done better before and it's nowhere near being up there with the best but, as said above, I don't want all movies to be totally grounded in reality and to have every character do the sensible thing. If that happened, most movies would be over in the first half hour?

      I got the US UHD on release and this has to be one of the best reference discs I have seen for the pin sharp picture quality. My Panny 65DX902 has never looked so good (the Times Square scene near the start of the movie....WOW!!!). I was surprised how well my TV handled the pretty testing scenes and glaring white and inky blacks as well. The FALD can sometimes struggle with a bit of blooming but it seemed to handle this one quite well.
       
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      Thanks for the confirmation.Glad to know IMDB is right sometimes!

      It's too bad this movie is supposed to be pretty awful, or I might have taken the plunge.
       
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      My biggest problem with Life was...
      The look of the creature. It really wasn't in the least bit scary.

      ...and as mentioned, the sheer stupidity on display.
       
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      I haven't seen or heard hardly anything about this movie, but I saw the UHD for sale in shop so decided to pay the extra €6 for the UHD over the Bluray version. I was worried since I didn't read a review here beforehand as to the actual specs and quality of it. Glad to see here it has a decent DI resolution and OK movie. I will only be able to watch the Bluray version for a long time...
       
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      Hmm should I bite on it , ain't any of you lot who didn't like putting the bugger up in the classifieds :D. May just be a Amazon Prime watch.
       

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