Life

Life

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Director: Ted Demme

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatunde

     
 

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Combining the considerable comic talents of Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, Life is a successful attempt to bring comedy to a film genre not normally known for humor -- the prison movie. Universal's DVD is nothing short of outstanding, with excellent reproduction of the feature backed up with a host of special features. The anamorphic transfer is just aboutSee more details below

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Combining the considerable comic talents of Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, Life is a successful attempt to bring comedy to a film genre not normally known for humor -- the prison movie. Universal's DVD is nothing short of outstanding, with excellent reproduction of the feature backed up with a host of special features. The anamorphic transfer is just about flawless, with depth, balance, and rich colors throughout. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is of similar quality, providing a perfect platform for the selection of R&B songs featured on the soundtrack. There is certainly no shortage of supplemental features on this disc, including standard fare such as cast and crew biographies, production notes, and the film's theatrical trailer. The "Spotlight On Location" featurette, subtitled "A Look Into Life, runs to around 20 minutes in length, and is composed mainly of interview footage with the cast and filmmakers. Ted Demme's director's commentary is not always as informative as it could have been, but it is constantly effusive and contains a few interesting anecdotes. Probably the most unusual feature on this DVD is the "Director's Edit" section, which illustrates how Demme would have edited key scenes had it not been for studio interference. Other features include two music videos ("Life" by K-Ci & Jo Jo and "Fortunate" by Maxwell), trailers for Mystery Men and For Love of the Game, CD-ROM material, and a riotously funny collection of outtakes. Overall Universal has produced a truly marvelous disc, which offers just about everything one could reasonably expect of a DVD release.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence prison buddy flick is an underrated tale of bad luck and persevering hope. While the film starts off awkwardly -- almost like Harlem Nights revisited -- the narrative takes off when the unkind hand of fate deals the duo a slew of cruel blows. With Murphy and Lawrence aboard (they also teamed up for Boomerang), one would expect a laugh riot, but Life is not a straight comedy: there are many sad and painful moments throughout the film. Both actors give surprisingly versatile performances: their love-hate buddy act has a chemistry reminscent of Murphy and Nick Nolte in 48 Hrs. or Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Director Ted Demme does a fairly superior job with the material, which embodies elements of Stir Crazy and even a few nods to Cool Hand Luke. Despite its lackluster box office and slighty-overextended scope, Life is above-average tragicomedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
UPC:
0025192055928
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
3,997

Special Features

Spotlight on location; Feature commentary with director Ted Demme; Outtakes; Director's edits; Rock Land/Interscope soundtrack presentation with K-Ci and Jo Jo and Maxwell music videos; Universal showcase; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Ray Gibson
Martin Lawrence Claude Banks
Obba Babatunde Willie Long
Ned Beatty Dexter Willkins
Bernie Mac Jangle Leg
Miguel A. Nuñez Biscuit
Clarence Williams Winston Hancock
Bokeem Woodbine Can't Get Right
Michael "Bear" Taliferro Goldmout
Barry "Shabaka" Henley Pokerface
Brent Jennings Hoppin'Bob
Guy Torry Radio
Lisa Nicole Carson Sylvia
O'Neal Compton Superintendent Abernathy
Poppy Montgomery Older Mae Rose
Ned Vaughn Young Sheriff Pike
R. Lee Ermey Older Sheriff Pike
Nick Cassavetes Sgt. Dillard
Anthony Anderson Cookie
Noah Emmerich Stan Blocker
Rick James Spanky

Technical Credits
Ted Demme Director
John H. Anderson Set Decoration/Design
Richard Baker Makeup Special Effects
Maria Baker Set Decoration/Design
Dan Bishop Production Designer
James D. Brubaker Executive Producer
Lucy W. Corrigan Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Finn Set Decoration/Design
Tina L. Fortenberry Associate Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Wyclef Jean Score Composer
Karen Kehela Executive Producer
Josh King Asst. Director
Jeff Knipp Art Director
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Eddie Murphy Producer
Robert Ramsey Screenwriter
Lori Rowbotham Set Decoration/Design
Amanda Scheer-Demme Musical Direction/Supervision
Margery Simkin Casting
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Matthew Stone Screenwriter
James Whitaker Co-producer
Russell Williams Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffery Wolf Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [:22]
2. Finally Free [:20]
3. Harlem, 1932 [:01]
4. Spanky's Deal [1:41]
5. Way Down South [:21]
6. Under the Hill [1:12]
7. The Suspects [:02]
8. Life [4:22]
9. Tough Guys [:28]
10. Ray's Boom Boom Room [2:30]
11. The Escape [5:06]
12. 12 Years Later [:11]
13. Who's the Daddy? [:59]
14. Getting Out [2:24]
15. 28 Years Later [5:40]
16. The Real Killer [:13]
17. Claude's Plan [4:10]
18. End Titles [1:27]

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