Life [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 3764732
  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Rating: R
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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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

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

Synopsis


Life
Comedians Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence team up for a story that wouldn't appear to have many immediate humorous possibilities -- two men serving life sentences in prison for a crime they did not commit. Life opens in Harlem in 1932, where Ray Gibson (Eddie Murphy) is a small-time con man in debt to Spanky, a gangster (Rick James). Ray spots would-be bank teller Claude Banks (Martin Lawrence) at a gambling spot and, figuring him for an easy mark, lifts his wallet -- only to discover Claude is broke. Ray and Claude's mutual need to raise some cash brings them together when Spanky offers them a job bringing back a load of moonshine from bootleggers in the deep south. However, things don't go well for Ray and Claude, and they're arrested by a sheriff in Mississippi who recently killed a man and needs someone on whom he can hang the charge. Since Ray and Claude are black, from out of town and have been caught red-handed with a load of illegal liquor, the sheriff figures they're easy pickings and frames them for the murder. Soon the two men are inmates in a Southern work camp, where they spend the next 55 years learning to get along with the other inmates, avoiding the wrath of the guards, seeing younger prisoners come and go and never losing hope that someday, somehow, their innocence will be proven and they'll be released. Life is the second screen pairing for Murphy and Lawrence, who also shared screen time in 1992's Boomerang, and was scripted by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone from an original idea by Murphy. The supporting cast includes Ned Beatty, Clarence Williams III, Bernie Mac, Nick Cassavetes and R. Lee Ermey. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Eddie Murphy
    Eddie Murphy - Ray Gibson
  • Martin Lawrence
    Martin Lawrence - Claude Banks
  • Obba Babatunde
    Obba Babatunde - Willie Long
  • Ned Beatty
    Ned Beatty - Dexter Willkins
  • Bernie Mac
    Bernie Mac - Jangle Leg



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best comedies of the 90's...

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    Essential

    Life is one of the best comedies of that decade for a few reasons. It is funny, the pacing is well done as there are some sad sections and it has a great cast of actors. The plot is simple enough but brought to life by the great performances by Eddie Murphy, and Martin Lawrence. Their chemistry is indeniable, and draws laughs and tears throughout the course of the film. The supporting cast was great, and many you will know by name. The movie is great for adults, but is not recommended for children. There is an abundance of profanity, and other bad words. Other than that, there is no reason not to see this great movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just Funny

    Posted
    Layz

    With his career in trouble, Martin Lawerence was asked by Eddie Murphy to co-star in this funny movie about two guys accused of a murder that they didn't commit, but yet they get life. Just a funny movie with a cast of charactors that will have you doing one-liners all day

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kings of Comedy at their finest.

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    okimat34761
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    This movie is classically funny. I believe it to be one of the greatest of Eddie Murphy's performances. The true standout however is Bernie Mac. I laugh everytime I watch it. There are so many quotable lines from this movie, it is unbelievable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Funny movie

    Posted
    lovemovies
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    If you love watching Eddie Murphy movies and Martin Lawrence movies, then you'll love this combo movie with them both. I really loved this movie! So many laughs....its a must see!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's a classic!

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    Keke874
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    This movie is a must-have if you are looking for great comedy and laughs. I have watched it several times since I purchased it. I first saw it years ago and just had to add it to my collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    Posted
    Nikki
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    "Life" is a timeless film, anchored by the collaborative genius of Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Equally magical is watching Bernie Mac work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    funny

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    wakeelah
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    Best buy had this on sale . I remember when Eddie Murphy made me laugh historically this is one of those movies. No dr. Doolittle

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hilarious comedic movie

    Posted
    Jazzyfresh
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    I have been looking for this movie in stores for awhile and best buy had it online for only $5. Great movie if you like comedies.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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