High Life (2018) Blu-ray Review
Takes place beyond the solar system in a future that seems like the present. About a group of criminals who accept a mission in space to become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment. They find themselves in the most unimaginable situation after a storm of cosmic rays hit the ship.
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Run time: 91 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
High Life is raw, visceral, gripping and indelible. My advice is to immediately discard any and all chrome-slicked sci-fi expectations you may have, and strap in tight. Prepare for a crazy ride into deep outer space with a motley crew of death-row/lifer convicts as they endure personal struggles with autonomy, fortitude, redemption, morality, primal needs and humanity in the face of growing despair hopelessness and solitude. This is not a film for the easily triggered, nor for those who can’t abide elliptical storytelling-you will not be spoon-fed. It almost certainly will have you pondering the ending and wtf you just watched. Watch it, mull it over and then watch it again. It’s even better the second time. Pattinson and Binoche are both excellent.
Movie Quality: 8/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The visual style used here comes off very well. Color management is excellent with the style that is being used in the film. Colors are bold, vibrant, and pop off the screen. Fleshtones are natural looking with some excellent details. If you want to show off a film that takes advantage of Blu-ray this is it considering that details are out of this world. Black levels are rather deep. ‘High Life’ is one detailed film due to strong color management and deep blacks. There are no blemishes on this print at all, it looks clean with a subtle use of grain throughout the film.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This mix offers dynamic the sound effects and the soundtrack takes advantage of all the surrounds. From gun shots to action heavy sequences, you will feel like the action is taking place right in your living room. Bass management is also well done in this film. With the film split between action and dialogue, voices come through the center channel rather clean.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- “Audacious, Passionate, and Dangerous: Making High Life” Featurette
- “Visualizing the Abyss: The Look of High Life” Featurette
Special Features: 6/10
The attention to detail and subtle shifts in the cinematography were gorgeous, but nothing about this movie was SPACE MOVIE. It is a slow human drama, and if you have the patience it more than pays off.
Overall Rating: 7/10