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Life: Season 1

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Life was his sentence. Life is what he got back. Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) stars as the unconventional police officer-turned-convict-turned-detective with a second chance in each compelling Season One episode of the critically acclaimed mystery series Life. After twelve years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, offbeat Charlie Crews has returned to the force with a $50 million settlement, a new spiritual outlook, a strong fondness for fruit, and a highly unusual approach to solving crime. With the aid of his skeptical and demanding new partner, Dani Reese, played by Sarah Shahi (Rush Hour 3), he’s turning police procedure upside down in this unique and fast-paced series with a “terrific cast [and] terrific writing” (Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times).

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A quirky drama with moments of startling originality, Life: Season One concerns Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis of Band of Brothers), a cop who spent 12 years in federal prison for murders he did not commit. Exonerated by DNA evidence, Charlie receives a multimillion-dollar settlement for his troubles and returns to his old job, though now as a detective. Cleared of the crime, Charlie still faces skepticism from his law enforcement brethren and the impatience of a new partner, Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi), a former drug addict squeezed by her superior (Robin Weigert) to find reasons to boot Charlie from the force. None of this hostility, however, compares with the terrible time Charlie experienced behind bars, where a former cop is everyone's punching bag. Charlie's sanity, saved by studying Zen methods of non-attachment, remains with him after he is released into a digital world, Charlie has a lot of catching up to do, but it is his post-prison unorthodox manner and tendency to speak without thinking that prove jarring for colleagues and crime witnesses. Still, it is easy to root for the guy and appreciate (non-attachment aside) his fondness for the good life: a mansion, fast cars, beautiful women, and lots of fresh fruit.

The pilot episode is a knockout, the kind of show featuring moments one has never seen before, such as a scene in which Charlie is forced to shoot a suspect and then talks him through an almost dream-like death. Subsequent episodes are a little uneven in quality, but the overall package is quite compelling, particularly as Charlie quietly solves the mystery of the murders for which he was blamed. Throughout, Charlie's religious transformation in prison collides with his darker impulses toward possible revenge, making Life a fascinating study in conflict. --Tom Keogh


Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary - Merit Badge with Creator / Executive Producer Ran Ravich, Executive Producers Far Shariat & Dan Sackheim and Series Stars Damian Lewis & Sarah Shahi


  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Life Begins
  • Multi-Angle Deleted Scene
  • Fruits of Life
  • Still Life
  • Life's Questions Answered


  • Disc 3:
  • Audio Commentary - Farthingale with Creator / Executive Producer Rand Ravich, Executive Producers Far Shariat and Dan Sackheim
  • Audio Commentary - Serious Control Issues with Creator / Executive Producer Rand Ravich, Executive Producer Far Shariat and Series Star Adam Arkin
  • Audio Commentary - Dig A Hole with Creator / Executive Producer Rand Ravich, Executive Producers Far Shariat & Dan Sackheim and Series Stars Damian Lewis & Sarah Shahi
  • Audio Commentary - Fill It Up with Executive Producer Dan Sackheim and Series Stars Damian Lewis & Sarah Shahi

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Adam Arkin, Damian Lewis, Robin Weigert, Brooke Langton, Sarah Shahi
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
    • Run Time: 477 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,090 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0019Z3P84
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Life: Season 1" on IMDb

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    By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 16, 2008
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    Prison changes a man, and it certainly changed former LAPD police officer Charlie Crews. From 1995 to 2007 he served hard time for murders he didn't commit. When DNA evidence surfaces proving his innocence, Crews is released and reinstated in the force (he also lands some serious settlement money). Now Detective Crews finds himself working with a new partner even as he covertly seeks answers to what the hell happened.

    LIFE looks to be a very promising cop detective show, and not because the mysteries themselves are dynamite stuff or anything. No, the viewing addiction lies in watching the lead actor work his craft. Britisher Damian Lewis is simply fabulous as the wounded, brooding protagonist, trying to piece his life back together. It's fun watching Crews apply his askewed perspective on his cases. I'm normally not a fan of folks who sling zen about, but Lewis makes it such a quirky and integral part of his character. And if it's a loose cannon with an agenda slinging that zen, all the better. After all, zen helped Crews survive the penitentiary. I also like the little touches which remind us that Crews is still coping with his new found freedom, whether it's his habit of munching on fresh fruit (they never have fresh fruit in prison) or his preference for light and open air or the fact that he still doesn't have furniture in his home.

    Lewis's supporting cast is so-so. I do enjoy Sarah Shahi, who's a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. She plays the no-nonsense Dani Reese, Crews' new partner and not ecstatic about it. It's true that her character tends to fall in the generic character-saddled-with-demons category, so, yeah, nothing new from that angle.
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    I have run out of words for the utter disgust I feel towards the NBC network. They really, REALLY screwed up by canceling this INCREDIBLE show called Life.

    The peacock network has a habit of arrogantly canceling shows long before their time. They do away with quality programming for lesser quality shows that cost them pennies to produce. All they care about is the bottom line. If it's too expensive, too smart or high quality, you can forget about it having a long life on this networkk.

    It started with Surface. Remember the wonderfully creative show about oceanographers back in 2005/2006? If not, it's no wonder. They cancelled that after one season. Just one. They didn't bother to look beyond the numbers. If they had, they would have seen a very large fan base of loyal viewers. Surface went on to be one of the best selling TV series on DVD, still being steadily purchased almost 4 years later.

    And now we have Life. A show that was so unique, so intelligent, so funny, so high quality, so well scripted and acted that it's unlike any other show I've seen. Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi & Adam Arkin were unbelievable in bringing deep, sensitive, complex characters to life. Sure, NBC gave Life two seasons, but wasn't fair to it when it was on. Like another reviewer mentioned, they bounced it all around the schedule like a rubber ball. They didn't promote it; I barely saw commercials when it was on. So instead of backing the show, putting their faith behind it, they just canned it like everything else that's good. Didn't even think twice. All for that so-brilliant idea of putting Leno on at 10 (robbing 5 shows a spot in prime time). What a great business move, guys!
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    The show started off a little shaky, seeming not to know what its balance between procedural and character drama should be. But, considering the characters have all been fantastic from the start, the more recent turn in that direction is very smart. Damian Lewis has always been a talented actor, but this is one of his most riveting performances ever. I've never seen a character like Charlie Crews, and now I'm dying to see more of him. As he gets deeper into the conspiracy to frame him, all the little layers are getting pulled back. I sincerely hope NBC realizes what a gem they have here and starts giving it better promotions.
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    This show's strength is in the cast, led by Damian Lewis. He plays his quirky character Charlie Crews with orginality and hilarity. As his partner, Sarah Shahi's Dani Reese is a great foil to Crews and their scenes together can be at once serious and intense, and then laugh-out-loud comical.

    The two detectives are relectant partners (mostly on Dani's part), but as the series goes on they become grudging friends, finding that they work better with each other than without. Each episode focuses on two things: a case they must solve, and det. Crews's efforts to figure out who set him up for murder. He is a very rich man as a result of being unfairly incarcerated, but right from the beginning we can see that he has some demons to face. Dani also has her share of personal problems, and while we don't know everything that has brought her to her current emotionally distraught state, the show does reveal bits and pieces of her backstory. Crews makes some headway into his own case, but you'll have watch the show to see what it is.

    Crews is such a cool character, and gives "Life" a flair that is often missing from other crime shows. The cases are serious, but det. Crews's...peculiar...personality make this show engaging and a delight to watch. "Life" gets my vote as the most underrated show on the air right now. I can't recommend it enough.
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