Life Itself home ent release

Video Services Corp.,


Life Itself

A film by Steve James

Available on Video On Demand and iTunes February 3, 2015 

DVD and Blu-ray February 17, 2015 

Still from LIFE ITSELF

Official Selection 

2014 Festival de Cannes

2014 Sundance Film Festival

2014 Sheffield Documentary Festival

Shortlisted for the 2015 Best Documentary Academy Award®


“If you aren’t moved by Life Itself, you ought to have your heart examined.” – The Washington Post

“Unusually moving. It gains its universal impact in smaller, earthier revelations.” – Time Out NY 

“Intensely emotional. A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves.” – Variety

Life Itself, the heartwarming documentary on the life of Roger Ebert, directed  by acclaimed filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball), will  be available on cable video on demand and iTunes in Canada on February 3, 2015 through Video Services Corp. It will be followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release on February 17, 2015. Suggested retail price for DVD is $26.98 and $29.98 for Blu-ray.

Life Itself recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, the film explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to Roger and Chaz during the final four months of his life. In that time, they captured Roger’s fighting spirit, his sharp sense of humor, and the ways he directly inspired filmmakers, family and fans. The response to Roger’s unexpected passing in April 2013 was immense and profoundly moving – front page news not just in Chicago, but worldwide. Influential filmmakers and politicians reflected on Roger’s legacy – everyone from Spike Lee and Michael Moore to President Obama.

Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray include deleted scenes, Sundance tribute footage, interview with director Steve James, AXS TV: A Look At Life Itself and a trailer.


SRP: $26.98 | TRT: 120 min

Street Date: February 17, 2015

UPC: 7-78854-21299-2| Catalog: MAG2129

Genre: Documentary

Language: English, Spanish or French Subtitles


SRP: $29.98 | TRT: 120 min

Street Date: February 17, 2015

UPC: 8-76964-00808-2| Catalog: MAG10808

Genre: Documentary

Language: English SDH, Spanish or French Subtitles

About Video Services Corp 

Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Union Square, with Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, Israeli horror sensation Big Bad Wolves, and Cannes Selection Life Itself. VSC’s 2015 slate includes TIFF Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award winner What We Do In The Shadows, Cannes Un Certain Regard winner White God, and Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Script winner Stations of the Cross. | |