Life of PI (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
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Embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this visual masterpiece from Oscarr winner Ang Lee*, based on the best-selling novel. After a cataclysmic shipwreck, young Pi Patel finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the only other survivor - a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Bound by the need to survive, the two are cast on an epic journey that must be seen to be believed.
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The story is framed with the older Pi relating his story to a writer. We learn that Pi's father owned a zoo, and his mother worked there as a botanist. His father is fond of giving Pi advice, and one memorable lesson involves a demonstration of how dangerous tigers can be, and that they should not be treated like a pet or a friend.
Pi is shown at four different ages, but the bulk of the story shows Pi as a young man, so Suraj Sharma receives the most screen time. Like Cast Away and 127 Hours, the movie relies on one actor holding our attention, and Sharma does a wonderful job of doing just that. It's his first role and he had to show a vast range of emotions in order for everything to work.
The first part of the movie shows Pi's life as a young boy. We see him go to school, and ultimately fall in love. But his life (and the story) is shaken up when his mother and father inform him that they have decided to move the family to Canada. Along with some of the animals, they set sail for their new home. If you have seen the trailer, or even the poster for this movie, it's not a spoiler to reveal that Pi ends up in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. I imagine that's quite a selling point, as a lot of people would wonder how such a relationship could possibly work.
Director Ang Lee overcomes the limitations of such an enclosed setting in several spectacular ways.Read more ›
‘Life of Pi’ 3D comes with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. Shot digitally with Arri Alexa cameras, the film has a very clean look. The contrasts and details are outstanding: see Pi's chapped lips after months on the life raft, or the individual beads of sand on his face when he washes up on shore, or the fine texture of the writer's t-shirt. All of the live-action cinematography is intense and sharp. The picture on the whole has a great sense of pop and clarity. The application of 3D by Ang Lee really adds extra dimensionality to ‘Life of Pi,’ and the resultant visual experience in an impactful and engaging way. Clarity and colour are practically indistinguishable from the 2D version. The application of depth and presence is very subtle and natural in the way it envelopes you: like the rippling waves, the candles on the river during the Vishnu ceremony, Pi floating underwater watching the ship sink into the depths, and the flying fish madly flapping in the air around the lifeboat. It was a very immersive experience. Please note that the End Credits are also in 3D! (5/5)
‘Life of Pi’ arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The transfer is pristine, with tremendous details and contrasts. Even in 2D, the picture has a great sense of pop and clarity. Colours are vibrant and blacks are inky. The result is a great visual experience, but it is less immersive than the 3D version. (4.5/5)
Both 3D and 2D versions come with an energetic DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), giving us an immersive experience: like the sinking of the cargo ship during the furious storm, swells pound the deck and water sprays, and rain pours down from all sides. We are also put right in the middle of the tempest.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
3D provided stunning scenery. A whole new way to view this movie. It was delivered in just a few days after ordering. Impressed.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Superb adaptation of the novel. Can't help falling in love with Richard Parker!Published 23 days ago by Rev. F. Mark Mealing, Ph.D.
the life of pi is phenomenal,the setting highlighted by BLU RAY is stunning to say the least and the movie in BLU RAY shows just how good a movie can be in HIGH... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
A million times better than the book. If, for some reason you enjoyed the book (personally, I hated it, though that could be because I read if AFTER watching the movie), then you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gsauve