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Life of Pi / L'histoire de Pi (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (Bilingual)

Suraj Sharma , Rafe Spall , Ang Lee    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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There are only so many filmmakers fearless or foolhardy enough to tackle a challenging novel, like Yann Martel's Life of Pi, but adaptation specialist Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) was well positioned to take it on. As a structuring device, he uses an interview between a journalist (Rafe Spall) and Pi Patel (The Namesake's Irrfan Khan), a Montreal immigrant with an unusual back story. As he tells the writer, his parents oversaw a zoo in French-Indian Pondicherry, and he found himself drawn to the Bengal tiger, Richard Parker--the name resulted from a clerical error--but his father (Adil Hussain) warned him to stay away. On his own, Pi became entranced by Islam, Hinduism, and Catholicism, which comes in handy when his family relocates to Canada by freighter and a brutal storm--as believably horrific as anything in Titanic--leaves Pi (now played by Suraj Sharma) stranded in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and the tiger. Soon, it's just Richard and Pi struggling against the elements for 227 days, and since he doesn't want to end up as cat food, he spends most of his time in a makeshift raft attached to the boat. It's giving nothing away to say that he makes it out alive, but the point of the journey remains more enigmatic, since fate tests Pi's faith at every turn. Whether that makes this visually spectacular film a religious allegory or not, Richard (a marvel of CGI technology) remains the biggest mystery of all. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor...a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Après une enfance passée à Pondichéry en Inde, Pi Patel, 17 ans, embarque avec sa famille pour le Canada où l attend une nouvelle vie. Mais son destin est bouleversé par le naufrage spectaculaire du cargo en pleine mer. Il se retrouve seul survivant à bord d'un canot de sauvetage. Seul, ou presque... Richard Parker, splendide et féroce tigre du Bengale est aussi du voyage. L instinct de survie des deux naufragés leur fera vivre une odyssée hors du commun au cours de laquelle Pi devra développer son ingéniosité et faire preuve d un courage insoupçonné pour survivre à cette aventure incroyable.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of 2012 Jan. 5 2013
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
It's been four years since Slumdog Millionaire took home eight Oscars. I found myself thinking of that movie because Life of Pi opens in India and the cast is predominantly comprised of Indian actors. Like Slumdog Millionaire, the movie uses several actors to portray the main character at different ages. In fact, the older Pi is played by Irrfan Khan, who appears in both movies.

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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Adaptation of a Much-Loved Book Feb. 2 2013
By Richard S. Warner TOP 50 REVIEWER
Ang Lee's movie version of "Life of Pi" is an extraordinary achievement. Like "The Lord of the Rings" or "The Road", two very different movies made from overwhelmingly well-lauded books, Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" flies in the face of those who at one time might have said that "it couldn't be done, and if it was done, it wouldn't be done well". Lee accomplishes not only a fine and sensitive adaption of Yann Martel's now classic novel, he has fashioned a work of art that stands rock-solidly on it's own merits of cinematic mastery. For the movie exists as a profound statement affirming the indomitability of the human spirit, expressed in an artistic form that is stunningly beautiful, brilliantly edited, meticulously performed, almost metaphysically imagined and very deeply affecting. Both times I saw this in theatres I went away profoundly moved and highly stimulated intellectually, for "Life of Pi" is not JUST the story of an Indian boy in a lifeboat with a tiger named Richard Parker, a Zebra, a Hyena and an Orangutan called "Orange Juice". It is a daring and unflinching look at questions that today we dare not talk about, or are actually embarrassed to talk about - those mostly being around the question of the existence of God ( or Gods ) and whether Reason triumphs over Faith. ( As if one must exist without the other! ). Martel's multi-layered narrative that presents a story and then questions that story digs far more deeply into some big questions than a cursory or reactionary judgement of it might suggest. Lee makes sure that all those levels are clearly discernible for those with the courage to look and see. This is a film that will move you very deeply and have you thinking for many days afterward. Read more ›
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‘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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3D Effects are good!!
This is another of my 3D acquisitions and I'm very happy with it, the 3D effects are good. I recommend it.
Published 4 days ago by Luis Guerra Chávez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie
I loved this story. The tale was very impressive as to how a shipwrecked person in those circumstances might have to live so he could survive to get to land again.
Published 21 days ago by suzanne burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
like i say i love these kind of movies , it makes me feel
fairy like , all that magic , like avatar great
Published 1 month ago by milebrun
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
Arrived fast and perfect condition. Loved this movie and am so happy to have it to watch again. It is surely not a disappointment in any way and I had seen it in the movie... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacque
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story
I read this book when recovering from hip replacement surgery. I couldn't put it down. I was an excellent read.
Published 2 months ago by D. Hidlebaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning
Just an amazing experience. Visually stunning, storyline mysterious. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to be taken away into gripping tale.
Published 2 months ago by bladerunner
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely spell-binding movie!
This is one of the most visually stunning and imaginatively creative movies that I have seen in a long time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
An excellent story which can be interpreted from many perspectives. I enjoy a good thinker!! Yes, my son and I tried the experiment, and bananas do float.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. M
5.0 out of 5 stars Starts slow but picks up, visually stunning and an amazing movie.
Starts slow but picks up, visually stunning and an amazing movie. I did not read the book and did not expect the ending.
Published 2 months ago by Ghislain Cormier
4.0 out of 5 stars bonus pricing
This is a good flick at a great price to add to the library. the digital copy is always a nice add-on
Published 2 months ago by YEGmeister
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