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Life of Pi [Blu-ray 3D] (2012)

Suraj Sharma , Irrfan Khan , Ang Lee  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,213 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Gérard Depardieu
  • Directors: Ang Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, 3D, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AB0Z88S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life of Pi [Blu-ray 3D]" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1: Theatrical Feature Blu-ray 3D

Deleted Scenes in 3D
Tsimtsum Sinking Progression in 3D
The Wave Tank in 3D
Theatrical Trailer in 3D

Disc 2: Theatrical Feature Blu-ray

A Filmmakers Epic Journey
A Remarkable Vision
Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright
Art Gallery
Storyboards

Disc 3: DVD + Digital Copy + Ultraviolet

Editorial Reviews

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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621 of 702 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Wow, this has been an exciting fall for literary adaptations! I read Yann Martel's Life of Pi a decade ago and thought it was fantastic storytelling. I cheered when it won the Man Booker Prize. So, I was quite excited to attend an advance screening recently with several members of my book group. I remembered the novel quite well in broad strokes, but not the fine detail. I didn't refresh my memory before watching the film, but was curious enough to reread Life of Pi in its entirety before writing this review. The film is very true to the novel in spirit and tone, but there are small changes, additions (generally positive), and elisions (some noteworthy).

The film opens similarly to the novel. The idea is the same, but the execution is slightly different. Different mediums require different storytelling tools. For instance, I believe most film-goers will readily recognize The Writer (portrayed by actor Rafe Spall, who replaced a distractingly famous Toby Maguire) as a stand-in for author Martel. In the novel, it is Martel himself, in direct address to readers, who fulfills this role, effectively blurring the line between fact and fiction. It is established that this story is being related to The Writer by an older Pi. From there, readers are introduced to a young Piscine Molitor Patel and the world he inhabits. It's a charmed childhood, being raised at the Pondicherry Zoo amongst a loving family and exotic animals--an Indian "We Bought a Zoo." These scenes are as lush and colorful as any Bollywood musical.

I've discussed this novel with other readers countless times over the years. It's beloved by many, but truly hated by a vocal minority. I've never understood the vitriol, personally. Martel writes beautifully and accessibly.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see masterpiece of the beauty of being alive February 22, 2013
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Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a masterpiece with some of the most beautiful and unforgettable images ever displayed on film. Not only did it give me an experience of the wonder in being alive while moving me to tears, but its story also encompassed a human life from childhood to mature age while dealing with pain and guilt that are part of the human experience.

Ang Lee isn't thought of as an Asian auteur in the class of Wong Kar-wai, Zhang Yimou or Lee Chang-dong. He's actually more of a commercial director than a personal artist, but what he does in transferring the "Life of Pi" from novel to screen is miraculous. Perhaps no director has ever captured the beauty and fear of the power of life, and when you look deep into the eyes of the tiger "Richard Parker", you see what Marlowe saw in Kurtz's eyes in Conrad's "The Heart of Darkness": a power so vast it dwarfs you with an awareness of your mortality, showing you your insignificance beside the powers of all life. What Ang Lee does here in this film will, I believe, remain his tour-de-force, and is a work of art I will come to many times in the future.

The acting is wonderful, primarily Irrfan Khan, one of India's greatest actors who plays the adult Pi. Khan provides an entire acting course just in the way he uses his face, displaying a smile in the film's climax that rivals the Mona Lisa's in its ambiguity. You see the world of pain, guilt, joy and sadness in his delicate expression.

The film is supremely spiritual in every frame, yet, if one is paying attention, it winds up as somewhat of a Trojan Horse in what it ultimate reveals about religion. I'm trying hard not to provide a spoiler here, but there are five words spoken by the adult Pi at the end of the film that viewers seem to miss that spell it out.
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234 of 273 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and Spirit, Both Beyond Words December 12, 2012
Format:DVD
This may be the hardest movie review I've ever written, somehow words don't
express it quite right ...

To begin, I saw Life of Pi in 3-D. A week later I went back and saw it again,
because I don't foresee having another chance. I expect the color and detail
will remain gorgeous in 2-D, and I definitely intend to buy the disc.

However the 3-D in this movie is spectacular. The tiger, Richard Parker, is
at the top of the list, but in fact the entire movie benefits tremendously
from 3-D. If you liked Avatar, you probably liked the marvelous animals.
And I'm sure in some scenes, Richard Parker is CGI'd to some extent. But
Life of Pi has a real earthly animal to work with, and you can argue there
is no animal on earth more beautiful or fierce than a tiger. That's part
of the genius of this movie, and I'm sure one reason James Cameron liked
it so much.

That brings me to another point about this movie, its suitability for kids.
Hopefully by now you understand the tiger is not a cuddly pet. Its very much
a wild animal, just like you can see in nature videos. Except in this movie
the tiger is a lot closer. He wants to eat Pi. Pi can't always see the tiger.
The audience knows the tiger is going to try something, but that just makes it
all the more nerve-wracking. Or exciting, depending on the person watching.
This movie made me jump several times, and I was often clutching the arms of
my chair. Its pretty intense in places. More so the second time I saw it.
I kid you not.
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Just read on DVD Empire's website this edition includes the following (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet). That's a good things all items in one box. Cheers!
Feb 26, 2013 by Tcfoxfan |  See all 15 posts
There is no way to watch deleted scenes without a 3D TV/player?
Is compatible 3D glasses from the 3D HDTV? So many requirements to make thigns complicated. :(
Nov 24, 2013 by Ant |  See all 5 posts
3D movie without 3D tv though?
no 3D TV = no 3D. Just because the disc is the 3D version you still need a 3D tv AND a 3D player to see it in 3D. Even if you have a 3D TV you will still need a 3D player as a regular bluray player can not play 3D. 4 items total needed for home 3D. 1. 3D Glasses 2. 3D movie 3. 3D Bluray player... Read More
Apr 4, 2013 by Moray |  See all 9 posts
Region 25958 encoding
I had the same question regarding the 3D copy. Had it in my cart before I saw this. Other comments seem to relate to the DVD or plain Blu-ray disc's
Mar 9, 2014 by DynaLee |  See all 5 posts
Movie like Life of Pi?
Some great visual movies: Dark City, Dust Devil, Avatar, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Sunshine, Days of Heaven, Suspiria, Prometheus, 2010: The Year We Make Contact. Enjoy!
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