Life of Pi 2012

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The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Starring:
Sonu Sood, Rafe Spall
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Life of Pi

Product Details

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Starring Sonu Sood, Rafe Spall, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Irfan Khan, Suraj Sharma, Ayush Tandon, Gerard Depardieu, Shravanthi Sainath, Tabu, Vibish Sivakumar
Director Ang Lee
Genres Fantasy
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 28 June 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Starring Sonu Sood, Rafe Spall, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Irfan Khan, Suraj Sharma, Ayush Tandon, Gerard Depardieu, Shravanthi Sainath, Tabu, Vibish Sivakumar
Director Ang Lee
Genres Fantasy
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 28 June 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Starring Sonu Sood, Rafe Spall, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Irfan Khan, Suraj Sharma, Ayush Tandon, Gerard Depardieu, Shravanthi Sainath, Tabu, Vibish Sivakumar
Director Ang Lee
Genres Fantasy
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 28 June 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mazza on 17 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Life of Pi was well worth the wait. I've watched it twice now, and is one of those films you will never tire of. Ang Lee has brought us many great films, but this must be one of his best works ever. It is not only visually stunning, but also will leave you wondering. Was it all an allegory?
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jun 2013
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A magical piece of storytelling with wonderful scenery and camera work that deserves being seen on Blu-ray. You know that there must have been some technological manufacturing of the tiger and other creatures at times, but it was so ingeniously done that you are allowed to just believe it was real and you really feel you are in the boat with Pi. We watched it as a family (10 to 65 years) and it was enjoyed by all, on different levels. The last 15 minutes contained a clever twist that turned a story into something more haunting and mysterious and left us discussing it at length, with each of us drawing different conclusions. Though we only saw it 3 weeks ago we are going to watch it again tonight.
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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Vlismas on 7 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
Having seen the movie first in 3D, I was completely blown away by pretty much every aspect; the story itself, the format it was portrayed on screen, the effects and most of all, the fact that it is unlike any other film out at the moment. I started the book a week or so after and liked how certain things were changed for the movie (the romance) but how they managed to still maintain the raw overall story from the book and how not everything was lost on it's way from the book to the screen. Most people would say when it comes to any movie that you should read the book first. However for me with this particular story I'm glad I saw the movie first because having knowing what the ending was I was able to analyze in detail as I was reading by using the ending as a reference point, otherwise I probably would have had to read it all again to get a clearer understanding.
I would highly recommend this book and DVD to anyone who is looking for something groundbreakingly different.

And by the way, after I finished the book I went to see it again in the cinema ;D
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By DS9 on 1 May 2013
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Outstanding cinematography and genuinely ground-breaking CGI place this film in a category of its own. It's extraordinarily slow to start with, and the development of the plot is languid, to say the least. It starts by examining the early years of Pi, and it's here we learn how he acquires his name. This is narrated in flashback by his adult self and is carefully paced, with exquisite detail - one of Lee's trademarks.

About half the film takes place at sea, with only two characters: our eponymous hero and the Tiger. It has to be said at the outset that the two hardest things in the film world are creating realistic sea conditions and making a cgi of a living creature, with which most people are already familiar. The film has achieved both these feats, with a Tiger that's completely real and a sea that has you wondering whether it truly is cgi. Much of the sea effect is down to Lee's imaginative decision to build a much larger tank than films normally use, and to create breakwaters within the tank to stop the waves behaving like a child's paddling pool.

Throughout, there's an air of unreality pervading everything; the floating island sequence is simply astonishing and possibly unique while the sequences featuring flying fish and an enormous whale are little short of breathtaking. But the philosophical dream-like air prepares the audience nicely to the film's ultimate denouement. And that is exceptionally well done.

It's not an action film by any means, but if you enjoy a gently paced and beautifully shot film , with the first large movie water tank that manages to produce waves which don't appear to be on a duck pond, then this is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2013
Format: DVD
The film opens with a lengthy character build-up of Pi. It starts off with the crude explanation on how he got his name. It contrasts this with Pi's discovery of religion to the point of believing in universalism. His lofty ideas are quickly contrasted with a dose of reality when a tiger, he thinks he has connected with, eats a live goat. After he develops a love interest we finally come to the meat of the tale.

His family opts to go to Canada on a Japanese merchant ship and if everything went okay, you wouldn't see a picture of Pi in a boat with said tiger promoting this film. His life's experience are reflected in his relationship with the tiger and survival at sea.

Pi's life is one filled with contrasts. He is a microcosm of India and perhaps the world as his name is symbolic of the constant the defines circles, orbs, and globes. That is the spiritual aspect. However his name derives from the "P" word giving it a dose of crude reality. The film/book is designed to be a metaphor. This is demonstrated in the end when Pi gives us two stories, then asks, "Which do you prefer?" as a way to test one's views in a world of contrasts.

While the film is interesting on a number of levels, it is heavily narrated with an accent. This caused me to occasionally miss a word every now and then. Hopefully the DVD will have English subtitles.

Parental Guide: No sex or nudity. While rated PG I thought Pi dropped the F-bomb near the end when he was talking about the two Japanese investigators. It was tough to tell with the accent. Beginning of film frequently refers to pi**ing.
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