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

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

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mazza on 17 July 2013
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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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By cazbabe 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 22 July 2013
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I believe that anyone who has a sense of spirituality will enjoy this film, I loved the visuals such as the glowing water and the struggle between Pi and Richard Parker. I give this a place in my top 50 favourite films.
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86 of 94 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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30 of 33 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 Cambria on 25 Aug 2014
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I must admit I was deterred by the hype on this film
When it was first released. I never saw it in the cinema
And was bemused by the reaction around the globe
I mean what's the story why the fuss a boat a young man
And a tiger?. Then by chance I saw it on tv .and boy
I was blown away.the story and the cinematography
Was stunning . In many ways you get captured
By the story and you root for both the tiger and
The boy. Sad and tragic throughout the film
It deserves the applause the film world gave it
Brilliant
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103 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Fiction_Fan on 14 Dec 2012
Format: DVD
Life of Pi begins with Pi, now a middle aged man meeting with a novelist in his home in Canada. The novelist had been writing in India when he scrapped his work, deciding to start over. By meeting Pi's `uncle', he hears about an amazing story which he instantly thinks could work as a novel. Pi begins to tell the novelist about his life in India and how he came to live in Canada. The beginning of the film sets the scene perfectly by showing how Pi grew up, where he got his name from and also how he and his family lived.

As the story continues, Pi grows up a bit, finds religion and love and his life is extremely interesting. He definitely doesn't have the normal life of any other boy in India. I really enjoyed the actors who play Pi throughout the film but especially Suraj Sharma who plays the role for the most part of the film. At age 16, Pi and his family want to move to Canada and this is where the film gets interesting. Their ship hits a massive storm and Pi finds himself all alone in the sea - apart from a zebra, orangutan and a Bengal tiger. The young man playing this role really throws himself into it and is able to really show emotion well. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere, not knowing how he is going to survive, fear was his first feeling. Along the way, sadness, hope, loss of hope and anticipation also kick in.

Pi encounters all kinds of problems while at sea, mostly with Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger who is determined to make the boat his own home. Obviously, he does eventually make it back to land otherwise he wouldn't be telling his story to someone else, so while a large amount of the film is set at sea, not all of it is. The changes in setting were great and really broke up the monotony of seeing the same thing for such a long length of time.
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