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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

Product Details

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
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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Robinson VINE VOICE on 5 May 2013
Format: DVD
Towards the beginning of Ang Lee's adaptation of Yan Martell Life of Pi, Pi of the title, is talking to a Writer and interestingly says something like "I will tell you my story, how much you believe is true is up to you". This is your first clue as to the book and films intention. If you believe in something that doesn't mean it's true, and if something is true you may choose not to believe in it. Truth and belief are at best strange bedfellows and at worst mortal enemies.

We are then presented with the film in a series of flashback as Pi tells the story and the writer listens. This truly fantastical tale of shipwrecks and a man eating Tiger is told with stylised and genuinely stunning imagery, literally dripping with an over saturated vivid colour palette. This is the second clue. Are we watching a dream or someone's version of another truth? The question in my head is this, whose version of this tale are we seeing, the listener or the teller. Is the teller remembering the real truth or what he believes is the truth? Is the listener embellishing for his own ends? Are truth and belief being mixed up or is that how it always is?

Life of Pi is just stunning, even the simple opening credit sequence is a joy and full of sly humour. The flashback dissolves are inventive and connect the now with the then beautifully. The Computer Generated Imagery is almost too good; it really is very difficult to work out what is real and what is not. Apparently only a very few shots of Richard Parker (the Tiger) are real, the rest is CGI. The script is beautifully written and the screenplay is well balanced. The acting is first class without exception and the direction is never less than interesting.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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97 of 105 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Impatient Adult on 9 Feb. 2013
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I'm not one to use soppy words like 'beautiful' very often, but I can think of no other way to describe the film I have just seen.

For those looking for something inspirational, philosophical or spiritual, I'm sure you'll find something here. I was looking for good entertainment while I munch popcorn, and the film provides plenty of that too. There are plenty of reviews about this film already, so I'll just post a few comments on the version for 3D televisions.

It's absolutely stunning.

Right from the opening sequence in the zoo, the 3D is spellbinding. A hummingbird buzzes around a bewildered sloth, a monitor lizard peers out of the screen before scampering along the road. There's a flock of pink flamingos, a giraffe, monkeys, and much more, all exquisitely filmed, pin-sharp and in perfect 3D. I think this is the only time I've ever rewound a film to watch the opening credits before proceeding to watch the film. It really is done that well. The quality is maintained throughout the rest of the film, with the 3D being used to provide depth rather than having things jump out of the screen at you (with a couple of minor exceptions). The storm and the shipwreck are jaw-droppingly effective. In fact the whole film is, with the 3D drawing the viewer into the film time and time again. Technically, I think the 3D is near perfect - I could see no ghosting or crosstalk whatsoever during the film, with only minor crosstalk during the closing credits (white line drawings moving across a black background did produce some minor crosstalk). My system is nothing special, a Samsung PS51E550 telly and a Playstation 3.

I only bought this film on a whim, I didn't really know what to expect. Having seen it, I cannot praise this film enough.

(Edit: this review is dated the 9th February for some strange reason. I'm writing it on 30th April)
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