Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the new Life of Pi Blu-ray Combo Pack for review on my dad blog. I’ve heard good things about the movie and I was not disappointed. In fact, I loved this film. The story is wonderful and the cinematography is a visual feast. Life of Pi was a little slow at times, but I think most people will enjoy this film. The movie is based on a book by the same title: Life of Pi (by Yann Martel). Life of Pi is available now on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD. Read on for the full review.
The 411 for Life of Pi
|The story||A young man is stuck on a life boat with a wild Bengal tiger|
|Appropriateness for children||It’s fine for children, but there are a few mildly intense scenes|
|Release date||Available now|
|Rating||Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril|
Life of Pi is a story about a boy’s spiritual journey. The story starts off with Pi as a young boy in India and explains how he came up with the name Pi (his real name is Piscine Patel). Then the movie progressed to Pi’s fascination of religion: Hindu, Christianity and Islam. He follows all three religions and tries to understand God from the point of view of each religion. The main part of the film involves Pi drifting on a life boat after his family is killed in a ship wreck. To make matter worst, Pi is stuck with a wild Bengal tiger on the life boat. The rest of the film focuses on Pi trying to survive both the sea and the tiger.
Believe the unbelievable
Living on a life boat with a wild tiger isn’t very believable, right? I was a bit skeptical when I saw the trailer for the movie. I figured it’s one of those films where you just have to suspend your disbelief and go with it. But in the Life of Pi, the scenario was very believable. By the end of the film, I truly did believe Pi was stuck with a wild tiger for a long period of time and found a way to survive without killing the tiger. I guess that’s one of the reasons why Ang Lee won the Oscar for Best Director.
The cinematography is stunning in Life of Pi — especially some of the night scenes of the ocean. You’re going to want to watch this movie on the biggest screen possible. Wow. I can see why Life of Pi won Oscars for both Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. BTW, check out Pi’s Epic Journey: Creating the Unforgettable for a behind the scene look at the special effects in the Life of Pi movie.
Four times Pi equals one
In the movie, there are actually four Pi actors: Suraj Sharma (young adult and main Pi), Irrfan Khan (adult), Ayush Tandon (tween), and Gautam Belur (five-year old). In my opinion, all the Pi actors were excellent. Life of Pi also featured Adil Hussain (Santosh Patel), Tabu (Gita Patel), Ayan Khan (Ravi Patel 7 Years), Mohd Abbas Khaleeli (Ravi Patel 13 / 14 Years), Vibish Sivakumar (Ravi Patel 18 / 19 Years), Rafe Spall (Writer), Gérard Depardieu (Cook), James Saito (Older Insurance Investigator), Jun Naito (Younger Insurance Investigator), Andrea Di Stefano (Priest), and Shravanthi Sainath (Anandi). As mentioned previously, the film was directed by Ang Lee.
Life of Pi Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features
- Documentary: Remarkable Vision
- Documentary: Epic Journey
- Documentary: Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright
- Art Gallery
- Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Ultraviolet