Excerpt: "Life of Pi" features some amazing visual effects and bold discussion of religion, but a trippy third act and a conclusion left too far open to interpretation drag the film down. Parents will want to use caution when taking young kids due to intense scenes with the tiger.
Excerpt: Pi was shot on a combination of state-of-the-art digital 3D cameras, and the only downside I noticed was a slight, occasional video streaking in fast live-action. The image is astonishingly pure and crisp, with awe-inspiring colors. The illusion of 3D is exploited in original ways, sometimes wowing us with bold artistic flourishes but more often putting us right there alongside Pi on his journey, to the point that some viewers might actually feel a twinge of seasickness.
Excerpt: Life of Pi is released in the United Kingdom by Fox in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. This particular release includes the movie in both 3D and 2D versions with the 3D using a MVC encode and the 2D using an AVC-MPEG 4 encode. To be blunt, and to get to the point quickly, both the 3D and 2D transfers are of reference quality.
Summary: As an allegorical tale of a young boy who learns the meaning of life and religion, Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” retains Martel’s grandiose vision through the use of striking images and outstanding performances from the lead actors.
Excerpt: A young Indian lad named Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) is left stranded at sea with a live Bengal tiger named Richard Parker when the steamliner carrying his family's zoo is pulled underwater during a freak storm. Over the course of months, the two unlikely castaways must depend on each other to survive.
REVIEW: Crouching Tiger, Condescending Director Make For Frustrating 'Life Of Pi'
15 April 2013
Excerpt: Ang Lee 's Life of Pi is a doubled-edged argument for the transcendent capabilities of film. Its central section uses the latest technological achievements to transform the fantastical, fable-like tale of Yann Martel's award-winning novel into some of the most innovative and wondrous images to flicker across the big screen this year.
Excerpt: Winner of Best Visual Effects and Best Director at the 2012 Academy Awards, Ang Lee's film brings author Yann Martel's cherished novel to life on the big screen in gorgeous 1080p high definition. Life of Pi is now available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. Young Piscine Patel (played by various actors at various times in the film) lives in India's Pondicherry district and grows up in a family that owns a local zoo.
Excerpt: Diretor Ang Lee has made a few of my favorite and most enjoyable films with The Ice Storm , Hulk and now Life of Pi . He’s also made two films that I simply can’t stand – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain . Not to take anything away from those two movies, I know they’re both “critically-acclaimed” and I did enjoy certain aspects of both – I just feel they were both highly overrated. Then again, everyone has their own opinion.
Conclusion: Anyone who questions whether Ang Lee deserved the Best Director Oscar for 'Life of Pi' hasn't seen this visually dazzling and technically complex production. The inspiring story of unshakeable faith, indomitable will, and ultimate survival touches the heart, but can't come close to eclipsing the manner in which it is told. With a keen eye and awe-inspiring wizardry, Lee constructs a beautiful and thrilling work of cinematic art.