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Life of Pi [Blu-ray]
(Ang Lee, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Fox 2000 Pictures
Video: 20th Century Fox
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 49,419,921,763 bytes
Feature Size: 34,952,484,864 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.08 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: March 12th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4702 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4702 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1-ES / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
DTS Audio German 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio Czech 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Hungarian 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Thai 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Turkish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
English (SDH), Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungaria, Icelandic, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, none
• A Filmmakers Epic Journey (4-Part - 1:03:29)
• A Remarkable Vision (19:35)
• Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright (8:35)
• Gallery (7:23)
• 7 Storyboards (12:24)
Second Disc DVD and Digital Copy (Film Only)
Description: Embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this visual masterpiece from Oscarr winner Ang Lee*, based on the best-selling novel. After a cataclysmic shipwreck, young Pi Patel finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the only other survivor - a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Bound by the need to survive, the two are cast on an epic journey that must be seen to be believed.
Yann Martel's ponderous adventure novel gets the big-screen treatment with this Fox 2000 adaptation helmed by director Ang Lee. The coming-of-age story surrounds the son of a zookeeper who survives a shipwreck by stowing away on a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker. Suraj Sharma heads up the cast as the young boy, with Gérard Depardieu, Adil Hussain, Irrfan Khan, Tobey Maguire, and Bollywood actress Tabu .
It unfolds in a setting that is one of the great achievements of digital cinema, and a reminder that the eclectic Mr. Lee is, among other things, an exuberant and inventive visual artist. (In this respect it is an apt companion to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” speaking of tigers.) There are images in “Life of Pi” that are so beautiful, so surprising, so right that I hesitate to describe them. Suffice it to say that the simple, elemental facts of sky, sea and animal life are captured with sweetness and sublimity.Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE
Every once in a long while, the right director comes across the right
project at just the right moment, and things so often discordant fall
into perfect harmony. The director has mastered the shiny technology the
story needs – without that mastery, the book could never make the
transition from page to screen. Just as important, the story offers the
director the deeper themes he craves – without such depth, the film
could never make its own leap from entertainment to art. When this
happens, this rare confluence, the cinematic bar seems to wiggle free
from its fixed notch. And the bar gets raised, along with our spirits,
because we’re reminded of how joyous movie-watching can be, the sheer
and transporting wonder.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Life of Pi looks fabulous on Blu-ray from Fox. The 2-hour film is transferred to a dual-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. Contrast and colors are pristine with no post-manipulation. My only concern was the extensive CGI - which is virtually seamless, even, in the 1080P resolution. Contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels bringing out detail and there are many sequences exhibiting true depth. There is zero noise and this Blu-ray offers a wonderful video replication of the spectacular visuals of the 2D theatrical film experience.
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The audio is in the form of a DTS-HD Master 7.1 at a whopping 4702 kbps. This is a strong part of the film experience with crisp separations establishing aura and many subtleties giving presence. It often seems restrained but can handle the film's moods brilliantly. The original score is by the excellent Mychael Danna who has done a variety of films from Lakeview Terrace to Little Miss Sunshine. This music runs peacefully through much of the background surprisingly erupting with rich bass and intense moments of depth. There are multiple DUBs and subtitle options and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
There are quite a lot of extras starting with the 4-part hour long video documentary A Filmmakers Epic Journey with director Ang Lee and production crew giving information on the film's evolution and detailed work behind the scenes. A Remarkable Vision runs 20-minutes with visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer and others guiding us through the film's appearance with behind the scenes look at the visual process utilized. Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright runs 8 1/2 minutes on the CGI and effects behind the sequences with the tiger and there is a Gallery - Art by Joanna Bush, Haan Lee, Dawn Masi and Alexis Rockman - and 7 Storyboards with optional click-thru (manual) or auto-advance. The package has a second disc DVD with digital copy code (film only.)
March 1st, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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