Thursday, March 14, 2013

Now Available on DVD and Blu-Ray -- Life of Pi (Review)


The Inspirational Epic Journey, Nominated for 11 Academy Awards®
Including Best Picture and Best Director, Arrived on
Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 12th

Experience the Stunning Cinematography on Blu-ray 3D With Over Two Hours of
Bonus Material Including Deleted Scenes, Making Of Featurettes,
Inspirational Artwork and More

 "Believe the unbelievable. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents a groundbreaking cinematic experience you will have to see to believe when LIFE OF PI debuts on stunning Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD from March 8 internationally and on March 12 in North America. Based on the acclaimed best-selling novel from Yann Martel that has been published in 40 languages, and brought to life by visionary Academy Award winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), this magical adventure of hope, wonder, survival, and the power of the human spirit has been celebrated by critics all over the world.

A “magnificent and moving” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) motion picture event that has been hailed as “a masterpiece” (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times), taking in over $500 million in worldwide box office.  LIFE OF PI follows Pi Patel, a young man on a fateful voyage who, after a spectacular disaster, is marooned on a lifeboat with the only other survivor, a fearsome 450 lb Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. Hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery Pi and his majestic companion make an amazing and unexpected connection.

With incredible cinematography from Oscar nominee Claudio Miranda** (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tron: Legacy) and masterful performances from newcomer Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man, Slumdog Millionaire), Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Anonymous) and Gerard Depardieu (Paris, je t’aime, City of Ghosts), the LIFE OF PI Blu-ray 3D is loaded with over two hours of behind-the-scenes special features, including deleted scenes that will make you rethink the story (also presented in 3D), five featurettes that dive into the making of the visual spectacle, 60 pieces of inspirational artwork, storyboards and more."

*2006, Best Achievement in Directing, Brokeback Mountain
**2013, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Life of Pi; **2009, Best Achievement in Cinematography, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

LIFE OF PI 3-Disc BD3D/BD/Ultraviolet/DVD & DC
    ●    Disc 1: Blu-ray
            ○    Film
            ○    Documentary: A Remarkable Vision (19:35 min)
            ○    Documentary: A Filmmaker's Epic Journey (63:29 min)
            ○    Documentary: Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright ( 8:35min)
            ○    Stills: Gallery
                  ■    Art by Joanna Bush
                  ■    Art by Haan Lee
                  ■    Art by Dawn Masi
                  ■    Art by Alexis Rockman
            ○    Stills: Storyboards
    ●    Disc 2: DVD & Digital Copy (Film only)
    ●    Disc 3: Blu-ray 3D
            ○    3D Film
            ○    3D/2D Deleted Scenes:
                  ■    Anandi's Second Dance
                  ■    Time to Grow Up
                  ■    Happy Birthday
                  ■    Did I Say Something Wrong?
                  ■    Darkness
            ○    3D/2D VFX Progressions:
                  ■    Tsimstum Sinking
                  ■    The Wave Tank

LIFE OF PI 2-Disc BD/Ultraviolet/DVD & DC Combo
    ●    Disc 1: Blu-ray
            ○    Film
            ○    Documentary: Remarkable Vision (20 min)
            ○    Documentary: Epic Journey (60 min)
            ○    Documentary: Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright (5 min)
            ○    Stills: Gallery
                  ■    Art by Joanna Bush
                  ■    Art by Haan Lee
                  ■    Art by Dawn Masi
                  ■    Art by Alexis Rockman
            ○    Stills: Storyboards
    ●    Disc 2: DVD & Digital Copy (Film only)


My Thoughts:

Want to see something cool?  Then, watch this video of iinternationally recognized American chalk/street artist Tracy Lee Stum, showing off her talents in LA earlier this week.
From March 9-12, shebrought her spectacular interactive 3D street drawing to L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles as she paid tribute to Life of Pi, in honor of the March 12 home entertainment release. The drawing was inspired by a key scene from the four-time Academy Award-winning film.
The final drawing will be on display until Saturday, March 16th but why wait? See the time lapse video and the completed work now!


Amazing, huh?  If you thought that was, then you will want to pick up a copy of this new release.  I missed this award winning film when it was in theaters, but watched it earlier this evening -- on Pi day! :-)  And, I can say, I can see why this film won so many awards, and why so many continue to talk about it.

I am not going to bore you with the review of the plot, as you have probably already seen trailers, snippets or other film related material leading up to the Oscars, and when this film released in theaters.  Instead, I will say how amazing the cinematography and score of this film is, and how it will not only mesmerize you, but have you wanting to watch it over and over again. If you like storytelling type films then you will love this film which follows a teen named Pi as he survives on a lifeboat, along with a ferocious tiger named Richard Parker, after a storm hits and sinks the cargo ship that carried him, his father and other zoo animals.

I have always been amazed at how people can form a bond with ferocious animals of the wild, as is seen in this film.  Do Pi and the tiger survive in this epic journey?  Don't worry, I will not spoil it for you.  Even if you have read the book, nothing compares to seeing this story play out on the big screen. So, if you are looking for a great movie to watch with your family this upcoming weekend, why not buy or rent Life of Pi?  You will not be disappointed. And, make sure you check out the bonus features, as they give you a behind the scenes look at this film, as well as offer breathtaking art stills you don't want to miss. :-)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of this movie by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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