The Movie: 9,75/10
Life of Pi is one of those stories I don’t want to say much about. I know, I know, it’s a movie and this is a movie review which requires words and ideas shared with the masses. The thing is, the more I like a movie the less I want to say about it. I will share a little bit of my experience, but then I think you should just go watch it and find out what YOU think for yourself.
The story is presented in a way that does not interest me, to be honest. It’s a man telling a writer about the time he found god, later for us to see with our own eyes….this Hollywood and writery trick doesn’t interest me. I see a movie as a story being told to me already, so adding another voice, another time frame, another whole style to show the contrast between the telling of the story and the story itself, it all bogs down the wonderful goodness hidden inside.
I don’t agree with the blurb on the cover, that it’s a “visual miracle”. I agree that it’s beautiful to look at and get lost in, however, the spectacle of it doesn’t overwhelm me. The thing is, the heart of the tale consumes me so completely that the special effects and visual trickery don’t woo me. In fact I don’t even get the tickle of being impressed because I’m convinced it’s the truth. I think if you are constantly thinking about the look of the thing you miss out on the thing itself.
Ideas are a fabulously intoxicating thing. Remember that when you watch Life of Pi. For better or worse ideas about gods and religions will always be with us, how we think about them and put them into our lives is what determines their truth.
- A Filmmaker’s Epic Journey – A huge hour long look at the four years it took to bring Life Of Pi to the screen. The documentary really focucuses on the relationship between Ang Lee and newcomer Suraj Sharma.
- A Remarkable Vision – Bill Westerhofer from Rhythm & hues explains the process of bringing the fantastic special effects to life.
- Tiger Tiger Burning Bright – You want to know more about Richard Parker? Well this 8 minute featurette has you covered.
- Art Gallery – Pre and Post production art.
- Storyboards – A selection of sketched storyboards to navigate with your remote control.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 9/10
Beautiful cover. I would have this as a poster, along with some of the other promotional images. the menu is navigation, which is fine with me.
Audio & Video: 10/10
We took a look at the 2D version of Life Of Pi and to be honest the 1080P AVC transfer is so good I felt like it was in 3D anyway. Life Of Pi is an amazing spectacle of a film that really thrives on Blu-Ray. Every piece of fur on Richard Parker’s coat is visible and the moments where we see the ocean teaming with life are an amazing sight to behold. You owe it to yourself to see this movie on as big a screen as you can muster and this Blu-Ray is so flawless you will feel like you are there.
Ang Lee chose to use the 7.1 DTS-HD Master audio codec to realize the soundscape of this movie. The movie is full of subtle effects which start almost immediately. Standout scenes include the boat going down with the actual backwash of water surrounding you. And even during the quiet scenes you will hear the ocean and seagulls around you.
Life Of Pi on Blu-Ray is in the running for best disc of the year. The presentation is that good. It is also available in a 3D version if you are so inclined.
Get it. Very simple. It’s a story that you should experience. Spend the money and enjoy.
Overall Score 9.75/10