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Life of Pi 3D Blu-ray

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Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet 20th Century Fox | 2012 | 123 min | Rated PG | Mar 12, 2013

Life of Pi 3D (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 MVC (30.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: DTS 5.1

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English SDH, Spanish, German

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3D 4.9 of 54.9
Video 4.7 of 54.7
Audio 4.8 of 54.8
Extras 4.1 of 54.1
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Life of Pi 3D

 (2012)

Life of Pi 3D Blu-ray delivers stunning video and reference-quality audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

For more about Life of Pi 3D and the Life of Pi 3D Blu-ray release, see Life of Pi 3D Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Irrfan Khan, Suraj Sharma, Gérard Depardieu, Rafe Spall, Tabu, Andrea Di Stefano
Director: Ang Lee

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Life of Pi 3D Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Whatever else it is, Life of Pi is one of the year's biggest spectacle films, and it has a Grade-A Blu-ray release to match, with a 1080p/AVC- encoded presentation that's often nearly as dimensional in 2D as it is in 3D. Shot digitally with Arri Alexa cameras, the film has a very clean look. As expected, you may notice light noise in some of the darker scenes, but otherwise, the image is entirely free from source or compression issues—no artifacts, no banding, no aliasing, no distractions whatsoever. While some the effects-heavy shots seem a little soft—probably to help with blending— most all of the live-action cinematography is tack sharp. See Pi's chapped lips after months on the life raft. Or the individual beads of sand on his face when he washes up on shore. Or the fine texture of the writer's t-shirt. Of course, this is often an insanely colorful film as well, and the Blu-ray handles those intense hues easily, without ever looking oversaturated or unbalanced. On the contrary, there are a few scenes that could probably withstand a bit more contrast, but this is a purely aesthetic decision. Regardless, the picture on the whole has a great sense of pop and clarity. Did Claudio Miranda's cinematography deserve to beat out Roger Deakins' work on Skyfall for the Academy Award? That's another argument entirely, but Life of Pi is certainly one of the year's best-looking Blu-ray releases thus far.

If you're one of those "all 3D is gimmicky" naysayers—and I certainly was for a while—I challenge you to decry the artistry with which Ang Lee and his team have applied the extra dimensionality to Life of Pi. This is one of those rare films where the 3D really does add to the experience in an impactful and engaging way, and if you own a 3D-capable television, this is certainly one of the best discs available for demoing the tech. For starters, clarity and color are practically indistinguishable from the 2D version, so you're not sacrificing much of anything there. Better yet, the application of depth and presence is never in and of itself distracting; it's very subtle and natural in the way it envelopes you. The rippling waves, the candles on the river during the Vishnu ceremony, Pi floating underwater watching the ship sink into the depths, the flying fish madly flapping in the air around the lifeboat—there are so many showpiece moments, but none of them scream out obtrusively, "Hey, look! I'm in 3D!" As in Prometheus, some of the best uses are the simplest, like seeing the characters just move through the frame in the middle distance, the foreground almost tangible and the background realistically dropping back. It just works.

Note: There are two spots in the film where the aspect ratio changes suddenly from the normal 1.85:1. During the "flying fish" sequence that was used as a teaser for the movie, the top and bottom close in to 2.35:1, and there's a single overhead shot of a whale passing beneath the lifeboat that inexplicable squeezes in to a windowboxed 1.33:1. I'm not sure what the rationale or workflow was here, so I can't really comment on it, but don't be alarmed by the out-of-nowhere framing changes.


Life of Pi 3D Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

Life of Pi crashes and roars with a full-fledged lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track. I wouldn't call this an action movie, but there's certainly a lot of action in it, and it's all mixed with an energetic immersiveness, particularly once we get to the sinking of the cargo ship during the furious storm. Swells pound the deck and water sprays. Thunder ka-chunks and ripples outward. Rain pours down from all sides. We're put right in the middle of the tempest, and deep pulses from the subwoofer ensure we feel it in our bones. The showpiece audio sequence is probably the scene with the flying fish, which go darting and flapping through the soundfield, occasionally thwacking into Pi. The oceanic ambience remains even during the quieter parts, where we hear sea birds and wind and the lapping of the water. My favorite sound in the film, though, might be Richard Parker's claws scraping the sides of the lifeboat, desperately trying to catch hold. It's an incredibly precise noise. That level of careful audio design really is maintained throughout the movie, and the mix is always dynamic and clear, with dialogue that's easily understood. Surrounding the effects and voices is Mychael Danna's Academy Award-winning score, which effectively mixes Indian instrumentation with western orchestration.

Note: The included 2D disc includes a myriad of dub and subtitle options—see above for details—while the 3D disc is limited to Spanish, French, and German dubs, as well as English SDH, Spanish, and German subtitles. Both discs feature an English descriptive audio track.


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This Week on Blu-ray: March 12-19 - March 9, 2013

For the week of March 12th, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing Life of Pi to Blu-ray. Director Ang Lee took on a formidable task when he elected to adapt Yann Martel's novel of the same name to the big screen. The book, while nominally a fantasy-adventure, ...

Life of Pi Blu-ray - January 29, 2013

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced and detained its upcoming 2D and 3D Blu-ray releases of Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012), starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, and Gérard Depardieu. The releases will be available for purchase ...


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