Life Of Pi
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. Although no mention is made on the package, the aspect ratio briefly shifts from the standard 1.85:1 to both 2.35:1 and 1.33:1 for some shots in act two, but never is the change jarring.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1-channel soundtrack lends priceless realism as well, establishing the tone and myriad noises of various environments with a strong sense of off-camera activity. A thunderstorm at sea quickly turns into something much more fearsome, with booming bass and outstanding directionality. Mychael Danna’s Academy Award–winning musical score also transports the listener as it fills the speakers.
Kudos to Fox not only for making the extras on disc one—the Blu-ray 3D—available in both 3D and 2D, but for not repeating any of them as we switch to disc two, the 2D Blu-ray. We’re given visual effects progression reels, five deleted scenes, a study of the Oscar-copping CGI, an intro to the real and virtual Richard Parker, extensive storyboards, and an in- depth hour-long documentary. And so we can access the movie anytime, anywhere, iTunes and UltraViolet Digital Copies are included, plus a DVD.
Studio: Fox, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Format: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Length: 127 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Ayush Tandon