For those who long for films about the inner strengths found in religion and mysticism, Ang Lee's Life of Pi is a great film.
For those with little or no interest in religion or mysticism, Life of Pi is a great film.
Shot as data on an Arri Alexa, and finalized in multiple aspect ratios via a 2k DI, viewers will find Life of Pi a miraculously beautiful visual experience. Not that this is a 2k film. Get that new 4k hardware, and this one won't do a great deal for you. Most films are being finished as 2k, at least outside of Sony.
If we take a serious look at where the industry is going, it almost seems to have a bi-polar disorder.
While we're being inundated with great news about the 4k gear, delivery via hard drives, and potential new disc-based software, another camp is pushing the cloud, downloads, and the viewing of major feature productions on pads and laptops.
Don't look to me for an answer. I'm into the highest quality obtainable, and that appears to be 4k, if and when it actually happens.
But where do all of those productions like Life of Pi go?
A tale of a shipwrecked young man, who shares his lifeboat with animals from his parents zoo -- or does he? -- is a beautiful film, and as data, is unquestionably a magnificent Blu-ray experience.
The DTS-HD MA 7.1 works beautifully, although I have no idea how it sounds in 5.1, and the 3D is stellar and reference quality.
My recommendation is to pick this up in 3D -- the flying fish sequence is worth the price of admission alone -(especially rendered in 7.1) - and relish in its beauty.