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post #31 of 85
Just finished watching this film, I loved it. Story wise everything I thought it was fantastic. The PQ was definitely up there with the best of them. Another successful blind buy smile.gif

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post #32 of 85
I was really surprised and impressed by this movie. I did not have any interest in watching it from the previews and the few good recommendations I had gotten, it just did not tickle my fancy. My wife and mother both had interest in it so we decided to all watch it together last night and I was hooked.

The story was wonderful, it was emotional and the little "twist" at the end really makes the whole movie that much more profound.
post #33 of 85
Thanks Rslph, awesome always!

Fcaico, I immediately noticed the picture aspect when test driving the 2d as my flat panel has a 1/2" bezel. If deliberately done, kudos as this is a superior 3d experience. This is another movie that proves 3d has a bright future and hasn't peaked yet. Good for us 3d enthusiasts.

The combo pack will get repeated viewings. I love to submerge myself into a quality adventure story.

Ralph, again your insight, time and cerebral approach to these reviews are always appreciated.

Always a pleasure...
post #34 of 85
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All in all I thought the audio was weak too but scenes like the whale jumping stood out as sounding great or the tiger jumping thru the screen at you.

I understand why some are commenting about the audio level, but I believe it is due to a very wide dynamic range. Many films are mixed "hot" lately, and I think we get used to that aggressive sound.

The Life of Pi had many quiet dialog driven scenes that didn't call for bombastic effects. In saying that, there was still a lot of activity in the surrounds during the whole movie. The sound design ensured that the scenes with the most aural impact really got your attention. smile.gif
post #35 of 85
Watched it this weekend with my wife. I'm not sure what you guys are talking about with the sound. My wife was literally jumping back in the seat when the tiger was lunging at the screen smile.gif

Also the sounds during the ship wreck was also very good.

Really neat movie too. I bought the 3D bluray and am in no way regretting it. I definitely want to check out the extras as well.
post #36 of 85
I saw this once in the theater. All I knew was that it was supposedly a pretty good story that somehow involved a tiger and a guy on a boat. But hearing that it was shot in 3D, and done well, was what ultimately got me to the theater. As a 3D enthusiast, I had to check it out.

Ultimately, I was sucker punched by the story. It was very moving on several levels. I'm disappointed to hear some people didn't think so much of the story. I too had misgivings party way through on the first viewing, but ultimately it worked extremely well for me. I could tell you why exactly, but I think my experience benefited from knowing very little other than a vague expectation of seeing a good 3D movie. I got the 3D Blu-ray on Sunday and have rewatched it twice. I've gotten something different from it with each viewing. As soon as I left the theater, I knew it'd have to rewatch it at home ASAP. This is the best movie I've seen in years.

And I'm extremely happy it was shot in 3D on top of that.
post #37 of 85
I watched it in 2D and it was the story that got me. I loved it.
post #38 of 85
got it on bluray yesterday ...and its a visual masterpiece.....:smile.gif
post #39 of 85
Excellent review/write-up
I picked up the blu-ray this past weekend and watched it with the family.
We all enjoyed the story-telling and incredibly beautiful cinematography.
post #40 of 85
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I saw this in the theaters in 3D and it was the most spectacular 3D experience I've had to date.

Just got this disc for my home theater and have only had a chance to watch bits and pieces in 3D - its definitely a good 3D blu ray but the experience isnt as good as the theater experience (I didnt really think it would be).

Has anyone noticed that in at least one scene (the scene with the flying fish) black borders are added to the top and bottom of the screen so that the fish can appear even more like they are coming out of the screen? I haven't noticed that done before in a movie and I almost didnt notice because I was involved in the film. Has that been done in other places or even other movies?

A review I read mentioned that the aspect ratio does change for a short bit during the film. I only made it to the part with the luminescent fish and then the disc wouldn't play. Even swap at Best Buy and the new disc plays fine, but I still haven't had a chance to finish it yet. I originally had no interest in this film at all and it has totally blown me away. Absolutely fantastic 3D, stunning visual effects, a wonderful story, + a mesmerizing soundtrack!
post #41 of 85
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Originally Posted by fcaico View Post

Just got this disc for my home theater and have only had a chance to watch bits and pieces in 3D - its definitely a good 3D blu ray but the experience isnt as good as the theater experience (I didnt really think it would be).

Has anyone noticed that in at least one scene (the scene with the flying fish) black borders are added to the top and bottom of the screen so that the fish can appear even more like they are coming out of the screen? I haven't noticed that done before in a movie and I almost didnt notice because I was involved in the film. Has that been done in other places or even other movies?


It is better in my dedicated room than in the theatre, but then everything is. smile.gif (8 foot high power screen in a black velvet lined room)

Yes, the aspect ratio change during the flying fish scene was unique to this film I believe. It was very effective, that's for sure.
post #42 of 85
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It is better in my dedicated room than in the theatre, but then everything is. smile.gif (8 foot high power screen in a black velvet lined room)

Yes, the aspect ratio change during the flying fish scene was unique to this film I believe. It was very effective, that's for sure.

I believe I also read that during the whale scene, the screen goes to a 1.33:1 format for a short time, with black bars on the sides, again for effect... I'm not sure if I noticed that one or not, I'll have to rewatch it - I was too busy being drawn into the visuals the first time through, to hardly notice any aspect changes, lol!
post #43 of 85
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I believe I also read that during the whale scene, the screen goes to a 1.33:1 format for a short time, with black bars on the sides, again for effect... I'm not sure if I noticed that one or not, I'll have to rewatch it - I was too busy being drawn into the visuals the first time through, to hardly notice any aspect changes, lol!
lol..yes the aspect ratio ..did change for a shot time at first i thought that i pressed the remote..by mistake..but it came back shortly...
post #44 of 85

Watched this with my son and his gal. We were all very impressed with this movie. Spectacular eye candy.

post #45 of 85
This movie really should be viewed in 3D if at all possible. It not only is one of the best live action 3D discs on the market, but significantly adds to the story.
post #46 of 85
Just watched it all the way through with my wife in 3D on Saturday. We agreed that this was an absolutely wonderful adventure story. PQ of this 3d was superior as it was perhaps the brightest and most deatiled 3d i've seen yet with a load of enjoyable 3d-ness!

This was a cinemetic popcorn event in my crib...although cheesepop corn was the choice.

I do like the aspect ratio this 2d/3d disc uses (just as ZeroDarkThirty does) ...what is the # label for it as I dont recall any other movie using this. Ya cant go wrong with any movie that has a Bengal named Richard Parker!
post #47 of 85
I bought this one on BD on it release and I wish now I did not. It was an OK movie at best. I was a bit bored at times and was really just ready for the ending about 3/4 of the way though. I read on the cover the next Avatar?? I really did not make that connection because this movie is nowhere in the same planet as Avatar. Obviously the next Avatar will only be Avatar 2. I am going to go out on a limb and say that Avatar 2 could be the highest grossing movie of all time, looking forward to its release. 2015?
post #48 of 85
Definitely not the next Avatar in my opinion. Visually stunning, sound was excellent when they used it, unique story idea. I enjoyed the film and was initially sucked into it, but about 2/3rd of the way through I was ready for the end.. It just seemed to drag on as others have mentioned. Although I enjoyed how the story made you think, they could have gotten to the point a little quicker.
post #49 of 85
Concur 100% on the 2d image score, Ralph.

I honestly cannot recall a better-looking film, overall.

Spectacular eye-candy...end to end.


James
post #50 of 85
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Concur 100% on the 2d image score, Ralph.

I honestly cannot recall a better-looking film, overall.

Spectacular eye-candy...end to end.


James

Greetings,

Glad to hear you enjoyed it James. smile.gif


Regards,
post #51 of 85
I missed this in theaters, and rented it and watched the 2D version last night. My GF and I were like "wow" from the first scene. The visuals and the story draw you in. I agree the larger the screen the better. I was amazed at how much "eye candy" this movie has. Great audio to envelope you, very subtle as you listen to the rain falling. Great systems put you there in the rain! I will definitely buy this one.
post #52 of 85
I loved the book, but of late have been resisting buying every movie that comes out. I finally decided to purchase when a friend claimed that this was even more visually stunning than The Fall. We haven't watched it yet, looking forward to the 2D version tonight.

Thanks for the great review.
post #53 of 85
Up there with Avatar & Hugo IMHO.... a must watch in 3D event.
post #54 of 85
AWESOME BLU-RAY 3D!!!!

Extras are very amusing and enlightening as well! Thank you, Ang Lee! (And, as always, thank you Ralph!) cool.gif
post #55 of 85
Finally got to watch this with the wife and kids over Easter/Spring Break this past week. Eye candy comes pretty close to describing the stunning visuals, and it is no wonder why Ang Lee got the well deserved Oscar for cinematography for this film!
post #56 of 85
saw ths for the first time last night. beautiful pq. just stunning. great br rental 2d.

did this movie win all the awards regarding production quality cause it should have.

thought the movie dragged on a little too long but really enjoyed that most intriguing story that was being told

don't want to start any controversy, but i didn't think ang lee's direction was oscar award worthy.
he did a fine job but i think argo, zero dark, and silver linings were better directed.

he does deserve all the awards for putting together such a seamless cinematic production with what must
be close to the most cgi ever used in a film
post #57 of 85
Greetings Ralph!

Let me start by saying I should have went with my first mind and bought the movie as it goes right along with a special story telling sect of movies I cherish "The Fall" "The Curious case of Benjamin Button" and "Big Fish" all just stories on film and well told. For those who felt the movie was to long, well it had to be as its intent was to go pass one's breaking point and just a bit more, this indeed help to frame the narrative and only added to one being sucked in that much more!

The audio was first rate and I got the feeling I was getting drenched from the wind and rain, that was behind me above and literally side to side and all around (thanks to the 8801 wink.gif ) and the moments when called upon the LFE delivered. The 100 for 2D picture quality says it all, I can't wait to add this to that special sect of movies!

Thanks for the perfect review that made it easy to agree 100%. !
post #58 of 85
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Greetings Ralph!

Let me start by saying I should have went with my first mind and bought the movie as it goes right along with a special story telling sect of movies I cherish "The Fall" "The Curious case of Benjamin Button" and "Big Fish" all just stories on film and well told. For those who felt the movie was to long, well it had to be as its intent was to go pass one's breaking point and just a bit more, this indeed help to frame the narrative and only added to one being sucked in that much more!

The audio was first rate and I got the feeling I was getting drenched from the wind and rain, that was behind me above and literally side to side and all around (thanks to the 8801 wink.gif ) and the moments when called upon the LFE delivered. The 100 for 2D picture quality says it all, I can't wait to add this to that special sect of movies!

Thanks for the perfect review that made it easy to agree 100%. !

Greetings,

You're more than welcome audiofan1 and thanks for sharing your impressions/thoughts. smile.gif


Regards,
post #59 of 85
Watched the 2d version last night and I think this might be my favorite of the 2012 films. Such a gripping experience and I am very curious to see it in 3d now. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The whole scene with the Tiger pausing at the forest edge, not turning around and then walking into his new home was heart wrenching! I was SO glad he survived the voyage though as it was looking iffy there for a bit!

The 2d PQ is nothing short of amazing and one of the most consistently impressive blu rays I have seen. A well deserved 100 IMO.

Audio was excellent as well and really supported the film beautifully.

All things combined make this one powerful HT experience and I am looking forward to checking out the 3d at some point.
post #60 of 85
I have to agree this release is a technological marvel, a feast is image and sound. Unfortunately the story is lacking and derivative of quite a few that came before.
Eye candy is not a substitute for a good story. Also felt that the CG tiger left a lot to be desired in several scenes.
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