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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Life of Pi'

Life of Pi Blu-ray

(PG-13)

Movie: 3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars

Disc: 4 out of 4 stars

Ang Lee deservedly won this years' Best Director Oscar for this sumptuous, engrossing and bittersweet fable/fantasy that has arguably made the finest use of 3-D technology to date. Based on the novel of the same name by Yann Martel, "Life of Pi" is a cerebral, more spiritual version of "Cast Away" minus the hokum. After surviving a shipwreck that claimed the lives of his entire family, Pi (played by three actors) spends months at sea while sharing close quarters with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat. It's smart, soulful and suitable for mature children.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.85:1), audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French and Spanish (DTS 5.1), subtitles: English, French and Spanish.

Special Features:

3-D deleted scenes

3-D and 2-D viewing options

2 behind-the-scenes featurettes

Trailer

Additional DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy disc

3 making-of featurettes

Art gallery and storyboards

Fox, $49.99