Courtesy of the good folks at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, CultureMob is offering a special giveaway for Life of Pi on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack.  Rather than summarize the plot of filmmaker Ang Lee’s acclaimed drama myself, I’ll leave that job to Fox’s official synopsis.

Believe the unbelievable.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents a groundbreaking cinematic experience you will have to see to believe when Life of Pi debuts on stunning Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy on March 12th in North America.  Based on the acclaimed best-selling novel from Yann Martel that has been published in forty languages, and brought to life by visionary Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), this magical adventure of hope, wonder, survival, and the power of the human spirit has been celebrated by critics all over the world. A “magnificent and moving” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) motion picture event that has been hailed as “a masterpiece” (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times), taking in over $500 million in its worldwide box-office gross.  Life of Pi follows Pi Patel, a young man on a fateful voyage who, after a spectacular disaster, is marooned on a lifeboat with the only other survivor, a fearsome 450-pound Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker.  Hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery, Pi and his majestic companion make an amazing and unexpected connection.

This was the most surprising film of 2012.  I was not a fan of the book; I’d tried reading it a number over six times only to give up during each instance; Martel’s prose didn’t engage me, and his symbolism struck me as fairly obvious and rote.  For that reason, I’d avoided seeing the film until after its success at last month’s Oscar ceremony, and I shouldn’t have waited.  Life of Pi is one of the year’s best film, an exciting, disturbing, and visually resplendent examination of faith: how we gain it, how we lose it, and how it tests us.  Ang Lee’s direction is peerless, and I’m impressed with how seamlessly he transitions between the story’s moments of high intensity (the frightening shipwreck that launches Pi’s journey; Pi’s alternately intimate and predatory relationship with Richard Parker) and the dreamy, meditative moments of introspection that punctuate the action.  It’s a rare breed, this film: a $120 million experimental art film about the search for God.  With the exception of its opening and closing ten minutes (a modern frame narrative that, while well made, distracts from the rest of the film’s focus), Life of Pi is a near-masterpiece, and well deserving of its four Academy Awards (Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects).

And I have two copies of the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack to give away.  It’s very simple.  To qualify for the discs, email me at, put “Life of Pi Blu-ray/DVD Giveaway” in the email subject line, provide your first and last name, and correctly answer the following question.

  • Director Ang Lee is not responsible for directing which of the following pictures?
  • a) Hulk b) Ride with the Devil c) American Beauty d) The Ice Storm

I’m going to stop taking entries at 8 PM EST next week on Tuesday, March 12th, so get your answers in before then.  Fox Home Entertainment will send out giveaway copies shortly after that date.  Only contestants within the United States and Canada are eligible, and entering the same name under multiple email addresses will get you disqualified.  P.O. box addresses will not be accepted.  If you win the giveaway and send me a P.O. box, you will be disqualified.

Good day, and good luck.

–Note: Follow Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Twitter @FoxHomeEnt.  Also, check out more about Life of Pi‘s incredible journey HERE.

Culture CultureMob Giveaway: Win LIFE OF PI on Blu-ray/DVD