Courtesy of the good folks at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, CultureMob is offering a special giveaway forÂ Life of Pi on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack.Â 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.Â Â 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. Â Based on the acclaimed best-selling novel from Yann Martel that has been published in forty languages, and brought toÂ life by visionary Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), this magical adventureÂ ofÂ hope, wonder, survival, and the powerÂ ofÂ the human spirit has been celebrated by critics all over the world. A â€œmagnificent and movingâ€ (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) motion picture event that has been hailed as â€œa masterpieceâ€ (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times), taking in over $500 million in its worldwide box-office gross. Â Life of Pi followsÂ PiÂ 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. Â Hurtled into an epic journeyÂ ofÂ adventure and discovery, PiÂ and his majestic companion make an amazing and unexpected connection.
This was the most surprising film of 2012. Â 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. Â 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. Â Life of Pi is one of the year’s best film, an exciting, disturbing, and visuallyÂ resplendentÂ examination of faith: how we gain it, how we lose it, and how it tests us. Â 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. Â It’s a rare breed, this film: a $120 million experimental art film about the search for God. Â 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. Â It’s very simple. Â To qualify for the discs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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)Â Hulk b)Â Ride with the Devil c)Â American Beauty d)Â 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.Â Fox Home Entertainment will send out giveaway copies shortly after that date. Â Only contestantsÂ within the United States and CanadaÂ are eligible, and entering the same name under multiple email addresses will get you disqualified. Â P.O. box addresses willÂ notÂ be accepted. Â If you win the giveaway and send me a P.O. box,Â you will be disqualified.
Good day, and good luck.
–Note:Â Follow Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Twitter @FoxHomeEnt. Â Also, check out more about Life of Pi‘s incredible journey HERE.