DVD of the Week: 'Life of Pi' (Plus Giveaway!)

Life of Pi The message may be a little heavy-handed, but Ang Lee's multiple-Oscar-winning, metaphor-laden spectacle is a CGI masterpiece, its ferocious, realistic tiger and phosphorescent seas like nothing you've ever seen before. If you're not familiar with the story, it's based on Yann Martel's best-selling novel about a boy who questions religion and God, even more so when his family and their zoo animals sink in the ocean during an overseas voyage and he's left with only a growling tiger as his sole companion. The kicker at the end left some critics cold with its ambiguous religious messaging, but the gripping story and visuals that make up most of the movie make the rest well worth it. Unfortunately, we weren't provided with a 3D copy, so we can't speak to how that looks at home, but the 2D at least looks great. Extras: Three documentaries, and stills gallery (BD and DVD combo pack/BD); the 3D Blu-ray adds 3D deleted scenes, visual effects progressions and the 3D trailer.

Win It! We have a grand prize pack for one winner, which is Pi's backpack containing the movie on 2D Blu-ray, his survival guide, and Krishna comic book  (pictured right). Two runners-up will receive the movie on 2D Blu-ray. Just tell us below in the comments, what your favorite part of the movie was (or if you haven't seen it, why you want to). U.S. residents 18 and over. Winners will be chosen at random March 19, notified via email and have 3 days to respond before alternate(s) chosen.

Also new this week:

Rise of the Guardians Mythical characters from childhood, like the Tooth Fairy, Santa and the Easter Bunny, come to life to keep the evil Pitch from taking over the world. Extras: Featurette on the cast/characters, printable Easter coloring sheets, interactive guide, commentary (DVD/BD); the BD adds a making-of and featurette on author William Joyce and two interactive games.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away An amalgam of various Cirque shows given an original story and shot using Avatar's 3D technology, it stars a real-life Cirque performer as a young woman who falls into a mysterious world and the strange and wonderful characters she encounters. Extras (BD only): Making-of featurette, day in the life of star Erica Linz.

Hitchcock Get a glimpse of Old Hollywood with this biopic about the directing legend starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitch and Helen Mirren as his long-suffering wife and collaborator, Alma. Extras: N/A

This Must Be the Place Sean Penn is an aging goth rocker obsessed with getting revenge for his father's humiliation at the hands of a Nazi years ago. Extras: N/A

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