AVATAR [2009 / 2012] [Limited 3D Edition Lenticular Artwork] [3D Blu-ray + DVD] [USA Release]
Take The Journey Into 3D! Now In Eye-popping 3D for the Ultimate Home Viewing Experience!
From the breath-taking beauty of the glowing rainforests to the majestic Hallelujah Mountains floating in the sky, the spectacular world of James Cameron's ‘AVATAR’ comes to life as never before and now in eye-popping 3D for the ultimate home viewing experience. Soar among the flying Banshees. Fight alongside Na'vi warriors. Return to Pandora and immerse yourself in the greatest adventure of all time, as one man's quest for redemption leads him on an epic journey beyond imagination!
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 2009 British Society of Cinematographers: Nomination: Best Cinematography Award for Mauro Fiore. 2010 Academy Awards®: Win: Best Achievement in Cinematography for Mauro Fiore. Win: Best Achievement in Visual Effects for Andrew R. Jones, Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham and Stephen Rosenbaum. Win: Best Achievement in Art Direction for Kim Sinclair (set decorator), Rick Carter (production designer) and Robert Stromberg (production designer). Nomination: Best Motion Picture of the Year for James Cameron and Jon Landau. Nomination: Best Achievement in Directing for James Cameron. Nomination: Best Achievement in Film Editing for James Cameron, John Refoua and Stephen E. Rivkin. Nomination: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures in an Original Score for James Horner. Nomination: Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for Andy Nelson, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers and Tony Johnson. Nomination: Best Achievement in Sound Editing for Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle. 2010 Golden Globes: Win: Best Director in a Motion Picture for James Cameron. Win: Best Motion Picture in a Drama. Nomination: Best Original Score in a Motion Picture for James Horner. Nomination: Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for James Horner, Kuk Harrell and Simon Franglen for song: "I See You." 2010 BAFTA Film Awards: Win: Best Production Design for Kim Sinclair, Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg. Win: Best Special Visual Effects for Andrew R. Jones, Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham and Stephen Rosenbaum. Nomination: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music for James Horner. Nomination: Best Film for James Cameron and Jon Landau. Nomination: Best Cinematography for Mauro Fiore. Nomination: Best Editing for James Cameron, John Refoua and Stephen E. Rivkin. Nomination: Best Sound for Addison Teague, Andy Nelson, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers and Tony Johnson. Nomination: David Lean Award for Direction for Best Director for James Cameron. 2010 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Win: Best Actor for Sam Worthington. Win: Best Actress for Zoe Saldana. Win: Best Supporting Actor for Stephen Lang. Win: Best Supporting Actress for Sigourney Weaver. Win: Best Director for James Cameron. Win: Best Writing for James Cameron. Win: Best Music for James Horner. Win: Best Production Design for Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg. Win: Best Science Fiction Film. Win: Best Special Effects for Andrew R. Jones, Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham and Stephen Rosenbaum. 2010 American Cinema Editors: Nomination: Best Edited Dramatic Feature Film for James Cameron, John Refoua and Stephen E. Rivkin. 2010 American Society of Cinematographers: Nomination: Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases for Mauro Fiore. 2010 Art Directors Guild: Win: Excellence in Production Design Award for Fantasy Film for Rick Carter (production designer), Robert Stromberg (production designer), Kim Sinclair (lead supervising art director/set decorator in New Zealand), Kevin Ishioka (supervising art director), Stefan Dechant (supervising art director), Todd Cherniawsky (supervising art director), Ben Procter (art director), Nick Bassett (art director), Robert Bavin (art director), Simon Bright (art director), Jill Cormack (art director), Seth Engstrom (art director), Sean Haworth (art director), Andrew L. Jones (art director), Andy McLaren (art director), Andrew Menzies (art director), Norman Newberry (art director), Jacqui Allen (assistant art director), Vanessa Cole (assistant art director), Michael Stassi (assistant art director), Jeff Wisniewski (assistant art director), Yuri Bartoli (illustrator), Dylan Cole (illustrator), Dorian Bustamante (illustrator), Ryan Church (illustrator), James Clyne (illustrator), TyRuben Ellingson (illustrator), Barry Howell (illustrator), Victor James Martinez (illustrator), Tex Kadonaga (set designer), Luke Caska (set designer), Richard Mays (set designer), Scott Herbertson (set designer), Paul Ozzimo (illustrator), Tammy S. Lee (set designer), Gregory Jein (model maker), Jason Mahakian (model maker), Jonathan Dyer (set designer), Steven Messing (illustrator), Joseph Hiura (set designer), Karl J. Martin (set designer), Darryl Longstaffe (set designer), John Lott (set designer), C. Scott Baker (set designer), Robert Andrew Johnson (set designer), David Chow (set designer), Craig Shoji (illustrator), Andrew Chan (set designer), Sam Page (set designer), Michael Smale (set designer), Daphne Yap (illustrator) and Andrew Reeder (set designer). 2010 Black Reel Awards: Nomination: Best Actress for Zoe Saldana. 2010 Costume Designers Guild Awards: Nomination: Excellence in Fantasy Film for Deborah Lynn Scott and Mayes C. Rubeo. 2010 César Awards, France: Nomination: Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger) for James Cameron. 2010 Directors Guild of America: Nomination: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for James Cameron. 2010 Environmental Media Awards, USA: Win: Feature Film. 2010 Hugo Awards: Nomination: Best Dramatic Presentation in Long Form for James Cameron (screenplay/director). 2010 Image Awards: Nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Zoe Saldana. 2010 International Cinephile Society Awards: Nomination: Best Production Design for Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg. 2010 International Film Music Critics Award: Nomination: Film Score of the Year for James Horner. Nomination: Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction Film for James Horner. Nomination: Film Music Composition of the Year for James Horner for Track: "War." 2010 Jupiter Award: Win: Best International Film. 2010 London Critics Circle Film Awards: Nomination: Film of the Year. Nomination: Director of the Year for James Cameron. 2010 Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA: Win: Best Sound Editing for Music in a Feature Film for Dick Bernstein (music editor), Jim Henrikson (supervising music editor) and Michael K. Bauer (music editor). Win: Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film for Addison Teague (supervising sound editor, sound designer), Christopher Boyes (supervising sound editor, sound designer), Luke Dunn Gielmuda (supervising foley editor), James Likowski (foley editor), Ken Fischer (sound effects editor), Shannon Mills (sound effects editor), Tim Nielsen (sound effects editor), Christopher Scarabosio (sound effects editor), Dennie Thorpe (foley artist) and Jana Vance (foley artist). Nomination: Best Sound Editing in Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film for Gwendolyn Yates Whittle (supervising sound editor), Kim Foscato (dialogue editor), Cheryl Nardi (dialogue editor), Marshall Winn (dialogue editor), Petra Bach (adr editor), Richard Hymns (adr editor), Stuart McCowan (adr editor) and Steve Slanec (adr editor). 2010 PGA Awards: Nomination: Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures James Cameron and Jon Landau. 2010 Rembrandt Awards: Win: Best International Film (Beste Buitenlandse Film). 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Win: Modern Master Award for James Cameron. 2010 Scream Awards: Win: Best Director for James Cameron. Win: 3-D Top Three. Win: Best F/X. Nomination: Best Science Fiction Actress for Zoe Saldana. Nomination: Best Supporting Actress for Sigourney Weaver. Nomination: Best Villain for Stephen Lang as Col. Miles Quaritch. Nomination: The Ultimate Scream. Nomination: Best Science Fiction Movie. Nomination: Fight Scene of the Year for "Final Battle: Na'vi vs Military." 2010 Venice Film Festival: Win: 3-D Award for Most Creative 3D Film Stereoscopic Film of the Year for James Cameron. 2010 Visual Effects Society Awards: Win: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture for Richard Baneham (animation supervisor), Joyce Cox (overall vfx producer), Joe Letteri (senior visual effects supervisor) and Eileen Moran (vfx producer). Win: Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture for Andrew R. Jones (animation director), Joe Letteri (senior visual effects supervisor), Zoe Saldana (actress) and Jeff Unay (facial lead) for Neytiri. Win: Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture for Jean-Luc Azzis (senior compositor), Peter Baustaedter (senior matte painter), Brenton Cottman (lead matte painter) and Yvonne Muinde (lead matte painter) for Pandora. Win: Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture for Simon Cheung (senior modeller), Paul Jenness (lead modeller), John Stevenson-Galvin (senior modeller) and Rainer Zöttl (senior/lead modeller) for Samson/home tree/floating mountains/ampsuit. Win: Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture for Shadi Almassizadeh (cg supervisor), Dan Cox (cg supervisor), Ula Rademeyer (lead texture painter) and Eric Saindon (visual effects supervisor) for the jungle/biolume. Win: Best Single Visual Effect of the Year for Joe Letteri (senior visual effects supervisor), Joyce Cox (overall vfx producer), Eileen Moran (vfx producer) and Thelvin Cabezas (lighting technical director) for Neytiri drinking. Nomination: Best Single Visual Effect of the Year for Jill Brooks (visual effects producer), John Knoll (visual effects supervisor), Frank Losasso Petterson (simulation technical director) and Tory Mercer (compositor) for Quarich's escape. Nomination: Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture for Thelvin Cabezas (lighting technical director), Miae Kang (lead lighting technical director), Daniel Macarin (lighting technical director) and Guy Williams (visual effects supervisor) for the Willow Glade. Nomination: Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture for Jessica Cowley (senior texture painter), Dan Lemmon (visual effects supervisor), Keith Miller (cg supervisor) and Cameron Smith (lead compositor) for the floating mountains. Nomination: Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture for Jay Cooper (technical director), Beth D'Amato (digital paint), Eddie Pasquarello (compositing supervisor) and Todd Vaziri (compositor) for the end battle. Nomination: Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture for Erich Eder (compositor), Robin Hollander (compositor), Giuseppe Tagliavini (compositor) and Erik Winquist (compositing supervisor). 2010 World Soundtrack Awards: Nomination: Best Original Soundtrack of the Year for James Horner. Nomination: Best Original Song Written for a Film for James Horner (music by/lyrics by), Simon Franglen (music by/lyrics by), Kuk Harrell (lyrics by) and Leona Lewis (performer) for the song "I See You." 2010 World Stunt Awards: Nomination: Taurus Award for Best Stunt Coordination and/or 2nd Unit Direction for Allan Poppleton, Garrett Warren and Stuart Thorp. 2010 Writers Guild of America: Nomination: Best Original Screenplay for James Cameron. 2011 Awards of the Japanese Academy: Win: Best Foreign Film. 2011 Golden Eagle Awards, Russia: Win: Best Foreign Film for James Cameron (director). 2011 SFX Awards, UK: Nomination: Best Actress for Zoe Saldana. Nomination: Best Film Director for James Cameron. Nomination: Best Film for James Cameron.
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi, Laz Alonso, Dileep Rao, Matt Gerald, Sean Anthony Moran, Jason Whyte, Scott Lawrence, Kelly Kilgour, James Patrick Pitt, Sean Patrick Murphy, Peter Dillon, Kevin Dorman, Kelson Henderson, David Van Horn, Jacob Tomuri, Michael Blain-Rozgay, Jon Curry, Julene Renée, Luke Hawker, Woody Schultz, Peter Mensah, Sonia Yee, Jahnel Curfman, Ilram Choi, Kyla Warren, Lisa Roumain, Debra Wilson, Taylor Kibby, Jodie Landau, Chris Mala, Julie Lamm, Cullen B. Madden, Joseph Brady Madden, Frankie Torres, Austin Wilson, Sara Wilson, Tamica Washington-Miller, Lucy Briant, Nathan Meister, Gerry Blair, Matthew Chamberlain, Paul Yates, Wray Wilson, James Gaylyn, Melvin Leno Clark III, Carvon Futrell, Brandon Jelkes, Micah Moch, Hanniyah Muhammad, Christopher Nolen, Christa Oliver, April Marie Thomas, Bravita A. Threatt, Lasco Atkins (uncredited), Eoin Bates (uncredited), Colin Bleasdale (uncredited), Mike Bodnar (uncredited), Matt Clayton (uncredited), Hamish Denston (uncredited), Nicole Dionne (uncredited), Mia Dodson (uncredited), Joshua Farcone (uncredited), Jamie Harrison (uncredited), Allan Henry (uncredited), Jessica J. Immanuel (uncredited), Anthony Ingruber (uncredited), Ashley Jeffery (uncredited), Dean Knowsley (uncredited), Tim Mansell (uncredited), Wiebe Marinus (uncredited), Joseph Mika-Hunt (uncredited), Terry Notary (uncredited), Ken Ohara (uncredited), Kai Pantano (uncredited), Logan Pithyou (uncredited), Luis G. Portillo (uncredited), Raja (uncredited), Gareth Ruck (uncredited), David Sampen (uncredited), Rhian Sheehan (uncredited), Tim Simpson (uncredited), T.J. Storm (uncredited), Jodie Taylor (uncredited), Alicia Vela-Bailey (uncredited), Richard Whiteside (uncredited) and Nikie Zambo (uncredited)
Director: James Cameron
Producers: Brooke Breton, Colin Wilson, James Cameron, Janace Tashjian, Jon Landau, Josh McLaglen, Laeta Kalogridis and Peter M. Tobyansen
Screenplay: James Cameron
Composer: James Horner
Cinematography: Mauro Fiore (Director of Photography)
Image Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
French: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Português: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Running Time: 162 minutes
Region: Blu-ray All Regions + DVD NTSC
Number of discs: 2
Studio: 20th Century Fox / Lightstorm Entertainment
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: With James Cameron’s ‘AVATAR’ it has turned one man’s dream of the films, into a trippy joy ride about the end of life, but our film going life included. Several decades in the dreaming and more than four years in the actual making, the film is a swan song to the natural world that was largely produced with software, an exploration of the invisible world of the spirit filled with a James Cameron rock ’em, sock ’em action. Created to conquer hearts, minds, history books and box-office records, the film, one of the most expensive in history, the jungle drums thump and are is a glorious adventure and blissfully deranged.
The story behind the story, including a production budget estimated to top $230 million, and James Cameron’s future-shock ambitions for the medium have already begun to settle into myth and a process partly driven by the publicity, certainly. Every filmmaker is something of a visionary, just by virtue of the medium. But James Cameron, who directed the mega melodrama ‘Titanic’ and, more notably, several of the most influential science-fiction films of the past few decades ‘The Terminator,’ ‘Aliens’ and ‘The Abyss,’ is a filmmaker whose ambitions transcend a single movie or mere stories to embrace cinema as an art, as a social experience and a shamanistic ritual, one still capable of producing the big WOW effect.
The scale of the film, which brings you into a meticulous and brilliantly coloured alien world for a fast 162 minutes, factors into that wow factor again. Its scope is evident in an early scene on a spaceship and the year is 2154, where the passengers, including a paraplegic ex-Marine, Jake Sully [Sam Worthington] a gruffly sensitive heartthrob, are being roused from a yearlong sleep before landing on a distant inhabited moon, Pandora. Jake Sully is woken by an attendant floating in zero gravity, one of many such aides. As Jake himself glides through the bright cavernous space, you know you’re not in Kansas anymore, as someone soon quips by giving a nod to ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ which is James Cameron’s favourite film.
It doesn’t take Jake Sully longs to feel the good vibes. Jake is himself an avatar because he’s both a special being and an embodiment of an idea, namely that of the hero’s journey. What initially makes Jake unusual is that he has been tapped to inhabit a part-alien, part-human body that he controls, like a puppeteer, from its head to its prehensile tail. Like the rest of the human visitors who’ve made camp on Pandora, he has signed on with a corporation that’s intent on extracting a valuable if mysterious substance from the moon called Unobtainium, a great whatsit that is an emblem of humanity’s greed and folly. With his avatar, Jake will look just like one of the natives, the Na’vi, a new identity that gives the film its plot turns and politics. But, standing in their way is an inhospitable atmosphere and a very formidable race of native people called the Na'vi, who just happens to live on top of the riches deposit of this entire prized mineral.
In order to infiltrate the natives, various humans are enlisted to be “drivers” of artificially grown avatars that have been created in a lab by blending human DNA, with Na'vi DNA to form a hybrid. To complete the process, human inhabitants are put into a pod like device where they are able to project their consciousness into the Na'vi avatar body, and thus, essentially, become one of them. This is where director James Cameron really weaves his movie magic as the Na'vi actors are brought to life on screen by a combination of CGI animation and human actors to form the electrifying, 12-foot, blue-toned humanoids, which are for the most part, fairly realistic looking.
There are also a lot of strange and wonderful creatures that are quite visually spellbinding, as is the Pandorian landscape and ecology that comes alive with floating mountains, glowing plants and ferocious animals. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of ‘AVATAR’ is to me, was eye-popping “Real 3D” visual effects, but also the very reverent and sympathetic focus on the spirituality of the native Na'vi's. They are for the most part, a peaceful species, yet, at the same time, they are fierce warriors. They have a deeply spiritual and symbiotic relationship with the forest they live in and the nature of their native planet Pandora.
They also possess profound wisdom that all life is connected as one and that they are a part of that connection, too. This aspect of the Na'vi people is reinforced throughout the film, again and again, as they are shown bonding with the trees, the plants, the animals and the forest. Even if they have to defend themselves from a predatory animal, they say a prayer after they have killed it. This reverent and respectful homage to the spiritual nature of indigenous extra-terrestrials is, ultimately, the most interesting and surprising element of ‘AVATAR’ by far. But, all in all, for nearly three hours of screen time, ‘AVATAR’ is a highly entertaining extravaganza that looks even more spectacular in the 3D visual mode. This is one absolutely beautiful film! It sets new heights for special effects, cinematography, and artistic set design.
Regarding the technology used for shooting ‘AVATAR’ was filmed in StereoScopic 3D, with the Fusion Camera System. Having been developed by Vince Pace and James Cameron, their Fusion 3D HD system involves the use of two customised cameras, and reportedly James Cameron used a specifically designed system all on its own just for ‘AVATAR.’ According to an article in Popular Mechanics, this camera's viewfinder also offered the filmmaker the opportunity to watch the live actors as they are integrated by the system in a provided CGI environment, as it senses its position on a motion-capture stage and if you have not experienced this StereoScopic 3D system, then you are in for an experience you will not forget.
AVATAR MUSIC TRACK LIST
I SEE YOU (Theme from Avatar) (Music by James Horner and Simon Franglen) (Lyrics by Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell, and James Horner) (Produced by Simon Franglen and James Horner) [Performed by Leona Lewis] [Leona Lewis performs courtesy of Syco Music]
Blu-ray Image Quality – The image quality with this particular release is in the full 1080p awesome encoded image in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. It is very much worth noting that this video presentation has been THX Certified. It's obvious, as noted that the “3D Quality” was shot in true StereosSopic 3D on a very advanced camera system. That translates into this having one amazing visual presentation either in 3D or 2D. James Cameron has mentioned in press conferences that this choice was made as to offer more visual depth in long and open shots, and more of the “claustrophobic” effect in close-ups. Another thought to ponder regarding the film having been filmed in StereoScopic 3D, even when you pause the film, you do see not only what could otherwise be considered motion blur, but the slight dual-focus you may expect from a 3D presentation. Not to be left unmentioned is the equally valuable work of those from the Stan Winston Studios who provided many of the physical on-screen character effects. The amount of “pop” in 2D is also excellent and you get a really great sense of depth and such even in the 2D presentation of the film. The 2D version of the film certainly has a few pros for your viewing experience, but the StereoScope 3D you get to see so much more detail, especially the beautiful saturation, and the solid blacks. With no disrespect to the audio presentation, you will perhaps find yourself more taken up with this phenomenal image quality, but the audio track adds to the ambience experience, even upon your first viewing. It should really come as no surprise, this once again earns itself a perfect “5 Star Rating” for overall video quality and is still the utter definition of the “reference quality” in terms of Hi-Definition visuals. In either 3D or 2D, you'll be amazed by the high image quality you will experience with this Blu-ray release.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – The audio quality on this release is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. First, note that just like the video presentation, this audio presentation too has been THX Certified. As this audio track simulates the fictional world of Pandora, the 5.1 setup offers an amazing audible performance that is well representing of the story's sci-fi and ethereal nature, making it nearly impossible to decide on where to start in describing this presentation. One of the first things that will surely charm your ears is the original music composed by James Horner, perfectly conveying the tones of both worlds; the humans' camp with a more hearty and war-like brass sound, and the natural world of the Na'vi, translating a more tribal and passive sound. Composer James Horner was also responsible for the original music on the films ‘Apocalypto,’ ‘Troy,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Apollo 13’ and ‘Braveheart’ to name just a few. In the scene involving Jake`s avatar being captured by the tribe, the background chatter of the surrounding Na'vi people fills the soundscape, providing 360 degrees of voices that simulate the feeling of truly standing within the action. This for instance is a great example of the superb usage of all the channels in the 5.1 setup, however, when it comes to this release, generally it is not even necessary to pinpoint a specific scene, as one could basically scan through the film on Blu-ray and be impressed. All general sound effects are impressive, offering multiple channel usage, panning at times, and simply a general clarity of sound. You've really got to hand it to those behind the efforts in the sound department here in having created the sounds of imaginative fictional creatures, sci-fi machinery of multiple sorts, and even a setting that, though merely portraying the paradise-like world of Pandora, is itself absolutely glowing with subtle sound. The dialogue is presented perfectly on this release, as both the live-action organic recordings from the live actors on set, and the presumably voiced-over dialogue of the Na'vi characters. Overall this is once again just downright impressive, almost as much as the visuals in terms of sound mix and very much worthy of deeming “demo material” in terms of audio as well. ‘AVATAR’ in its much anticipated retail release to Blu-ray 3D earns a perfect “Star Rating” for audio quality just as the film scored in the debut release and re-release both of which were 2D. I'm happy to report that much, I really am, and I think the fans will once again be very, very pleased with this awesome stunning audio presentation.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras: Sadly there are no extras provided with this particular 3D and 2D Blu-ray release.
Finally, it remains to be seen whether a title of even this astronomically high profile can push 3D hardware sales so long after its general release and after the initial hype behind the sales of 3D Televisions have died down a bit, but I disagree, as I love any 3D Blu-ray discs. While ‘AVATAR’ remains a big favourite of mine, and maybe Blu-ray fans have perhaps moved onto fresher pasture releases like ‘The Avengers’ or ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and may see this ‘AVATAR’ release as another money grab on the way to the so called up and coming “Ultimate Version” and we really mean it this time! No really, this is the one to buy! It really boils down to this: ‘AVATAR’ fans now have the 3D version to watch that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to acquire, and folks who already have the Panasonic branded release don't need to buy again, unless a new artwork and the slipcover is brought out. Who knows what future editions will hold, other than that there will be future editions and that there probably will be new material in them. As it is, this is currently the best way to watch ‘AVATAR’ in 3D in the home and the price doesn't really hurt. Certainly one can see why ‘AVATAR’ is an important and destined-to-be prominent film through the rest of the history of the medium not only as a clear-cut fan-favourite but also as a hallmark visual effects movie that will be remembered alongside the likes of ‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Last Starfighter,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘Toy Story.’ Overall the bonus material here is a huge disappointment but let's face it, you've most likely bought the “Extended Collector's Edition” Blu-ray disc set that actually contains bonus materials. That release also contained two other cuts of the film; whereas this only contains the original 162 minute theatrical cut. Sometime soon maybe we'll see a fourth and final release in both 3D and 2D that contains those other two cuts of the film and bonus materials but for now if you want to see those you'll just have to go back to or consider purchasing the “Extended Collector's Edition” 3-disc set on Blu-ray. I saw ‘AVATAR’ in the cinema in 3D and was sort of impressed, but now seeing it in this amazing 3D Blu-ray awesome disc, it looks even more superior and I am glad I waited for this 3D Blu-ray version to be released and I have been more than impressed and now it is a great honour to now having this added to my ever expanding 3D Blu-ray Collection. Very Highly Recommended!
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