Avatar Extended Blu-ray Collector's Edition (3 DVD)
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After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics. Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na'vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. Although he's supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who'd like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na'vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron's complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na'vi). The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron's crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. Maybe it's the fact that Cameron seems torn between his two loves--awesome destructive gizmos and flower-power message mongering--that makes Avatar's pursuit of its point ultimately uncertain. That, and the fact that Cameron's dialogue continues to clunk badly. If you're won over by the movie's trippy new world, the characters will be forgivable as broad, useful archetypes rather than standard-issue stereotypes, and you might be able to overlook the unsurprising central plot. (The overextended "take that, Michael Bay" final battle sequences could tax even Cameron enthusiasts, however.) It doesn't measure up to the hype (what could?) yet Avatar frequently hits a giddy delirium all its own. The film itself is our Pandora, a sensation-saturated universe only the movies could create. --Robert Horton
Versions of Avatar on Blu-ray and DVD
|Edition||Format||Release Date||Special Features|
|Avatar (Extended Collector's Edition)||Three Blu-ray Discs||Nov. 16, 2010||Three versions of the movie including the previously unreleased extended cut, plus more than eight hours of bonus features including over 45 minutes of deleted scenes, interactive scene deconstruction, Pandorapedia, documentaries and featurettes, and BD-LIVE content (requires compatible player and Internet connection)|
|Avatar (Extended Collector's Edition)||Three DVDs||Nov. 16, 2010||Three versions of the movie including the previously unreleased extended cut, plus more than three hours of bonus features including documentaries and over 45 minutes of deleted scenes|
|Avatar (Original Theatrical Edition)||Two-disc Blu-ray/ |
|Apr. 22, 2010||None|
|Avatar (Original Theatrical Edition)||DVD||Apr. 22, 2010||None|
Contents of the Blu-ray Extended Collector's Edition
What follows is the back-of-the box summary of the Blu-ray set's contents and then a complete listing of everything that's included.
Disc 1: Three Movie Versions
Disc 2: Filmmaker's Journey
Disc 3: Pandora's Box
Top Customer Reviews
The extended collector's edition runs 16 minutes 28 seconds longer than the theatrical cut, and listed below are the major differences.
1) The opening scene is different, and starts with Jake in a wheelchair on Earth, in a Blade Runner-esque Earth city. The scene moves to scenes of Jake in his apartment, then taking liquid shots in a bar. Jake's narration of "I told myself I can pass any test a man can pass" and "They can fix the spinal if you got the money. But not on vet benefits, not in this economy" are inserted during this new opening scene.
Jake beats up a bar patron who is mistreating a woman, and then Jake and wheelchair are unceremoniously thrown outside by bouncers into an alley. While in the alley, Jake meets the two RDA representatives who bring him news of his brother's untimely death. Then the movie cuts back to the original theatrical cut where Jake sees his brother's body cremated, then awakes in space.
2) During Jake's initial flyover of Pandora in his avatar, they witness a herd of Sturmbeasts, buffalo-like creatures.
3) After seeing the Sturmbeasts, Grace, Jake, and Norm stop by Grace's old English school for the Na'vi. The school is now closed, abandoned, and some walls are riddled with bullet-holes. Norm finds a Dr. Seuss book, "The Lorax", on the ground. This scene explains how Neytiri knew English so well, and certainly gives some further backstory into Grace Augustine's character.
Interestingly, The Lorax can be seen as a metaphor for the Pandoran story.Read more ›
The video quality is fantastic. I have a Samsung 40" 3D setup and the movie was just beautiful to watch. Not quite the same as IMAX but very close (size of screen being the only difference that I could see). The 3D is, to my eyes, exactly as good as the IMAX on-screen version. I am a huge fan of the movie but believe me I would tell you if the video quality was not great.
I would not hesitate to do the purchase again (even considering the huge rip-off in price at this time) but advise others to consider if you really have to have it right now or can wait awhile.
Great movie, almost unbelievable video transfer quality, and a price that is just not right!
Hope this helps.
Some of the other low scores talk about the 3D version coming, but that is weak reason for most people because most do not own and will not own a 3D TV set. If you do your research on 3D TVs you will find they clunky and costly. Unless you are among the few who have a 3D TV, then there is no reason to wait to buy this release of Avatar if you enjoyed the movie.
For the few who have never seen the movie, the key factors to consider is if you are a science fiction fan, enjoy action movies, and if you consider yourself picky about dialog/originality, Avatar breaks no new ground when it comes to story, but it does take many of successful elements from other stories and rolls it into this one. The bashing on acting is overkill. In general they did a fine job, not exceptional, but anyone who loves science fiction will find the acting a step above the normal for this type of movie. The dialog is nothing special. There are mostly cliche characters and situations. The key is the entire package is very well done. No movie is perfect and as much as some people bash this, just look at the box office sales. Bad movies would have never set top sales records no matter how much marketing was behind it.Read more ›
1. A special edition including 20 minutes of additional footage was released just months after Theatrical Edition. (But fans weren't told until it was too late)
2. No special features in 2 disc Theatrical Edition. If you are a fan, of all the discs in your collection this is the one you really want the extra stuff.
3. 3D version also now available, though not in the extended version yet. This movie is considered a reference disc in 3D and the extensive CGI use makes it a great story to be seen in that medium, as are most animated movies. Hopefully a 3D Extended Version will be released soon.
Regarding the multiple releases while holding back on the whole package: The studios are becoming so brazen. Offering bare bones Blu Rays shortly before re-releasing the movie with additional footage was a classless act that kicks dirt in the face of fans. I completely understand the business side of the equation. However, I think we would all like to see them release multiple versions and let fans decide how much they need verses how much to spend. At least release a complete package a year or so on. There still isn't an extended 3D version US general release at the time of my update Dec 2014. The first 3D release was just the theatrical edition, even though the extended footage was already available. It's like pulling teeth to get these studios to release everything fans want in a single package, even down the road. After all the releases we have had, they really owe it to fans to do something for us, rather than themselves. We all understand the business side and multiple releases are no surprise. But seriously, this is somewhat an old movie now!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
That of course is just an opinion much as the totally unwarranted one stars here.
I am still in awe of this movie. Read more
Great 3D movie! This is theatrical release, but still well worth getting. Now if they would only make the directors cut available in 3D.Published 18 hours ago by ChuckStevensky
I have a lot of 3d movies and I've found the best 3d effects ore from the movies made to be 3d, not the movies they try after to make 3d. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dedee Haffner
Still best movie I've ever seen so wish they would of made a secondPublished 2 days ago by john white
The movie stopped in the middle of thr showing,this is wrong fix it or you tell mePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love the movie.. Hated the fact that I ordered in HD and it was fuzzy! :pPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
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|3rd disks deleted scenes...||
I doubt it, but that would be amazing! I had the same thought.
Aug 15, 2011 by Q | See all 2 posts
|Family audio track?||
The "family-safe" audio track can be found on the original theatrical and Special Edition versions of the film, but not -- for whatever reason -- on the Ultra-Extended Version (the 16-minutes-longer cut). Also, yes, you're still getting all the original "unbleeped" audio on... Read More
Nov 18, 2010 by The Bandsaw Vigilante | See all 23 posts
|What are the subtitles of discs 2 and 3?||
My excitement to get this version has been extinguished. I am deaf and require caption and there is none on the two discs. Basically I won't have any idea what they are talking about for 8 hours.
They always neglect us, nothing new. :(
Nov 14, 2010 by Muddeprived | See all 7 posts
|No reviews of DVDs and Blu-rays BEFORE the release date||
I posted an early (p)review, since I saw the Special Edition, but I think I agree with you.
So many of these reviews just scream "ignorant and uninformed"
Nov 11, 2010 by AlexR | See all 3 posts
|What about firmware issues??||
Must depend on the Blu-Ray player. I have a Sony and have not experienced firmware issues for Spring or Fall versions of the movie.
Nov 30, 2010 by Christine Mcclintock | See all 14 posts
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