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Book 1: Water, Vol. 2
Avatar The Last Airbender, Book 1: Water, Volume 2 continues the adventurous if half-comic journey of 12-year-old Airbender Aang, reincarnation of an ancient avatar, and his friends Katara and Sokka as they seek a teacher to help Aang fulfill his peacemaking destiny in a war-torn world. The four episodes on this disc, a follow-up to the elegant, magical series introduction, find the trio wandering through sundry Earth Nation cities, where they encounter signs of troubles between the once-harmonious, elemental tribes representing fire, earth, air, and water. They also bump into trouble with the occasional evil kingdom, as in "The King of Omashu," where Aang must go through various trials to save Katara and Sokka from a bizarre execution. (They're encased in growing, crystal structures.) "Imprisoned" finds Katara inadvertently responsible for the arrest of an Earthbending boy who dares to use his powers while his people are under Firebender occupation. The ambitious, two-part "Winter Solstice" is the best production in this collection, a pairing of storylines involving the capture of a Firebender war criminal and the hopes of a frightened village that turns to Aang to defeat a monster from the spirit world. The action is still original and fun on this sequel--most of it continues to be based on exciting uses of the elements--and the lead trio's characters (Aang the scamp, Katara the idealist, Sokka the skeptic) are still a pleasure to be with. --Tom Keogh
Book 1: Water, Vol. 3
The Avatar saga continues with four of the anime series' strongest stories yet on Book 1: Water, Volume 3, mixing goofy comedy with mythic drama in the spirit of Avatar's magical debut (Book 1 Water, Volume 1) and engaging follow-up (Book 1 Water, Volume 2). Volume 3 concerns the continuing (perilous) travels of Aang, the 12-year-old Airbender destined to heal the rift between the world's air, water, fire, and earth peoples, and his friends Katara and Sokka. "The Waterbending Scroll" finds Katara so jealous over Aang's quick mastery of complicated waterbending techniques that the trio ends up in trouble with a cluster of cutthroat pirates. "Jet" is an interesting story of an adolescent boy leading a Robin Hood-like rebellion against the firebending occupiers of his land. Charismatic and rakish, Jet makes Katara swoon and becomes a hero to Aang--until his true colors and agenda show up later. "The Great Divide" places Aang and company in the position of mediating a truce between refugees seeking assistance across a great canyon. Finally, "The Storm" is a superb piece which shows us, in parallel narratives, how Aang was fleeing his oppressed life as an avatar-in-training a century earlier when he became encased in ice, and how the driven, seemingly merciless Prince Zuko lost his own boyhood innocence before setting out to capture Aang. This excellent collection carries on the series' imaginative, graceful animation, making Avatar a real pleasure to watch. --Tom Keogh
Book 1: Water, Vol. 4
Book 1: Water, Vol. 5
Chapters 17 through 20 of Avatar the Last Airbender: Book 1 Water, Vol. 5 find Aang, the 12-year-old Avatar destined to bring peace to the world by mastering the four elements, once again in direct collision with the forces of the Fire nation. In "The Northern Air Temple," a sad Aang visits the ruins of a monastery well known to him in his past life. Aang is shocked to discover a tribe of faux Airbenders living there, presided over by an inventor with a dark and even treacherous secret. "The Waterbending Master" introduces Aang to a mentor he would just as soon avoid: an old Waterbender who can teach him to move, shape, and fight with liquid, prerequisites to Aang assuming his place as the worlds savior. Meanwhile, Aang's traveling companion Katara is frustrated by that same masters refusal to sharpen her own natural, Waterbending talent; until, that is, an unexpected link between them becomes clear. (Aang's other friend, Sokka, stays busy--and crazy--chasing a princess who gives him mixed signals about her romantic interest.) "The Siege of the North, Parts 1 and 2" is yet another epic confrontation between Admiral Zhao's Fire Navy fleet and the Aang gang. The twist this time is that Zhao attempts the murder of Prince Zuko, an action that cannot go without consequences. As usual, Avatar is visually exciting and highly original, an otherworldly yet fully accessible fantasy full of dreams and good humor. --Tom Keogh
It's sad this show didn't have a longer run. One of my all time favorites.Published 7 hours ago by Alex Ostrem
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Are you sure it's not just either stretched to fit your screen, or has bits of the top cut off? It was composed for 4:3 according to the IMDB technical specs (not to mention it looks like it is). So there is no 'action missing'.
Oct 31, 2010 by nametag | See all 6 posts
|Is this captioned or subtitled?||
All episodes have English closed captions on channel CC1 (with descriptive text for the hearing impared), probably the same as the ones used for broadcast though I haven't compared.
These are the only captions available, there are no other subtitle options for these discs.
Audio options are... Read More
Oct 22, 2006 by Cyclograph | See all 5 posts
|Audio/visual quality of the DVDs?||
My girlfriend was really frustrated because there was a noticeable aliasing artifact that made the first disc episodes look mostly blurry. Someone else reported the discs other than the first did not have this problem. They may have done a poor job encoding the videos, which is really... Read More
Aug 2, 2010 by The Grammar Police | See all 12 posts
|Book 1 7-Disc Collector's Edition||
It seems the Collector's Edition will contain a behind the scenes documentary as well as an illustrated art book. Still, the best feature for me is the $26.99 price.
Apr 13, 2010 by FoReigNeR | See all 2 posts
|About the spanish audio||
Que tal Manuel?
Yo compre este paquete y me acaba de llegar hace algunos dias. Si viene hablado en español tal como sale en Nick para Latinoamerica. Yo tambien lo pense algunos dias antes de encargarlo porque veia en los DVDs sueltos que decian "Ingles, Frances y Español" pero en la... Read More
Apr 4, 2007 by Alberto Castaneda | See all 6 posts
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