Avatar The Last Airbender: The Complete Book 1 (Collector's Edition)
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(Jun 22, 2010)
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For the Collector's Edition, if you've already purchased the previously-released Book I collection, you DO NOT need this edition. I repeat, you DO NOT NEED this edition. Inside the fancy box is a DVD with a 20-minute documentary that explores the origins of this series with its creators. Not a bad documentary, but not worth throwing an extra $30 on the counter. Also included in the set is a small booklet that shows some earlier sketches as well as commentary from the two creators. Again, nice, but not worth a re-purchase. And last, the previously-released BOOK I collection is what you're actually getting inside this box. They just took the old edition (box and all), put it inside another box along with a documentary and booklet, stamped LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION on the box, and then jacked the price up $10-$15 dollars. The distributor is trying to take advantage of the up-coming movie. Don't be duped.
Season One of Avatar begins with a war going on between nations who control different elements through techniques called 'bending'. There's the Fire Nation, which, under Fire Lord Ozai, is attempting to take over the rest of the world. The Avatar, the only one who can control all four elements, is supposed to stop power imbalances between the nations, but the war started 100 years ago and the Avatar hasn't been seen since. And with the airbenders already wiped out and the water tribes being composed of tiny populations, only the great Earth Kingdom remains intact.
What makes this show great is a combination of character and plot. The characters aren't stereotypical. They act in predictable ways sometimes, but then there are episodes that really show their deeper sides (The Storm, The Fortune Teller, and The Blue Spirit are all examples of this.) The story focuses around the main characters Sokka, Katara, and Aang, the Avatar (returning to the world after being incased in an iceberg for 100 years.) There's also the Fire Nation's General Iroh, Price Zuko (a banished prince trying to regain his honor by capturing the Avatar) and Admiral Zhao. However out of these characters only Admiral Zhao seems truley evil. Zuko and Iroh however are in the gray.
There's some fantastic fight scenes in this series. The Blue Spirit, Jet, and Bato of the Water Tribe are all episodes with incredible choreography. Animation is top notch. There was only one episode where it went down a little.Read more ›
Great art/design, beautiful animation and color, realistic and thinking characters and a well thought out story. Great voice actors also. I noticed Andrea Romano of Batman: TAS fame is in charge of voice casting so it's bound to be good.
See, this is what we get when a network like Nick takes a chance and does something daring and different. Not since Zim has Nick done something even remotely innovative and different. Same old kiddie crap in my opinion. I realize it's their bread and butter but thank goodness theyre finally doing another Friday night type of show for an older crowd (Oh how I miss Invader Zim). Good for them....now do more, Nick!!
This is right up there with Venture Bros, Teen Titans and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends as my current favorite toons in production. Although all of these are quite different I will say.
I would also recommend this to any fans of Samurai Jack as well.
R.I.P. Mako. (voice of Uncle Iroh on Avatar; Aku on Samurai Jack)
The animation is wonderful and the characters are well devoloped and engaging. The martial arts are fantastic to watch. The storyline is incredible - the writers for this show have a clear vision and every episode is linked. (Even now when I watch Season 2 characters from Season 1 will unexpectedly show up.) This is the only show on TV where you KNOW every episode is going to be pure gold.
Please don't underestimate this show because it's on Nickelodeon or you might think it's for kids. It has so many levels that it appeals to everyone. One episode and you'll be hooked - TRUST me! ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a lot of life lessons in this show. very wise statements and life style. the messages in this show are better than any sermon i ever heard at churchPublished 5 hours ago by Davon Distance
Loved this show ever since I was little and I still love watching it to this day.Published 1 day ago by Kimberly Russo
I love this show it's my favorite and I could watch it all the time.
Wish they would have continued the series!
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|Will they be releasing the other books in collector's editions like this?||
Seeing as how each of the 3 planned live-action movies will be based on a season I think they'll rerelease a book as a collector's edition around the time of each movie. I hope it's sooner than that though.
May 1, 2010 by Joshua Luna | See all 18 posts
|Are they releasing this in Blu-ray?||
I really would love a Blu Ray release (not in widescreen though, as the show wasn't produced as such). But a better picture quality for the episodes, that would really be something. I don't have the DVD box sets yet, but I read so much about the bad quality, I really would prefer to get...well,... Read More
Aug 26, 2010 by Huscheli | See all 4 posts
I know I'm replying quite late, but it's very unlikely it will be released in widescreen as the original show was animated in 4:3. It would be nice to get the 3 books in HD, though. I would buy them only because the transfers to DVD were terrible.
Sep 16, 2013 by Dustin Wilson | See all 2 posts
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My guess is that the collector's edition was a limited time only release to tie-in with M. Night Shamalamadingdong's godawful adaptation. The new doc is alright but the bonus art book was also just included to promote the full art book sold separately.
Dec 7, 2010 by Joshua Luna | See all 3 posts
This is the same set in extra packaging, so the extras on the old set were carried over.
Dec 7, 2010 by Joshua Luna | See all 2 posts