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Don't let the one star reviews throw you off,
This review is from: Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector's Edition + BD-Live) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
There are many low score reviews purely based on the fact there was a release of this movie earlier this year and now the extended version comes out feels like a marketing game. When the first release happened it was known an extended version was coming, but some people just had to have it now. I just watched it on Netflix and waited for the extended version. I agree if you bought the first release version you have little real reason to buy the extended version, unless you love this movie and want the bonus features.
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. This movie is not for everyone, but it is good to great entertainment for many.
BOTTOM LINE: If you loved the movie and do not own it, you might want to get this. If you have never seen the movie, rent it or barrow it first. It is a science fiction classic worth consideration for most people.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2010 10:09:55 PM PST
Glen A. Gill says:
How can you possibly give a relevant review of a Blu-Ray that has not yet been released?
Posted on Nov 14, 2010 10:26:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2010 10:27:38 AM PST
M. Walton says:
I agree with you. It WAS widely known that the DVD that came out in March or April was the basic theater edition. Most everybody knew that there 1 version coming out late 2010 and another version coming out early 2011. Now the 2 versions coming out are the 2 you should decide to buy. If you want the non 3d with the extended features, then buy this version. If you want the 3d version, then you have to wait.
Posted on Nov 14, 2010 8:03:13 PM PST
Joanna Cline says:
The 3D TV's may be costly but they are in no way clunky. I own a Samsung 55" 3D LED TV and it is only 3/4 of an inch thick. I also think that many people in the future will own a 3D TV. Just look at CDs, when they first came out people thought they would just disappear. Now people barely know what a cassette tape is.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2010 11:30:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2010 11:31:07 AM PST
I agree with your points, and 3DTV will be the future in my opinion. But the simple fact remains, only 60% of American households today actually have an HDTV...out of those, only 1-2% actually have a 3DTV. Current owners of 3DTV are very small minority of early-adopters and shouldn't be surprised when studios don't give a 3D release of a particular film this early in its lifespan.
Posted on Nov 15, 2010 12:16:26 PM PST
A. Brandt says:
I agree with your comments on those people complaining about a "double dip" up to a point. The Blu-ray 3D format requires both a 3D and a 2D format. Cameron himself said he wanted this version to include everything--that he didn't want people to feel burned by a further more "extra" version down the road--and yet this version does not have a 3D option. It's not like Fox can complain about the additional cost they would incur in creating a 2D/3D Extended edition. They've already made ridiculous profit on this movie, I think they could foot the bill. Now we're into this catch 22 of a new format slow to take off because the most popular movie in said format isn't in said format and the production company says they won't put said movie into the format because the format isn't popular enough...
Posted on Nov 24, 2010 3:06:01 PM PST
The details on the release differences was very helpful, Thanks.
Saw the movie at IMAX, incredible. Have a 52" Toshiba HDTV and viewed the early relase of this movie. Wonderful picture, (both movie and TV). Just bought a Sony 55" 3D HDTV and a Sony Blu-Ray player, (package deal), they are awesome. Watched the Avatar 3D version on it last night and it is incredible. HOWEVER - the new Sony Blu-Ray DVD players don't play my AVI files/movies so I'm holding on to my LG Blu-Ray player and my Toshiba 52" HDTV.
Posted on Dec 24, 2010 4:18:31 PM PST
Big Ron says:
Anyone know if the 3D version of this or any movie is viewable as a standard 2D version? Or will it look distorted. Reason being is I would get the 3D version to future proof it until 5 or 10 years from now when the current TV is replaced with 3D.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2010 2:12:39 PM PST
David B. Mears says:
Many people who own an HDTV might be surprised to find it is 3D capable! I bought a Mitsubishi DLP TV a few years ago. I only recently discovered the TV (and all Mits DLP TVs since) are "3D Ready" meaning that all that's needed for 3D is to buy a 3D adaptor kit (contains a converter box, IR emitter and 3D glasses) to have a 3DTV!
And I've been seeing more and more 3D BD discs out there every day. It looks like 3DTV is coming much faster than I'd've guessed it would.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2011 12:24:13 AM PST
Paul Kyriazi says:
Well said. Well written. Just what I wanted to know about this editon. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2011 9:48:02 PM PST
You made a good point about your 3D TV being only 3/4 of an inch thick, good point about many people in the future owning a 3D TV and a good comparison between 3D TVs and CDs replacing old vinyl records or cassette tapes!