Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector's Edition)
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Experience the spectacular world of James Cameron's Avatar as never before with this all-new three-disc extended collector’s edition. The journey begins with three movie versions: the original theatrical release, the special edition re-release, and the exclusive extended cut not shown in theaters. The set's bonus feature run more than three hours and include over 45 minutes of deleted scenes and a feature-length documentary on the film's groundbreaking production. The greatest adventure of all time just got bigger and better.
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 DVD Extended Collector's Edition
Review of the Original Theatrical Edition
Here's what we had to say about the original theatrical edition of Avatar after seeing it on the big screen:
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
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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! Avatar is a particularly egregious example of this practice.
If 3D doesn't interest you regardless, then you are set with the Avatar Special Edition. That is the one I recommend until the 3D Extended Edition comes out. I originally wrote this article as a one star protest review, but there are so many versions of the movie out now and reviews to all of the versions are linked on Amazon to each release so it's better just to explain what to look for. Other worthy reviews cover both the general plot and the content differences between the standard and extended content. I will leave those aspects to them rather than duplicate it.
Amazing!! I had intended to just watch the first few minutes, to test it out, and ended up watching the entire movie. I do not recommend testing this out at 11 pm when you have to be at work early the next morning. But as I write this, I have no regrets.
If you enjoyed this movie and want to improve your home viewing experience, I highly recommend purchasing the 3D version.
Note - The 3D version is the standard theatrical release.
There were no cuss words, and a few romantic touching scenes.
The basic story is about a paralyzed marine who is tasked to find out what a species on another planet will take to give up there homes. This is a very futuristic, sci-fi kinda movie. The marine is promised an expensive surgery that will allow him to walk again for immersing himself in the ingenious population and gathering intel. Scientist have figured out how to have him and others transport their minds into Avatars (or created alien bodies). They hope to fit into the society but have failed. Along comes the marine in his Avatar and impressed the society because he is a warrior, the leader tasks his daughter with teaching Sully who they are and how to be one of their warriors. He seems to find himself along this journey and when their homes are destroyed he sides with the indigenous population. I won't spoil the end but it has a very romantic end.
Read any review to learn about the breath-taking scenes of nature, color, popping 3D (great movie for those who don't have 3D, too!). To be honest, there are some political undertones: the gist is that the big, bad government comes in to mine the area, including the ancestor tree...and these beings are one with nature...think USA and Native peoples...there is even a "mission accomplished" comment when one of the big-bad's took out some of these beings (human-like creatures). I did see an older couple stomp out of the theater when that happened.
The title, Avatar, is based on the main character- a paraplegic man who gets to wear an avatar because it was made for his brother who is out of the picture. So it is a dream come true (they lie in what look like tanning beds and "mind blend" with their human-oid costumes to blend with the native beings on this planet) because the man can run/walk, is finally free. But as a quirky mistake, he is accepted into the tribe of beings. He reports back to the scientists (the well-meaning ones that want to learn the culture) as well as the commandos, and along the way he becomes one of the beings...only to realize his intel is used to trigger ways to get rid of them or relocate them.
The story, from there, is not new, but the journey is novel, right down to the creatures, plants and animals, and customs of these beings. Just an incredible movie!
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