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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: James Cameron / Actors: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi ... / Blu-ray released 2010-04-26 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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      17.11.2011 12:38

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      The advantages outweigh the disadvantages, Buy IT!!!!

      The avatar blu ray is a two disk dvd and blu ray package so that you can compare the picture quality, it also comes with two cases ( a card outer casing and the typical plastic blu ray box casing). The running time is 155 minutes or the extended version is 171 minutes. Altogether this makes a lengthy 8 hours of material in total. This movie is truly epic, with an amazing story line it has won 3 oscars.

      In the cinemas it was a unique experience to watch such amazing graphics in addition to it being in 3D. The blu ray version is currently not available in blu ray but as it stand, its the best blu ray I own. The 1080p resolution shows avatars bright and wonderful colour and amplifies it.

      Apart from comparing with the blu ray, the dvd version that comes along with it is not useful. The director is the globally known James Cameron who also directed great movies such as Titanic and The terminator. The story is similar to Dances with Wolves. The cast of avatar is great, Sam Worthington(Terminator salvation), Sigourney Weaver (Alien) and Zoe Saldana(Star trek).

      The sound is also as crisp and clear as the picture and its available to watch in several languages such as English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Its region 2 so its compatible with the ps3 and all dvd players in Europe.

      I suggest that you wait for the 3D blu ray which will be released in the coming months. Now that I look forward to.

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      18.05.2011 11:03

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      Deserves all the hype it got

      It's hard to anticipate that there is anyone out there who hasn't seen Avatar by now, due to all the hype and awards this film received. If you are one of them people who haven't seen this then buy it NOW!!!!! Buy it in Blu Ray if you have a Blu Ray player as the picture quality is incredible. The movie was obviously a massive success at the box office due to it being one of the first 3D movies ever made. Watching this at the cinema was excellent however I preferred watching it at home on Blu Ray as you could concentrate more on the movie and story line itself rather than the 3D special effects.

      People may be put off by the length of the movie however as your watching it you really don't want it to end and the story line is very engrossing even if a little slow in the beginning ( this is a necessity to set the scene in such a long film). The storyline is very futuristic being set in space but it does have a very pressing current theme, only James Cameron will be able to answer if this is a dig at US government. It basically revolves around the humans (US) trying to get hold of an energy source from the Na'vi in a powerful and greedy manor which causes conflict between the two parties (sound familiar???). Throw into this a love story with the main character Jake Scully (Human) falling in love with one of the tribe (Na'vi) and it makes for excellent viewing.

      I'm not one to watch the extra features on DVDs however I would also point out these are worth a watch, the making of the film gives an insight in to how clever some of these guys are and what technology actually exists.

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      15.04.2011 21:31

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      worth a watch, but just the once

      James Cameron isn't exactly world renowned for being subtle. The majority of his cinematic output furiously assaults the senses, and Avatar is no exception. The truly groundbreaking technology used to render the planet of 'Pandora' is just that, a major achievement in film making, and one which Cameron is rightly lauded for. What the majority of reviews don't reference however, is the plot. Lifted almost wholesale from Pocahontas, the film succeeds in its visuals, but the story of an army grunt sent to infiltrate a native tribe and gain their trust, ultimately to betray them, is nowhere near enough material to sustain an almost 3 hour run time.

      The third act, climactic battle on Pandora is where the movie really comes to life, breathtaking in scope and epic in execution, its everything we were promised the movie as a whole would be.

      Overall, the films pacing suffers from stretching the premise, which admittedly makes the final confrontation all the more satisfying but doesn't stand up to repeat viewings.

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      29.12.2010 16:48

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      Worth buying, but 3d version aint far away!

      Most of the hype surrounding this movie comes down to the visual wonder of what many of us got to see at the cinema - the wonder of Avatar in 3D.
      With this in mind, what better platform to watch this movie on than Blu-Ray?

      I have bought the Extended Blu Ray edition (Collectors) which comprises of 3 discs, which I imagine to be one of a long list of various releases of this movie until the second installments is released in 2012. I'm sure the next release will be the 3D version!
      As all you Blu-Ray owners will already know, the picture quility on this movie is absolutely fantastic and silky smooth, as expected and the sound is superb, featuring a 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio.

      This edition of the movie - available for around the £18 mark on the internet at the time of writing this review - has three, yes three alternate versions of the film, firstly the original theatre version, running in at 155 minute - which, for a lot of people, is an extremely long film, given that the average movies pans out to about 90 minutes.
      The second is the 'Special Edition' - running in at a slightly longer 163 minutes.
      Thirdly, it's the 'Collectors Extended Cut' - running at 170 minutes - 15 minutes longer than the original.

      So, what's the difference? Anyone with experience with watching extended versions, special editions, platinum editions and any other fancy-titles re-release will know that if the added footage was anything special, it would have been included in the original...I think this is nearly always the case.
      The extra footage adds nothing more to the film, but nor does it really take anything away. If you do like watching all the bonus footage there is also 45 minutes of deleted scenes included also.

      A nice little feature on this release helps put any parents worries at bay, if you feel some of the language is unsuitable for your youngsters as on disc one the movie has an option for 'Family Audio Track' - which is summarised as "all objectionable language removed".

      There is over 8 hours of new material for you to enjoy, including a feature length making of feature among many other little gems.

      All in all, this is a great little package and is certainly worth buying rather than the original release, but if you do own a 3d tv, then I suggest you wait it out, because the movie is a treat in 3d.

      The film itself is a very good film and most children will be happy to watch the weird tall blue things running around the screen! But I would suggest you view it first to see if your children should be watching it as it does contain quite intense battle scenes.

      Enjoy!

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      29.06.2010 22:42
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      Best movie I have watched in a long time!!

      Avatar is an American science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron which released on December 10th 2009 in the UK and December 18th 2009 in the United States.

      The film stars include:

      Sam Worthington - Jake Sully who is a former marine who becomes part of the avatar program.
      Stephen Lang - Colonel Miles. He is the main antagonist of the movie and the head of the mining operation. His character can be seen as a greedy man who has no heart for the inhabitants of the planet Pandora.
      Sigourney Weaver - Dr Grace Augustine. She is an exobiologist who trains and mentors Jake Sully. She also sets up a school to teach the Navi children English.

      When did the development begin for this movie?

      The development for Avatar began in 1994 when Cameron had written an 80 page script. It was thought to have released in 1999 after the release of Titanic. However, Cameron wanted the technology to update because it was not visualized the way James had seen it. So he decided to release it much later on.

      What is the movie about?

      The film is set in 2154 when humans are mining on a planet filled with life named Pandora which is located in the Alpha Centauri star system.
      The planet Pandora is inhabited by the Navi species, who are blue skinned, sapient species who live in peace. Jake Sully, replaces his twin-brother who was killed in a robbery is looked upon as inadequate by Dr Grace Augustine. While they collect biological data and samples in a forest, Jake gets separated from the group during a chase from a predator. After coming to safety, Jake gets threatened by another group of predators but is saved by a female Navi named Neyitri.
      The action begins when Jake slowly attaches himself to Neyitri and the inhabitants and ignores his real task given by the RDA who discover that the mineral Unobtanium is stored in massive deposits under the Hometree and they plan to uproot it from the ground. Dr Augustine argues that it could affect the bio-botanical neural network which connects Pandora's organisms. This is when the battle between two planets takes place as Pandora's Navi's take on the aliens from Earth!
      Which side will Jake Sully choose to fight for? Is he going to continue his mission for the RDA or begin a new life as a Navi on Pandora? Watch this exclusive movie to find out!

      What did the critics say?

      The film received mainly positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 83% of 263 critics gave the movie positive reviews with a rating of 7.4 out of 10. Some critics have said that this is one of those films with immerse and convincing creations of a fantasy world ever seen in the history of moving pictures.

      What do I think of the movie?

      I personally think that this movie is one of the best movies ever made in terms of technology and stunning visual effects. To create Pandora and its characters required a petabyte of digital storage with the final footages of the movie required 17.28 gigabytes of storage a minute.
      I found this movie to be very entertaining and full of life. It feels like you are a part of this planet and that Pandora probably exists. It was fun and enjoyable to watch including the action at the end. James Cameron is ultimately, the best that I know of who can provide real entertainment for his viewers.

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      07.06.2010 19:45
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      The biggest hit of cinema history... You have to see it!

      Avatar, if you haven't seen it yet... what are you waiting for!?
      This film has jumped straight to the top of my favourite ever films list. I could watch it once a week for the rest of my life!

      What can I say, This film is created by the genius that is James Cameron. The same genius that brought us the unforgettable films The Terminator, Terminator 2, Aliens & Titanic. After that list you know what to expect. Cameron has wanted to create Avatar for years but he has waited for the 3D cinema technology to be created so his vision can be made in full. He even invented most of the technology himself. I am blown away by the world that has come out of his mind and his attention to detail in creating the world of Pandora. Everything about Avatar feels so real!

      The story follows Ex-marine Jake Sully as he steps into his brothers shoes on a science mission on the distant planet of Pandora. All in all the story is a futuristic version of Pocahontas, with Jake falling for one of the indigenous Na'vi tribe females and having to choose between the money and power hungry humans and their peaceful, nature-bound way of life.

      The cast is brilliant and really brings James Camerons vision to life. Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) plays the hero Jake Sully and Sigourney Weaver is back working with Cameron after their success with Aliens. Stephen Lang is very menacing as the films "Bad guy" Colonel Miles Quaritch. I think that Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) needs a bit more credit in this film as she is only ever seen as Neytiri (a Na'vi) so no one really realises that it is her!

      The quality of this Blu-ray is better than any other that I have seen. There are no bonus features on the disc so all that room is saved for high quality sound and imagery. A 3D version is not yet available as the technology to produce 3D images in the home is still too expensive, but this Blu-ray is so sharp that you won't mind one bit. The colours are glorious and the sound is perfect even without a surround sound system.

      At 162 minutes it is quite long but it never once feels slow moving. The story moves at a good pace and it always looks great so I never want it to pass any faster.

      This film has broken so many records. Biggest Box-office hit of all time (beating Cameron's Titanic), Fastest selling and Blu-ray ever. Chances are you already own it in some form, but if you don't, Get it and let it take you on a magical journey to a far off world!

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        25.05.2010 18:32

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        Made for the big screen, falls short on the small.

        Being a life long fan of the sci-fi and fantasy genre and a scholar in the fields of multimedia technology, I should love Avatar. Granted at the cinema I was amazed by the amazing visuals on display like everyone else, but upon seeing the film on the small screen my fears where confirmed. It was the 3d technology which amazed me not the quality of the film. It seems this new exciting technology has managed to carry an average film to be the highest grossing film of all time.

        That said if we forget about 3d technology what can we say about this film? The visuals are obviously still top notch in terms of quality for CGI, that said you can still tell they're are computer generated and without 3d adding realism, you can't help at times feel like you're watching a computer game. The music of the film is also very well written, although they squeeze all they can out of the main theme throughout the film. Finally the disc itself, there is no extras of any kind, which in this day and age is just silly. But it does give us a clue as to their business plan. They obviously intend to release a special edition in a couple of months making every one buy it again for the cut scenes and documentaries which should have been on this disc. Then they will release an ultimate edition probably in a years time which will include the 3d version of the film just in time for when 3d TV are more common place.

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        11.05.2010 20:17
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        A stunning movie that gives you a window into a new world

        Avatar is without a doubt my favourite movie of all time!

        I watched Avatar for the first time in regular version at the cinema because I didn't want to be distracted by the 3D effects. I then watched it in 3D latter. Both versions blew me away but this review is for the original version on Blu-Ray.

        First the story, this will include spoilers so feel free to look away now.

        Avatar is set in about 2150 when a new world has been discovered by humans called Pandora. This world is rich in a very expensive mineral called Unobtainium (I assume this was a joke on the writers part!) The planet also has a population of natives called the Na'Vi. They're blue, live in a tribal society and are very hard to kill. They also live above a rich deposit of Unobtanium.
        The humans who live on Pandora come in two groups, the scientists who are fascinated with the strange network of Pandora's flora and fauna which the na'vi seem to be able to link to. And the miners and the trigger happy head of security who just wants the natives out of the way. This is where our main character comes in Jake is a crippled ex-marine so his natural alliance is with the ex-military security chief but his twin brother, a scientist was signed up to the Avatar programme. A programme where the scientists grow bodies made from mixed human and native DNA which they can remotely interface with so that they can interact with the world and the natives. After his brothers death Jake finds himself taking over his position with the scientist due to his ability to link with his brothers Avatar.

        Once on Pandora Jake finds himself quite by accident taken into the Omaticaya tribe his role to learn their ways from Neytiri, a beautiful and important native. He is now stuck between a rock and a hard place having agreed at the beginning to learn their ways so that he would be able to either talk them into moving or tell the security chief how to destroy them but the longer he spends with the people the more he becomes one of them falling in love with their ways, their world and Neytiri.

        I won't mention any more of the story but needless to say that everything finally blows up in his face as both sides believe that he has betrayed them.

        I know that many people have said that the story isn't very original and it would be very familiar to anyone who's seen dances with wolves or Pochahontas but the important thing about this movie is not so much the overall story but the story in context of this movie.
        For the first time ever when watching this movie I felt as if I was watching reality. This wasn't a collection of special effects and actors. This movie does something to you on a very deep level, you feel it as if it were real. At the beginning I watched the movie and wondered at the beauty of Pandora but as it moved on and you begin to see the destruction and horror caused by the invading humans it just ripped my heart in two.

        Onward to this presentation of the movie. The Blu-Ray format gives an incredible clarity. One of my friends who had only watched it on DVD before said it looked like a completely different movie in Blu-Ray. The sound is also exquisite, allowing you to hear the most subtle background lines and forest sounds. This version also has a DVD copy and a digital copy included which is very handy if you like to watch movies on your laptop or media player while your travelling.

        It is worth a mention that this movie will be re-released twice before the end of the year. Mid summer (July I believe) it will be released with an additional 7 minutes of footage and in December a 3D Blue-Ray copy will be released. If the cinematic experience is anything to go by it would almost be worth buying a new 3DTV to watch this on. Some people have complained that this Blu-Ray is a waist of money based on it being re-released so soon but for my money I'm happy to have both copies!

        So to sum up. This is a beautiful movie, maybe not the most original story but it has plenty of soul to make up for it. This copy is beautifully arranged and is so much better than the DVD version that it's like watching a different movie. I can't imagine that this movie will be knocked of the top spot of my favorite Blu-Rays for a very, very long time!

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