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October 25, 2010

Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector’s Edition + BD-Live) [Blu-ray]

 

Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector’s Edition + BD-Live) [Blu-ray]

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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. And that’s just what’s on the first Blu-ray disc. The set’s bonus feature run more than eight hours and include over 45 minutes of deleted scenes; actor’s screen tests; on-location footage; feature-length documentaries on the film’s groundbreaking production; an interactive scene-deconstruction feature that lets you explore different levels of production for 17 scenes; a comprehensive guide to the world of Pandora; and more. The greatest adventure of all time just got bigger and better.

Versions of Avatar on Blu-ray, DVD, and Video On Demand

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) Digital Purchase Apr. 22, 2010 None
Avatar (Original Theatrical Edition) Digital Rental May 9, 2010 None
Avatar (Original Theatrical Edition) Two-disc Blu-ray/
DVD combo
Apr. 22, 2010 None
Avatar (Original Theatrical Edition) DVD Apr. 22, 2010 None

There is not a 3D edition of Avatar on any of these formats at this time.

Contents of the Blu-ray Extended Collector’s Edition
What follows is the back-of-the box summary of the Blu-ray set’s contents and then a complete listing of everything that’s included.

Image of the product contents as displayed on the back of the box

Disc 1: Three Movie Versions

  • Original Theatrical Edition (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed)
  • Special Edition Re-Release (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed)
  • Collector’s Extended Cut with 16 additional minutes, including alternate opening on earth
  • Disc 2: Filmmaker’s Journey

  • Over 45 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes
  • Capturing Avatar: Feature-length documentary covering the 16-year filmmakers’ journey, including interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau, cast and crew
  • A Message from Pandora: James Cameron’s visit to the Amazon rainforest
  • The 2006 art reel: Original pitch of the Avatar vision
  • Brother termite test: Original motion capture test
  • The ILM prototype: Visual effects reel
  • Screen tests: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana
  • Zoë’s life cast: Makeup session footage
  • On-set footage as live-action filming begins
  • VFX progressions
  • Crew film: The Volume
  • Disc 3: Pandora’s Box

  • Interactive scene deconstruction: Explore the stages of production of 17 different scenes through three viewing modes: capture level, template level, and final level with picture-in-picture reference
  • Production featurettes: Sculpting Avatar, Creating the Banshee, Creating the Thanator, The AMP Suit, Flying Vehicles, Na’vi Costumes, Speaking Na’vi, Pandora Flora, Stunts, Performance Capture, Virtual Camera, The 3D Fusion Camera, The Simul-Cam, Editing Avatar, Scoring Avatar, Sound Design, The Haka: The Spirit of New Zealand
  • Avatar original script
  • Avatar screenplay by James Cameron
  • Pandorapedia: Comprehensive guide to Pandora
  • Lyrics from five songs by James Cameron
  • The art of Avatar: Over 1,850 images in 16 themed galleries (The World of Pandora, The Creatures, Pandora Flora, Pandora Bioluminescence, The Na’vi, The Avatars, Maquettes, Na’vi Weapons, Na’vi Props, Na’vi Musical Instruments, RDA Designs, Flying Vehicles, AMP Suit, Human Weapons, Land Vehicles, One-Sheet Concepts)
  • BD-Live extras (requires BD-Live-enabled player and Internet connection–may be available a limited-time only): Crew Short: The Night Before Avatar; additional screen tests, including Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, and Laz Alonso; speaking Na’vi rehearsal footage; Weta Workshop: walk-and-talk presentation
  • 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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    Customer Reviews

    “suck it robert horton” 2010-10-24
    By james cameron fan
    the reviewer for amazon is an idiot,the hole point of the movie was to turn the viewer into an avatar with its use of 3D,AND INVOLVE YOU IN THE MOVIE LIKE AS IF YOU WERE ON PANDORA WITH THEM TO FEEL WHAT THE CHARACTERS FEEL,AND HE ACHIEVED THIS TO THE TUNE OF 2.7 BILLION $$$$BY THE WAY THE STORY AND CHARACTERS WERE AWESOME AND THEIR WORDS SEEMED RIGHT TO ME,WHAT IS EVERYBODY SUPPOSED TO QUOTE SHAKESPEARE IN THEIR MOVIES IDIOT ….THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE PEOPLE WHO HATE BECAUSE THEY ARE JEALOUS…ROBERT HORTON…AVATAR IS GREAT YOU AIN`T!!!REALLY, WHO ARE WE GOING TO TRUST A MOVIE CRITIC?WHICH IS PROBABLY A FAILED ACTOR OR SCREEN WRITER,OR FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT,OR JAMES CAMERON!!!JUST LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD IT SPEAKS FOR ITS SELF!!!

    “pre-order people how can you review??” 2010-10-21
    By John Reed Porter (Rohnert Park, CA)
    What the heck is wrong with half of the people writing these reviews and enormous paragraphs about this when it isn’t even out yet. Stop rating a PRE ORDER item as if you’ve been using it for ages, it’s ridiculous.

    BTW WTF no 3d..?

    “Milking the cow” 2010-10-19
    By M. Huiskamp (San Antonio, TX formerly Geleen, Netherlands)
    That could be me that cow. But I’ll happily wait for the original edition(with all the extra’s) and not this watered down 2D version. Still waiting for the “ultimate” Star Wars too. Already 20 years or so. I hope I don’t have to wait this long for Avatar. I guess the-powers-that-be have not seen enough return of investment.

    “As expected…” 2010-10-19
    By Alastair G. Stell (Cave Creek, AZ United States)
    When the first Avatar BluRay disk was released I, and several others, reviewed the disk saying “this is a cynical exploit – wait for the real release”. Well here it is, exactly as expected with exactly the amount of extra material we predicted and exactly the pricing strategy we expected. Next up, of course is the extended 3D experience although mercifully this is less needed (for most of us). No doubt we will see several future releases including a “Director’s Cut” but for now this is the definitive set. If you took our advice and held-off buying the initial release, well now is the time to snag yourself a copy.

    But what if you did buy the original disk? That’s much harder. If you are a huge fan of Avatar and wish you could live on Pandora tomorrow, then the answer is yes. Much of the additional material does not work, but there are a number of scenes which needed to be in the film. Some of the dropped footage is complex and rich, but for various reasons didn’t work so well in 3D. The 2D version is more effective but even so the material clashes with the flow and pace of the theatrical release. You do get an explanation about why the material they are mining is so valuable, and several obvious discontinuities in the film are resolved. But I can certainly see why most of the material was cut. Overall it adds a perspective that the enthusiast will appreciate but it less well formed, and less needed, than the additional material we saw on the extended version of “Lord of the Rings”.

    So this is the fan’s edition and worth buying.

    I’m looking forward to the next film in the series. My guess would be that in the second film Pandora will dream up a specialized creature that can be transported back to earth to revive a polluted and dying planet. Okay, I know, I’m a hopeless romantic. But it will need something pretty spectacular to cap a film of Avatar’s magnitude and at the same time divert the viewer from asking questions such as “what do you do on Pandora when you are the dominant lifeform, you have an abundance of food, and zero technology?”. Actually this sounds like quite a boring place to be! So let’s hope that going forward we can continue to suspend credulity and simply enjoy the feel, the empathy, the beauty and sheer escapism that Avatar offered. JC is a visionary director and if I had a hero, he’d be the one.

    “This needs to go on the Santa-I’ve-Been-Good-List” 2010-10-18
    By 1920s Movie Fan
    After all the hoopla on tv last year, I did skip out to the theater to see James Cameron’s Avatar with my sons. I had great expectations, having seen Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2, The Abyss, Titanic, just to name a few of his blockbuster hits. Cameron’s films always come rolling in, guns blasting, edge of your seat action, heart thrilling scenes and teeth gnashing bad guys. The exact thing I love.

    Let me prepare you, this movie is two and a half hours long. It is not something you take a child under the age of eight to and expect them to sit still, unless they love video games and the entire idea of getting sucked into their own avatar.

    I’m into XBOX 360 so, if you don’t know what an avatar is, here’s the definition compliments of Webster: the incarnation of a Hindu deity; an incarnation in human form; an embodiment (as of a concept or philosophy)often in a person; a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity; an electronic image that represents and is manipulated by a computer user (as in a computer game).

    That’s the entire idea behind this movie. An alternative life from the one that you may have now.

    I’ll give you a heads-up, whatever bad you may hear about the movie, if you love Cameron’s work, ignore it.

    Avatar starts out a little slow. If you’re a fan of NatGeo or The Discovery Channel programs, the start of the film involves the subject of basic ‘Living Among the Na’vi’. The Na’vi are the indigenous people thriving on Planet Pandora and their existence is being threatened by a major corporation that wants a crucial mineral that exists only on their homeland. There’s a purpose for this, if you have an open mind.

    My thoughts: So-Called Civilized man-made it a point to habitat foreign lands and either convert or destroy the locals for their own gain. As always, the natives were refered to as savages, lacking any idea of the knowledge the civilized race brought them because they were just so backwards and ignorant.

    Avatar explores the question: Would civilized man’s thinking change if it were another planet?

    Cameron paraplegic hero, Jake Sully, has the opportunity to live among the Na’vi in an alternate reality. Jake molds, bonds and begins to understand. He sees this new world and the natives for what they are, far more intelligent than his counterparts believe. There is a bonding between the Na’vi and mother earth that is deep and profound, calling back to the tales we read from our own heritage.

    This film is intriguing, beautiful, a dynamic explosion that bursts from the screen. The jungle, the wildlife,the Na’vi, the flora and fauna, there’s not enough words to describe the beauty of this movie. It’s has captured the most breathtaking and believable artistic sense I have seen in years.

    The drama and the greed brought on by what the Na’vi have on their land is brought to light with the savagery that must have been experienced by the indigenous people that populated our own world in the time of discovery. Change or suffer the consequences, with the possibility of mass genocide by the so-called higher intelligence factor.

    The hero, Jake Sully, has to decide what is more important. The life he knew or the life that exists only in his dreams.

    I’ll leave you hanging there because I hate it when the review tells the entire story. All I can say was there was, when I saw this film at the theater, there was a hushed lull that fell over the audience during the entire film, not a child cried, whimpered or whined. Not a soul bounded up and down the stairs seeking refills or a bathroom break. There was clapping throughout the audience when the credits rolled and my boys, ages 8 and 14, were among them.

    Great, great movie to add to your Christmas stocking stuffer list!

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