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James Cameron Talks Avatar Blu-ray Plans

Posted December 18, 2009 10:47 AM by Juan Calonge

20th Century FoxIn the interviews given to promote Avatar, which opens in theaters today, James Cameron has already given a few tips on the Blu-ray of his latest movie epic. The filmmaker said that the BD will include over ten minutes of deleted scenes, and also that the initial Blu-ray release of 'Avatar' "probably won't be in 3-D", and there will be another edition with 3-D support in late 2010.

Cameron told MTV that the discarded footage gave added background on the native Na'vi people of Pandora. "It's all wonderful stuff, but it was sort of bogging down the middle section of the movie," Cameron said. "So there's plenty for a value-added DVD experience on this film. Of course, we'll have to go punch it all up and get it all mixed and stuff like that." There is also a trial ritual where, to become one of the clan, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) must hunt a local beast.

With regard to whether the Blu-ray release would include 3-D or not, Cameron said: "Probably the initial Blu-ray release of Avatar won't be in 3-D and then a subsequent release will be in 3-D. That's my guess right now. So we will probably put out a disk, you know, in six or eight months, let's call it six months, and then after that we will have a 3-D disc when there are enough sets available."

This will mean that, when released, that BD will utilize the Blu-ray 3D specification (see blu-ray.com, December 17).

Cameron is highly enthusiastic about 3-D, in theaters and at home, as you can see in this interview he gave for Attack of the Show:



Thanks to forum member Duffy12.


Source: Avatar Movie Zone | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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wonka
  Dec 18, 2009
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I hope this involves the recent 3-D or 3D update talked about yesterday on the later release

krazyclown
  Dec 18, 2009
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Glad to know about the doubel dip early off to see it after work excited
Hale-Bopp
  Dec 18, 2009
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wonka, most likely it will. It sounds like a win for both sides. People who want 2-D will get their copy while the rest of us can get the far superior 3-D version (as the movie is meant to be seen) somewhere down the road. Hooray for everyone!

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Blu Titan
  Dec 18, 2009
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HA HA, I knew it. A double dip in the first year of release.

haushausman
  Dec 18, 2009
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Most expensive movie ever made. Double dip justified IMO.
Jimmy Smith
  Dec 18, 2009
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Since the 3D version will have a 2D option anyway I will definutly be waiting for the 3D release. With the spec finalized and hardware coming as early as the spring I don't see why its initial Blu-Ray release can't be in 3D. The only reason would be to make some money double dipping.
GoBlu08
  Dec 18, 2009
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I will wait for the 3D as well.

RIKANA
  Dec 18, 2009
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FIne by me:3

I'll get both!

RI
Titanicfave
  Dec 18, 2009
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This movie looks very good!

wallendo
  Dec 18, 2009
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1) Since the extra footage was "sort of bogging down the middle section of the movie", I hope the BD includes both versions.

2) I expect the 3D version may be more expensive, and only time will tell if the new 3D BD's are really compatible with older players (Maybe the mods should go ahead and set up a "My player won't play 3D movies" section).

HD Man
  Dec 18, 2009
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Good information and love when the consumer is given product information in advance so they can make a product decision that works for them, instead of the moronic "double-dip" revenue game.

I look forward to the regular old Blu-ray, as switching to 3-D will entail getting a new stand-alone 3-D Blu-ray player and 3-D HD display. That will be a ways down the road. Look forward to seeing the 3-D in the theater, but will get the first release instead of waiting for the 3-D version.
Jimmy Smith
  Dec 18, 2009
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Wallendo 3D version WILL be compatible with all previous Blu-Ray players. Just in 2D only for all current standalones and half resolution 3D for the Playstation 3. Its part of the spec. Its a given.

The 3D version being more expensive however is a very likely possibility.

stubiedoo
  Dec 18, 2009
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Avatar will get its cost money back and then some ,it's gonna be a smash! Dying to get my hands on the blu-ray ,are we talking june then?

Gargantua-2
  Dec 18, 2009
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I think they should go bold with the AVATAR and ONLY release it on blu-ray.

I mean watching the film in 2D HD will be "bad" enough, can you imagine the standard def DVD flat version? Oy.

I think it would be a great move. Bold and risky, but great.

Bluyoda
  Dec 18, 2009
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Awesome! I am going to get the 2D version for sure. Screw 3-D!
Generally speaking: Won't there be any contrast\brightness issues with the 2D version on a 3-D disc, since 3-D has to be brighter?

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DrrnHarr
  Dec 18, 2009
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I have patience...I will wait for the 3D version

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Diesel
  Dec 18, 2009
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I love the alternate ending for Titanic he mentions

Nighthawk
  Dec 18, 2009
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Double dip? No problem. Merely rent/Netflix the 2D version and wait until the 3D version comes out and buy it. Problem solved.

wallendo
  Dec 18, 2009
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"Wallendo 3D version WILL be compatible with all previous Blu-Ray players. Just in 2D only for all current standalones and half resolution 3D for the Playstation 3. Its part of the spec. Its a given.

The 3D version being more expensive however is a very likely possibility."

Since many current players have trouble with current BD's, I suspect that many players will need a firmware update, and a number of discontinued players will never get an update. The fact that this is "part of the spec" means it SHOULD work, not that it WILL work.

I plan to eventually go 3-D, but until I know that my players can reliably play the disks, will stick with 2-D versions.

alphadec
  Dec 18, 2009
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not for me

doctorD
  Dec 18, 2009
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Good to know in advance of the disc editions.

Grifter02
  Dec 18, 2009
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@wallendo:
"1) Since the extra footage was "sort of bogging down the middle section of the movie", I hope the BD includes both versions. "

He said there's going to be deleted scenes on the disc, not an extended movie.

Mier101294
  Dec 18, 2009
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I'll stick to the regular Blu. I foresee the 3-D tech dying from lack of consumer support. It's just too early to put out a new format that will require new setups this close to Blu being introduced.

agoofykindasuperman
  Dec 18, 2009
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3D is nice and all, but I'll leave that experience at the theatre for now. This is a smart decision in my mind.

Saw a midnight snow of Avatar last night, was a pretty decent, entertaining flick. However I do think my expectations were a tad too high.

Captain Rex Kramer
  Dec 18, 2009
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I saw this film yesterday morning, and all I can say is skip the 3D and just see it in digital 2D. I personally don't find 3D films all that engrossing. Actually, I kind of find it gimicky. Also, the glasses seem to mute the colors a bit. I'll stick with the 2D version, but it is sort of sad they are already planning to double dip.

kingofgrills
  Dec 18, 2009
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I'm actually excited to see Avatar, and I can't wait to see what Cameron does with the 3D Blu-ray edition. I'm definitely waiting for the 3D version of Avatar.
Biggiesized
  Dec 18, 2009
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That was a sweet interview. It's cool to hear Cameron talk about the nitty gritty and not marketing fluff.

soul embrace
  Dec 18, 2009
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how is it a double dip when they are telling you the 3D version is coming out later? if you want the 3D version then just wait until the 3D version comes out and don't buy the 2D version and there will be no double dip for you.

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scorpion83
  Dec 18, 2009
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Whats the point in giving a format that majority wont enjoy ? I would say that this is the right move. IMO, the beautiful Pandora and the gorgeous 3D are the only 2 things made this movie worth watching and I dont want to spoil that now by watching it in the ridiculous Red and Green glasses !

Arkadin
  Dec 18, 2009
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yeah I won't be wasting my time with a 2d version of this one.
this movie is only meant to be seen in 3D imo.
that's the whole point.
Jimmy Smith
  Dec 18, 2009
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scorpion83 Cameron would never release Avatar in red/blue anaglaph. He has condemned anaglyph home video releases as "stunting 3Ds growth" something I 100% agree with. Avatars 3D release will be in full color 1080p video not anaglyph.

Minimejer05
  Dec 18, 2009
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Will be getting both.
MATT90
  Dec 18, 2009
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Attack of the show is just awesome
James Cameron seemed lice a nice guy

Anyway, Cant wait for this BD release

phatrat1982
  Dec 18, 2009
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So if someone says they don't like 3-D they get voted down what just because? That's childish. I hate 3-D seriously hate it with a passion and hope to God that it just goes away. But I am one of those people who get seriously sick when I watch 3D movies and I can't trade getting sick for seeing something pop out at me. I think it's funny how on a Blu Ray fan site people are already trashing the existing format as "bad enough" because something newer is on the way. Well I guess there will always be those people.

I won't be watching this in theaters though, don't have the time or the money right now but I will check it out when the Blu Ray release comes out. I also think it is wise to not jump on 3D right away give it time to see how the market reacts, sure people are excited now but the Tv sets haven't even come out yet and it's way too early to tell how even they will do. It's stupid to be pushing a new TV type now when HD is still a long ways away from being standard.
travis8214
  Dec 18, 2009
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Then I guess I'm waiting until late 2010. It's not that everything I watch has to be in 3D, but I love the option to watch it in 3D - I already have a 3D capable display. Besides, I can always watch it in 2D if I'm not in the mood to watch it in 3D or have someone over who's not a fan of 3D.

tylerdurden10
  Dec 18, 2009
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To the above people who are saying that 3D is inferior & they hate it, WATCH THE MOVIE! There is no way that after seeing Avatar you can tell me that 3D is inferior! This movie blows away any 2D movie in existence. If 3D is done right on home players it's here to stay.

slimdude
  Dec 18, 2009
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By the way, did James Cameron happened to mentioned anything about the Blu-ray releases of The Abyss, and True Lies, while discussing plans for Avatar BD?

vveksuvarna
  Dec 18, 2009
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the film had the best use of 3d i have seen.

so i might buy the 3d blu on that note,

but the film was a cliched mess & i hated it.

Bluyoda
  Dec 18, 2009
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To Tylerdurden10: I have seen Avatar in Imax 3D, and I still don't like it. I am going to see it in 2D next week.
batlash
  Dec 18, 2009
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3D is a gimmick. Always has been. Always will be. I've never see a good movie in 3D that I didn't enjoy as much or more in 2D. In fact, with the surcharge theaters are tacking on to 3D movie ticket prices, I've started passing them by and going to see the film in a theater showing the flat version. Looking forward to "Avatar" on BD (assuming I like the film once I see it). Flat, 2D BD. And that'll be that.

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CrazyEightyNine
  Dec 18, 2009
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Saw it last night. Way too AMAZING!

Rainman208
  Dec 18, 2009
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Just saw it. Visually stunning, yes. Content wise, every CLICHE in the book and then some. Won't take you long at all to know exactly what's going to happen. It's worth seeing for sure, just don't expect ANYTHING new beyond the visuals.
Cromeus
  Dec 18, 2009
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Saw this last night at the midnight showing in digital 3D, it was my first 3D experience with the newer technology and it was awesome! I enjoyed it so much I want to watch it again on IMAX 3D. I'll be picking the 3D version for sure.
If you haven't watched any 3D movies or even if you have I highly recommend this one the story is good but nothing new and the visual are sweet. You really feel you're on another world the attention to detail is very impressive.
mredman
  Dec 18, 2009
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You guys know that you are gonna have to get all new systems to get the 3D effect

Some of you sound like you already have these new TV sets?

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chnandler_bong
  Dec 18, 2009
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This was a great movie, glad I saw it in 3D/3-D!
anomaly7
  Dec 18, 2009
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I can't believe how quickly people are jumping on the bandwagon for 3D. In theaters is one thing, but it seems unnecessary to have it at home. Only about 1 or 2 of 10 movies released would benefit from being in 3D anyway. I'll wait until I can see the effects for myself before deciding if this is a worthy investment.

Spymaster
  Dec 18, 2009
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It just isn't worth spending (probably) $2K on a new TV and whatever else on new players and cables just to watch a handful of lacklustre movies in 3-D.

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Barnolde
  Dec 18, 2009
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After seeing the movie in 3D and then getting a quick peek of it in 2D.

The movie loses so much I wouldn't want to see it again in 2D.

3D all the way!
shireguy
  Dec 18, 2009
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Can't Cameron tell us a story in 2 hours ?? Nope... another few more mins to add to bring it up to 170+. Why doesn't he bring out his full Dances With Smurfs 4 hour cut like Costner did ?? Or is that in the Ultimate Directors Vision Cut ??

Being from FOX - its bound to be region locked down with the biggest padlock to ensure that you can't do anything with the disc except give them money
Cromeus
  Dec 18, 2009
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Saw this last night at the midnight showing in digital 3D, it was my first 3D experience with the newer technology and it was awesome! I enjoyed it so much I want to watch it again on IMAX 3D. I'll be picking the 3D version for sure.
If you haven't watched any 3D movies or even if you have I highly recommend this one the story is good but nothing new and the visual are sweet. You really feel you're on another world the attention to detail is very impressive.

will0775
  Dec 18, 2009
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I'm not gonna get into the have 3-D or not have3- D discussion, but after seeing the movie last night on an IMax screen. The movie was just revolutionary, it was just amazing, after awhile you forget you wearing the glasses and just get into the movie. This without a doubt is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.

canative454
  Dec 18, 2009
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Just got back from seeing the Avatar I have to say it is very well done - a special effects feast for sure. Didn't do the 3D version those 3D glasses and my glasses don't get along. I would also have to say that it is typical Hollywood movie very much a combination of Pocahontas, Fern Gully, and every other evil corporations/man against the environment movie.

I will definitely be buying this one when it comes out on Blu-ray.

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Rhylliam
  Dec 18, 2009
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Saw the film last night & have gotta say that while the 3D & effects were great, the film was not... Will make an excellent blu though!

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Canada
  Dec 18, 2009
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I will not be buying Avatar until I can get a 3D version. Simple as that.

Inspector Toschi
  Dec 18, 2009
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I don't think mine or many other viewers TVs will be 3d compatible so a 2D release is expected and is perfectly fine with me. Yes I would love to watch this film in 3d in my home, but I'm not going to buy a new TV just for one or two films. I'm glad 3D releases are required to include the 2d versions though, but again, we all know the 2d/3d combo packs will be overpriced. I'm glad I have a choice to opt out of the 3d version, especially if it's cheaper for me personally.

I know many people who have jumped on the HD bandwagon in just the last year. None of them are going to overhaul their home entertainment room just for a few select films. I'm quite happy with my current 1080p TV. I really have no plans on replacing it for at least 3 years. Even then prices are going to have to go down on the TV's if they want home 3D to catch on. It may just end up a niche market.

Blu-Boy in BKK
  Dec 18, 2009
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Watched this in 3D two nights ago here in the Philippines and WOW is the only word to describe it. I LOVBED every minute of it. It is the most stunningly beautiful world I have ever seen, pfull stop. The aquamarines, blues and purples simply shined in every scene. And what about the audio, fantastic. Day 1 purchase for me. Question are front projectors like the Epsom 8100/ 8500 and the Panasonic 4000 fully 3D compatible? If anyone has a definitive answer please let me know. Thanks

iam1bearcat
  Dec 18, 2009
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I personally have no interest in 3-D blus or players or TVs. Not my cup of tea. I hope we don't see a future where all releases are in 3D. That would be terrible.

jasonicus
  Dec 18, 2009
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More double-dipping. Why can't they just release one friggin version?

phatrat1982
  Dec 19, 2009
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Is it really a big deal to "double dip' as they call it? Honestly a movie comes out new it's like what $20.00, then in oh a year or so it comes out again in new packaging with some new feature, but this time it's only $15, so you buy the new version if you feel the need, then you sell the old one to a pawn shop, you made your money back no harm done and some under paid movie fan cab buy the used copy you sold to the pawn shop, and the movie studio gets more sales to oh I don't know stay in business and keep making movies. Seams to me like it is just a win-win for everyone but people complain anyways.
mredman
  Dec 19, 2009
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why is everybody jumping on the 3-D homevideo waggon. When players and TV sets has to be bought again. Those who say i will buy the 3 D version. Do you got a 3 D set??
If you don't why so exited over this

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ckenisell
  Dec 19, 2009
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I'll pick up the 3D version along with a new 3D TV.
souks83
  Dec 19, 2009
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I'd love to own it in 3D, but don't really want to dish out the money for a compatible TV.
TheE3Guy
  Dec 19, 2009
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This movie was phenomenal, I can justify the double dip on this one. By the way, that chair smash was awesome.

Spymaster
  Dec 19, 2009
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A lot of what's being said here is very telling about the film. No film should NEED a gimmick like 3-D to be successful. Sure it can be *enhanced* by 3-D but how the film *looks* should be the be-all-and-end-all. There are folks here who aren't even going to consider the movie in 2-D. That makes Avatar a very disappointing movie IMHO. I'm seeing it on Monday. My expectations aren't high.

joenostalgia23
  Dec 19, 2009
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Avatar really needs to have 3-D. It's like The Wizard of Oz without color if Avatar isn't in 3-D. Color like in Wizard of Oz used to be a "gimmick". Stereo sound used to be a "gimmick". Subwoofers and bass used to be "gimmicks". Digital Surround Sound used to be a "gimmick". Photos moving in syndication against a screen was once a "gimmick". The Wizard of Oz relies heavily on its "gimmick", so I guess it is a failure of a film.
I don't consider them "gimmicks", I consider them the future.

And why would post something like that on a Blu-ray website. HD is basically the enhancement in the same way 3-D is enhancement. You can look at a movie in 2D the same way you can view a film in SD instead of HD.

stubiedoo
  Dec 19, 2009
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Dances with smurfs was my idea cameron! you cant just take dances with smurfs and call it something else! smurf berries are more powerful than that stupid mineral you replaced them with anyway.Papa Smurf is gonna kick your ass!

garageinc2001
  Dec 19, 2009
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This movie was fantastic! I cannot even begin to type the words to say about this movie! Excellent!

Spymaster
  Dec 19, 2009
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HD is a completely different enhancement to 3-D and to draw comparisons between 3-D/HD and 2-D/SD is completely ridiculous. HD is a legitimate method of optimising what's there on the film print, or digital master. 3-D is an entirely artificial process, hence the need for glasses. You don't need special eyewear for HD, nor special headsets for surround sound. 3-D is an unnatural way to watch movies. When they figure out a way of getting it to work without glasses then give me a call.

soul embrace
  Dec 19, 2009
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jasonicus he is tell you that the 3D version is coming out later, so if you want the 3D version don't buy the 2D version. then you won't be double dipping, if you do it's not his or the studios fault that you bought the 2D version when all you wanted was the 3D version and you knew it was coming out later.

in this case if a person don't have the self control to not buy the 2D version then it's their own fault.


i'm also not big on the whole 3D and will not upgraded my TV to be able to watch it at home. i find i enjoy the movie better in 2D than i do in 3D. i saw both Up and Monsters vs Aliens at the theater in digital 3D, but enjoyed both movies a whole lot more at home in 2D. i almost didn't buy M vs A when it came out on blu ray cause i didn't enjoy it at the theaters. i did end up buying it and liked it a whole lot better in 2D than i did at the theater.

Spymaster: i believe what is happening is people are seeing 3D as the next big thing like HD was when it came out. i don't think it has anything to do with avatar being bad and needing a gimmick to be successful (at least i hope not, i'm going to go see it at 1:30 today). it's like some people that says they refuse or can't watch movies is SD anymore. now we will see some people say i can't/refuse to watch movies in 2D anymore. heck there is already someone in these comments that said people who want 2-D will get their copy while the rest of us can get the far superior 3-D version....

Spymaster
  Dec 19, 2009
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Mmmm. Indeed soul embrace. It's like boys with toys. Always after the next big thing, even if the next big thing is a bit rubbish. One thing is certain, it looks like Avatar on BD is going to cost some people about $3,000! Well good luck to them! :-)

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monkeyjb1988
  Dec 19, 2009
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If it includes a hefty behind the scenes section, I'm sold. Avatar is too big not to have an equally big amount of "how they do it" to accompany it. The lack of 3D doesn't bother me. It just gives me a reason to see it in 3D in theaters.

Edit: phatrat1982: I like your point of view, and I also like to add that double dips usually improve on the original, like better picture and sound, more bonus features or, in plenty of our cases, just going from DVD to Blu-Ray. 3-D would probably fall under better picture, but if I like the movie, I'll just just get the regular Blu.
soulfinger
  Dec 19, 2009
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I'm as big of a hater of double-dipping as anyone but in this case I don't really think calling it double-dipping is justified.

To me a double dip is when a studio releases one version deliberately withholding content until later so they can sell it again. In this case, there is no market for home theater 3D since there really aren't any 3D-enabled TVs in the market so withholding a 3D version is justified.

Personally I can't see there being a real big market for home theater 3D for a few years. At least they will release this film in 2D in the meantime.

Bluyoda
  Dec 19, 2009
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I agree. This definitely can't be called a double-dip.

Has anyone but me realized that the size of the screen reduces quite a bit when watching a movie in 3-D?
Why is this the case, and how small would this make our set-ups at home look?
Anyone?

halokilla77
  Dec 19, 2009
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I will be seeing this movie on 3D IMAX tomorrow so I can't wait. And I will be getting both versions.

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davidthenikonuser
  Dec 19, 2009
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I'll stick with the 2D version. I have no plans on upgrading to the 3D TV and Blu-ray player anytime soon. I just bought a new player and my old plasma still works great.

skid_68
  Dec 19, 2009
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When is 3D going to go away. I dont care how "good" the 3D looks. It will always be a gimmick to me as long as you have to wear stupid glasses. I do not want my movies in 3D. Until they can get rid of wearing glasses to watch anything 3D I could care less about it. But I could care less about avatar anyway. So the point is moot for this film.

slimdude
  Dec 19, 2009
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For those of you who prefer the 3D version, you're only fooling yourselves. You are not going to have the same viewing experience, of a standard, or an IMAX theatrical presentation at home, considering the exclusive commercial 3D technology, because the equipment needed, to replicate its video aspect, is not currently available on the home theater market, only commercial. That's what makes it unique, compared to home theater. So therefore a 2D High Definition viewing of any Blu-ray release, not just Avatar, will be appropriate, and sufficient for HDTV.

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Stephan.klose
  Dec 19, 2009
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I just came back from the movie and it was awesome. And many of you are right. This movie is simply better in 3-D.. Because it relies less on the plot (which isn't that strong) but more of the complete experience.. BTW. At my theater we got some glasses.. Real Good ones.. Although they looked normal, they just tinted it a bit.. Why exactly can't one just take the image that's no projected on the big screen and put it on BD and give us such glasses. (BTW: They said: Real 3D on the Side)
LeapingWallabees
  Dec 19, 2009
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I am usually not a big fan of 3D. Most productions of 3D film try to go all out and throw anything that is moving at you for a "unique" experience only leaving you cross-eyed halfway through the movie and wishing it was over. With that in mind, when I found out that Avatar, an almost 3 hour film, was going to be 3D for its entirety, I became rather hesitant to go. I ended up going to the Thursday midnight showing and was, too say the least, pleasantly surprised. Cameron's use of 3D was rather quite subtle. You weren't dodging arrows and shrapnel flying at you from the screen the whole movie. In fact, the 3D mainly just gave the audience three-dimensional depth perception of Pandora, in my opinion the most beautiful world ever created. Cameron has given me an appreciation for 3D, a format that I had long ago given up hope for. In the future, if I do decide to invest in a 3D home setup, it will be so that I can witness Pandora in its full potential of exquisite majesty.

Bluyoda
  Dec 19, 2009
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I have just come back back from Avatar. This time I saw it in 2D (Last time in Imax 3-D). This movie works so much better in 3-D. In 2D the effects look pretty fake and soft. After all, it's not revolutionary, but rather evolutionary. The Star Wars prequel trilogy is going to blow this out of the water in 3-D, because the effects are even sharp in 2D.
I am quite convinced that Avatar is going to look better on BD 2D than in theaters in 2D. Blu-ray is simply sharper.
Has anyone else seen it in 2D? What was your impression?

soul embrace
  Dec 19, 2009
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i just got back from seeing it for the first time in 2D and loved it and the colors in the night scenes were amazing. i loved the story the look and the effects of Avatar. i thought everything looked great in the 2D version and to me the effects didn't look fake to me. it's definitely in the top 3 if not the number 1 spot of the best movies i've seen this year. when i walked out i was already ready to see it again. there is not too many movies that i've seen that made me want to see it again as soon as i walked out.

i have no plans to see this movie in 3D because my right eye has a little better vision than my left eye (both eyes are better than 20/20) so this throws off the 3D effect for me and i end up not enjoying the movie as much as i do the 2D version.

will definitely be buying the 2D version on Day 1....
kono
  Dec 19, 2009
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The IMAX 3D Experience of this movie is out of this world! Word simply cannot be described! Will be getting both version of this movie. AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT!!

James Cameron once again, REVOLUTIONIZED the industry!! TOO AWESOME!
Jimmy Smith
  Dec 19, 2009
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Just got back from seeing the movie on IMAX 3D

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the future of cinema.

indiephantom
  Dec 19, 2009
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This has to be seen in digital 3-D, but can BD support RealD?? Some of the BD releases so far in 3-D are pretty subpar.

ADstv
  Dec 20, 2009
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2D version for me. I think with most setup's there wont be too much of a benefit with 3D. For it really to work you need a very dark room with a 60" or bigger set (projection). Will be a few years (2yrs at least) till I move into 3D and by then I will upgrade to the 3D version when I have the equipment. Still Pandora in 1080p with lossless sound will look and sound amazing.

Spymaster
  Dec 20, 2009
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2-D for me too. Even if I was to upgrade to 3-D I wouldn't even attempt to do so until the new TV technology had been run in for a couple of years. It's taken them THIS long to get plasma and LCD looking halfway decent. Who know what the new refresh rate is going to have on regular performance.
eYeKey
  Dec 20, 2009
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Well, my set is ready. I'm all for it. Saw it in 3D Imax. A shameless double dip IMHO since all 3d discs are supposed to be 2D capable!
Jimmy Smith
  Dec 20, 2009
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I wonder if the Blu-Ray releases will reflect the different ratios of the movie. Avatar in 3D is framed at 1.78 while the 2D showings are matted to 2.35. I wonder if the 2D Blu-Ray release will be 2.35 and the 3D version 1.78

Kevinik
  Dec 21, 2009
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Yes this movie it's beyond awesome on 3-D and I agree "DUUUUUUUUUUU...UDEE" review it's one of the best. The first 15 minutes of the movie in 3-D my first thought was "I want this technology on my home". This is a must see to anyone with 2 eyes.
Hale-Bopp
  Dec 21, 2009
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Jimmy and Kevin, aaaaaaaaaaaah, I'm going nuts cuz I can't wait to see this movie now!

I'll be hitting up my local IMAX next week sometime. I'm holding off so I can catch a matinee (I'll be on vacation) and get decent seats. Glad to know that this movie lives up to the hype, especially in 3-D!

It's all the more reason why 3-D at home should succeed in the long term.
Trekofile
  Dec 21, 2009
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I say, in 6 months, release it on Bluray/combo, w/ a 2- D disc, featurettes on disc 2, and the movie in 3-D on 3rd disc..and jetision ANY idea for the totally worthless digital copy! Who wants 1- D on a standard pc drive? Makes about as much sense as a screen door in a submarine! AND, each case comes w/ 2 pairs of glasses to view it!
kdn1221
  Dec 21, 2009
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I appreciate the double dip heads up. At least that allows me to decide for myself which version I want. All releases should be like this if the studios want to double dip.

Spymaster
  Dec 21, 2009
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Just saw Avatar.

Let's see. Superior military force wants rare commodity found only on alien planet. Aliens residing on said planet are a peaceful people who just want to be left alone. Officer responsible for sorting it out sympathises with alien race and falls in love. Decides to take up arms against his own people to protect the aliens. Aliens are ultimately victorious.

Oh no, hang on, that was Star Trek: Insurrection.

Avatar: Okay effects. Can't say I was particularly impressed by the 3-D. Motion was somewhat blurred and even the human characters looked artificial somehow. I was nowhere near as "wowed" as I was by Beowulf a couple of years ago. Unforgivably predictable plot. Decent score by Horner. Gutted the second half of "War" is missing from the CD. Highlight of the whole thing!

This has NOT sold me on 3-D and I won't be falling over myself to purchase 3-D equipment.

7/10.
orion10
  Dec 21, 2009
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I can't afford a 3D upgrade so I'll settle for the 2D version instead.

styl3s
  Dec 21, 2009
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My question is do i have to get a new "3d" tv? a new bluray player with this 3d support? if my current 42" 1080p 120hz tv i just bought 3 months ago cant support it then they can go eff themselves

i know PS3 has the firmware support thing so.. grrrr i wanna know how this works
tacitassassin25
  Dec 24, 2009
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why cant they just put them both on the same disc, im pretty sure both version would fit on one 50gb Blu-Ray, and just use the second disc for special features

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PiratesCove
  Dec 26, 2009
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I saw this in 3-D and 2.39:1 and I agree with the critcs and most bloggers, that this movie is a CLASSIC. The 3-D is used so well it puts you IN the film. Revolutionary!!

tricky
  Jan 03, 2010
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I want BD 3D Avatar NOW!!! I can't wait to have this experience at home, and will wait for the second release of the film!


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