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Makers of Avatar Unveil Blu-ray Launch (Update)

Posted March 25, 2010 05:26 AM by Juan Calonge

20th Century FoxOn March 23, Avatar director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau presented scenes from the film's upcoming Blu-ray release, outlined the ongoing fan engagement program, and announced the Avatar-related global partnership between Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Earth Day Network, the international non-profit organization that coordinates Earth Day programs annually.

Release details

As previously reported, Avatar will be available on Blu-ray on April 22. The release will not include any supplemental features - only the film and corresponding menu, utilizing the disc's entire storage space in order to provide the highest quality optimal picture and sound. "We wanted the best presentation of any film in the history of the Blu-ray and DVD formats," said Landau. "Our launch into the home in April will allow fans to return to Pandora again and again."

During the press conference, it was revealed that 20th Century Fox is foregoing any trailers or advertising. "The Blu-ray is going to be pure movie", summed up Landau. Half-jokingly, James Cameron said that he has an unwritten deal with Fox, according to which "any time one of my movies makes more than a billion dollars we leave all the crap trailers off". He admitted, "I can't stand them any more than you can."

Cameron confirmed that the Blu-ray release would have an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (or 16:9), which he considers the "highest and best for this movie." The movie was finished in 16:9, so for the Blu-ray they went to that master, without any pan-and-scan or blow-up. Cameron explained that that "little bit of extra frame" enhances the sense of height, especially in the flight sequences. He clarified that he loves the scope ratio compositionally, but he fell in love with the movie in 16:9 and prefers to watch it in this aspect ratio.


Cameron discusses Avatar aspect ratio (video Home Theater Forum)


Although the press conference was focused on the upcoming April release, Jon Landau also commented on the November special edition, which will have added-value content, including a "full filmmaker's journey" and branching video.

Avatar Program

To bridge the gap between the April and November releases, Fox is launching the interactive "Avatar Program." Through a unique code found inside the Avatar Blu-ray/DVD, consumers can register at avatarmovie.com and gain exclusive access to first-look bonus materials, special content and money saving offers (reportedly, registered users will receive an e-coupon good towards the purchase of the future special-edition Blu-ray of Avatar.

Additionally, only registered fans will be able to adopt one of the one million trees being planted on behalf of Earth Day and receive a virtual hometree they can locate on a map to see where it's actually planted (see below).

Other Avatar digital initiatives include:
  • Pandorama: Via a computer's webcam users can immerse themselves into the world of Pandora, inserting themselves into different locations from the movie and interacting with the elements in each; users can snap postcards and share amongst friends only at Pandorama.
  • Pandorapedia: The official guide to the world of Pandora and James Cameron's Avatar, fans enter a world beyond imagination with hundreds of facts on Pandora that can be accessed online.
  • Immersive Trailer: The first-ever interactive trailer allows fans to click on any part of the video to explore detail frame-by-frame and in-context "hot spots" that will offer meticulous information on characters, locations and more.
  • Interactive Desktop Wallpaper: Instant access to all things Avatar including newsfeeds, videos, social network updates and exclusive content that is updated automatically right on your desktop.
Blue goes green

Taking the Avatar message of conservation and ecological harmony, the studio and Earth Day Network, together with various organizations worldwide, will pledge to plant one million trees in 15 different countries by the end of 2010.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to share the environmental messages from Avatar through the efforts during the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and with Earth Day Network," said James Cameron." Earth Day Network's commitment and actions to promote a healthy, sustainable planet go hand-in-hand with the themes of Avatar."

"Avatar sends a universal message about the danger of exploiting our natural resources and brings to the forefront of the global consciousness the need to protect our planet and humanity, said Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network. "We hope this commitment from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to plant one million trees, will inspire others to stand up against climate change for Earth Day."

Update: more information from a transcript published on Collider.

Special Edition

The November release will feature three cuts of the movie: the "basic movie", as theatrically released; an extended cut with 6 minutes of fully finished footage seamlessly added back in; and an earlier cut of the film that has 30 or 35 minutes of additional footage, some of which will be in unfinished form. Cameron explained: "it will be a little bit more like some of the Disney stuff that they do where they leave pencil tests in for scenes that were never done. That's really more of a fan's exploration of what the movie might have been, or a lot of the ideas that fed into it."

Additionally, the disc will offer a picture-in-picture with "just the reference cameras of the capture." This will be a parallel cut, matching the finished movie shot by shot. "It doesn't look like the movie, but the essence of it and the moment is exactly what you see in the final film. It's just people in black leotards. It's pretty wild. It's pretty amazing."

No 3D BD yet

Cameron said: "There just aren't that many players and screens yet. We have more of a long-term strategy, in that area." But, I think it would be a shame to hold back the Blu-ray when people want it now, and I love it. I think it's a great format."

That said, the filmmaker recommended that anyone thinking of buying a Blu-ray player now should "make sure you get one that's 3D-compatible because you're going to want it."

Regarding 3D displays, he had this to say: "If you're going to go 3D, go big. Get the biggest set you can, and then sit as close as you can stand. That's my advice. Get the coffee table out of the way and slide the couch over, right in front of the TV."

Home vs theater experience

When asked to compare the experience of watching the movie at home and in the theater, Cameron, said that the home viewing preserves "the richness, the vibrancy and the dynamics" of the movie, with the advantage that "you can control your environment." For Cameron, the big-screen experience is just a bonus.

However, he said there's a limit that you don't want to go below, and he doesn't recommend watching Avatar on an iPhone, or even a laptop. "I don't feel that I'm making movies for iPhones," he said. "If someone wants to watch it on an iPhone, I'm not going to stop them, especially if they're paying for it, but I don't recommend it. I think it's dumb, when you have characters that are so small in the frame that they're not visible. I'm trying to make an epic. I'm not doing an episode of some talking heads, one-hour drama. To me, there's a limit that you wouldn't want to go below. I don't know. I've never watched Avatar on a laptop. I guess it probably works, but I don't recommend it. What I recommend is getting the coffee table out of the way and sticking your couch about four feet from your TV."


Source: Home Theater Forum | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (110 comments)



ifireun
  Mar 24, 2010
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James Cameron - "...we leave all the crap trailers off". He admitted, "I can't stand them any more than you can." - Agreed
And an e-coupon for a future special version Blu-ray of Avatar - Indifferent

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BluBrown
  Mar 24, 2010
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The supposed coupon for the November special edition would be nice, but I'll buy them both regardless.

LetoAtreides82
  Mar 24, 2010
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blind double dip for me.

aiman04
  Mar 24, 2010
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Exactly 4 weeks to go.

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Al_The_Strange
  Mar 24, 2010
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Holding out for the November edition.

bad_code
  Mar 24, 2010
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WOW! I love this guy. No trailers just best picture and sound. YEAH!!!!

The Chosen One
  Mar 24, 2010
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The hexadipping has begun.

1. Release with no extra's
2. Release with some extra's.
3. Directors Cut with some extra's
4. Special Edition with 2 discs
5. Deluxe Edition with 3 discs, higher quality then directors cut and more extra's.
6. Ultimate collection with even more stuff.

Oeh I forgot the 3D release and such... hmmm decadipping?

Making money as a company is one thing but if it really goes along those lines....

pwsdaddy
  Mar 24, 2010
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So I guess adding a second disc with extras would somehow "spoil" the experience? Patting themselves on the back for giving us nothing but the movie is B.S. This is destined to be a great rental - lousy own.

alphadec
  Mar 24, 2010
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I don't want it and have no plans of watching it.
DigVid
  Mar 24, 2010
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Wow, I wonder if that means all the "crap" trailers will be off the Titanic BD as well. ;-)

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wossman
  Mar 24, 2010
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Wouldn't it be funny if after the "crap trailers" remark they put the first few seconds of the Ferngully trailer in there as a gag - like the Fight Club menu gag?

I almost fell out my seat the first time I popped fight club into my BD drive.

BTW, I'm not calling Ferngully crap, but it's the only trailer I can think of that would have the right comedic effect. Especially in the light of this gem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-SVpZrnF34
Indianabones
  Mar 24, 2010
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Yeah the Fight Club intro is funny, had me wondering what had happened!

It will be interesting to see if this gets 7.1 sound and how good the picture will be by utilizing the disc space..we'll see!!

Shanester
  Mar 24, 2010
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I never understood why some people go apesh!t over trailers. Isn't that what Youtube is for??

Give me the best possible audio & video for now, that will keep me entertained until November

PS Jim if you read this please record a commentary track for the XMAS release

Cheers!!

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ckenisell
  Mar 24, 2010
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I'll pick this up when it becomes available in 3D.

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RadThad
  Mar 24, 2010
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Enough with the Earth Day crap. All I want to do is be entertained for an hour or two, not save the earth. I feel like this sub-par movie was one big political agenda, but to each his own.

stubiedoo
  Mar 24, 2010
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Hi to all my fellow Avatar fans in the UK and USA .Cameron loves blu-ray and don't we all

Frozenpinky
  Mar 24, 2010
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If they "want the best presentation of any film in history", then why would they even bother releasing it on DVD? Are they actually going to release a bare bones DVD Disc too, for the people that dont have a Bluray player?

Shouldnt they just release it on Blu-ray-only by that logic?

(I'm anti-DVD, so bare with me). In other words, they're leaving all "extra's" off the Bluray release to make it look the best. OK. But what's their incentive to release a bare bones DVD?

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Wdm81
  Mar 24, 2010
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I initially hated that there were no extra features, but the more I think about it, how often do I watch that stuff and how much of the info in the extras is actually new to me (just go on the internet and you can read hundreds of trivia points on any film, it's rare that a bonus feature will present me with info i hadn't already heard)

I equate this release to that of watchmen last year, I'll buy the first release and probabaly skip the second one, in the end the movie is all that matters. I get overwhelmed by special features lately anyways (I have so many blurays, that having to watch all the special features becomes tiresome)

First day buy for me, and if the special edition in November offers something that I just can't resist then i'll double dip with the e-coupon. Thats life i guess, but I enjoyed this film like crazy and I want it in my hands as soon as possible

besides, it's better James Cameron gets my money then my ex-wife
EvilGav
  Mar 24, 2010
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The irony of launching a disc that will utilise masses of harmful raw materials in it's production and be sold in it's 10's of millions on Earth Day.

lgans316
  Mar 24, 2010
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Landau is a joker. Did he forget that a second Blu-ray can be used to feature the extras? Does we need a seventh sense to figure this out?
reidw
  Mar 24, 2010
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Regarding Pandorama, does Cameron beleive that anyone with a mental age over six will waste a minute on a such a feature. And as far as the Pandorepedia goes, there are no facts about Pandora. The word facts implies reality. Pandora is a made up construct with no more reality than Middle Earth, the Wonderful LNad of OZ, the Star Trek Universe etc. You can't have facts about fantasy only inventions.

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Jim L
  Mar 24, 2010
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I can't wait to get this. I'm glad they're maximizing the picture and sound quality, leaving out the trailers at the beginning.

I'm also glad that this is in 16:9 aspect. It is a very enveloping movie in the Pandora scenes and the flight and battle sequences. It should look great on my new SXRD front projector. ;-)

The one part of this release that bugs me is that Cameron has bought into global warming/EarthDay crap. It's like a new religion. I wish he'd keep it to himself.

StoogeFan1118
  Mar 24, 2010
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I absolutely loved this movie so I will be buying this movie in April and I like the fact that they are keeping us up to date on the future release with that website and the e-coupon just sweetens the deal to me. I was buying both releases before any of this info was released. I just hope the extended cut is included in November.

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Moefiz
  Mar 24, 2010
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I'll get this for sure, with the extra coupon in there for the November release makes this a win -win situation for fans of the movie.

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wossman
  Mar 24, 2010
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@StoogeFan1118

Ditto for me.
It would also be nice to have a digital copy. If the November release includes one I'll be even more pleased.

mishal
  Mar 24, 2010
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God! I hate double dipping. And I hate myself more knowing that a another version will be released in 7 months. But if they really deliver the best video/audio transfer in blu-ray history, I can certainly make an exception.

Bluyoda
  Mar 24, 2010
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Jim L and one poster on page 1: Have you lost your freaking minds?
What in the name of the holy chickpea is wrong with caring about the environment????
IMO this is pretty much the only really good thing about Avatar!
How people can be this ignorant in the 21st century is beyond me and terribly sad and shocking!!!

Minimejer05
  Mar 24, 2010
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Sounds good. Thanks for posting. Interesting video.
Dicmatic
  Mar 24, 2010
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I can't wait to see what this is gonna look like and sound like! Hope the projector and receiver are ready for a good work out!...

DarthJaeger
  Mar 24, 2010
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The problem I have with this bare bone release is that it sets a bad precedent for the industry. Depending on the sucess of this release, (and I think we all know it will sell millions and make HUGE bank for FOX), other studios will be trying to pawn off mediocre "movie only" releases on us claiming they did it to give us "the best possible picture and audio quality," when the reality is they are only doing it for the inevitable double, triple, etc. dip.

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denger76
  Mar 24, 2010
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How can any true Avatar fan not care about the Earth? Yes we were entertained but also felt an emotional connection knowing that our planet is being depleted of it natural resources. How many of us can survive on an Earth that becomes like Mars? I know I won't be around then but anyone can see that the weather patterns on the planet have shifted and will continue to create havac!!! OBTW is the packaging going to be made out of styrofoam?

SoundNexx
  Mar 24, 2010
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Personally, I think many of the special features presented on several of the blu-rays are a waste of space; however, I do understand getting the best bang for your buck! I'd rather have the choice of watching or no watching the included special features rather than having them broken into two separate releases.

Regardless, I plan on getting the April release of Avatar because the picture and sound are the most important things for this collector. If they end up being the best visuals and sounds that I have ever experienced on blu-ray, I will be more than satisfied!
lacee481
  Mar 24, 2010
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I just want to ask, if anyone know the special edition will be available in UK too? I just ask because of region coding. THX for any answer.

Atreyu
  Mar 24, 2010
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It seems I am in the minority here, but I love seeing the trailers for the movie that I'm about to watch. I don't want to see trailers for other films like in the theater though. Yes I have it on pre-order already, and will probably buy the November edition as well. True I don't hardly ever watch the bonus features more than once, but I think this will be an exception. Also I hope the November release will have the extra footage of the film, in the movie and not as an extra like what was done with It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

4Dblu
  Mar 24, 2010
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so, just ALL movie awesome that's all i want anyway. i wonder, he says the BEST picture & Sound possible. is it filmed in 4k cause i thought that was or suppose to b better. either way i'm double dipping cause my son will have the plain jane and i'll have the SE....

metriclove
  Mar 24, 2010
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bluyoda & denger76, good for you. I am really glad you two bring some sense (and sensibility) to the discussion about the environment. Yes, I like to be entertained for an hour or two or three as well, but to disregard wanting to help our environment (even if you don't believe in climatic change) is just plain naive. Something I guess I just don't understand ... I like my environment to be as clean and healthy as it can, including for future generations including my 2 blu-ray watching sons.

Anyway, I am going to wait for the ultimate/director's cut/etc... edition. Also, I think DarthJaeger has a very good point about the industry standard idea. I could totally se other companies saying they want to provide the best so and so, just for the reason of later releases and more money.

Sorry for the ramble, just my 2 pesos. :-)
Caution_Zombies
  Mar 24, 2010
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So wait, people are applauding Cameron and the studios for ripping them off with the just the movie on Blu Ray and NO special features or extras (on seperate disc), then in November they will re-release it with all the extras (double Dip) & thats ok???????

Yet when New Line releases Lord of the Rings on Blu Ray as NON director cuts in 2 weeks & the Extended editions in a few years, people freak and get angry????

Please explain!!!
SeanB102
  Mar 24, 2010
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I will not get the April release of Avatar. I will get the November release.

Stlsports
  Mar 24, 2010
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"Isn't that what Youtube is for"

I agree. I don't think trailers need to take up space on BR. They'll ALWAYS be available in HD on youtube and plenty of other HD trailer sites.

img eL
  Mar 24, 2010
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So will the April Avatar be the directors cut?

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Jim L
  Mar 24, 2010
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@ bluyoda & danger76, metriclove :

Actually I advocate being a good steward of nature and all that. It factored heavily into my last car purchase so I bought a hybrid. (see my "avatar") Less smog produced is better in my book. I support recycling and other measures as well.

I just like Avatar purely as entertainment. The "preachy" aspect about the planet Pandora and its sacred primitive state was a little over the top for me.

An analogy would be listening to a song on the radio that was really enjoyable, but the words were promoting being vegetarian (which is ok if you like that). It would hinder my enjoyment of that song a little bit.

Blu-Me
  Mar 24, 2010
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So, what I see is they are giving us the best picture and sound on this release, and a not-so-great picture and sound release in November, but it has extras. WTF?

Dr. Manhattan
  Mar 24, 2010
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I wish they could've just given us a second disc for the special features. I hate waiting for no reason.

Dr. Manhattan
  Mar 24, 2010
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@Blu-Me

No. The special edition will be multi-disc, hence the special features will be on other discs.

Dr. Manhattan
  Mar 24, 2010
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@img eL

Nope. There isn't any official word on a director's cut just yet. The April release will be just the theatrical film.

Blu-Me
  Mar 24, 2010
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@Dr. Manhattan

If that's the case, there's no excuse for this first (or second depending upon how you look at it) as they should have done this in the first place. To say, "best picture and sound" with no extras is just idiotic...which is the obvious majority being said here in this thread. We'll probably get treated with a "here's how we mastered the April Blu-ray release" special extra on the November release just so they can say this is why we delayed. Dumb. And the studios wonder why Netflix is so popular. I know I'll be doing the Netflix thing to satisfy my craving until they Uber, Super, Special, OMG, King of the World edition comes out and then decide what version to go with. I could understand if they had the November release with 3D and the April one with Best Picture/Sound and Extras, but this...doesn't compute!
htsone
  Mar 24, 2010
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Seriously? I wouldn't go see Pocahontas the remake when it was at theaters, I certainly won't pay for it on Blu-Ray, and I won't even rent the garbage. People like James Cameron have an incredible talent for movie making, but their politics are incredibly juvenile, and cause an immense amount of harm to those afflicted with brains full of mush disease.

Frozenpinky
  Mar 24, 2010
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Jim L - and - htsone = +1! Right on.

Blu Myers
  Mar 24, 2010
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I thought about this for a while...and I'm buying on day 1. I have a feeling that the pq/aq are going to be phenominal, and I just can't wait 7 months just for extra features. I will pick up the 3d version as well when it's released.

This might break blu-ray sales records.

Sith
  Mar 24, 2010
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If all that's going to be different from April to November is the extras, I don't see a point in waiting...But if it's the extended version, then I'll just rent it in April..

metriclove
  Mar 24, 2010
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cool Jim L, I can appreciate your point, and good analogy by the way. I know many people in the media can be preachy, and Avatar does rather push some sort of agenda in your face. But, I blame Cameron in this instance because, although he can make a great (fun) movie, his last few stories (said Movie and Titanic) have been crap as far plot, character development, etc... And again, although they may be enjoyable and in the case of Avatar a visual spectacle, if you cover crap with sprinkles, it's still crap. Then again, I am a moviephile first and a glutton for punishment second so I will probably end up picking the ultimate ed. sometime down the road - alas my purchases of both Transformers movies and many others. :-)

LetoAtreides82
  Mar 24, 2010
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Caution_Zombies: The LotR trilogy is great, but Avatar is truly special, that's why so many of us are willing to double dip on it.

BLURAYSONYES
  Mar 24, 2010
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My TV shows 1080P which is the highest resolution at this point. I highly doubt that this movie is going to make my TV look more better than it already is. What Cameron saying is nothing but crap.
shireguy
  Mar 24, 2010
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hey its a Fox release - expect to have MORE HOLES in your plastic cover - as Cameron releases this pile of crap claiming that its helping the environment.

The movie has so many plot holes - and now will the cover !

LetoAtreides82
  Mar 24, 2010
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Bluraysonyes, technically the Avatar blu-ray could look better than any blu-rays out there, we'll need to wait for the reviews.

BLURAYSONYES
  Mar 24, 2010
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Letoatreides82,

Maybe so but technically its still 1080p underneathe. We'll see.

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kevin87
  Mar 24, 2010
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for most things i don't watch most of the special features but there's certain ones that i will watch, even though i only watch them once.. but yeah i'll agree with some other people, they could've easily had a 2nd disc for the special features without putting them on the movie disc.

at first i hated this release because of the one in november.. but now i'm sort of considering it (especially if there's coupons :-p). i just hope the coupon code insert for the november release stays that and doesn't end up being a BD Live type thing where you have to register your movie through that..

edelgiud
  Mar 24, 2010
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Is there anyone else here like myself who really mainly loved the film because of the 3D? I mean, I don't see myself buy the April nor the November version. I want a 3D Blu-ray version of it (of course, I still have to buy a 3D Enabled TV)....

Else, I wouldn't mind a version that at least shows us some of the CG/motion capture making of....

phatrat1982
  Mar 24, 2010
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I don't wanna get into just the political bull shit but the only reason I have held off watching this movie is all the political BS message it supposed to be pushing off on people. I told my self I'd wait for the Blu Ray release and if they are gonna tie it in with earth day or whatever shit it is count me out. If you care about the environment, saving the dolphins, planting trees, eating plants mashed up to look like meat, fine do what makes you happy, but leave me the fuck alone and let me eat my pork, shoot me some rabbits, drive my Cadillac and don't push your shit on me and I won't push mine on you.

Dr. Manhattan
  Mar 24, 2010
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@BLURAYSONYES

So what if it's 1080p? The video transfer is what matters. Look at Gangs of New York. Both editions are 1080p but the remastered release looks so much better. It's all about the transfers.

Dr. Manhattan
  Mar 24, 2010
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@phatrat1982

Don't buy into any political, religious, or environmental implications everyone is talking about. Sure, they're there (not as blatant as many say) but don't let that stop you from seeing this movie. For an example, I'll tell you that you must see this movie because it's just badass. I didn't care for said implications, I acknowledged them, but I still enjoyed the hell out of this movie.
ender21
  Mar 24, 2010
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@BLURAYSONYES,

Just being 1080p doesn't make your display look its best. Imagine encoding 1080p video at 2Mbps versus 40Mbps. You'd see a HUGE difference between the two, though both are 1080p.
GaS
  Mar 24, 2010
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Earth Day sux.
ender21
  Mar 24, 2010
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@phatrat1982,

Ironically enough, buying or NOT buying a movie doesn't push anything on to anyone else (and nothing is being pushed on to you when you have free choice), but you driving your Cadillac and eating your pork technically does (if you overeat and are overweight, thus helping to raise everyone's health premiums). I'm not saying you should stop driving it or eating pork, just that your actions belie your words.

Laws of unintended consequences, people...
kenernest63
  Mar 24, 2010
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With the coupon, why not just let us get the special features, since we already purchased the movie?

phatrat1982
  Mar 24, 2010
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Except I do not go to said hospital nor do I believe in going to the hospital so my actions don't really affect anyone in that manner as you say. However buying pork does keep the pig farmer employed.

As for the Cadillac, I bought it specifically to pollute the air and have a nice, smooth, comfortable ride.


And true buying a movie does not mean I agree with said political statements, I am a HUGE Star wars fan but I don't care for the political BS shoveled into those movies either.


I haven't made up my mind yet my parents, who share my views for the most part, rather enjoyed the movie. On the same note though I hated Titanic, and they loved that so maybe I just associate Avatar too much with Titanic as that is another comparison that gets made a lot. Either way I do plan on seeing the movie, I never was against that, but I am against giving money to the man who made it especially now that said sale will contribute to a cause I personally prefer not to support.
JimInPT
  Mar 24, 2010
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Seems like an awfully big pile of hoopla for such a crappy movie.

I use Earth Day as an annual reminder to burn my pile of accumulated Winter cardboard and packing materials.

Schrute Farms
  Mar 24, 2010
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"Taking the Avatar message of conservation and ecological harmony...we are going to release several versions of this Blu-ray so we can add to all the wasted space in landfills."
Dr. Skill
  Mar 25, 2010
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Counting the days until the release of this masterpiece on bluray.
mredman
  Mar 25, 2010
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So cool that its gonna be in a format that fills the entire screen

skid_68
  Mar 25, 2010
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^^^ Indeed, another reason Im glad I went with a 16X9 screen.

seigneur_rayden
  Mar 25, 2010
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I really did not find this movie any special when I saw it in the theater. It was just average. I don't see why are so excited about it. Plus, I can't stand the fact that the movie has a original ratio of 1.78:1
rob.sparrow
  Mar 25, 2010
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LOL with the ferngully thing. Thats exactly how I explained Avater to my mates before they went to see it. Its like Ferngully done good. This story has been told before but it has never been told in this way. The energy was good and I loved it in 3D. I don't usually watch the extras but do like the choice. I may rent this on release and decide if the quality is good enough to buy.

Bluyoda
  Mar 25, 2010
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Phatrat1982@ This is by far the sickest thing I have heard in a very long time!

Maybe it's time you took a line of Obi Wan's to heart: I want to go home and rethink my life! Ponder that!!

PS: Star Wars is too good for you!

Go watch some Transformers!
lacee481
  Mar 25, 2010
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Home vs theater experience
I absolutely agree with Cameron. It's nothing special watch Avatar on Iphone or on a 11' laptop. Big screen is BIG screen especially in HD quality. OK Iphone have a nice picture quality but what about sound quality? Anyway I need to buy a LED TV....

shatta
  Mar 25, 2010
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this is B.S....what ever happen to two dics releases..one with the movie..and one with extra...lame excuses....wt*---IM not buying sh*t....$24+tax for 1 bluray..wtf

fettastic
  Mar 25, 2010
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Pretty cool that the November release will hav 3 different cuts of the movie! I have a feeling that the eventual 3D version will be pretty barebones.

I'm starting to come around to the idea that the first release will have as close to perfect sound and video as possible. I ADORE the soundtrack for Akira although I doubt Cameron went that route of 192Kz.

I think I'm even more confused about which version to buy now!

steve1971
  Mar 25, 2010
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Rental for me and if its good I will buy it.
Dragonii
  Mar 25, 2010
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"EvilGav
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The irony of launching a disc that will utilise masses of harmful raw materials in it's production and be sold in it's 10's of millions on Earth Day."

lol, so true. I read his comment last night; ďAnybody that is a global-warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their ass Iím not sure they could hear me.Ē James Cameron

Well Mr. Cameron. I happen to be one of those people that think that global warming is a hoax, but at least I'm not a hypocrite. This double dipping, even worse triple dipping, that you are pushing your customers into is going to lead to a lot of extra plastic that will end up in landfills. Just goes to show that money ranks up there ahead of global warming, even for you.

Even though I don't believe that global warming is the planet destroying threat that they make it out to be, that doesn't mean that I am a careless a-hole that tosses my trash out the window. We must all be responsible and take care of the planet that we love. But don't stand there and preach about how you are fighting the good fight to save the world from global warming and then turn around and waste materials, energy and resources to make two or three different releases of your movie just to line your pockets. Damn these Hollywood hypocrites make me sick.

As for the planting trees, I'm planting 15 new hedges in front of my house... Whoo Hoo! Go me!!!

yobi111
  Mar 25, 2010
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Watchmen got a lot of crap for announcing the double-dip but at least the first release had extras that weren't available with the Ultimate release. Plus they were two entirely different cuts of the film. Holding back on the extras just so the studio can double or triple dip in the future is really a poor decision.

Dr. Manhattan
  Mar 25, 2010
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Wait...so that's it for the special edition? Where's the special features??? I'm not going to waste my money just to have the regular and a 6-minute extended cut (I won't bother with the other version).That's B.S.

Dr. Manhattan
  Mar 25, 2010
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@yobi111

The Director's Cut and Ultimate Cut of Watchmen had the SAME special features. The Ultimate Edition had more, though.

fdm
  Mar 25, 2010
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May hold off until November, depends on price. (25$ seems a bit high, given the movie's already made billions, amazon....)

yobi111
  Mar 25, 2010
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@ Dr. Manhattan

Now, don't vaporize me but The Director's Cut had the Maximum Movie Mode Commentary and the Ultimate Cut did not. The Ultimate Cut had an audio commentary. But still, they were totally different cuts not just 6 minutes added here and there that you probably wouldn't notice unless you were looking for them.
florad
  Mar 25, 2010
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Did I miss where they actually mentioned what the audio format would be? DTS-HD 7.1 would be fantastic (if Cameron indeed says this will have the BEST audio).....
thelasman
  Mar 25, 2010
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Very nice what Jimmy points out. But speaking of his quality movie BD releases... What about his magnificent work The Abyss? Put out on VHS, Laserdisc - THX, DVD (very crappy non anamorphic 2.35); But still no word on a BD release. Has FOX lost the master?
C'ommon Jimmy push the pedal at FOX for a great Abyss BD soon.

nbxfan
  Mar 25, 2010
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I'm sorry but, saying that they are using the whole disk for the movie rather than adding special features does not excuse them from putting in an additional disk. I'm in no rush and will wait until the end of the year to get what I want. This is nothing more than the studio being incredibly greedy. Thats fine, but I'd rather they jack up the price and release it once.
RiffFan924
  Mar 25, 2010
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Ya know what, maybe I will buy this edition and then when the ULTIMATE one comes out in November I'll ask for it for Christmas and pass this copy on to someone else or sell it somewhere. Especially if this gets 5's for Video and Audio. Hoping for 7.1

I could care less about 3D yet.

fettastic
  Mar 25, 2010
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Abyss and True Lies have been announced for Blu-ray (though not officially), but I don't think we know the date yet.

paul_66
  Mar 25, 2010
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The heck is planting a million trees gonna do for the environment? There's deserts all over the world and if you tried planting trees there, they would probably die. They think they can play God? I don't understand these people who wanna go "green". It doesn't make any sense! Wanna know my definition of going green? Keeping money in peoples' pockets! There's nothing wrong with improving the environment, but to think we're saving the planet is just childish. :/

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Johnny Blaze
  Mar 25, 2010
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What' up with the 2.35 version..

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kevin87
  Mar 25, 2010
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i prefer movies to take up my whole screen, i don't like black bars, so the aspect ratio doesn't bug me

what is sort of annoying is how they make it seem like such a big deal.. and it's only got 6 minutes? i would never watch the 3rd version for the same reason i don't watch deleted scenes for animated/cgi movies.. they could have just done that on the April release and put a 2nd (and maybe 3rd?) disc for bonus features. there's no reason to not have done it that way.

and i don't care when 3d version comes out, i won't ever be buying that.

Frozenpinky
  Mar 25, 2010
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+1 for Paul_66 (but you'll see. People here are going to -1 you because they think they know what they're talking about)

Frozenpinky
  Mar 25, 2010
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James Cameron made three good movies in 35 years. That's not too great of a record. That's one good movie every 11 + years.
HeartPalmeiras
  Mar 25, 2010
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i wonder what avatar 2 will be about, and what kind of new thing they will use to hide its poor plot and acting with. this time around it was the 3D. Maybe I am in the very minority who thinks that many people are confusing the great 3D experience with a great movie experience. Then again, it might end up being better than the first one: who knows.

The Watchmen director's cut and the ultimate cut were both extremely different, and the director's cut had the maximum movie mode which was just awesome. the focus points of the maximum movie mode are available in the ultimate cut, but not while watching the movie, so the experience is different. They are all only separate in the features disc. I have both the director's and the ultimate cuts, and thought both were worth it especially since you basically got the Motion Comic along with the set: only thing missing is the theatrical cut and the viral videos from the UK release, but worth it otherwise.

To be honest, if I were a fan of avatar and had liked it I would probably buy both editions: one for its supposed greater audio/video quality and the other for its features and alternative cuts. My wife liked it, so I might --still thinking-- get the April version for her. The collector in me says to get both even though I didn't care for the movie, but that would prevent me from getting other movies I actually want to get.

Come on Alien Anthology!

troyman21
  Mar 25, 2010
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Ok, the special edition sounds cool, but what's up with the third version? It has around 30 to 35 min of additional footage mainly unfinished? That's stupid, they shouldn't even have such a version, the remaining unfinished material should be deleted material on special features, or if it is supposedly being put together into such a version of the film, I'd rather see the footage animated and finished.
Dicmatic
  Mar 25, 2010
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You don't have to worry about me watching this on my iphone Cameron! I'll be watching this on my 110 inch projector that looks better than most theaters when we shoot blu ray through it!:)

Severen
  Mar 25, 2010
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I'll wait for November something tells me they are just trying to rip people off I guess they are afraid to put two blu-ray discs in 1 case its probably to much for them to handle at the moment.
HeartPalmeiras
  Mar 25, 2010
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Dude! Imagine how much plastic they will save by using an eco 2-disc case! Plus, we all want that DVD copy coming with the April release! Doesn't that kind of not make sense? If it is about the ultimate BD audio/video quality, then why do we need a DVD of the movie?

Thought this was 'green' action going on. Plastic for the disc cases in April, the discs themselves, plus the plastic for the November release which will surely be multi-disc, and hopefully include a very useful digital copy right? Unless they use one of those green friendly paper slip-cases.

All seriousness: I think it should go like this...The first release should have the movie in one disc and features on a second disc. Then November release a Director's cut BD with the director's cut and the unfinished 30 min longer cut without the features since they will have already been available on the first release. If you want to do a PiP or maximum movie mode, go for it. To me, that'd make more sense. Even I would bite. The atractiveness of the Watchmen Ultimate cut, especially for me was the fact it came with the Motion Comics which in itself is around 5:30 hours of extras: assuming you didn't have it yet. I guess it would be nice to see a documentary about the cameras used for the 3D, etc for avatar. I probably would enjoy that more than the movie itself.
humbi
  Mar 25, 2010
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There is no denying all AVATAR enthusiasts are not going to wait for the Special 3-disc release, and are going to purchase the first single disc release. Mr. Cameron, please, would you consider including in the special edition package, a CINEMASCOPE (2.35) version of the film, for those of us who saw it that way for the first time in theaters?

poke smot
  Mar 26, 2010
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to all u crazies who want to see 2.35, cut out some black foam board strips and tape them to the top and bottom of your tv screen. whala! 2.35. i've never heard such ridiculus whining. viva la 1.78!!!!!!!

neckedness
  Mar 26, 2010
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no features, no trailers, no nothing huh? so i'm expecting it to be under $17 when it comes out.

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Johnny Blaze
  Mar 26, 2010
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Tuck301 you just can't afford a 2.35 screen you broke _ _ _ Let alone appreciate it.

djesteban
  Mar 26, 2010
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The only thing entertaining about this movie is the 3D itself... why bother buying this; the story is incredibly dull to say the least...
Ohhhh well...

Dr. Manhattan
  Mar 26, 2010
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I'm only buying the April release. Screw the special feature-less "Ultimate Edition". I'd rather have behind the scenes vids than a 6 minute extended cut. Well, there's plenty of behind the scenes on YouTube so....

UTVOL06
  Mar 26, 2010
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I can't wait..I've never seen the movie, but I'm almost certain I will love it. I love the fact this will be a sort of "superbit" blu-ray first with super high bit rates and PQ. Awesome movie night on the near horizon!

fettastic
  Mar 26, 2010
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HA HA, take THAT you Constant Image Height bitches! Josh Zyber of High Def Digest is doing the Vader "NOOOOOOO!" right now!

I'm sure he will create a poll demanding James Cameron release the movie in 2.35:1 so that it will look best on his system.

Proteus
  Mar 26, 2010
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I want to watch it on my iPhone... In 3D... While on a plane, train or in an automobile. I don't give a crap about whether James Cameron likes it that way or not. I do. If I've already seen it up-teen dozen times on 'the big screen', I really don't care if people are little specs. It's more for casual remembrance.

Give me my digital copy!!

I do wish they would just include all the special features, extended stuffs (especially the ultra freaky sex scene... is that the 6 minutes?), 3D and a digital copy all in one package.

Is it really that hard? Keep it simple, please.

I'll probably sucker up and get the 'bare bones' release; however, because everyone in the house will want to see it ASAP and it's not THAT expensive.

:P

Oh yeah, last time I heard 'best BD ever' it turned out to be VC1 and Dolby 5.1 and was terrible. I think FOX only uses AVC though, so we might be at least partially okay.

somchair1
  Mar 27, 2010
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I just wish it came with a digital copy....why would they be so stupid to do that?
tacitassassin25
  Mar 27, 2010
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im gonna wait for the special edition it will have 2 disc i want to see some of the stuff that went into making this movie


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