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This Week on Blu-ray - November 16-22

Posted November 16, 2010 04:27 AM by Juan Calonge

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They say it's not a double dip if you've been warned it was coming. From the minute the first, barebones edition of James Cameron's Avatar was announced, both the studio and the filmmakers let it be known that another, more extensive release was coming later in the year. And that is exactly what is hitting store shelves today: the Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition Blu-ray, with three versions of the film and a plethora of supplements.

As to the movie presentation, staff reviewer Casey Broadwater assuages fears by confirming in his review of Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition that, "despite the addition of 16-minutes of new high definition footage, the quality of the image hasn't dropped in the slightest."

Overall, Avatar fans definitely won't be disappointed. Casey sums it up saying: "Featuring the same outstanding audio/video performance as the standalone release, this new edition adds eight hours of never-before-seen bonus features, including 45-minutes' worth of deleted scenes and a production documentary that'll tell you any and everything you'd ever want to know about the making of the movie."

The only thing blatantly absent from this edition is a Blu-ray 3D version of the movie, which for the time being will only be available to buyers of Panasonic 3DTV hardware.

However, stereoscopy early adopters will find consolation in having no fewer than ten 3D Blu-ray releases coming out to retail today, evenly split among feature films and documentaries. The standout is Disney's A Christmas Carol, a Christmas tentpole that has taken a whole year to make the jump from the theaters to the home.

Staff reviewer Martin Liebman comments in his review of A Christmas Carol that the film "perfectly captures the traditional look, feel, and appeal of Charles Dickens' timeless classic while still managing to spruce it up for the 21st century with a dazzling computer-aided visual scheme that has to be seen to be believed." As to the 3D presentation, Martin says that it is "a thing of beauty" and goes as far as to proclaim the current "definitive wide-release Blu-ray 3D transfer." Blu-ray enthusiasts who still haven't made the leap to 3D (the majority, after all) need not worry, as the 2D transfer is "every bit as amazing as the accompanying 3D image." The standout among the release's special features is Behind the Carol: The Full Motion Capture Experience, an "amazing supplement" that is "almost worth the price of this set alone."

This week's catalog releases also include two major titles from two geniuses of the silent comedy: Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr. / Three Ages and Charles Chaplin's Modern Times.

In his review of Sherlock Jr. / Three Ages, staff reviewer Casey Broadwater says: "Once again, Kino-Lorber has done a fantastic job with their latest silent film release, giving Sherlock, Jr.—a nearly 90-year-old film—a 1080p transfer that, age-related scratches and flecks aside, is absolutely beautiful."

Staff reviewer Dr. Svet Atanasov considers in his review of Modern Times that this is "one of the great actor's least dated films. It is witty and funny but also incredibly sad film, in a lot of ways depicting successfully the type of world we are currently living in - obsessed with productivity and corporate profits." As to the disc itself, Svet notes that "there are absolutely no surprises, as "the presentation is very strong and the supplemental features outstanding."


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News comments (42 comments)



MikeScott
  Nov 16, 2010
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THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is a must buy. One of the year's best, IMO.

minimafiaaj
  Nov 16, 2010
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i was thinking about picking up gangland.

Bluyoda
  Nov 16, 2010
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Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times and Avatar Collector's Edition for me.

AeroCanuck
  Nov 16, 2010
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This is going to be one of the biggest weeks for blu-ray sales ever me thinks...

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Toasterlad
  Nov 16, 2010
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Finally. I held off picking up the standalone Avatar because I knew the collector's edition was coming. I'm sure it will be worth the wait. This should be the last Avatar buy for me: not interested in getting a 3D player.

I'll also pick up the Sondheim birthday concert disc. I'll wait for Willy Wonka for the price to drop.

lilant2248
  Nov 16, 2010
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Not a thing for me this week.

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Wdm81
  Nov 16, 2010
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Avatar
Spiderman 1 and 2
A Christmas Carol
Shawshank

Question about christmas carol, The 3D version comes with the 2D and a DVD copy as well right? I don't own a 3D TV but figure it's a safer bet to pick up the 3D version now rather then have to rebuy down the road. I just wanna make sure that the only difference between the two releases is that the 3D edition has an extra version of the movie, because for now, I will only be viewing the 2D and the DVD version
Joen
  Nov 16, 2010
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@Wdm81: yes, the 3D version is a 4-disc set: 3D BD + 2D BD + DVD + Digital Copy. The other BD version is a 2-disc set: 2D BD + DVD.

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Gamma_Winstead
  Nov 16, 2010
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Recieved Avatar yesterday. The extra 16 minutes adds a lot more detail, and makes the bad guys less evil and more "gray" in my opinion. I think it works much better in this version. It doesn't really change the movie, but I felt it added a lot.
anomaly7
  Nov 16, 2010
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Avatar Collector's edition for me as well. I didn't buy the bare bones edition, and I haven't seen the film since opening weekend in IMAX 3d, so I'm looking forward to it. Don't really care about the 3D for home viewing anyway, so this is the best release for me.

Bluyoda
  Nov 16, 2010
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@Joen I think it's absolutely ridiculous to have 4 discs with the same content in a set. I only want BD.
@gamma626 I hope that's true.

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Wdm81
  Nov 16, 2010
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@Joen - thanks for the info, i'll get the 3D version then

@Bluyoda - It makes sense to have options, I'm not a fan of digital copies, but I quite enjoy getting a DVD copy included and I like that 3D versions are also being included since i'll likely have a 3D TV set at some point. For now, yes I only really want the 2D blu, but it doesn't hurt to cover all the bases

karavarus
  Nov 16, 2010
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Goodbye, money...

Avatar, Twilight Zone 2, A Christmas Carol Combo Pack, Chaplin: Modern Times, Tom Petty, Mutiny on the Bounty
NYorker
  Nov 16, 2010
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Avatar collector's edition for me!
rahminks
  Nov 16, 2010
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I picked up the latest avatar collector's edition i also picked up A christmas carol BD + DVD pack at walmart for $10.00 after the $10.00 coupon they have it for 19.99 u cant beat that i was gonna get the 3D one but for that price i cant not get it. plus i wont have a 3D tv till dec.

fettastic
  Nov 16, 2010
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Getting all the 3D stuff minus Space Station. I saw that in IMAX and thought it was boring.

I'm also getting the 3-disc Avatar release. I'm one broke mo fo!
hx53
  Nov 16, 2010
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a christmas carol 3d , open season 3d and the polar express 3d

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wnicholas76
  Nov 16, 2010
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I'll be getting the Avatar Collector's Edition this week as well, and I'll definitely sell my bare-bones edition.
hendersd
  Nov 16, 2010
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Picked up Avatar @ Target, matching the Amazon price ($5 cheaper than BB). I bought the initial release at a discount and traded it in a couple of months ago. All in all, I ended up paying close to what a rental would have been so the double-dip isn't a biggie in this case. No 3-D for me. Also getting Twilight Zone 2 and Modern Times.

RippdBD10101
  Nov 16, 2010
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Avatar
Christmas Carol 3-D
Polar Express 3-D
The Last Airbender 3-D
...........................................................$99.67...........thnx Best Buy!!

Brad1963
  Nov 16, 2010
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Great week for Classic films.

thelittleprince
  Nov 16, 2010
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Another exciting week of Blu releases! Heading to B&N to pick up my copies of Modern Times and The Night of the Hunter, and I hope to receive Avatar Extended Collector's Edition and A Christmas Carol 3D from amazon today!

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nathanp
  Nov 16, 2010
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Modern Times
Night of the Hunter
Avatar
The Kids Are All Right
Mutiny on the Bounty

might consider Christmas Carol, not sure on that one yet.

bboisvert
  Nov 16, 2010
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In for Avatar, Twilight Zone S2, and Modern Times.

movieman1979
  Nov 16, 2010
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Picked up Modern Times, my favorite Chaplin film and it looks and sounds bloody amazing. Wanted to pick up the collector's edition of Avatar, but, and this will probably sound petty, it bothered me that the box is bigger than other blu ray packages.

Frozenpinky
  Nov 16, 2010
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"They say it's not a double dip if you've been warned"
Who is "they"?
It definitely is still a double dip. It's just a double dip that was known. Dont change the definition!

Minimejer05
  Nov 16, 2010
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Avatar Collectors Edition
A Christmas Carol 3D Combo
Spiderman
Spiderman 2
Day The Earth Stood Still(save 3 dollars if purchased with Avatar)

100 bucks at Target!

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Yeha-Noha
  Nov 16, 2010
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I'm not paying $20 to $25 for a scant 16 minutes of extra footage left out of the theatrical release of Avatar. I have the bare bones Avatar which is good enough for me. If Fox wants my money, they'll have to do better than that which for me would be nothing short of a sequel or a prequel. Eight hours of extra features doesn't excite much me either.

November has been a rotten month of mostly regurgitated movie releases except for a few outstanding ones like Scott Pilgrim, Moulin Rouge!, and Alien Anthology. The rest of November isn't looking any better either. I'll save my money for when the best movies come out.

fettastic
  Nov 16, 2010
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A Christmas Carol 3D Combo Pack
The Last Airbender 3D
$.58 total

That includes $10 Disney coupon plus $55 in Rewards coupons.

I got The Last Airbender because first of all I know Jackson Rathbone, secondly I figure that even if it really sucks, I can sell it for at least $30 because it's exclusive.

MikeScott
  Nov 16, 2010
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The Disney coupon for A CHRISTMAS CAROL is only for the 3D version? So I imagine it's still quite spendy.

karavarus
  Nov 16, 2010
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@ MikeScott - Some stores will let you use the $10 coupon on the other version. I'd never do it, but it happens ALL THE TIME.

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Yojimbo68
  Nov 16, 2010
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Forget Avatar! Night of the Hunter & Modern Times for me at B&N!
kdn1221
  Nov 16, 2010
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Ordered Bad Boys for $10. Will be getting A Christmas Carol.
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nathan_393
  Nov 16, 2010
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Avatar for me, and that's it. I wouldn't mind the Spider-man films, but as a completist, I want the boxset.

BluPix
  Nov 17, 2010
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Two long awaited releases for me: Avatar Collectors Edition (with regular packaging; the steelbook version should we received within a week or so) and Mutiny on the Bounty.

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Wdm81
  Nov 17, 2010
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@rwojtalewicz - I get what you're saying about the added footage, but for me (and a lot of others) the real draw of the new Avatar set is all the bonus stuff. If it was jut a directors cut I wouldn't be getting it, but the directos cut plus all of the extras makes me more then happy to "double dip"

MikeScott
  Nov 17, 2010
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@karavarus But don't they have to scan the coupon? You'd think if it's for the 3D version it would only work for that.

acrodavid
  Nov 17, 2010
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Big week, but I'm limiting myself to Avatar, Christmas Carol, and Last Airbender for me.

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Yeha-Noha
  Nov 17, 2010
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@Wdm81 - Yes, for many people who like extra features, then this Avatar release makes it worth the expense. However, I find extra features to be very boring. I have many multi-disk set releases with hours of special features that I have never fully watched, except of course for the main feature. I can't see double dipping for this release.

I'm watching how 3D develops. Now, in that case, should I ever go 3D and Avatar is available in 3D, then yes, I will double dip for the 3D version which hopefully will have the extended cut too.

nazdar
  Nov 18, 2010
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Modern Times Spirits of the Dead Mutiny on the Bounty Night of the Hunter RoboGiesha Last Airbender Game

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Yojimbo68
  Nov 19, 2010
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I'm really surprised that so many of you are okay double dipping on Avatar! Not for nothing but this release should have the 3D version as well. Even if you can't play it now at least you might be able to in the future. So some of you are going to triple dip! If Lucas did this a LOT of you would scream bloody murder!! Just saying...Thank you Mr. Cameron, may I buy another?!
Jlennerth
  Nov 20, 2010
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This should be the soundtrack for this Blu-ray:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCS14PoQc2M


come on, give us the 3D version. I don't care about 10 min of xtra footage.


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