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Avatar (DVD + Blu-ray) [2017]

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The obvious answer was the 3D side of things – audiences still did not know whether this was just another gimmick, a fad reminiscent to Jaws 3D in the eighties, or whether it would be around to stay. Seriously, you can’t deny the visual impact, and the opulence of the new world that has been created and fully realised in such a believable, realistic way, and in 3D it will blow you away. If you have the stamina, do yourselves a favour and wait a while; first build up your 3D equipment slowly, then pick up the imminent 3D cut and see this movie the way that it was made to be seen.

A whole motion-capture-depicted dance scene looks hilarious, just because you get to see all the cast lit up like Christmas trees and behaving like fools (I’m sure there’s more of this in the Documentaries) but it goes on far too long for even comedy value to sustain. Having already set new standards in terms of special effects with the tremendous Terminator 2, he did much the same with the much lesser film, Titanic. Fortunately, the Blu-ray box set offers all three versions of the movie, so viewers can choose which they feel like watching at any particular opportunity. But will he be able to stop the greedy corporations and their over-eager military attachment from proceeding with a full-on invasion?And with Avatar, which he had been preparing for almost 15 years, he sought to push the boundaries once again, almost single-handedly bringing 3D into the mainstream, and paving the way for what seems increasingly likely to be the next level of film entertainment. Sitting through them all almost seems like watching a movie in itself, and it’s a shame because it takes a while before we get anything really interesting. Once again, the director has opted to present the picture in an open-matte 16:9 framing, which I still think looks awkward and unbalanced. extravaganza, "a tale as old as time", and it arguably could have been edited pretty significantly without any major issues.

And none of them addresses the plot hole of what happened to all the other Avatars seen at the beginning of the film. Honestly, it’s tough to see why you would really treasure going through all of this footage – do we really need to see Sam Worthington shave?James Cameron masterfully weaves these elements into a compelling story that resonates on a deeper level, elevating the film beyond a mere visual spectacle. in non-biodegradable plastic cases that, like it or not, will one day end up in a landfill somewhere. Many CG animators – like Pixar – took note of this theory, particularly after the initial, negative response of some of their test animations (check out the extra on the Toy Story release – ‘Tin Toy’ – whose ‘realistic’ baby looked just plain creepy).

Editor’s Note: This review was written in 2010, before Fox had widely released the film on Blu-ray 3D format. Becoming Na'vi (HD; 10:51) looks at some of the training and/or mentoring done to establish "tribal" identities. The title listings are as follows: Sculpting Avatar, Creating the Banshee, Creating the Thanator, The AMP Suit, Flying Vehicles, Na’vi Costumes, Speaking Na’vi, Pandora Flora, Stunts, Performance Capture, The 3D Fusion Camera, The Simul-Cam, Editing Avatar, Scoring Avatar, Sound Design, and The Haka: The Spirit of New Zealand. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na'vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. If you found the lack of bonus features on the original Blu-ray release of 'Avatar' disappointing, the 3-disc Extended Collector's Edition more than makes up for that with a wealth of supplemental content.To the best of my ability to tell based on currently-available information, the following features are exclusive to the Blu-ray release and not found on the DVD edition. Cameron says the film’s basis is in his childhood ideas, the fact that they had to wait for technology to be at a level where the film was capable of being shot, and explains the massive undertaking that it was, looking at the concept art, the script variations, the effects progressions and the motion capture work.

Attempts to stream the features on my OPPO BDP83 Blu-ray player invariably caused the player to crash. track on the disc has been specially remixed with extra attention given to how it will sound through TV speakers or stereo and older ProLogic surround equipment. Seen on a very large display, the image does occasionally look a little soft, with very minor visible compression artifacting. I think I spelled out the reasons for my opinion pretty thoroughly in the review of the first Blu-ray release. It takes you on a James Cameron-led voyage through the entire production, from inception through to the completion of the work in post.astounding, and there's virtually no frame in this enterprise which isn't stuffed with often incredible visual information.

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