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Avatar - Book 1: Water - Volume 1 [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRNMKI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First volume from the first series of the popular American animated series made in the style of original Japanese anime. Avatar: The Last Airbender takes place in a fantasy world, home to humans, fantastic animals, and supernatural spirits. Human civilization is divided into four nations, the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Air Nomads, and the Fire Nation. Within each nation, an order of men and women called 'Benders' have the ability to manipulate their native element. These Bending arts combine a certain style of martial arts and elemental mysticism. The series follows the adventures of the successor to a long line of Avatars, Aang, and his friends in their quest to save the world from the ruthless Fire Nation.

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Avatar - The Legend Of Aang - Book 1 - Water Vol.1


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who says cartoons are only for kids? 19 May 2007
By Tara
Format:DVD
Ok, well let me start by saying that I'm 20 and I absolutely love this show to bits. That's right, I'm a mature(ish), socially active, employed, complete with a life, friends, dates and family adult - and I love this cartoon.

It's a shame that many people judge a show before they've actually taken the time to watch it. A cartoon can quickly and wrongly be labelled as a 'kids show,' and that just isn't fair.

Avatar is wonderful. The plot is consistently good and moves along at a nice speed, the animation is fantastic and the characters are well-developed and easy to relate to which really gets the viewer behind their quest.

Read the basic plot and yes, I'll admit, it doesn't sound terribly original what with the slightly reluctant hero, the strong female presence (whoop Katara!) and the comic relief dude who is always the one to get hit by something. But I promise watch an episode and you will be enlightend.

Avatar just makes me feel happy. It's like watching a Disney film - instant child-like glee :D Such is the way with Avatar. It takes you through a whirlwind of emotions but in the end you're smiling and wanting to watch the next episode.

So give it a shot and enjoy yourself. Age is not an issue with this wonderful little show :) (Oh and if you do find you really like it, you could always grab yourself a cheap multi-regional DVD player and get the American Season 1 boxset. It's a better deal in the end and will most likely take forever to be released in the UK.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elemental fun 11 Jun 2007
By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I originally caught this show while I was channel surfing on a Saturday morning and I was hooked strait away. The show follows the Avatar, a powerful reincarnated being, travel the world learning how to manipulate (bend) the elements to defeat the warlike Fire Nation and return balance to the world. Not only must Aang find people willing to tutor him in the various elemental powers but he is also being chased by the disgraced prince Zuko. The four episodes of this volume give a good representation of the series, introducing the characters well and giving a good account of the world and history that the show is set in. The series has some great action and a good, if not terribly original plot, should be enjoyable by both adults and children. As a side note, although not strictly anime the show is clearly heavily influenced by it and anime fans will most probably enjoy Avatar as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, better than the film 23 July 2012
By kodama
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This Avatar series is a great series for children, boys and girls. It follows the fortunes of the Avatar and his new friends as they try to save the world and defeat evil. The recent film doesn't do this series justice.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anime-style show ... anime-style release schedule 5 Jan 2006
By faolin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Yes, I'm going to join the chorus praising the series. It's stylish, the art and character designs are high-quality, and each episode holds up well for multiple viewings. There's drama, suspense, more action than you can throw a stick at, and plenty of humor to ease the way. The core characters are well-rounded, and they grow as the first season progresses. We get backstory slowly, woven into the story. We keep learning about the characters.

While I, too, would have preferred a series set over single-disk releases, I can't pretend to be surprised. I buy a lot of anime, and Japanese series are released one disk at a time. Maybe a complete set comes out sometime after the regular releases are done, with a nice box. Anime fans pay a premium for their fix - $20-$30 for 3-5 episodes, $80-$200 for a series/season box set. While this is Nickelodeon, not a US-license of a Japanese series, let's face it: Avatar isn't Spongebob. This show isn't like anything else on Nick. The production values are much higher, and the production costs increase proportionally. A $40 season set isn't likely any time soon.

There is a rumor that a box set with unknown bonus features will be released AFTER the single disks are all out. Again, this is typical practice for anime releases, not a nefarious Nickelodeon plot. Those who are disappointed or peeved should contact Nickelodeon to ask about a set. Let them know they've failed to meet your expectations. If you refuse to buy the series piecemeal - tell them why. If they don't get feedback, they're not going to reconsider their release strategy.

This series is well worth owning on DVD. The question is whether you want to treat yourself to a disk every couple-three months, or wait and see what is offered in a year or so. There's no wrong answer here... but buy it sooner or later. It is that good.

>>> JUNE 2006 UPDATE: a season 1 box set has been announced for September. No pricing information yet.
68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the show, don't love the Nick squeezing.... 25 Nov 2005
By President Kang - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me say first of all that I love this show. There are very few shows that my whole family will sit down and watch at the same time, and Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of them. The story of Aang and his friends trying to reach the North Pole so he can begin his quest for mastery of the four elements by learning Water Bending (to go with his Air Bending mastery), is not only very well done, its cool for both kids and adults. Based loosely on Chinese/Japanese mythology and martial arts, the character/creature designs are interesting, the action is always great, but not at the expense of the smaller moments, and the funny moments as well.

What I don't like in Nickelodeon only including the first 4 episodes on the first release. Why not release the whole first season? I understand this way is probably more price friendly for parents who's kiddos love the show, but it seems like they are trying to squeeze us for everything they can. But other than that, I'm planning on buying all the discs and can give this release my highest recommendation.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the full season... 11 Dec 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I do not know why people keep rating CONTENT on Amazon based on their incorrect perceptions of Amazon's services and offerings. But just so everyone is clear, not only is this the full season, but Amazon is giving it to you at a bargain. Amazon has two "double" episodes here ("Secret of the Fire Nation" and "The Guru/The Crossroads of Destiny") -- these are both "hour-long" (48 minutes without commercials) episodes that ran as two airings each on TV (SotFN ran as "The Serpent's Pass" and "The Drill," while "The Guru" and CRoD ran under those titles). So this is the full season, and Amazon could be charging $4 more for it! Stop bellyaching and enjoy!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in a long time 11 April 2006
By Thomas E. Tweedel - Published on Amazon.com
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Avatar is without a doubt one of the best all around shows to come down the pipe in a very long time.

I don't have cable so I haven't seen much of it on TV. I first found out about it when I was at a friends doing some work and it was on as background noise for the kids. It was somewhere in the middle of the season so I didn't know the story but I was really impressed. I though, wow, the Japanese have done it again. But having watched a lot of anime in my younger days some stuff didn't add up. The style was different, the sight gags and most importantly the body language of the characters was different.

I was really surprised when I found it was an American production! I wanted to see more. I was wondering if it was worth buying, my kid only being 2 ? so I figured what the heck, its not that expensive for one disk.

I ordered it and it was an instant hit at the house. My son loved it goes running around with a stick saying he's going to save the world. My wife loved it and I loved it. The show is written to a good middle ground between kids and adults. The kids will follow the story without issue and the adults will see deeper into the world. Its not too deep mind you but deep enough to feel there is more going on than whats immediately on screen.

I was really impressed by the creativity of the series and just how well done it was. The producers pulled together a lot of elements from Asian culture and tradition and blended them together into a credible setting in a way I've not really seen done very well outside of Asian works.

They've got a lot of gags and elements that are not exactly original. Strong liberated female figure in male dominated culture, chauvinist/clueless/useless guy, obligatory cute pet/sidekick, reluctant hero, ruthless villain etc. But they are well done and not overdone.

Many of the sight gags revolve around bad things that happen to the hapless/clueless guy. But they were well done enough to be funny without being tired. I was particularly glad they didn't give too much screen time to the cute pet/sidekick which some kids shows seem to devote about 1/3 of each episode to the antics of that creature. He (A flying lemur like creature) pops in and pops out for some good comic relief but never eclipses those involved in the story.

We also begin to see some depth in Character development and hints that some may not be exactly as they seem. Particularly with the apparent villains of the series. They actually have motivation and character beyond just wanting to give the hero's a bad day or ruling the world.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soar to new heights and adventure with Avatar The Last Airbender 16 Nov 2005
By Lauren Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Hey there! Lauren here. I LOVE Avatar: The Last Airbender and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something new and exciting to watch. It's dramatic, suspenseful and very enjoyable to watch. It's full of adventure as well.

In a time when the world is divided into four nations: Water tribes, earth kingdoms, fire nation and air nomads, it seems peaceful. But that all changes when the greedy and power hungry fire nation starts a war with the other three nations. The world's only hope is the Avatar, a boy who can master the bending disciplines of all four elements. But he hasn't been seen for a hundred years. It's not until a waterbender named Katara and her annoying older brother, Sokka, free Aang from an iceburg, do they uncover the world's last hope. Now it's up to Aang to learn all four bending disciplines in order to end the war and bring balance back to the world. With the help of Katara and Sokka, Aang will learn a lot more than the bending arts. He will learn what true friendship is.

Water, earth, fire air.

Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony

Then everything changed when the fire nation attacked

Only the Avatar, master of all four elements could stop them

But when the world needed him most, he vanished

A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar. An airbender named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone

But I believe, Aang can save the world

Join Katara, her annoying brother, Sokka and their friend, Aang, as they make their way to the North Pole in search of a waterbending teacher for Katara. Also, As the Avatar, Aang must master all four elements in order to defeat the fire lord and restore balance to the world.

I've been watching this show for nine months now and I LOVE it. Katara is my favorite character and I believe Mae Whitman portrays her really well. I LOVE this show and I can't wait till it comes to DVD. Like Katara, my element is also water. I identify with Katara the most.

May the power of water, earth, fire and air be with everyone always.
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