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  • Actors: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046A8796
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,043 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics. Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. 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. Although he's supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who'd like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na'vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron's complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na'vi). The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron's crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. Maybe it's the fact that Cameron seems torn between his two loves--awesome destructive gizmos and flower-power message mongering--that makes Avatar's pursuit of its point ultimately uncertain. That, and the fact that Cameron's dialogue continues to clunk badly. If you're won over by the movie's trippy new world, the characters will be forgivable as broad, useful archetypes rather than standard-issue stereotypes, and you might be able to overlook the unsurprising central plot. (The overextended "take that, Michael Bay" final battle sequences could tax even Cameron enthusiasts, however.) It doesn't measure up to the hype (what could?) yet Avatar frequently hits a giddy delirium all its own. The film itself is our Pandora, a sensation-saturated universe only the movies could create. --Robert Horton

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I have just received my copy of the Avatar Blu-ray and DVD combination, and watched it immediately. In some ways it was preferable to the 3D cinema experience, because personally I'm not that convinced about 3D and on Blu-ray the visual treats are probably the best I have ever seen on a television screen. So good, in fact, that even a 50-inch flatscreen plasma doesn't seem to do it justice. It's just awesome and spellbinding.

As a story - and there certainly is one - it's rather long, and I feel that half an hour could have been cropped from it without losing too much in overall entertainment. The story is an interesting one though, set nearly 150 years in the future on a planet called Pandora with the human invaders intent on mining for a resource that sells for incredible prices back on distant Earth. The invaders, having previously tried to do the politically correct thing and show concern for the welfare of the natives, eventually lose patience and a seemingly one-sided and very aggressive battle ensues. The audience's sympathies are at all times nudged in favour of the Na'vi who inhabit the planet. Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is the lead character and avatar, who by way of concepts reminiscent of The Matrix films, is able to be another person in another place - one of the Na'vi - thanks to technology way beyond our 21st-century comprehension. He falls in love with their leader's daughter.

I'm not quite able to say 'this is the best film I have ever seen', but I may be able to next week, or next month, we'll see. One thing's for sure however - it's definitely right up there with the very best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Love Halloween! on 5 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I had the extreme pleasure of seeing this in its best format, on the big screen in jaw breaking 3D. After weeks of ads and feeling fairly sure it was either going to be great or rubbish I am so soul grabbingly glad I went. This is so immersive, a world of colour, lights, vibrant life that flows through the earth, animals and trees. You really feel your senses fill with what is a stunningly beautiful world. Grace, (Sigourney Weaver), a scientist who has been co-existing with the natives gathers folk lore and facts about the planet and its inhabitants. Jake goes in as a soldier but it isn't clear initially what his role will be. He enjoys being able to walk again, crippled as a human he suddenly has a lean frame with wicked strong arms and legs. He meets a flying creature and he manages to connect, the flying scenes make your stomach do a dipsy doodle, the quality of the rendering is second to none. He starts to fall for a firey native. He is enamoured with everything about this world. When it beocmes obvious that the army and scientific team aren't there to work with and learn, he becomes fiercely protective. The badass army leader wants to destroy, wreck, crush. They want valuable minerals in and around the world, primarily near the largest tree, where they all live and worship. I think when the fight scences kick off and the mechanical robots and trucks start plowing and ravaging their way towards the home it is sickening and you do feel it is a little close to home. I am pleased to report that following a glorious battle in which the action comes thick and fast you get to see Jake kick backside. He flies the most fearsome beast in the sky and fights his heart out for what he believes in. Its a long film but you do not notice, it is just so fill of visual wonders you won't want it to end. When oh when do we get to have it on 3D at home?
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186 of 208 people found the following review helpful By RocketF1 on 11 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is not a review but just as important. for those wishing to choose between the dvd or blu-ray as amazon have listed the blu-ray features.

So Actually: just for the info, the DVD version will only have 4 hours of special features (this is verified elswehere and on the hut website). where as the blu-ray will have the full 8hrs. Cheers.
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371 of 419 people found the following review helpful By Deckard on 26 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ok so the film we all know about, how can you not? Personally I expected to dislike it given the enormous amount of hype that went with it, but in actual fact I thought it was an amazing film, dazzling, exciting, well acted, great effects and an immersive adventure, which whilst simple in story was perfect in execution. The Blu-Ray disc is pretty much going to be the reference quality disc for anyone wanting to show off their system, it boasts an absolutely staggeringly beauitful high def picture that's so vibrant and detailed it's a pleasure on the eye. The lossless DTS-DH Master audio is more than a match for the visuals, Pandora literally comes alive in your living room with varied and effective use of the whole surround set-up, crystal clear dialog, thunderous punchy action sequences and dynamic delivery of James Horner's score. #

So buy it then yes? Well, it depends.. If you absolutely can't wait to own it, then chances are you already have it. However if you're deliberating, and can wait a few months I would suggest holding fire because this release, believe it or not, in an absolute crime against home cinema releasing has NO EXTRAS. Yes that's right, ZERO, nada, zilch none. Not even an Avatar trailer, a 2 minute intro from james cameron, or even a flimsy Avatar coaster to stand your cuppa on.

But, of course, you know why... It's yet another massive title that distributors can dangle in front of you like a sizeable carrot while the film studio picks your back pocket. And then in 6 months time, oh yes, they will do it again..
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