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Excellent Blu-ray for techincally-awesome, narratively so-so Avatar (Extended Collector's Edn)
, 27 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Avatar Extended Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
It puzzles me why Amazon groups together irrelevant reviews - here from the DVD version and from the earlier Blu-ray edition - with reviews actually about this product. Well, never mind.
This is a review of the Blu-ray of Avatar, Extended Collector's Edition. First up, it must be said that the film is technically outstanding. The Blu-ray resolution, sound, and general immersion are practically second-to-none. Never mind Transformers 2 IMAX edition. Never mind other recent BD stunners. This is incredible stuff. Crisp. Colourful. Awesome fine detail. Etc. Etc. Absolutely 5-stars for picture and sound, without a doubt.
I've seen both the normal and two extended versions of the film. There are two separate versions here. One adds 8 minutes; the other 16 minutes. The additional material is great - and really adds to the story. Highly recommended if you've held back on getting Avatar so far. For an upgrade/double-dip though, it's probably the extra footage PLUS the extras that are of interest.
There's more material, really, than I have time to watch. I've watched about a quarter of what's on disc 2, and about the same of disc 3. I'm not going to run out of extra material any time soon, that's for sure! Most of what's there is great - although it does have a bit of a self-congratulatory tone to most of it. That's not really a problem, but just be forewarned. Everything is 'technical marvel'-this, 'breakthrough'-that, 'revolutionary'-do-da, and so on. Admittedly, what Cameron did with Avatar is breathtaking - from a purely technical standpoint. You also get an acute understanding of why the film cost so much - and took so long - to make after going through a sample of the extras, no doubt...
For the film and its story, well, I guess you've probably already made up your mind. I personally prefer 'New World' (with Christian Bale et al.). Still, it's OK. (Minor spoiler) It ends well. But an Ozu film it ain't. It's not subtle. It's not transcendental (except from an immersion point of view, as I say). It's not that clever. It's not that well-scripted. It doesn't really get under your skin - or make you think about conservation, botany, climate change, human nature etc. - much as Cameron and the crew might think that it does.
Still, if you go in with the right kind of expectations, it's a pretty stunning, quite unique kind of experience. Really special, in its own way.
So, for me, 5/5, very highly recommended. An excellent technical quality, good value Blu-ray!
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