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3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, but special edition on the way..., 26 April 2010
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This review is from: Avatar (DVD + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
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.. There is a 4-DISC SPECIAL EDITION due for release in November which will include a two-hour making-of documentary, deleted scenes, and no doubt a whole wealth of other such coolness And then let's not forget that there will also be the inevitable 3D release a little further down the line from that one.

Whichever way you look at it, this is a barer-than-bare bones release of the film, which whilst utterly spectaular and jaw dropping, doesn't really deserve the hard earned cash of people itching to get behind the scenes.
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Initial post: 26 Apr 2010 19:58:45 BDT
S. STERN says:
Longshot - if you are right about the 4-disc special edition, you are an absolute legend!!
Thanks! You have just saved me money now, and I will (desperately try at least) to sit tight and wait for the special features edition.
I agree, absolutely criminal how there are no extra features or anything like that - typical money making ploy and of course, it workes, cos I have no doubt this dvd will sell like hot cakes!!
I eagerly look forward to the special feautures edition - this film deserves it!

Posted on 26 Apr 2010 20:42:54 BDT
P. Sharpe says:
Thanks for this info; absolutely no point getting this version! Will borrow the DVD from a mate until the proper release comes out. Not that the extras will be completely honest - Mr Cameron's hardly going to admit ripping off, among others, the brilliant film that was Fern Gully, but hopefully there'll be something worth the wait!

This is what happens when aspects of the industry aren't regulated, I guess.

Posted on 26 Apr 2010 23:42:39 BDT
Thanks for the heads up about the total lack of extras. I was browsing this with a view to biting the bullet and ordering, but you've just given me a good reason to wait. I absolutely adored the movie in the cinema, 6 viewings inc once in Imax - yes 18 cinema hours viewing Avatar 3D in the cinema! For me it's a 3D cinema experience I wanted to soak up and make the most of because I will probably never get to experience it that way again. However good the blu-ray, it's just not going to be the same thing on a TV in 2D. However the prospect of a plethora of extras and an extended cut could convince me to give it a spin later on in the year.... Or if there's an ultimate edition to come with 3D and 2D versions, maybe that to cover all bases and hold it in readiness for 3D TV.

Posted on 27 Apr 2010 19:36:04 BDT
Ms. LJS says:
Thank you for this review. I really didn't think they would release a bare bones blu ray like this and hold the one with extras so far back. Very annoying but thanks to your review I realised!

Posted on 27 Apr 2010 21:01:31 BDT
J. J. Pecino says:
Thank for your review. I would have bought this edition and kicked myself six months down the line.

To those in the film indusry: you are always going on about how pirates rip the industry off, how about you stop ripping us off, us, that actually spend our hard earned cash on watching the movies in the cinema then later on buying the Blu-Ray or DVD? It works both ways.

Posted on 28 Apr 2010 12:37:47 BDT
Good info and I suppose some will hold out for the 'special editions', but honestly you can do that forever (and Star Wars proves they don't always get better) and I, for one, virtually never bother with the 'extras', finding them disk filler on the whole and certainly not worth paying any extra for.

If you enjoyed the film at the cinema (and I did), you might want to snap up the original release before the director's ego gets the better of him and he starts meddling with it...

Posted on 28 Apr 2010 15:35:51 BDT
J. Curtis says:
Longshot75.... Is 100% spot on about the 4 disc DVD in the future, i was so excited about buying the dvd that i went online and saw a interveiw with the director and was like o0o yeah that looks fun. watched it to find out that the dvd i just bought, is literally ONLY the film. IE no adverts nothing but plays the film, which in itself is quite a cool idea a really ripped raw production, but a cool idea doesnt mean buy it. i get the watching the film when i buy the super amazing package that is coming out later this year and am really annoyed that the descritions, media around this and everything to the build up of the release of this dvd didnt mention that it was literally just the dvd. because of this i will 100% be downloading all the special features because they arent getting any more money out of me.

DO NOT BUY THIS IF YOU WANT SPECIAL FEATURES IT CONTAINS NONE, ONLY BUY THISIF YOU JUST WANT TO SEE THEFILM FOR A CHEAP PRICE!

corporate companies 1- viewers 0

C**TS.

Posted on 28 Apr 2010 15:45:34 BDT
Loci says:
Just a quick thank you for answering all my questions in one review... I looked on the box to check for extra features (which I am as interested in as the film itself), but thought there would be at least SOMETHING. I'll see if I can hang on for the 'behind the scenes' version. Thanks!

Posted on 28 Apr 2010 21:08:23 BDT
byekitty says:
am i totally alone here i have to say i honestly have never watched any extra features on a single dvd in my collection must have over 500 by now so plenty to choose from but i am just not interested in the extra features at all

Posted on 28 Apr 2010 22:05:57 BDT
thanks for the info, i will look to get the 4 disc edition when it comes out but if there's anymore info about the 3d copy by then ill wait for that
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