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3D Makes it a better film,
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This review is from: Avatar with Limited Edition Lenticular Artwork (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD)  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I purchased this at HMV due to promising a movie night at my house and unfortunately my Amazon purchase did not arrive on time (yet - Royal Mail issue?), but this is exactly the same film - therefore is not an Amazon verified purchase.
Like I always say, I am dubious of reviews before the product is released as I do not feel this is a true representation of what you get. So reviews from 2 years ago are obviously not basing it on the product that was released a week ago.
The film is ok in my opinion, seems to be a mix of Ferngully, Aliens & Dances With Wolves. But my opinion is my opinion and I suggest you form your own. However, when seeing this movie in 3D it is SOOOO much better! I was amazed with the 3D which made the film far more engaging.
The packaging is quite nice - the lenticular art is a nice look. Inside you get a run of the mill blu-ray disc box with 2 discs. One is the DVD and the other is the mixed 3D/2D blu-ray. Of course you get the 'Titanic' flyer - what film doesn't get an insert in it these days? Thankfully the film wasn't covered in all that shrink wrap that does my head in.
The film is 161 minutes long - this is NOT the extended edition. I am sure that one will crop up one day in yet another limited edition super mega steelbook. Disc one (the blu-ray) does not have any extras beyond the film, the DVD disc does not have any special features either. There was a collectors edition release a while ago that will have all this bonus content, but no 3D version of the film. Both discs are THX mastered and the blu-ray had DTS 5.1 Master Audio which sounds amazing on my Onkyo home theatre system. Of course the films are letterboxed on a widescreen telly. Picture quality in blu ray is obviously stunning though I did catch a few bits of ghosting (crosstalk) in 3D but this could be from my viewing angle from the LG passive 3D tv I have. The film in 3D has TONS of depths and quite a bit of pop as well.
I was 'meh' on the film as I did not see it in the theatre in 3D. Then, when I actually saw it in 3D the film plot was still 'meh' but with more enthusiasm if you understand what I mean. I enjoyed it far more in 3D, and would recommend anyone with a 3D telly to rent or buy this film and see it as it was intended to be seen. The cliche plot is still too predictable, but far more enjoyable in the extra dimension - at times you get really immersed in it.
I would give the film itself 3*'s for plot, the visuals & sound quality 5* so to balance it a solid 4*'s would be fair. Though I would say this film is a must have for someone with a 3D home cinema system - it really does show off the capabilities of your tv. My only hope is that the sequel doesn't have a predictable & cliche story line.