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Actors: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Director: James Cameron
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2010     2hr 42min

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Actors: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Director: James Cameron
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: James Cameron, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/22/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 12/18/2009
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 2hr 42min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE
Reviewed on 8/18/2014...
I've always thought this movie was done so perfect and beautifully and it's just got the most unique love story as well. :) Great movie all the way around.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Robin A. from COLUMBIA FLS, MT
Reviewed on 10/7/2011...
Even if you dont love science fiction you can't help but love this movie. the graphics are amazing, you watch it and just wish you lived in a world that looked like that. The story is well written and lovable. I haven't met a single person who can tell me they didn't like "Avatar".
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kenny H. (tneagle)
Reviewed on 3/14/2011...
A fantasy sci-fi film with A+ visual effects and sound.
A marine has to decide to fight for aliens he has befriended or promote his planet's desires. The action is crisp, but I didn't like the goddess (Not talking about the Charile Sheen goddess variety either) concept protrayed in the movie. There is only one God: Jesus Christ.
3 of 8 member(s) found this review helpful.
Belinda S. (niara) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 2/26/2011...
I watched this movie -- shot entirely in 3D -- and had an epiphany: I cannot watch a film in which 80% of the characters are CGI. I need human beings, real people, with real stories. So I am grateful to James Cameron for bringing this overblown, overhyped film to the local theatre because I learned something about myself in the process.

Guilty of one of the biggest problems since technology catapulted film-making into a quasi-art (think Star Wars, think Forest Gump), it is clear that the $300 or so million dollars it cost to make this monstrosity was all spent on visual effects. It sure was a pretty movie to look at it, and for the trillions who saw it and loved it, I guess they were so mesmerized by the blue people that they did not have the attention spans to realize that, erm, there was no story. Or at least a story that was stolen from countless films, (Ferngully, Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas) that it was the least original in that regard.

I sat in the cold theatre watching Avatar a few weeks after the earthquake in Haiti and thought of the thousands of people, dead or near dead, and then watched the actors on the screen -- dead or near dead -- and could not help but wonder where and how that $300 million dollars could have been put to so much better use. As I pondered getting up and leaving the theatre -- as did my 14-year old son, who hated it nearly as much as I -- I realized a year later that vindication was right around the corner as I watched James "hubris run amuck" Cameron's ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, win not only Best Director but Best Picture with The Hurt Locker. ~Happy Sigh.~ There is a God, after all.
3 of 11 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

AVOID THIS EDITION - 20-40 minutes of new missing storyline
M. Western | 03/18/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"***THINGS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY***

1. A special edition likely including 20-40 minutes of additional footage is already being leaked to media for release later THIS YEAR!
2. No special features. If you are a fan, of all the discs in your collection this is the one you really want the extra stuff. It really should be amazing!
3. No 3D presentation. New technology in TVs is out this year and should enhance the home 3D experience. I don't usually care about 3D at home but things are changing. Be ready!
4. There is also news that the movie itself will be re-released shortly with the 20-40 minutes of additional content I mentioned above. Why buy the Blu if you can see it with additional content and in the best possible 3D at theaters--- then buy the special edition just a few months later?

I have to echo the comments of a previous reviewer. The studios are becoming so brazen. They released this edition and tried to explain the poor accoutrements by saying "they wanted to save all the space on the disc for the best possible presentation". Are you kidding me? Bust out the extra discs already! Offering this bare bones BR right before re-releasing the movie with additional footage was also a classless act that spits in consumer's faces. Just rent the movie or see the enhanced version in theaters. It will tide you over until the Special Edition comes out.

Lastly, there are plenty of people adding comments that you shouldn't wait for 3D because the home experience with 3D is lack luster or most people don't have the new 3D TVs. That's partly true, however...
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT 3D! The lack of additional storyline, missing special features and blatent disregard for consumers (in an economic downturn) are what make this a bad deal. There is new home theater technology out this year that should enhance the home 3D experience. Your home theater will catch up. People who are excited about this movie should be standing together against a poor release offering, especially when there are terrific alternatives to hold us over.

Wait a few months and get a much superior release for similar money."
BE CAREFUL!!!!!
M. Stephenson | 03/17/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"As it turns out, Fox has craftily decided to milk "Avatar" for every possibly penny, since the debut DVD/blu-ray will be a bare-bones release -- and it will be one of the first major films to appear in home video without any of the regular special features, such as theatrical trailers, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage.

If you want all the extra features, you'll have to wait until November, when you can buy a second "Avatar" DVD, currently titled the "Ultimate Edition," which will include all of the fancy stuff. And then, if you have really deep pockets, you can come back to the video store next year and buy a third, 3-D, version of the DVD.

So in a nut shell... This Blu-ray/DVD release JUST has the movie on it! NOTHING ELSE. NO EXTRAS, NO TRAILERS, NO SPECIAL FEATURES."
Blu-Ray Review (not a review of the movie!)
the-movie-guy | Lawrence, KS | 04/22/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Five months after "Avatar" received its initial big-screen release, we are presented with its first release to the home-video market. Much has been written about the double and triple-dipping. We know this is a bare-bones release, devoid of ANY extras, special features, deleted scenes, commentary, etc. We know the studio is releasing a more complete edition of the film on Blu-ray in November 2010, and a 3D version at some point in the future. We've all heard the complaints from those who think this stripped-down version is merely a cash grab. So now Earth Day has arrived, and "Avatar" has been released in this bare-bones edition. For those who, like me, love the movie, and want to have something on-hand to enjoy until the more thorough release arrives in the months to come, is this worth it?

In a word, yes.

This Blu-ray is the movie only, with some basic search/bookmarking features and subtitles. There is no commentary, no trailers, no previews, no annoying advertisements that play before the movie starts. It's the movie only, much like the way DVDs presented films back in the early days of that format. You insert the disc (the disc loads and starts playing automatically in my Sony BDP-S570). There will be a moment or two of a blank screen as the disc loads. You'll see a brief message informing you to update your player's firmware if you experience any problems playing the disc. Then you'll see a piracy warning (thankfully it's brief), and then a basic Fox Home Video title screen. Now you come to a nicely animated menu screen, which gives you options to play the film, set up your options or search for a scene or bookmark.

The disc has an advanced feature which allows you to resume playback if you power your player off during the film playback. This option comes on automatically when you turn on the player again, even if you've removed the disc and reinserted it.

The video quality is astonishing, easily besting last month's Toy Story and Toy Story 2 releases from Disney. You have a full 16x9 (1.78:1) picture, which is how I remember the film being presented in RealD and Dolby 3D Digital in theatres. Colors are crisp and bright. No visible artifacts.

Audio is superb, a quite robust mix that will engage fully your 7.1 system.

This is the finest-looking Blu-ray of the year, thus far, and the best way to enjoy the film until the next more complete edition is released in November. Is this stripped-down edition a cash grab? I don't think so. I appreciate having a bare-bones release. It's refreshing to have a disc that is the movie only. Who needs all the junk that we get on most Blu-ray discs? Yes a making-of documentary would be fun, but is there anyone who loves the movie who doesn't already have some idea of the craft that went into making it?

This release is for people who love the movie, end of story. If you love the movie, you'll appreciate having such a wonderful, flawless transfer to enjoy in high definition at home. If you don't love the movie, you will find things to quibble about such as the lack of extras. I, for one, am happy with what we've got now."