Thank you Amazon community, May 5, 2010
If what everyone is saying is true, I will just wait for the next release. I know the goal of a business is to make money, but it's still frustrating that they would pull this kind of thing with a movie like Avatar. Practically everyone on the planet bought a ticket to see this, how about not trying to squeeze more cash from fans by releasing one edition, and then a few months later release the "super super special" edition. Just release one disc and be done with it. Let me guess, the super duper version will come out around Christmas time. Just a guess
Blu-Ray perfection, the way all Blu-Ray releases should be., May 5, 2010
Avatar was a great film, no doubt about that. This was one the best productions of all time, extremly enjoyable with remarkable replay value, but this review focuses on the quality of the 1st release BD version:
To my surprise, the movie is in full 16:9 (1.78:1) ratio so no black bars, this allows you to utilize your every pixel of your plasma/LCD/DLP. I'd rather utilize the entire screen than sacrifice half of the display to see a few extra Pandoran trees in the background.
This BD disc has an incredible and revolutionary technology that will literally remember your position in the movie (has resume capability which is extremely ultra super freaky rare). This "resume" feature comes in very handy for a movie that is nearly 3 hours in length. I never understood why the vast majority of BD movies lack this feature, seems like a common ability that every VHS tape and DVD was capable of providing and yet so very few BDs will remember your last location. Perhaps those others BD discs are intentionally programmed to force the owner/viewer re-watch all the trailers every single time they turn on their player. Well this BD doesn't punish you, it was made for enjoyment!
We all know how incredibly frustrating it is to be forced to wait or manually skip through hordes of previews/trailers every time you load a disc but this BD disc has none and boots directly to the movie menu (no promotional spam to skip/wait though)!!
This 2010 initial release bundle includes the DVD version of the full movie in addition to the Blu-Ray. You can sell the DVD for $10 or more, just as I have, and the BD with case ends up being under $10 from Amazon! That's an incredible bargain for one of the best movies of modern times.
I wish every BD release was modeled in this fashion, they went above and beyond with this Avatar BD and polished it to perfection.
Quality of the BD picture/sound: 5/5 -best to date and reference quality
BD features, menu, layout: 5/5 -what every BD should strive provide to end-users, simplicity & speed yielding high enjoyability
Overhyped hybrid of dances with wolves?, May 4, 2010
This has been done before, but i cannot exactly put my finger on what had already been that resembles this, dances with wolves is the closest thing to my mind, along with some of Miyazaki's work which you can clearly see influenced J.C. to make this "Decent semi-original movie" 3 stars for the great effects alone, and that ultimately saved this review from giving it 2 or even 1,
I really cannot believe I'm saying this, but like most i fell for the Hype Machine, and was thinking 'this will be the best movie ever' um not even close! no. sadly disappointing but not THAT much, it's still a good film.
Good? Yes, best thing ever? *cough* that would be the equivalent of saying...
'Tron is better then Star Wars' you get the idea, uh not likely. so all in all it is a good film but nothing near the hype behind it. Heck, "The Last Star fighter" an many other movies from the eighties was on par with this, not in scope of the "bigness" but entertaining wise, and acting (the acting in this, was horrid BTW)
Totally agree with what The Champ said up top, it simply is HYPE nothing more. You cant really blame J.C. for milking this for all it's worth you have to make money and it certainly did that!
One thing before I end this, there is something that I did like very much about symbolism of the film that pertains to the very real world in which we live and that has to do with the "choice" of wither or not we will war with ourselves/those who are different) or take the peaceful natural route.
Clearly the symbology is very easy to read, insted of the tired, played out,
"Us vs them" it is more of a "Natural world vs the Technological war machine"
it's more of a question then an answer, Do we want Utopia or Dystopia? Hmmmm. Godly hype is trumped by a sub-par Movie. 3 stars.
I'd give this zero stars because of the greed this release represents, May 4, 2010
No matter how great a movie is, releasing a bare bones DVD is pure greed and a rip off!!! I'll wait for the inevitable special release. Nah, on second thought I won't spend a red cent on any edition of this DVD because of of greedy executives insultingly releasing this bare bones rip off. Studios, get a grip and face reality, soon everyone will stop going to movies and watch on-line! Can you say pirated copy? I'm always willing to pay for something I like, but this is just another way of screwing the public and I for one will not bend over.