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Director: James Cameron
Screenplay: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Lang
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 162
Aspect Ratio:  1.78:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish
Studio:  20th Century Fox DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  Nov 2010 Discs:  3 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  Experience the spectacular world of James Cameron's "Avatar" as never before with this all-new three-disc extended collector’s edition. The journey begins with three movie versions: the original theatrical release, the special edition re-release, and the exclusive extended cut not shown in theaters. And that's just what's on the first Blu-ray disc. The set's bonus feature run more than eight hours and include over 45 minutes of deleted scenes; actor's screen tests; on-location footage; feature-length documentaries on the film's groundbreaking production; an interactive scene-deconstruction feature that lets you explore different levels of production for 17 scenes; a comprehensive guide to the world of Pandora; and more. The greatest adventure of all time just got bigger and better.

Versions of "Avatar" on Blu-ray, DVD, and Video On Demand
Edition Format Release Date Special Features "Avatar" (Extended Collector's Edition) Three Blu-ray Discs Nov. 16, 2010 Three versions of the movie including the previously unreleased extended cut, plus more than eight hours of bonus features including over 45 minutes of deleted scenes, interactive scene deconstruction, "Pandorapedia", documentaries and featurettes, and BD-LIVE content (requires compatible player and Internet connection) "Avatar" (Extended Collector's Edition) Three DVDs Nov. 16, 2010 Three versions of the movie including the previously unreleased extended cut, plus more than three hours of bonus features including documentaries and over 45 minutes of deleted scenes "Avatar" (Original Theatrical Edition) Digital Purchase Apr. 22, 2010 None "Avatar" (Original Theatrical Edition) Digital Rental May 9, 2010 None "Avatar" (Original Theatrical Edition) Two-disc Blu-ray/
DVD combo Apr. 22, 2010 None "Avatar" (Original Theatrical Edition) DVD Apr. 22, 2010 None

There is not a 3D edition of "Avatar" on any of these formats at this time.

Contents of the Blu-ray Extended Collector's Edition
What follows is the back-of-the box summary of the Blu-ray set's contents and then a complete listing of everything that's included.

Disc 1: Three Movie Versions Original Theatrical Edition (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed) Special Edition Re-Release (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed) Collector’s Extended Cut with 16 additional minutes, including alternate opening on earth
Disc 2: Filmmaker's Journey Over 45 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes "Capturing Avatar": Feature-length documentary covering the 16-year filmmakers’ journey, including interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau, cast and crew "A Message from Pandora": James Cameron’s visit to the Amazon rainforest The 2006 art reel: Original pitch of the "Avatar vision" Brother termite test: Original motion capture test The ILM prototype: Visual effects reel Screen tests: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana Zoë’s life cast: Makeup session footage On-set footage as live-action filming begins VFX progressions Crew film: "The Volume"
Disc 3: Pandora's Box Interactive scene deconstruction: Explore the stages of production of 17 different scenes through three viewing modes: capture level, template level, and final level with picture-in-picture reference Production featurettes: "Sculpting Avatar", "Creating the Banshee", "Creating the Thanator", "The AMP Suit", "Flying Vehicles", "Na’vi Costumes", "Speaking Na’vi", "Pandora Flora", "Stunts", "Performance Capture", "Virtual Camera", "The 3D Fusion Camera", "The Simul-Cam", "Editing Avatar", "Scoring Avatar", "Sound Design", "The Haka: The Spirit of New Zealand" "Avatar" original script "Avatar" screenplay by James Cameron "Pandorapedia:" Comprehensive guide to Pandora" Lyrics from five songs by James Cameron The art of "Avatar": Over 1,850 images in 16 themed galleries ("The World of Pandora", "The Creatures", "Pandora Flora", "Pandora Bioluminescence", "The Na’vi", "The Avatars", "Maquettes", "Na’vi Weapons", "Na’vi Props", "Na’vi Musical Instruments", "RDA Designs", "Flying Vehicles", "AMP Suit", "Human Weapons", "Land Vehicles", "One-Sheet Concepts") BD-Live extras (requires BD-Live-enabled player and Internet connection--may be available a limited-time only): Crew Short: "The Night Before Avatar"; additional screen tests, including Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, and Laz Alonso; speaking Na’vi rehearsal footage; Weta Workshop: walk-and-talk presentation

Review of the Original Theatrical Edition
Here's what we had to say about the original theatrical edition of "Avatar" after seeing it on the big screen:

After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics. Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na'vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. Although he's supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who'd like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na'vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron's complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na'vi). The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron's crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. Maybe it's the fact that Cameron seems torn between his two loves--awesome destructive gizmos and flower-power message mongering--that makes Avatar's pursuit of its point ultimately uncertain. That, and the fact that Cameron's dialogue continues to clunk badly. If you're won over by the movie's trippy new world, the characters will be forgivable as broad, useful archetypes rather than standard-issue stereotypes, and you might be able to overlook the unsurprising central plot. (The overextended "take that, Michael Bay" final battle sequences could tax even Cameron enthusiasts, however.) It doesn't measure up to the hype (what could?) yet Avatar frequently hits a giddy delirium all its own. The film itself is our Pandora, a sensation-saturated universe only the movies could create. --Robert Horton

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