Avatar

Directed By: James Cameron Starring: Sam Worthington Zoe Saldana

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on 5/12/2012

I got this as soon as I found it available on the net. It will not be available commercially for some time and that, of course, means the price is WAY to high for most viewers. I was willing to be taken for a ride but if you do not just have to have it now I would recommend waiting until it is available everywhere. The video quality is fantastic. I have a Samsung 40" 3D setup and the movie was just beautiful to watch. Not quite the same as IMAX but very close (size of screen being the only difference that I could see). The 3D is, to my eyes, exactly as good as the IMAX on-screen version. I am a huge fan of the movie but believe me I would tell you if the video quality was not great. I would not hesitate to do the purchase again (even considering the huge rip-off in price at this time) but advise others to consider if you really have to have it right now or can wait awhile. Great movie, almost unbelievable video transfer quality, and a price that is just not right! Hope this helps. Read More

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by Bunnykins on 9/12/2012

I loved this movie. I loved every thing about it. Had a great story. It reminded me of 2 movies I had seen before. It feels like a modernized remake of Ferngully-Last Rainforest or even The Pocahontas movie. Most of my friends thought it was more like Pocahontas then fergully but most of the friends have not seen ferngully. I love the aline aspact that is in this movie. Which gives it a more modern feel and makes it different from those other 2 movies. Read More

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Product Overview

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 214576534
UPC 024543656067
UPC 14 00024543656067
Format DVD
Release Date 4/22/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Aliens
Computer Animation
Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy
Science Fiction
Science-Fiction
Soldiers
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note ALIENS and THE TERMINATOR director James Cameron returns to the genre that made him famous with AVATAR. As an avatar (a human mind housed in an alien body), an ex-Marine finds his inner conflict competes with the far-flung war he must fight. This sci-fi film reunites the director with his ALIENS actress, Sigourney Weaver, and it co-stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, and Michelle Rodriguez. Cameron also brings on WETA, the special effects team behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy, in his efforts to create this 3-D film filled with awe-inspiring CGI.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "An extraordinary act of visual imagination....To see AVATAR is to feel like you understand filmmaking in three dimensions for the first time." 12/11/2009
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "With the game-changing, magnificent visual spectacle that is AVATAR, writer/director James Cameron can be crowned king of the virtual world." 12/16/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "AVATAR is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough." 12/11/2009
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "Cameron wants us to appreciate the world he's toile to make....His Pandora is a revelation -- truly a must see." 12/16/2009
Entertainment Weekly "As a spectacle, AVATAR is indelible -- a true rush..." -- Grade: B 12/25/2009
New York Times "[A] trippy joy ride about the end of life....An Emersonian exploration of the invisible world of the spirit filled with Cameronian rock 'em, sock 'em pulpy action." 12/18/2009
Variety "[AVATAR] delivers unique spectacle, breathtaking sights, narrative excitement and an overarching anti-imperialist, back-to-nature theme....[T]he picture is a triumph..." 12/10/2009
Hollywood Reporter "[Cameron] brings science-fiction movies into the 21st century with the jaw-dropping wonder that is AVATAR." 12/10/2009
Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's utterly captivating. A glistening banquet for the senses." 12/11/2009
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Here's a filmmaker who knows how to harness technology to storytelling....Cameron's talent really is as big as his dreams. 01/21/2010
Washington Post "Cameron has managed to get genuine performances....Worthington and especially Saldana do a terrific job of imbuing their characters with life and spirit..." 12/18/2009
Movieline "[A]s heartfelt as it is spectacular...As a showman Cameron will not be denied." 12/18/2009
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "AVATAR turns out to be a work of imagination on an industrial scale....The last act shifts from carefully cultivated enchantment to all-out action." 06/01/2010
Premiere 4 stars out of 4 -- "From the barely noticeable sci-fi/tech details to the mind-blowing Pandora landscapes, this is a movie that truly transports an audience." 04/22/2010
Directors
James Cameron
Actors
Sam Worthington
Zoe Saldana
Cast & Crew
Michelle Rodriguez - Star
Sam Worthington - Star
Zoe Saldana - Star
Stephen Lang - Star
Sigourney Weaver - Star
James Cameron - Screenwriter
James Cameron - Producer
Jon Landau - Producer
James Cameron - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00024543656067
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 162 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Awards
Golden Globe (2010) Avatar, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama,James Cameron, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture
Oscar (2010) James Cameron, Nominee, Best Achievement in Directing,James Cameron, Jon Landau, Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Joe Letteri et, al., Winner, Best Achievement in Visual Effects,Mauro Fiore, Winner, Best Achievement in Cinematography,Rick Carter et, al., Winner, Best Achievement in Art Direction
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Avatar has been described as a "game-changer," and perhaps it is. I'll leave that for future historians to determine. What I can say with some assuredness is this is the most technically amazing motion picture to have arrived on screens in many years - perhaps since Peter Jackson's The Return of the King. It's also among the most anticipated openings of the decade. Expectations can be a double-edged sword; ask George Lucas. But when a filmmaker meets or exceeds them, the results are tremendous, and that's the case with Avatar. James Cameron has a lot riding on this film, his long-delayed follow-up to Titanic (which came out an even dozen years ago), the all-time box office champion in unadjusted dollars. Under "normal" circumstances, at stake would have been only Cameron's reputation and future autonomy with astronomical budgets. But Cameron has hitched his wagon to 3D and declared this to be the wave of the future. Watching Avatar, I can almost believe it. If every filmmaker could do with 3D what Cameron achieves, I'd gladly wear the uncomfortable glasses to every screening...Avatar is the most engaging and enthralling motion picture I have experienced this year - and "experience" is the appropriate word. There's a rush associated with coming to Pandora; this feels more like an interactive endeavor than a passive one. In addition to being emotionally satisfying and one hell of a wild ride, Avatar boasts a smart script, reminding us that would-be blockbusters don't have to be defined by the imbecility of a Transformers 2 or a 2012. James Cameron has been entertaining movie-goers for more than a quarter century and he is in an elite category of filmmakers who has yet to spawn a dog. For quality like this, I'm willing to wait, although hopefully his next movie will come a little more quickly than the 12 years of Avatar's gestation.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Watching Avatar, I felt sort of the same as when I saw Star Wars in 1977. That was another movie I walked into with uncertain expectations. James Cameron's film has been the subject of relentlessly dubious advance buzz, just as his Titanic was. Once again, he has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely...Avatar is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough. It has a flat-out Green and anti-war message. It is predestined to launch a cult. It contains such visual detailing that it would reward repeating viewings. It invents a new language, Na'vi, as Lord of the Rings did, although mercifully I doubt this one can be spoken by humans, even teenage humans. It creates new movie stars. It is an Event, one of those films you feel you must see to keep up with the conversation...At 163 minutes, the film doesn't feel too long. It contains so much. The human stories. The Na'vi stories, for the Na'vi are also developed as individuals. The complexity of the planet, which harbors a global secret. The ultimate warfare, with Jake joining the resistance against his former comrades. Small graceful details like a floating creature that looks like a cross between a blowing dandelion seed and a drifting jellyfish, and embodies goodness. Or astonishing floating cloud-islands...Cameron promised he'd unveil the next generation of 3-D in Avatar. I'm a notorious skeptic about this process, a needless distraction from the perfect realism of movies in 2-D. Cameron's iteration is the best I've seen -- and more importantly, one of the most carefully-employed. The film never uses 3-D simply because it has it, and doesn't promiscuously violate the fourth wall. He also seems quite aware of 3-D's weakness for dimming the picture, and even with a film set largely in interiors and a rain forest, there's sufficient light. I saw the film in 3-D on a good screen at the AMC River East and was impressed. I might be awesome in True IMAX. Good luck in getting a ticket before February...It takes a hell of a lot of nerve for a man to stand up at the Oscarcast and proclaim himself King of the World. James Cameron just got re-elected.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Worthington,Sam
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Chris Hewitt, Empire ...full-on five-star experience that's the closest we'll ever come to setting foot on a strange new world.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Avatar's shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else.
Nick Starkey, Premiere This is, simply put, one of the most beautiful movies you'll ever see.

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