Avatar Extended Collector's Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray Set Features: Theatrical, Re-Release, and the Extended Editions are included in this set. Codec / Resolution: MPEG-4 AVC / 1080p Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Region: Region A This Release: November 16, 2010 MPAA Rating: PG-13 / Unrated Running Time (Extended Version): 178 mins Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 MSRP: $54.99 Current Price: Check Price / Purchase
Below are screencaps from Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition on Blu-ray. Avatar is featured in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio (1920 x 1080 pixels), with an MPEG-4 AVC Transfer. One of the things you'll notice by the end of the movie, is the wide assortment of color palettes, and how this movie literally brings your HDTV to life. If you've ever wanted a color reference movie, this is it. In fact, before watching Avatar, I didn't know what my 50" Plasma was capable of, and I suspect many HDTV owners out there, who forked out some good money for even larger HDTVs, are not aware either. For maybe $20-$30, this is certainly a worthy title of bringing your High-Def TV to a new level of performance never-before observed. Just thinking about Avatar 2's potential is making me drool over my keyboard.
Packaging: Very Nice
Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition's Blu-ray packaging is really nice and asthetically pleasing. It's very colorful, providing scenes from the movie as the artwork.
Good Packaging Overall
The only issue I had with the packaging, was the difficult time I had taking a disc out of the somewhat "cheap" envelope drawers, which contain each of the discs. Not sure why this was done. I'll be reviewing Battle Royale: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray) in the future, and the way you take discs out of that packaging, is much more intuitive, is similar to Avatar's packaging (or at least might be) and you don't have to worry about tearing a piece of the disc holder to get at your disc.
Disc Removal Concerns
Let's take a look at the first screencap from Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition below. I got a military-feel when watching the following scene. It almost has the very familiar shades of Alien movies and other movies, who use the dimly-lit scenes with a hint of a rustic look.
What I like below, is another palette of browns being displayed, giving a whole new dimension to the film. James Cameron does a great job at using colors to flag a viewer about a new area of Avatar. So many films overlook colors and/or don't use them for presentation, which in my opinion, is so important.
Avatar is probably the best film so far which represents so many different colors, which just saturate your high-Def television. Below is a typical array of blue, purple, and green mixes, which are displayed beautifully. This is one of the reasons why I watch Avatar about once a month, just to make my visual senses pop with excitement.
Worthy of noting here. Of course we have so much CG in films, it's hardly worth mentioning, but what is worth mentioning, is how the CG screens and the foreground blend in so you don't really notice it at all. Like the scene below.
Below you'll see a gorgeous close-up of Jake's Avatar face. Once again, that special mix of colors as mentioned above, really is amazing. Of particular note is the eyes. Seeing these eyes on a large screen is rewarding.
Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition does not disappoint. In fact, it's one of my reference films for determining accurate color representation for not only animation films, but for proper calibration on a television. In addition to Avatar being one of my all-time favorites, it is also a bonus calibration disc.