James Cameron repeatedly puts out a few "good" films — but saves his energy for some whoppers. Its those whoppers, you will most certainly watch over and over again. Avatar is one of them, and is another one of James Cameron's genius and breath-taking film creations. Originally, Avatar was going to be put into production around the end of the 20th Century (1999 or so). However, due to the technological constraints at the time, Cameron was looking at a $400 Million budget at the least. Movie studios with the largest wallets and deepest pockets available...didn't want the risk. It may have been due to Titanic's budget requirements, and with Cameron bringing another Mega-Movie Money Maker to the big screen so soon thereafter — was asking too much. About a decade later, Cameron's imagination was finally realized on the big screen, and thus, this review.
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
Current Price: Check Price / Purchase
Fans of Avatar are already getting excited about the news that there will be an Avatar 2, and a third installment as well. Avatar 2 is slated for a 2015 release.
Extended Blu-ray Collector's Edition
This particular edition of Avatar has quite an extensive amount of extra material. A 3D Blu-ray disc is not included in this set, as the Avatar (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray/ DVD Combo Pack) was released in October 2012. Surprisingly, the 3D set only includes the theatrical version.
In the year 2154, a private corporation (Resources Development Administration) with seemingly endless para-military resources has found a rare mineral which has superconductive properties, on a foreign planet. On the planet of Pandora, Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) has given the local inhabitants an opportunity to leave the area so mining can continue for Unobtanium...or be forced out. RDA administrator Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi) is relunctant to use military force against the Na'vi, but also realizes that Unobtanium's selling price of $20 million a Kilo, easily makes it worth it.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) gets a greeting from RDA on Earth, offering him news of his brother's unfortunate death. RDA announces there is an opportunity to continue his brother's work with them as his DNA is a perfect match. Jake's current living situation is pretty much going nowhere, so he takes the opportunity to go to Pandora, and to work with Grace (Sigourney Weaver) who is in charge of the Avatar program. After having a brief chat with Colonel Quaritch, he's offered a chance to repair his spine, allowing him to walking again...in exchange for a little spying on Dr. Grace's research program and getting more info from the inhabitants of Pandora.