Avatar, the film that finally sunk the Titanic and became the world's highest grossing movie of all time, is now available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray.
Directed by James Cameron and starring the likes of Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, and Zoe Saldana, this sci-fi blockbuster will blow you away with its absorbing storyline, breathtaking graphics and awesome special effects.
Set in 2154, Avatar is the story of Jake Sully, a paraplegic ex-marine who takes a mission on the planet of Pandora working for a megacorporation who want to mine it for a valuable mineral named unobtanium. Unfortunately the biggest accumulation of this ore lies beneath the home of the Na'vi, a native population of tall, blue, big-eyed aliens.
The Na'vi have been hostile towards the humans since they arrived, so Jake's mission is to become an Avatar, have his mind placed within an alien body and infiltrate the tribe in order to gather information. However, whilst living amongst the aliens, Jake bonds with the people, especially princess Neytiri; so when he uncovers a more sinister plot to drive the Na'vi out of their homes, he must make a life-changing decision between his duty and his conscience.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play The highest grossing film of all time and winner of three Oscars Avatar is &39;Titanic&39; director James Cameron&39;s epic tale of love loyalty and betrayal An incredible experience it will delight audiences of all ages with its blend of extraordinary special effects and compelling characters With revolutionary digital effects and an epic storyline Avatar sees the director of Terminator and Terminator 2 Judgement Day James Cameron return to breathe new life into the sci-fi genre Winner of the BAFTA Awards for Best Production Design and Special Visual Effects Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Art Direction Best Visual Effects & Best Cinematography Actors Sam Worthington Giovanni Ribisi Sigourney Weaver Zoe Saldana Michelle Rodriguez Laz Alonso Joel Moore CCH Pounder Wes Studi Stephen Lang Peter Mensah Julene Renee Matt Gerald Peter Dillon & Sean Anthony MoranDirector James CameronCertificate 12 years and overYear 2009Screen 1781 AnamorphicLanguages English - Dolby Digital (51)Subtitles Danish ; Finnish ; Norwegian ; Swedish ; English for the hearing impairedClosed Captions YesDuration 2 hours and 35 minutes (approx)
James Cameron directs this triple Academy Award and double BAFTA-winning sci-fi action adventure. Sam Worthington stars as Jake Sully, a paraplegic war veteran who is selected to participate in the Avatar programme, in which genetically-engineered human beings are sent to explore a small moon called Pandora. There, the indigenous Navi tribe of three-metre-high, human-like beings have long lived a peaceful existence in harmony with their plant-covered world, despite their fearsome warrior skills. When Jake meets Navi princess Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), he falls in love with her and becomes integrated into her clan - little knowing that his mission on Pandora has a far more sinister aim than he realised. Before long, Jake is caught up in an epic battle that could decide the fate of an entire world.
Average Rating for Avatar - 3 out of 5
(based on 6 user reviews)
Avatarmrs carol gatley
I watched this film at the cinema in 3d sometime ago. It has everything, action, tension humour and sadness. The colours and effects are brilliant. A wonderful film...my favourite.
I have seen Avatar on Blu ray disc and let me tell you it was magnificent. The colours on the screen were so vibrant and the mixture of techniques was second to none. The story line was so well written and the characters so well matched with the actors. I give this five stars and I would watch it again!
Avatar for me was wonderful to watch, it's a brilliant film and well acted out by the actors/actresses, stunning scenery too and the film has so much action in it that you are left wanting more, and seeing what happens next as the film goes on. I watch this in two halves as I can't watch it all at once but it's one of my top films of all time :)
I thought the film was good, the special effects were outstanding and the acting was superb. It was a slow start though.
Positives were the special effects, acting and the good looking main actor.
Negatives were I didn't like the ending, I thought it could have ended better, possibly with the two main characters getting married or something, anything other than what it was.
Also the story never really explained why they wanted the rock and the importance of it, which was important to the whole story line.
Overall Well worth watching, but overrated I think.
The trailer for Avatar assumes us all to be suckers for James Cameron's work. The box office takings would appear to confirm it. This is the first film in twelve years from THE DIRECTOR OF (boom) // ALIENS (boom) // TERMINATOR 2 (boom) // TITANIC (boom), a feat which in itself is meant to inspire such awe that we will drop what we're doing and rush to empty our wallets onto the box office counter, don our comedy 3D glasses and sit through a film pushing three hours, just because.
The plot of Avatar revolves around a former Marine, Jake Sully, a crewmember of a ship in the year 2154 travelling to a lush planet named Pandora, rich in highly valuable resources. The planet is populated with ten-foot-tall blue creatures known as the Na'vi, a species that a group have scientists have been able to produce artificially in a lab, with the use of a mixture of human and Na'vi DNA. This is the Avatar program, a scheme that allows humans to essentially plug in to a Na'vi body and make use of it to traverse the otherwise uninhabitable planet.
The ship's captain wishes to harvest the valuable minerals found underground by whatever means possible. But having made a connection with a particularly attractive member of the Na'vi, marine finds himself in conflict: does he side with his own species or help to protect his new friends and their planet from the inevitable devastation of the harvest?
And so begins James Cameron's story. Coincidentally, this is also largely where it ends. Having spent over a decade (and hundreds of millions) perfecting the look of the film, the story is where the film suffers. There's something so tragic in that when there are new technologies to utilise to tell their stories, filmmakers tend to spend so much time developing the technicalities that they forget that it's still, at the heart of it, a well-told story where the film will ultimately succeed. A film this epic in scale deserved a better story.
Unrelentingly liberal in his views, Cameron has here produced an almost insultingly obvious political allegory about the virtues of peace and protecting our world. It does, therefore, seem to smack of hypocrisy when in the final act, the forever peaceful Na'vi roar at each other about taking down their human invaders by whatever means possible, annihilating a significant chunk of their own rainforest in the process. It almost smarts that a film so preachy in its storytelling - peace good, capitalism bad - is also one of the most expensive motion pictures ever made.
But perhaps the story was thrown to the sidelines so as to not distract from the spectacle. Like it or not, this is one of the most visually stunning films to have ever been produced. The lush scenery of Pandora is so painstakingly detailed, from its fantastical pink dinosaurs to the dandelion seedlings that float delicately across the screen, that it is simply breathtaking. For this reason alone, I expect that the film is deserving of one viewing. But probably just the one.
I am less sure of the 3D aspect. Having paid my 3D-fee at the cinema, one of the initial shots on the space station brings such beautiful depth and clarity to the screen that I was warming up for a film experience unlike any other. Unfortunately, the third dimension almost feels gimmicky in the later acts, sometimes barely used at all, and other times used in high-speed action scenes to such a degree that it is arguably quite disorientating. It's involving, to be sure, but when the story itself isn't, it feels like cheating.
As writer-director-producer-editor, Cameron loses the benefit of perspective. The film, in its numbing 160-minute duration, often lapses into moments of complete self-indulgence (an overlong Na'vi dancing 'n' chanting scene or two immediately spring to mind). Perhaps as a one-man band, so enveloped in his own work, he can be in part forgiven for having missed 1999's 'The Matrix', which shares a number of the same plot elements with Avatar but managed to be considerably more exciting, and managed to get itself in to cinemas ten years earlier. A number of story elements in Avatar are so derivative, and so plainly so, that it's almost a joke. A number of comparisons with 'Dances with Wolves' and 'Pocahontas' have been drawn - their plots are essentially identical; I couldn't help but wonder upon realising that the lead of this picture, Jake Sully, and his counterpart in 'Pocahontas', John Smith, share the same initials. Both these films also share a well-respected, sentient tree in their supporting casts, but that's just a side note. It's a coincidence, I'm sure.
The DVD itself represents a real disappointment. The studio has claimed that the complete lack of bonus features is to provide the highest-quality digital transfer as is possible. I doubt it. With a film like this, I have no doubt that we can expect at least one re-release with discs full of self-congratulatory documentaries and commentaries, and yet another I'm sure, when the wheels of the home 3D market have started spinning.
I sort of wish that Avatar could have lived up to the tremendous hype that surrounded it. As a visual feat, it is astonishing. But regrettably, this is a film that crumbles under the sheer weight of its own self-assuredness. A shame: a technically excellent achievement that fails for being all style and precious little substance.
Whilst watching Avatar at the cinema in 3D I was totally bowled over by its technical prowess and believability. James Cameron obviously has an amazing imagination and helped by his £214 million pound budget (according to one estimate) he's been able to create a rich and beautiful sci-fi classic that has undoubtedly raised the bar for other directors and writers. What's amazing about this fantasy eye-candy is that it pays meticulous attention to detail; every animal, valley and flower has been given a lease of life and as a result you never question the movies realism.
Avatar is set in the future, in the topical-like paradise of Pandora where the Na'vi, a blue 10ft alien tribe, live at one with the nature surrounding them. Their world is being threatened by an ore hungry corporation who have discovered rich pickings on the flourishing planet. One of their latest recruits Jake Sully, has been drafted in to become an Avatar, where his mind will be transported into a specially constructed Na'vi body. In exchange for an operation to restore the use of his legs, he will gather useful information that will help the corporation's military team drive the Na'vi out of their homes. But as he gets to know the tribe and lives amongst them, he becomes one of them, cemented by a relationship with the Na'vi Princess, Neytiri. As the war finally breaks between the natives and the humans, Sully has to decide whether to follow his heart or his head - either way his life will change forever!
This beautifully crafted film is a window that allows viewers to peer in a whole new world of visual wonders - Avatar could change the face of cinema as we know it!
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