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MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Intense Epic Battle Sequences and Warfare, Sensuality, Language and Some Smoking)
Running Time: 162 Minutes
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver
Written and Directed by: James Cameron
Retail Price: $39.99
Specs: 1.78:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English Dolby 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Descriptive Audio, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Scenes (35 Scenes)
Released: April 22nd, 2010
For its DVD and Blu-ray release, "Avatar" is being presented in 1.78:1 widescreen — James Cameron's preferred aspect ratio, and as seen on the IMAX release. This is a flawless transfer that captures all of the movie's staggering visuals. Even in 2-D, "Avatar" proves to be a involving experience. The whole transfer is razor sharp, and there are no flaws to be had at all — blemishes, artifacting and the like. Detail is really phenomenal. If you freeze frame, you'll be able to see the tremendous amount of background detail that James Cameron and his team at WETA Digital were able to place into the movie to bring this world to alive. Black levels are perfectly solid and color saturation is magnificent: all the blue hues (namely on the Na'vi) and lush greens are stark. Anything less than perfection probably would be a disappointment, but this transfer really delivers the goods — as expected and needed. The bigger the screen you have, the better.
Alternate audio tracks include standard Dolby Digital 5.1 in Spanish, French and Portuguese. There's also an English Dolby Surround track, and a English Descriptive Service track for those who cannot see. Subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese are also included.
As expected, there's nothing — all the disc space is devoted to audio and video. However, in the Set Up section, there is a PSA encouraging to eliminate tobacco from our lives. Hypocritical given that Sigourney Weaver's character smokes throughout the film, or a way to make amends? You be the judge.
The standard DVD version of the film is included in this package.
Still, this is "Avatar," and this release can be justified. No, it is not in 3-D and has no extras, but this is a reference quality disc. Even in 2-D, "Avatar" looks gorgeous and sounds sublime. Throw in that this release has been selling for about half the retail price if you look online, it actually is pretty hard to resist the urge to head back to Pandora again.