Tuesday, 27 April 2010


20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Available now on DVD and Blu-ray

If you're one of the few people who have yet to see James Cameron's sci-fi epic, than you really have no excuse with its release on DVD and Blu-ray*. And while Blu-ray may be the best format in which to view it (I'm yet to convert: while they keep making DVDs, I'll keep buying them!), I'd suggest that the visual impact of Avatar can be enjoyed regardless of format so long as you have a widescreen TV – the bigger the better.

For the power of Cameron's tale, of modern day environmental and military concerns on a future and distant moon, lies in its visuals: the creation of said moon, Pandora, its exotic flora and fauna, and its indigenous people, the Na'vi.

The story itself – a US Marine (Sam Worthington), enlisted by military and corporate concerns to use his Na'vi avatar to gain the natives' trust and move them on from the rich mineral deposit their village rests on, falls for their environmental ways and the chief's daughter, Natyri (Zoe Saldana), deciding he'd rather go native than sell them out – is not overly complex but is suitably involving with its dramatic, action and romantic elements. I was certainly no less impressed the second time around.

But it's the visuals that inspire awe and wonder, and even if not in 3D (that version will be released at a later date), Avatar is still a spectacle to behold.

*In its first four days of US release, Avatar sold a staggering 6.7 million copies, 2.7 million of which were Blu-ray, making it the highest selling movie in that format. Man, I wish I had shares in this film!

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