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‘Avatar’ announces DVD release date


It might have missed out on the Best Picture prize, but James Cameron’s “Avatar” retains its box office crown. Expect the film’s overall haul to drastically increase once 20th Century Fox unveils Blu-ray and DVD versions on April 22.

The “Avatar” press release trumpets the perks of Blu-ray, calling it “the ultimate high definition experience for home viewing audiences.”

What’s missing, however, is any mention of 3-D on the home video releases. Other films, from Lionsgate’s “My Bloody Valentine” to Disney’s “G-Force,” have attempted to bring 3-D technology into the home. Glasses even came with the DVD packaging. But results have been mixed, at best.

Now it sounds like Cameron is content to deliver a crisp, clear, but 2-D version of Pandora for home video fans. Will that affect sales?

No other mention of supplements could be found on the release. Though I’m willing to bet Cameron will cram multiple “Making of” clips onto the discs so we can understand how he built his alien world, leaf by leaf, from the ground up. As we get more details, we’ll bring them to you.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • March 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    hmmm, i’m not so sure how this movie will look without the 3D aspect, the reason I loved it in the theaters was because of that

  • March 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    I can’t believe they’re not going to even attempt to release a 3D version with take home glasses, after all this was the movie that launched the 3D excitement…bummer

  • March 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    It will look fine in 2D. I’ve been looking at it in 2D on my computer for ages now and I’m sure it will be even better on my HDTV.

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