Avatar Blu-Ray/DVD Plans Announced

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Only days after learning about plans for a theatrical re-release of Avatar this fall, the highest-grossing film of all time has a home video release date. It may not be as glorious as you hoped, though.

According to /Film, the US release of Avatar will hit stores on April 22nd (which not-so-coincidentally is also Earth Day), as raw as a newborn Na’Vi:

These first releases are now said to be completely without any kind of special features whatsoever in order to free up the data space on the disc. They’ve also ditched motion menus, studio logos and anything else irrelevant. Apparently, mastering Avatar for disc was a six week process as opposed to the typical two weeks and the transfer is something of a record breaker.

Oh great, another record for director James Cameron. It will be interesting to see the consumer reaction to essentially empty DVDs, and with Blu-Ray sales still rising, the desire for more features and deeper discs is growing. Obviously, Fox won’t be calling it quits on Avatar any time soon and plans a November release as well.

The later release will include supplements, but still no 3D. This whole idea of 3D home entertainment is an argument of another shade, but I’ve never heard of what these guys are planning here. Frankly, I don’t get it. Fox is rushing to pump more money into the Avatar machine with theatrical re-releases and raw DVDs, while showing a total lack of interest in giving the people (who $upported the film) what they want.

I have no desire to spend $20-$30 on just a movie; when I spend my money on home entertainment, a healthy portion of it is for the special features, from gag reels and behind-the-scenes footage to deleted scenes. Especially when it comes to Avatar – especially after they announced there was over 40 minutes of unused footage to be included in the home release. I’ve seen the movie (eight times), and now I want to see how it was made before I watch it a ninth time.

Producer Jon Landau has his own reasons for this sans-features release, as quoted on Blu-Ray.com, via the Los Angeles Times.

“We wanted to do something really special and reach for the best presentation of any film in the history of the format. Everything that is put on a disc takes up room – the menus, the extras, the trailers and studio promotions – and we got rid of all of that so we could give this movie the best picture and sound possible.”

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More information is on the horizon as a press conference with James Cameron and Jon Landau is scheduled for March 23rd, where they will likely confirm all the latest news stories regarding Avatar, its home release and possible theatrical re-release.

So, considering everything you know about Fox’s plans for 2010, will you be dishing out the greenbacks for Avatar in April, waiting for the more extensive release in November, sit tight until the second theatrical run, or maybe even hold out until the unresolved 3D release? Let us know.

Source: /Film, Blu-Ray.com, & LA Times

 

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  1. So yeah there will be a couple of Blu Ray rereleases. We all saw that coming.
    1# Plain Film
    2# Film +Feature Disc
    3# Directors Cut / Extendet Cut
    4# 3D Release

    No comment Fox…. gg
    I'm kinda curious how many releases we gonna see over here in germany.

  2. hahahahahahahahhahahahahahahah your absolutely right!!!

  3. That'll learn me for impulse buying. When Play.com sent me an email offering the Steelbook for £25, I immediately ordered… and then cancelled after reading this. To hell with that if they're just going to double dip me later on with a special features laden disc. The best thing they could do would be to add an extra disc for extras if they're so concerned with piling in the detail, but I hate double dipping.

  4. I'm not too concerned by how the DVD/BluRay is being handled, but . . . you seriously watched the movie EIGHT TIMES???

  5. no question that I'm waiting for the 3d otherwise I'll buy fern gully

  6. Does this mean that the Avatar blu ray coming out on April 22nd, 2010 Thursday (Earth Day), will have a much better picture then any regular 1080p blu ray disc movie???. That wont work because almost everyone now only has a 1080p hdtv and 1080p blu ray disc player, no one has a future 2160p hdtv and 2160p blu ray disc player yet!, this happening in April where they release it like that is not worth it, at least just not yet!. The reason i say that is because if they release the avar movie like that, in april where it has more space on the blu ray disc for the movie, then it will be capable of 2160p, which is the next high definition number, which isn't even out yet!.

  7. Or would there be a second blu ray disc disc that has all the special or extra features for Avatar???.

  8. O my god, wtf is wrong with Fox, I did not wait over a year for this movie to come out, be blown away at a screening on the day of it's release, go to see it again twice more in the same week, just to have it fall at the last hurdle. They are really trying to milk it for everything it's worth, don't they realize that if it wasn't for the fans it wouldn't have grossed half as much as it did, and yet they want to completely f*ck us all over and force us to buy multiple copies of the movie… i hate you 20th century fox, i HATE you

  9. When I buy a DVD, I fully expect it to have plenty of special features to make it worthwhile for me to spend $20 – $30 for it. To spend $20 – $30 for a bare-bones DVD would make me feel like I'd bought a glorified bootleg DVD.

    I'm taking a pass on the Avatar DVD, because, for all intents and purposes, this initial DVD release is nothing more than a prettily packaged bootleg. Give me the special features and other goodies!

  10. okay, here's the rundown histeachn…

    midnight opening. 7 pm that same night. twice with friends who hadn't seen it. once because a friend was going, so i felt like joining. twice again because i was in the mood for it. once with my entire family, most of which hadn't seen it. and the last was recently, at a 24-hour Best Picture Nominee Showcase (my only viewing not on IMAX)….it wasn't so much the movie, as it was my undying need to always be in front of a movie.

  11. Wow, you must make bank or went with folks who do. :)

  12. I actually saw it 8 times aswell… Not counting the first two times i was translating it for family and friends.Those 8 viewings were within a week… I nearly hated the movie by the end of it.

  13. Anyone who has seen it more then 5 times in the theater (in 3d) IMO should be entitled to one of these none special feature dvds…

  14. Their reasons for cutting back stuff on the Movie disc makes sense but that doesn't justify why they can't simply put the extras on a second disc. With BluRay prices what they are, even as popular as AVATAR is, its going to be a harder then normal sell on Bluray unless they push it at a great sales price when itc oems out; something like $19.99 or less.

  15. Translator online

    We are going to milk this film for as much money as we can. We realize that there are some people who know that a special features disc will be coming but there are the gullible ones who will buy a bare bones DVD just because it says Avatar.

    End of line

    :-)

  16. Their reasons for cutting back stuff on the Movie disc makes sense but that doesn't justify why they can't simply put the extras on a second disc. With BluRay prices what they are, even as popular as AVATAR is, its going to be a harder then normal sell on Bluray unless they push it at a great sales price when itc oems out; something like $19.99 or less.

  17. Translator online

    We are going to milk this film for as much money as we can. We realize that there are some people who know that a special features disc will be coming but there are the gullible ones who will buy a bare bones DVD just because it says Avatar.

    End of line

    :-)

  18. I continue to be totally bemused by the preoccupation with supplemental content in DVD and Blu Ray releases. But that'e me. All I want is the movie, and the way that I saw it at the theatre, not some longer version that is purported to be better because it has extras scenes that 'explain' things better. It makes sense to me if you are a student of film, or a dedicated videophile, but it has gone way beyond these niches. I actually find that, the more I explore, and view, the details about the movie-making process for a particular title, the less of the magic remains in the viewing.

  19. I want both of them. I really, really, REALLY loved this movie, and I still plan on buying the blu ray, I actually knew that the special, special version wouldn't be out until november, and I plan on buying it again then, because I want all the special stuff, like the making of and of course those extra scenes we've all heard about. I might buy it on DVD just so I could see it in my room w/o a blu ray player. Still, gonna buy it twice just so I can get the special stuff, for Avatar, I'm willing to pay the money. :)

  20. I am split down the middle. I think its great that they want to give us the best presentation possible, but I do buy dvds for the extras specifically. I assumed that Avatar would have had tons. But I guess I was just sort of duped. I remember the good old days when you receieved two discs in a dvd format. Its all becoming too much.

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