It's not exactly a secret that the career of the once-great M. Night Shyamalan has taken a serious turn for the worse in the last few years, starting off with The Village in 2004, by way of Lady in the Water and The Happening, the latest destination on his trip down the ladder of acclaim was The Last Airbender, a film which some people argue is his worst yet.
However, even if the majority of critics and fans hated Shyamalan's adaptation of the popular Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon, there are still some out there who liked it, just as when a movie is almost universally loved there will be some out there who don't like it.
If you were one of those people who dug what Shyamalan had to offer with The Last Airbender then you might be interested in buying either the DVD or Blu-ray, which will be released on November 16th this year. You have the option to buy it either as a combined Blu-ray/DVD (with more features) or separately on DVD or Blu-ray.
Here are all the details you need to know about the forthcoming home release:
THE LAST AIRBENDER DVD & Blu-ray
Disc One (Blu-ray):
- Feature Film (HD)
Discovering The Last Airbender (nine-part documentary in HD)
- Inspirations: Co-creators of the show and M. Night Shyamalan give insight into the inner journey the characters take
- Spirituality: Explore the deeper spirituality that colors The Last Airbender
- Heroes: Aang, Katara and Sokka journey together to save the world; behind-the-scenes piece provides a closer look at these characters and the actors
- Greenland: With sub-zero shoots on glaciers and frozen rivers, travel with the filmmakers to Greenland to meet the locals and experience the magnificent landscapes captured for the powerful opening of the film
- World: The sets, props, costumes and make-up that helped bring to life four unique nations in the film, each with a distinct look and style
- Action: With the film's "bending" rooted in Martial Arts, uncover Shyamalan's process with Noah Ringer to create complex, heart-pounding action sequences
- Effects: Closer look at the jaw-dropping cinematography and special effects that were created to blend seamlessly with ILM's computer generated imagery
- Music: Longtime creative collaboration between M. Night Shyamalan and composer James Newton Howard is celebrated in the film's sweeping score
- Finale: The journey culminates in one breathtaking moment on the ice wall
- Siege of the North (HD) – Get transported to the frozen realm of the Northern Water Tribe and the largest indoor film set ever built on the U.S. east coast
- Origins of the Avatar (HD) – Birth of the mythology from the original co-creators of the animated show, Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Concept art from the popular series provides further perspective into how the story would eventually reincarnate into an epic feature film
- Katara for a Day (HD) – Spend a day on the set with Nicola Peltz
- Deleted Scenes (HD)
- Outtakes (HD)
- Avatar Annotations (Picture-in-picture on select scenes) – Insights with cast and crew
Disc 2 (DVD):
- Feature Film
- Digital Copy
THE LAST AIRBENDER single disc DVD and single disc Blu-ray each include:
- Origins of the Avatar (HD on Blu-ray)
- Deleted Scenes (HD on Blu-ray)
- Outtakes (HD on Blu-ray)
So there you have it, if you're a fan of The Last Airbender then you're certainly getting a lot of bang for your buck, even if you just buy the single disc Blu-ray or DVD. If nothing else, it'll be interesting to see how the special effects were put together as they were one of the few impressive things about the film.
However, on the whole I agree with the majority of people in thinking that The Last Airbender is a bad film. Everything from the hammy acting and dialogue to the rushed scenes and poorly constructed story added up to what I think is not just one of the worst films of the year (if not the worse) but more importantly, the biggest disappointment.
Before Airbender was released I really thought Shyamalan had discovered and unleashed a talent we never knew he had (big-budget, special effects-driven blockbusters) and he would prove with the film that he still has something to offer as a filmmaker. Instead, it was a case of clever marketing that made the promos look good and ultimately drew in the cash ($281 million worldwide at the box office).
No matter what fans or critics say, The Last Airbender made more than enough for the studio and Shyamalan to be planning TWO sequels. Hollywood really is a "money talks" type of town, isn't it?...
As stated, The Last Airbender hits DVD and Blu-ray on November 16th, 2010.
Source: Paramount Home Entertainment