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DVD Shopping Bag: Avatar Blu-ray
7 Stupid Questions for Cameron
By Robert T. Trate
April 27, 2010
After all the hype, the awards and not winning the big award Avatar has finally come to Blu-ray and DVD. There has been so much hoopla about this film it is difficult to know where to begin. I could say the highest grossing film of all time is just Dances with Wolves (or FernGully). Without a doubt you have either heard that comparison or realized it yourself. Perhaps we could discuss the initial wave of people who blogged about how they wish life on Earth was more like that on Pandora. Hey I want to live in a galaxy that existed a long time ago and far, far away. Who am I to look down on those nuts people? Nope I’ll stick to my own little world of the DVD Shopping Bag and what Avatar brought me to.
Comic Con to Home Theater
One of the many perks of working for Mania is that you get the chance to see films and footage early on. I reported back in July for the site on the Comic Con screening of Avatar. I saw the great man himself, James Cameron, introduce us to Pandora (after about 500 Twilight fans left the building first, see piece). I was excited too because it had been forever and a day since Cameron released a film. To see the cast and get that first look was a fan boy’s dream. Perhaps the hype leading to that moment was too much. I was left wondering, was that it? Dances with Wolves? I did go to Avatar Day and thought the trailer looked good but outside of one or two clips almost everything was the same from Comic Con. I was there opening night. Afterward I thought the film was good but didn’t think that it changed movies for the better. Yes, it will change the way we make movies but as stories go I had been there and done that. Sitting in the confines of my own home, and watching it on Blu-ray I did marvel at the wonder of Avatar maybe a little more than before but I was left with a few more questions and new observations.
7 Stupid Questions for Mr. Cameron:
1. Why does Jake’s avatar have a cat’s nose but Grace’s has a human’s?
2. Do you honestly believe the fist bump will survive that far into the future?
3. If the richest site of unobtanium is under Home Tree and it took 3 months to get the crew there, why aren’t the humans mining the site immediately after the Na’vi run off?
4. Wouldn’t the Na’vi or Eywa (the super tree) know that the humans were cutting a path through the jungle for 3 months? After all everything on Pandora is connected, right?
5. Why did Neytiri change her hair style and clothes 2 times after her home was destroyed?
6. Do you really think that nobody has seen Aliens? The mano a mano fight at the end was little too similar.
7. What would you pick: a hot babe girlfriend and a pet flying dragon or life in a wheel chair?
“Absolutely Bad Ass”:
One of the best things about seeing the cast and crew of Avatar at Comic Con was Stephen Lang. He has an absolutely commanding presence and one that is perfectly mirrored in the welcome to Pandora scene. While watching the film for my second time and last until the ultimate edition comes out, I started to root for his Colonel Miles Quaritch. Without a doubt Cameron does bad guys perfectly. The Alien Queen is perhaps maybe his greatest creation but Quaritch is a close second. Much like Billy Zane’s Cal in Titanic, further viewings of Avatar will have me cheering for the bad guy.
My final thought to you our loyal Maniacs is this: don’t buy this DVD or Blu-ray. This isn’t a knock on the film at all. Already there will be another version of Avatar hitting theaters in August with 6 extra minutes. There are no special features or deleted scenes on this Blu-ray. In fact it is so bare bones I would compare it to my Stroker Ace DVD that just has a play and scenes menu. That was one of the first movies on DVD and Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, so WTF? Not even a trailer? Oh yeah there will be another version and probably another version after that. Why so greedy FOX and Cameron? Most of the world loves this film; why not give the people what they want?
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