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Sam Worthington  Actor Zoe Saldana  Actor Sigourney Weaver  Actor Stephen Lang  Actor Michelle Rodriguez  Actor Giovanni Ribisi  Actor Joel David Moore  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Profanity,Sexual Situations,War Violence,Smoking

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Avatar

Theatrical Release Date: 2009 12 18 (USA - 3D) / 2009 12 18 (USA) / 2010 08 27 (USA - Rerelease)

UPC: 024543713692

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Profanity, Sexual Situations, War Violence, Smoking]

Summary: A paraplegic ex-marine finds a new life on the distant planet of Pandora, only to find himself battling humankind alongside the planet's indigenous Na'vi race in this ambitious digital 3D sci-fi epic from Academy Award-winning Titanic director James Cameron. The film, which marks Cameron's first dramatic feature since 1997's Titanic, follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a war veteran who gets called to the depths of space to pick up the job of his slain twin brother for the scientific arm of a megacorporation looking to mine the planet of Pandora for a valued ore. Unfortunately the biggest deposit of the prized substance lies underneath the home of the Na'vi, a ten-foot-tall, blue-skinned native tribe who have been at war with the security arm of the company, lead by Col. Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang). Because of the planet's hostile atmosphere, humans have genetically grown half-alien/half-human bodies which they can jack their consciousnesses into and explore the world in. Since Jake's brother already had an incredibly expensive Avatar grown for him, he's able to connect with it using the same DNA code and experience first-hand the joys of Pandora while giving the scientific team, led by Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) and Norm Spellman (Joel David Moore), some well-needed protection against the planet's more hostile forces.

On a chance meeting after getting separated from his team, Jake's Avatar is rescued by Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), a Na'vi princess, who brings him into her tribe in order to give the humans a second chance at relating to this new environment. When word gets out of his increasing time with the alien species, Quaritch enlists Jake to do some reconnaissance for the company, as they'd like to persuade the tribe to move their home before taking more drastic measures to harness the treasure hidden below. Yet as Jake becomes one with the tribe and begins to understand the secrets of Pandora, his conscience is torn between his new adopted world and the wheelchair-bound one awaiting him when the psychic connection to his Avatar is broken. Soon battle lines are drawn and Jake needs to decide which side he will fight on when the time comes. The film was shot on the proprietary FUSION digital 3D cameras developed by Cameron in collaboration with Vince Pace, and offers a groundbreaking mix of live-action dramatic performances and computer-generated effects. The revolutionary motion-capture system created for the film allows the facial expressions of actors to be captured as a virtual camera system enables them to see what their computer-generated counterparts will be seeing in the film, and Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning Weta Digital visual-effects house supervises Avatar's complex special effects. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Category: Science Fiction

Awards: Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Producer of the Year – Producers Guild of America Best Picture – Austin Film Critics Producer of the Year – Producers Guild of America Best Director – Directors Guild of America Best Edited Feature - Drama – American Cinema Editors Guild Best Cinematography – Florida Film Critics Best Original Screenplay – Writers Guild of America Best Edited Feature - Drama – American Cinema Editors Guild Best Edited Feature - Drama – American Cinema Editors Guild Best Art Direction in a Fantasy Film – Art Directors Guild Best Director – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Features: Alternate opening on Earth
Capturing Avatar: an in-depth feature-length documentary covering the filmmaker's journey including all-new interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau, cast and crew
Over 45 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes
Interactive scene deconstruction: explore various stages of production through 3 different viewing modes
17 featurettes covering the performance capture, scoring, 3D fusion camera, stunts
The Art of Avatar with over 633 images
Family audio track (all objectionable langauge removed)

Avatar

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 11/16/2010

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Alternate Wide Screen

Audio: DHMA, DDS Dolby Digital Surround, DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 162 Minutes

Sides: 3

Number of Discs: 3

Language(s) English,Spanish,Portuguese

Subtitles: Spanish,Portuguese

Region: Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)

Jeremy Wheeler

Sometimes a film comes along that pushes the boundaries of what moviemaking can yield -- the kind of movie that reaches beyond the limits of the medium and blazes a new trail, subsequently allowing others with abundant resources to follow in its path. Despite any nitpicky flaws one might -- or might not -- find within the picture, James Cameron's Avatar is absolutely this kind of touchstone. Although audiences have become used to seeing advances in high-end technology, those previous developments haven't quite added up to this level of razzle-dazzle. For that, the filmmaker and his tireless crew deserve the many praises that they'll no doubt get. Avatar is a special-effects marvel -- and it's that area of the film that will rule many people's reactions, even if one may wonder whether a film with as grand a reach as this deserves a bit more scrutiny for falling back on familiar ground story-wise.

For all of his talk of putting characters and story first, Cameron basically jazzes up a cocktail of Dune, A Man Called Horse, and Dances With Wolves, yet presents it with such panache that it'll leave the majority of viewers unfazed by its rehashed nature, with a few others questioning if there should have been more meat to such an extravagant feast. Devil's advocate aside, Cameron does deliver the goods in the action arena, as well as the spectacle of this wondrous new world he built from the ground up.

It'd be hard to blame paraplegic ex-marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) for siding with an indigenous alien race such as the Na'vi. When faced with infiltrating their ranks for the megacorp that's invading their planet, Pandora, Jake is pulled into a new life, discovering love, spirituality, and the kind of exhilaration he's never experienced before. The lush world is a visual wonder, complete with a heartbeat that pulses through all of the living things that populate it, including Jake via his Avatar (a being made out of human and Na'vi DNA which his consciousness is jacked into). As Jake becomes part of the Na'vi tribe -- and closer to their princess heir, Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), his linked-in life begins to overrule his normal wheelchair-bound one. Soon his bosses begin to wonder if he's really trying to bring a diplomatic end to the fight between the natives and the invading human force (set in motion because of greed) -- or simply siding with an indigenous species who can't possibly compete with the firepower of the corporation's private security arm, lead by Col. Miles Quaritch (a star-making turn from Stephen Lang).

Make no mistake, the level of artistry on display is beyond most anything seen on the big screen before -- and it should be seen in the theaters. Presented in impressive 3D, the screen is filled with depth and color the likes of which are being hailed as the new benchmark. Certainly the motion-capture elements (where actors' minute movements are recorded and translated onto ultra-real computer-animated characters) come closer to fantastical hyper-reality than anything before. Yet, Cameron isn't just concerned with showing off his very expensive goods; Avatar is at its heart a popcorn flick -- albeit, one with a political conscience. Despite its fairly obvious morality lessons, the film doesn't preach as much as deliver large-scale action and wrenching drama for mass audiences to eat up. The man is a showman -- and he packed his new baby with enough awe, excitement, and emotion to justify the 160-minute epic running time, which to his credit, never once feels too long.

Story issues aside, if there are flaws -- and various people will no doubt have different reactions to it -- one could start with the staleness of James Horner's all-too-familiar Titanic-sounding score (not surprising since the composer is notorious for aping the same themes for decades now). The design of the film will also be a contentious issue -- with people who do and don't connect with the blue cat people aesthetics. Cameron doesn't make a great case for Sam Worthington either, whose non-charismatic nature is on full display whether delivering awkward "stoked" dialogue or rallying the alien troops for battle. In contrast, Saldana's performance gives Neytiri a stunningly real quality -- lending her not only a soul but an acute physical prowess that sells the entire character. She's exactly the type of actor that this technology needs in order to prove its state-of-the-art promise of limitless imagination. Though it is merely a stepping stone in a long line of pioneers, one thing is for sure -- viewers who are at all interested in being transported to this new land have quite the experience waiting for them. How they'll feel on the way out of the theater is the real question. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: James Cameron  Director 
James Cameron  Producer 
James Cameron  Screenwriter 
James Horner  Composer (Music Score) 
Colin Wilson  Executive Producer 
Laeta Kalogridis  Executive Producer 
Jon Landau  Producer 
Sam Worthington  Actor 
Zoe Saldana  Actor 
Sigourney Weaver  Actor 
Stephen Lang  Actor 
Michelle Rodriguez  Actor 
Giovanni Ribisi  Actor 
Joel David Moore  Actor 
CCH Pounder  Actor 
Wes Studi  Actor 
Laz Alonso  Actor 
Dileep Rao  Actor 
Matt Gerald  Actor 
Sean Anthony Moran  Actor 
Jason Whyte  Actor 
Scott Lawrence  Actor 
Kelly Kilgour  Actor 
James Pitt  Actor 
Sean Patrick Murphy  Actor 
Peter Dillon  Actor 
Kevin Dorman  Actor 
Kelson Henderson  Actor 
David Van Horn  Actor 
Jacob Tomuri  Actor 
Michael Blain-Rozgay  Actor 
Jon Curry  Actor 
Peter Mensah  Actor 
Julene Renee  Actor 
Luke Hawker  Actor 
Woody Schultz  Actor 
Sonia Yee  Actor 
Jahnel Curfman  Actor 
Ilram Choi  Actor 
Kyla Warren  Actor 

Country: USA