Blu-ray 3D Release: Avatar

Blu-ray 3D Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012 (Oct. 15 in some international areas)
Price: Blu-ray 3D $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

AvatarAlmost two years after James Cameron’s (Titanic) Avatar was made available on Blu-ray 3D bundled with new Panasonic 3D equipment, the science-fiction movie is finally available for purchase by itself in that format.

Cameron has always been a fan of Blu-ray 3D and talked about making Avatar the first film to be released on the format the same day as DVD and Blu-ray. Panasonic money must have talked, however, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore got that honor instead.

The Panasonic-bundled Blu-ray 3D version of Avatar held just the movie, but the stand-alone release is a two-disc Collector’s Edition.

The Blu-ray 3D will offer the theatrical version of the film, which was originally released on DVD and Blu-ray in April 2010, not the extended version of Avatar, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray in November 2010.

The 2009 movie stars Sam Worthington (Man on a Ledge) as a wheelchair-bound Marine who finds a new life on a planet where he can hook into a living avatar to communicate with the planet’s native aliens. He gets help from Sigourney Weaver (You Again), who’s trying to learn about the aliens. But Giovanni Ribisi (The Rum Diary) works for a corporation that has other needs for the area, namely to mine a profitable mineral there. As tension gets high, the two sides ultimately clash and Worthington has to pick sides.

Michelle Rodriguez (Battle: Los Angeles), Zoe Saldana (Colombiana) and Stephen Lang (Conan the Barbarian) also star in the film, which won three Oscars (for art direction, cinematography and visual effects) and grossed a whopping $750 million when it was in theaters.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.