Is there a more depressing product on our nation's shelves than the the non-3D Blu-ray of James Cameron's dragon sex fantasy cartoon? Just one: Avatar on DVD.
Avatar: Three Disc Extended Collector's Edition
Price: About $25
In the box: Three DVD's, with a load of extras, behind-the-scenes documentaries and a three+ hour extended version
Did you like Avatar? No, not the new, bespectacled theater experience, or your first 3D movie, or whatever the word "Avatar" is shorthand for in your brain. I'm talking about the movie—its plot, its aesthetic, its dialog. Basically, what I'm asking is, did you see Avatar in 2D, and still think it was pretty cool?
Well, guy, you're in for a treat! This version of Avatar includes, like, 75% more Avatar. You also get to hear and see James Cameron talking about how he conceived of and made the most important film ever made! There's lots of fan service here.
This is one of the few situations where it's fair to judge a movie numerically, I think. Among the casualties of the DVD transfer process I've counted so far:
• One less dimension
• 1,866,240 fewer pixels per frame (assuming 2k in theaters)
That's, like, over 90% of the movie missing right there. Not fair? I think it is. This movie was a film, sure, but a tech demo first. Without help from Panasonic and a pair of oversized glasses... well, maybe you should watch this thing, just to understand how profoundly you've been tricked.
Things you might not have noticed through all the awesome floating 3D plants, and 3D dragons, and 3D battle scenes, and 3D Na'vi breasts: