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Avatar

Crippled from the waist down in battle, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) knows he will never walk again. Then he gets the unexpected opportunity to become an Avatar -- the mind link that controls the body of a genetically engineered alien life form. When he is sent to the home planet of the Na'vi and his virtual self begins interacting with the inhabitants, the soldier starts questioning the purpose of his military mission. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 161
Theater Release: 18 Dec 2009
Video Release: 15 Oct 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Forbidden love doesn’t just happen on the planet of Pandora. In Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, a young Anakin Skywalker pursues the affections of older Queen Amidala who he has been sent to protect. In West Side Story, a young couple falls in love despite their ties to opposing inner city gangs. Living through another being is also the theme in Surrogates.

This movie should not be confused with The Avatar: The Last Airbender (an animated TV series), which coincidentally is also being adapted to the big screen under the name of The Last Airbender, to be released in the summer of 2010.

Home Video Extra Features

Blu-Ray 3D Notes: Avatar

Release Date: 16 October 2012

Avatar is releasing again. This time on Blu-ray in 3D.

DVD and Blu-Ray Notes: Avatar: Extended Collector’s Edition

Release Date: November 16, 2010

The three-disc Avatar: Extended Collector’s Edition is releasing to Blu-ray and DVD on November 16, 2010. Both formats will feature the original theatrical release, a special edition re-release, family audio track with all objectionable language removed and new collector’s extended cut with sixteen more minutes including an exclusive alternate opening Earth scene.

AVATAR Extended Collector’s Edition: (3-Disc) Blu-ray:

Disc One:

- Original Theatrical Version

- Special Edition Re-Release

- Collector’s Extended Cut (16 more minutes and exclusive alternate opening)

- Family Audio Track (All Objectionable Language Removed) of the Original Theatrical Release and Special Edition Re-release

Disc Two:

- Capturing Avatar: An in-depth feature length documentary with James Cameron, Jon Landau and cast and crew

- Deleted Scenes: Over 45 minutes of new never-before-seen deleted scenes

- Production Materials

Disc Three: Pandora’s Box

- Interactive Scene Deconstruction: Explore the various stages of production through 3 different viewing modes

- Production Shorts: 17 featurettes covering performance capture, scoring the film, 3D fusion camera, stunts and more

-Avatar Archives including original script, 300-page screenplay and the extensive Pandorapedia

-BD-live Portal with additional bonus materials

AVATAR Collector’s Edition: 3-Disc DVD:

Disc One: Avatar, Part One

-Original Theatrical Edition (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed)

-Special Edition Re-release (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed)

-Collector’s Extended Cut with 16 additional minutes, including alternate opening on earth

Disc Two: Avatar, Part Two

- Continuation of the movies from the first disc

- A Message from Pandora

Disc Three:

- Capturing Avatar: An in-depth feature length documentary with James Cameron, Jon Landau and cast and crew

- Deleted Scenes   including over 45 minutes of new never-before-seen deleted scenes

Home Video Notes: Avatar

Release Date: April 22, 2010

Avatar is releasing to Blu-ray and DVD on Thursday, April 22, 2010, in honor of Earth Day. This release will not be in 3D, nor will it offer any bonus extras. Those features will be added to the November 16, 2010 release of Avatar.

Avatar releases as a 2-Disc Blu-Ray / DVD Combo. This package offers:

- Theatrical Feature Blu-ray

-Theatrical Feature DVD

Avatar also releases as a single disc DVD.

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