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Still shot from the movie: The Last Airbender.

The Last Airbender

For one hundred years the Fire Nation has been at war with the Air Nomads, the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom. The only hope these groups have for survival is 12-year-old Aang (Noah Ringer), who is believed to be the "Avatar." This title denotes a person with the ability to bend or manipulate all four elements and restore peace and balance. This movie is based on a popular Nickelodeon TV series. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 103
Theater Release: 01 Jul 2010
Video Release: 16 Nov 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
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This live-action adaptation features a lone character with a huge responsibility, similar to the position of Frodo in the Lord of the Rings franchise. In the family-friendly Kung Fu Panda, another group of desperate citizens looking for a "chosen one" to save their world.

Because the Nickelodeon animated TV series upon which this movie is based is titled: Avatar: The Last Airbender, this film is likely to be confused with the James Cameron’s 3D epic Avatar.

Home Video Extra Features

On November 16, 2010, The Last Airbender releases on DVD and Blu-ray. Both the single disc DVD and Blu-ray version of the movie offer these bonus extras:

  Origins of the Avatar

  Deleted Scenes: Talk to the Dead, Water Teaches Us Emotion, Water Tribe Battle and Field Ablaze.

  Gag Reel

The Last Airbender also releases in a Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray. This edition includes:

- Feature Film on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy

- Nine -part Documentary: Discovering The Last Airbender

- Inspirations   Co-creators of the show and M. Night Shyamalan give insight into the inner journey the characters take

- Spirituality   Explore the deeper spirituality that colors The Last Airbender

Heroes   Aang, Katara and Sokka journey together to save the world; behind-the-scenes piece provides a closer look at these characters and the actors

- Greenland   With sub-zero shoots on glaciers and frozen rivers just a few hundred miles from the North Pole, travel with the filmmakers to Greenland to meet the locals and experience the magnificent landscapes captured for the powerful opening of the film

- World   The sets, props, costumes and make-up that helped bring to life four unique nations in the film, each with a distinct look and style

- Action   With the film’s “bending” rooted in Martial Arts, uncover Shyamalan’s process with Noah Ringer to create complex, heart-pounding action sequences

- Effects   Closer look at the jaw-dropping cinematography and special effects that were created to blend seamlessly with ILM’s computer generated imagery

- Music   Longtime creative collaboration between M. Night Shyamalan and composer James Newton Howard is celebrated in the film’s sweeping score

- Finale   The journey culminates in one breathtaking moment on the ice wall

Featurettes: Siege of the North, Origins of the Avatar and Katara for a Day

- Deleted Scenes

- Gag Reel

- Avatar Annotations (Picture-in-picture on select scenes)

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