Last year at this time, all the talk in theaters was about Avatar - how cool it was, how unique and ground-breaking, how much it drew people in. And for me, the talk was about where it stopped. Shhhh but I never got around to seeing it. It wasn't that I didn't want to - it was on the top of my list of movies to see - but just that I never made it to the theater. With two small children and a husband who regularly has work events at night, movies in the theater unfortunately don't happen as often as I'd like.
On the plus side, movies come out on DVD and often have all sorts of bonuses that you don't get at the theater. Avatar is no exception, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy on the new Blu-Ray last week. In keeping with the cool vibe of the movie, the Blu-Ray has three discs (yep, THREE) full of stuff.
Not only do you get the original theater version, but there is also a re-release and a 3 hour extended cut with sixteen additional minutes that doesn't include a bonus feature with 45 minutes of deleted scenes. Watching the movie for the first time, I was blown away. It wasn't in 3-D like most of my friends saw it in the theater, but the movie doesn't need that special effect to make it a great movie.
One of my favorite parts was the soundtrack behind it. The music was so moving, and - lucky me - the Blu-Ray also includes the audio track with all the ahhh bad words taken out. I can even listen it with the wee ones (who also love the sound track btw).
As blown away as I was by the movie, I made sure to explore some of the features included for the Blu-Ray. One of the most enlightening was Capturing Avatar that went through the making of Avatar. I had no idea this was a sixteen year oddessey. Wow. It includes interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau, and various other members of the crew and cast who discuss Cameron’s vision and inspiration behind the film.
With Pandora's Box, I learned even more about the movie's making. It went through three stages of production (and yes, I saw parts from all three in this feature) - Performance Capture, Template (where the film looks more like a video game than a movie!), and the end product. This feature also has interviews with Cameron and the other filmmakers and can be viewed as sort of a “master class” on the creation of “Avatar”.
I won't say too much about the movie itself because well... most of you have probably already seen it, right? And for those of who you haven't, I don't want to ruin it. I will say that it has an intriguing storyline that kept me interested enough that I sat through the three hour version of the movie without wondering once when it would be over or looking at my watch. That alone is a feat.
And lucky you (or two yous, as the case may be!), I have two copies of the Avatar Blu-Ray to give away to lucky readers. So what do you have to do to win one of these Blu-Ray copies? First of all, let me stress that you must follow all the rules. If you do not follow the rules, your entry will not count!
This contest is open until Tuesday January 18 at 7pm CST. I must have a valid way to reach you, so leave me your email address in your comment or be sure your profile has your email address visible. No duplicate comments will count. This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older. Winners will be selected via random.org and must respond within 48 hours of being notified by me or I will select a new winner.
Mandatory Entry: Tell me - did you see Avatar in theaters? What did you like best, or why didn't you?
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In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of Avatar from Fox for review purposes only and no compensation. All opinions expressed are my own.