Avatar-/Blu-ray and DVD
by Elaine Hegwood Bowen
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Fans around the world are able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron’s Avatar in the comfort of their own home, as this history-making motion picture is now available on high-definition Blu-ray disc. This format brings this sweeping film into a vivid, mesmerizing epic right on your home television. The great picture and sound, combined with masterful cinematography, art direction and visual effects, will blow you away, as the story is told again and again at your convenience.
Whether one agrees that Avatar is the story of the reluctant hero Jake, who embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization that might not need saving. Or whether one feels that maybe it’s the story of a people who need salvation from an army contingent that’s fixated on finding a valuable natural mineral that’s growing in their forest.
Or then again whether you think it’s an old fashioned love story, with Jake falling for the native girl and forsaking the U.S. military—Avatar on Blu-ray is still such a visual masterpiece that you are swept away in all the imagery and graphics that bring the natives, the technology and the BIG machines to life.
When the vivid “blue monkeys” and lush, green forest is played across your television screen, Pandora is nothing short of magic. What strikes me, though, is some of the dialogue at the start of the film could be straight out of any urban, inner city. Everyone is so cool, “hey bro,” and the fact that the Na’vi people all have long cornrows leads one to wonder whether Avatar could yet again be the story of “the man” coming to infringe upon the natives, sort of what gentrification has done throughout disenfranchised neighborhoods throughout Chicago and other U.S. cities.
But the Na’vi people didn’t need a “tarzan” or government military convoy to assist them. They had been thriving on the Tree of Souls, mating, subduing flying animals, and wearing beautiful tribal headdresses and necklaces for years. This, coupled with the fact that the mother of the land was played by veteran actress CCH Pounder, and the beautiful Zoë Saldana as her daughter, makes an urban spin on this record-breaking movie all the more plausible. Nevertheless, whatever spin is put on this record-breaking film, Avatar on Blu-ray disc is fantastic!
Written by Cameron and produced with his long-time collaborator Jon Landau, Avatar also stars Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Wes Studi and Laz Alonso.
Avatar is the Oscar and Golden Globe® winning epic that is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.6 billion in worldwide box office. For more information, visit Web site www.foxconnect.com.
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.
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