Stand-alone 3D Blu-ray Of AVATAR Unavailable For The Foreseeable Future

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Unless you have plans to buy a Panasonic 3D TV, don’t expect to get your hands on a 3D Blu-ray of James Cameron’s record breaking Avatar any time soon. According to Yahoo, Avatar producer Jon Landau has said that whilst there are plans to put an Avatar 3D Blu-ray on the market, they are waiting until 3D technology is commonplace in living rooms nationwide. He expressed caution about rushing the release before the public is ready, an error they made in the past with the release of Titanic on DVD in 1999. Landau said, “We were ahead of the curve on DVD with Titanic and we don’t want to make that mistake again.”

Hit the jump for more on Avatar and why it’s such a pain to sell in 3D.

Avatar, the CGI phenomenon that took the world by storm last year, rapidly became the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing the previous record held by Cameron’s last film: Titanic. It won three Academy Awards (Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects) having been nominated for nine, and has since enjoyed a rerelease in Cinemas, screening an extra nine minutes.

In many ways, it doesn’t come as a shock that the film won’t be in 3D for a while. The difficulty for consumers when it comes to 3D isn’t just a matter of expense. Aside from anything else, 3D is by no means a format espoused by all filmmakers. Only recently, director Christopher Nolan confirmed that he wouldn’t be filming The Dark Knight Rises in 3D (although that could be because he’ll be shooting in full IMAX. More on that here.

So if a lot of filmmakers aren’t going to adopt 3D, and some still think it’s a gimmick, is it a surprise that consumers haven’t jumped on the bandwagon just yet? If it seems too good to miss, remember to take in to account the household requirements: a 3D Blu-ray player, 3D glasses (not just a cheap pair of blue and red ones), and of course, a 3D TV set! Sure – when we’re all on six figure salaries maybe sales will go up, but until then, I predict sales are going to remain pretty slow. Will the world prove me wrong?

Avatar Extended Collector’s Edition Blu-ray will be released on November 16, 2010.




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  • clover nutz

    narcissism at its finest. My daughter and I watch JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D on our TV at home and its a little cheesy but thoroughly enjoyable. Oh and I just have a standard flat screen TV not some 2500 3D TV that will be obsolete in about 2 months when quicker, clearer, faster and CHEAPER models come out.

    I grow tired of Camerons hubris and hope by the time he decides to release AVATAR on bluray 3D there will be another sprawling 3D epic that makes his verison look outdated like the 3D TVS will be. I really anjoy 3D but after watching AVATAR a million times on HBO you realize it is in fact a gimmick. Half the movie was neon trees and flourescent water. We get it cameron you were on some good weed when you made that movie.. Now try to make a good movie!

    • JACKSPARROW88

      dude your an idiot!!! JAMES CAMERON IS FILMMAKING,WITHOUT HIM PUSHING THE BOUNDRIES OF SPECIAL EFFECTS TO TELL THE STORY,MOVIES WOULD BE 10 YEARS BEHIND SO BE GREATFUL YOU S.O.B.!!!

      • Dichotomize

        I like to pretend True Lies was James Cameron’s last film.

      • http://twitter.com/FurryWolfen Joseph Greene

        Caps lock is cruise control for cool.

        Cool story bro.

  • Dichotomize

    Two words:

    Oh. Well.

  • money mayweather

    @ SPARROW. Please tell us what boundaries has he pushed other than peoples willingness to sit 4 hours in a movie theater? Yes he has a pretty cool 3D no one ever said anything different BUT really I recognize Cameron for 2 movies, T2 and TRUE LIES. I digress that most directors with the kind of budgets like Camerons could also push boundaries and change the game.. Last time I checked TITANIC was a true story (not the fictional romance) so all he had to do was find a cheesy love story and focus on the effects WHICH IS WHAT HE DOES.. His movies arent great and AVATAR was not great by any stretch so be grateful for what, paying $20 bucks to see an average movie?? Get off Camerons nutz and swallow already but I am with the others in here AVATAR not his best!

  • money mayweather

    @ SPARROW. Please tell us what boundaries has he pushed other than peoples willingness to sit 4 hours in a movie theater? Yes he has a pretty cool 3D no one ever said anything different BUT really I recognize Cameron for 2 movies, T2 and TRUE LIES. I digress that most directors with the kind of budgets like Camerons could also push boundaries and change the game.. Last time I checked TITANIC was a true story (not the fictional romance) so all he had to do was find a cheesy love story and focus on the effects WHICH IS WHAT HE DOES.. His movies arent great and AVATAR was not great by any stretch so be grateful for what, paying $20 bucks to see an average movie?? Get off Camerons nutz and swallow already but I am with the others in here AVATAR not his best!

    • TragicVillain

      I mostly mostly with what you said…mostly. But you’re not going to acknowledge Aliens? Game over, man. Game over.

    • Riddle

      agreed…avatar is great, but not enough to replace titanic

  • Richard G.

    That’s such a crock. They’re still putting it on the market. They just want you to pay $3000 to get it. What’s James Cameron’s Ebay ID? He’ll probably be selling stand alone copies online for $500 a pop.

  • CMC

    not that it matters, cause 3D, even Cameron’s Avatar, is gimmicky in a lot of ways, (IMAX is still where it’s at until holographic stereoscopic displays are released) but the 3D Avatar blu-ray HAS been released online, my tracker (a top one) has the 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 posted at 47.5 GB haha. Demo release, for free online, and not available on the retail market for years? Just another fine example of what pirating can do for you!

  • CMC

    not that it matters, cause 3D, even Cameron’s Avatar, is gimmicky in a lot of ways, (IMAX is still where it’s at until holographic stereoscopic displays are released) but the 3D Avatar blu-ray HAS been released online, my tracker (a top one) has the 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 posted at 47.5 GB haha. Demo release, for free online, and not available on the retail market for years? Just another fine example of what pirating can do for you!

  • Rdvd16

    Fine Don’t release it in 3d I THINK there is around 3million or so 3d, ps3s out now and I have 2 and a 3dtv an a lot of my friends are wating for content to come out around 1.8 million of them I guess some people are just greedy. Thanks for saving me 40$…

  • Rdvd16

    Buy the way My Samsung does 2d-3d up.

  • HippiesStink

    Hey everyone, James Cameron sucks…
    Can I still at the big boys table now?
    Fags.

  • Brian

    I’m one of those people who is for 3D, when it’s done properly. Cameron used 3D properly, it was used to immerse the audience into the story, rather than throw stuff at you and take you out of the story. There is a lot of shotty 3D out there and it’s really holding back on it being done right.
    That said, I really wish these companies and their 3D technology prices would give their heads a shake. A television set does not warrant 4 or 5 thousand dollars regardless of how many dimensions it displays. When people are having wages frozen for years and there are no jobs being created (these 3D technologies being manufactured out of country doesn’t help)…then I can’t process the idiotic nature of these prices.

    Filmmakers aren’t going to hold back 3D’s progression, home entertainment electronics are.

  • Brian

    I’m one of those people who is for 3D, when it’s done properly. Cameron used 3D properly, it was used to immerse the audience into the story, rather than throw stuff at you and take you out of the story. There is a lot of shotty 3D out there and it’s really holding back on it being done right.
    That said, I really wish these companies and their 3D technology prices would give their heads a shake. A television set does not warrant 4 or 5 thousand dollars regardless of how many dimensions it displays. When people are having wages frozen for years and there are no jobs being created (these 3D technologies being manufactured out of country doesn’t help)…then I can’t process the idiotic nature of these prices.

    Filmmakers aren’t going to hold back 3D’s progression, home entertainment electronics are.

  • Tycres

    sounds like, someone is just behind the times and jealous *cough* ((clover nutz)). heres some advice, before you go out doling out random smatterings of shitty info. 3D tv’s are cutting edge of technology and blow away your shitty little journey to the center of the earth away. so nut up, spend a buck, and most importantly quit your bitchin. As far as avatar in 3d the day they release that shit I will be first in line

  • Sean

    Here in australia 3d tv’s arnt very expensive starting from about au$1500 for a 50″ samsung plasma and the largest is 63″ plasma the led lcd are more expensive the samsung 3d plasma 58″ draws 1.3 amps of power then the panasonic 50″ witch was 2.5 amps of power on 230v power here in australia

  • James

    51′ Samsung plasma tv, 1080p resolution & 3D.

    I paid $1200, brand new.

    I’m from Australia btw.

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  • Eun Hwa Dill

    Avatar’s storyline is very similar to fern gully. Cameron is such a biter.

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