I just watched the blu-ray of Avatar I am totally blown away. I went into this as a skeptic so Iím no fanboy of the movie but all I can say it WOW!
From an HT standpoint this is the best movie Iíve ever seen. First off thank you for 1.78:1 transfers, 2.35:1 or . . . should be forever banished from being produced. The PQ was consistently one of the best I have ever seen. The CGI and live action was as seamless as I have ever seen. The colour depth was exceptional and the overall quality of the presentation was fabulous.
The sound quality was fantastic. The best thing I can say about the sound was that nothing at all stood out. The only issue I had was having to up the bass a little to reach my liking other than that it was one of the best mixed sound tracks I have ever heard in my HT. the combination of directional and ambient sounds was the one of the best Iíve ever heard.
As for the story . . . It was very clichť but given the visuals I didnít give a crap. Canít say how this will stand the test of time but Iím pretty sure I can watch the movie several times and just plain be amazed enough not to care it had a story or not.
I must admit that at the very begining I was worried by the strip mining scene that it was going to be an eco-diatribe but I donít care because the visuals were so cool that it wouldnít matter if it was beating itís message over my head I still would have enjoyed it.
I canít compare the BD to the standard def but I canít now imagine not having bought this BD, simply fantastic.
If I have one gripe about this movie itís so small but just bugged me because it got so much right. When they arrived at Pandora and were getting their in-brief, which seemed very real BTW, the Marine didnít have his shirt properly bloused which would never ever happen. Ok Iím being very picky but come on if youíre wearing a duty belt youíve got it properly bloused damm it.
Best thing is that BB matched Wally-Worlds price even though they didnĎt have it.
Sean, if you havenít seen this guess what weíre going to watch the next time you come over.