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Avatar 3D Blu-ray Now Available to the General Public

By October 15, 2012

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Finally! After two years of being available only to consumers purchasing select Panasonic 3D TVs and Blu-ray Disc Players, the 3D version of James Cameron's Avatar is finally be available to the general public, beginning Tuesday, October 16th, 2012.

For those that already own the no-frills single disc only edition that has been associated with the purchase of Panasonic products up to this point, the general release is an expanded two-disc Blu-ray 3D Collector's Edition (both the 2D and 3D theatrical versions of the film will be accessible on the Blu-ray disc and, of course, the included DVD is 2D only) with newly created packaging.

Unfortunately, other than the inclusion of the both the 2D and 3D version on a single Blu-ray Disc, as well as a separate DVD disc version, there are no extra bonus features included in this disc set - so the need to "double dip" may not be necessary if you already have a copy of the Panasonic release in combination with any previous 2D Blu-ray or DVD release.

On the other hand, if you own a 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray Disc player and haven't been able to secure a copy of the Panasonic version, and just own the previous 2D Blu-ray standard and extended cut editions, this is your chance to finally get a copy of Avatar the way it is meant to be seen.

However, a criticism I have is that limiting access to the 3D version of Avatar on Blu-ray to Panasonic 3D product purchasers up to this point has probably not helped the general 3D TV acceptance cause, especially considering that Avatar was credited with reviving the resurgence of theatrical 3D presentations.

I am fortunate to have a copy of Panasonic's Avatar 3D Blu-ray, and it is, according to advance reviews, the same transfer quality as this new general public release. So either version is definitely on the top of my list of Best 3D Blu-ray Disc movies. Image provided by and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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October 16, 2012 at 7:28 am
(1) Bob Trueman says:

I bought this 3D Blu-ray Avatar having read about all the ‘making of’ extras and also the way in which Cameron had split the film onto two discs to get the ultimate bit-rate. Imagine how horrified I was to find out when it arrived this morning that there were NO extras and the Blu-ray 3D version was on ONE disk along with the Blu-ray 2D version (!). Disgusting! I will be sending this back to Amazon. How dare they fool me into buying this second-rate package by not telling me what it contained. An offence under the Trades descriptions Act, i think!

October 22, 2012 at 1:24 am
(2) minh says:

Bob Trueman – you have a fundatmental misunderstanding of the MVC encoding that is used on this 3D disc. Both 2D and 3D versions can exist on one disc without picture quality loss because the 3D version uses 2 video streams (one for each eye), where as the 2D version only uses one of these streams. In other words, the 2D version is contained within the 3D version, thus not requiring a separate disc.

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