Skip to main content

Avatar blu-ray released on 3D as a Panasonic exclusive

Although James Cameron may be the “king of the world”, he seems to be learning from the master of merchandising, George Lucas, when it comes to the distribution of his properties. Fans of the film Avatar, of which there are legion, have steadily been handing over cash as the film was released in theaters, re-released (twice), released on DVD and blu-ray in 2D, and then released as a three-disc special edition last month. But somewhat ironically for a film that many see as the most persuasive argument for people to look at 3D TVs for the home,  there is still no 3D version for the home. It is inevitable, but no one is sure when it will be released, or how much it will cost.

Well, it appears that the answer to when is now, but as for how much it will run between $299 and a few thousand.

Panasonic has announced and exclusive deal with 20th Century Fox which will give the manufacturer the exclusive rights to release the Avatar blu-ray in 3D. All you need to do is head out and buy a brand new Panasonic Viera 3D HDTV VT or GT series. Alternatively, you could buy the Panasonic 3D Full HD Ultimate Pack, which comes with two sets of 3D glasses as well as the movie for $399, but the glasses are proprietary and will only work on a Panasonic 3D TV.

But if you own a 3D TV from another company, fear not. Copies of the film in 3D have surfaced on eBay, and bidding disc on the disc (that will likely cost $29.99 or so when it is released to the public) is beginning at around $199.

Although it is certain that the film will eventually be released to the masses in its native 3D format, no word yet on how long Panasonic will retain the exclusive rights, or when we might see the film on store shelves.

So the real question is how big of a fan are you?

Editors' Recommendations

Ryan Fleming
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Ryan Fleming is the Gaming and Cinema Editor for Digital Trends. He joined the DT staff in 2009 after spending time covering…
The 10 most popular movies on Netflix right now
Two parents stand above their kids in Spy Kids: Armageddon.

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services in the world, with nearly 240 million subscribers. And just what do those people tend to watch? In particular, what is the most popular movie on Netflix?

Each week, the streaming service releases a list of its 10 most-watched movies over the preceding seven days. Below, we've listed the top 10 movies in the U.S. from September 18 to September 24, along with general information about each film, such as genre, rating, cast, and synopsis.

Read more
Who is the best Spider-Man actor? All the Spider-Men, ranked
Blended image showing Tom Holland, Jake Johnson, and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man against the background of a red and black spider's web.

Spider-Man is arguably the most popular and beloved superhero in modern pop culture. A staple in movies and television since the 1960s, Spidey is Marvel's crowning jewel, a near-universally adored hero that appeals to children and adults alike. Few superheroes have as much staying power as Spidey, cementing his place as a timeless icon and a staple of modern pop culture.

The web crawler has a rich and long history in movies and television. Since transitioning from the page to the screen in the Silver Age, Spider-Man has starred in countless animated series, received multiple live-action movies, and appeared as a major supporting figure in many other projects. But who, out of all the actors who have played him, is the best Spider-Man? It's not an easy decision - every actor has brought something unique and valuable to the table. However, some are undeniably better than others, and a few have become synonymous with the character. To begin, we will focus only on the character of Peter Parker, as he has the most depictions in movies and television.
19. Danny Seagren

Read more
10 most influential sci-fi movies ever
A scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Science fiction films have had a massive impact on pop culture. Their thrilling and imaginative concepts have expanded the minds of many audiences, making them one of the highest-grossing genres in cinema today.

And as technology becomes more and more advanced, including the tools for making movies, the line between fantasy and reality seems to fade with each sci-fi blockbuster. So, in the spirit of progress, let's look at the 10 most influential sci-fi movies ever made.
A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Read more