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

avatar blu ray released on 3d as a panasonic exclusiveAlthough 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?

Emerging Tech

Shipping crate filled with 3D-printing robots may be the future of construction

Autodesk has created a robot-filled shipping container which may represent the future of construction work. The crate contains two robots able to 3D print custom components for building sites.
Home Theater

From game consoles to 4K UHD spinners, these are the best Blu-ray players

Streaming may be popular, but the disc isn't dead yet. To get the very best picture and sound quality from your system, you need to be watching Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, and these are the best Blu-ray players you can buy.
Virtual Reality

Think virtual reality is just for games? These awesome apps will change your mind

Virtual reality isn't all about gaming. Swim with turtles, paint in 3D, and immerse yourself in some unique experiences the platform has to offer with our curated list of the best VR apps.
Home Theater

If you've got questions about Ultra HD Blu-ray, we've got answers

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and players are a killer way to beef up your home theater. Here's everything you need to know about one of the most significant advances to hit home entertainment in years.
Movies & TV

Star Wars series 'The Mandalorian' adds 'Deadpool' actress Gina Carano

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.

The best movie soundtracks of all time, from 'Star Wars' to 'E.T.'

Whether you're a lover of beautifully composed original scores or a fan of perfectly compiled popular music, these are the best movie soundtracks of all time — from Star Wars to Garden State.
Movies & TV

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' will seem muddled to mere muggles

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald brings magizoologist Newt Scamander back for more adventures, but the sequel to 2016's Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes a very deep dive into Potter-verse lore.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Put your home theater to the test with these spectacular Blu-ray releases

What's the point of having all of that awesome home theater gear if you can't breed a little jealousy in your friends and family? We've put together this list of fantastic Blu-rays that have the goods to drop a few jaws.
Movies & TV

Is the end near for Pied Piper? ‘Silicon Valley’ season 6 delayed, might be the last

Season 6 of Silicon Valley might not premiere until 2020, as HBO has delayed production on the season until summer 2019 due to showrunner Alec Berg's work on another HBO series, Barry. Season 6 could be the final one for the show.
Movies & TV

How to watch NFL games online, with or without cable

The NFL's 2018 season is here, and we know you don't want to miss a moment of the action. Our comprehensive streaming guide will show you all the best options to watch the games online so you can make the right choice.
Movies & TV

More cast members join Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’ reboot

Get Out writer and director Jordan Peele is developing and hosting a reboot of the classic sci-fi anthology series The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access, and the cast for the first season is filling out with some familiar faces.
Movies & TV

‘Moonlight’ film studio A24 to produce movies for Apple

Indie movie studio A24 has entered into an agreement to produce films for Apple. The studio is best known for bringing Oscar-winning drama Moonlight to audiences, as well as Room and Ex Machina.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (December 2018)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in November and December 2018, from new original series to classic films.