Thursday, April 22, 2010

Avatar on DVD and Blu-Ray today, will you be buying a copy?

Yes, today is the day a lot of people looked forward to as they walked out of the theater after watching Avatar. All of you know how much success the movie had in theaters, but will it have the same success on home video? Well, let's look at a few factors; some of you may care about and some I know you don't care about.

1: Who's seeing it for the first time? This will definitely pad the stats for the movies home video numbers. There are a lot of people who are just not that crazy about movies. There are a lot of people that can't afford to take a family out to see a movie, much less in 3D. There are a lot of people who don't like crowds at theaters (myself included). All of the above will elevate the number of discs sold.

2: Special Features; or the lack thereof. The DVD will just have the movie on it. The Blu-Ray will come with the high def movie and DVD version of the movie. That's it! Nothing more. No behind the scenes, no deleted scenes, no in-depth look into the technology that made the movie possible, nothing. Why you may ask? Because Hollywood is going to milk this "money grows on trees" beast of a movie! There will be different versions released in November, just in time for the Holiday Season of course. And a third, 3D version of the Blu-Ray released early next year. 'Cmon, seriously?!

This is very frustrating for me, and this is where a lot of you readers wont care. Well I CARE. If a movie distributed by 20th Century Fox only contains the movie (like Avatar will), should it cost the same as, let's say, X-Men Origins: Wolverine that had plenty of behind the scenes goodies? I don't think it should. Plus, this notion of re-releasing old matter sucks, it really does. I've purchased movies like Goodfellas and Shawshank Redemption multiple times because of this. Fans were so mad about the "Star Wars" trilogies, and just recently the Blu-Ray release of "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy. Both will be released multiple times because of "director's cut" type of changes. Nonsense.

3: People want the movie regardless! People want to own a copy, with or without special features, will buy a copy today. Pretty simple.

I have to tell you, I will not be buying a copy of the movie with today's release. I'm a nut for special features and think the added value is worth the wait until November; and I loved Avatar. So there is no hate to Mr. Cameron, but I just can't justify spending 50 dollars on the same movie over the next six months.

1 comment:

FattMatt said...

So much for being environmentally friendly.