Sci-Fi Movies Thursday: The Hobbit, Men in Black 3D, Batman 3, Iron Man 2, Avatar + more [UPDATED]

In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column we have news of the return of Avatar (and the sequel). Plus news on The Hobbit scripts, a 3-D decision for the next Batman, timing on the Green Lantern trailer, Star Wars Blu-ray info, Iron Man 2 details and previews, and more. Plus the latest box office numbers, casting bites, images and videos.[UPDATED: More updates added]



Avatar theatrical re-release this August; Sequel will focus on the oceans of Pandora
James Cameron has confirmed that "Avatar" will be re-released in theaters this August with six additional minutes of footage [LA Times]:

We’re working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film — which includes a lot of Weta work — for a theatrical re-release in August. We were sold out of our Imax performances right up to the moment until they were contractually obligated to switch to “Alice in Wonderland,” so we know we left money on the table there. And the 3-D really helped “Avatar” right up until the moment that it hurt it…Clearly, it wasn’t market forces directly; it was the availability of theaters. So we’re going to wait until there’s a time to come back in, inject the new footage into the mix and see if we can interest people in the “Avatar” experience in theaters.

Cameron also talked about the second and third "Avatar’ sequels, revealing that the second will focus on the Oceans of Pandora and the third more of the Alpha Centauri AB:

We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film. I’ve already announced this, so I might as well say it: Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.

Check out the rest of the LA Times’ interview with Cameron here. "Avatar" hits DVD and Blu-ray (with DVD) today.  A 4-disc ultimate edition — incorporating the additional six minutes and many, many more extras — will be released this November. A 3D edition will follow sometime next year. You can read some comments on the current and upcoming "Avatar" releases from producer Jon Landau here and here and from Cameron here.

[Update] The Blu-ray sold a record 1.5 million units in its first day of release, crushing the previous record set by 2008’s “The Dark Knight” (600,000).

Peter Jackson updates The Hobbit (scripts have been delivered)
"The Hobbit"
executive producer / writer Peter Jackson confirmed that the screenplays for the two films have been handed to the studio and despite issues with MGM — for example the recent news that "Bond 23" is indefinitely delayed — everything looks good for the start of production:

We’ve just delivered the script. Literally last week, we delivered the second of the two screenplays — the first draft. So the studio’s got both scripts now, which is a milestone; and if anything was holding it up, it was us doing the screenplays, because we’d just been writing as fast as we can, but it took us this long to get them finished.

Jackson says the major hold-up had to do with the slow pace of completing the script. Now that that’s complete, Jackson expects the films to be greenlit soon and with that comes the start of production, perhaps as early as this October or November:

So we take whatever responsibility there is for the speed. And we’re now in the process of budgeting the films, and then hopefully we’ll get to a budget the studio [people] are happy with, and they’ll greenlight the movies and we’ll announce the shooting dates. I’d be pretty optimistic that we’ll be shooting before the end of the year. I would imagine October, November, we’d be shooting by. I’m not announcing it, though.

You can read the rest of Jackson’s interview at Moviefone.

Nolan not interested in 3D for Batman 3 + Announcement expected in July
Wally Pfister, who is the cinematographer on Christopher Nolan’s "Inception" and has worked with Nolan on both "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight", told Cinematical that he and Nolan have a "mutual disinterest" in 3D, but are still very interested in doing "Batman 3" fully in IMAX:

"What Chris and I have talked about is doing something cool and something interesting…Brad Bird was [saying] ‘you’ve got to shoot the whole thing in IMAX!’ I was like, yeah, I’ve talked to Chris about that."

Pfister says that he and Nolan just prefer Film over Digital Cinema due to the higher image quality available in film, especially when using IMAX cameras [via AICN]:

Because of his and Nolan’s feelings toward Digital Cinema, Pfister does not want to shoot in 3D. He actually had some pretty harsh things to say about the format, he says that "it’s great for like amusement park rides like the ‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ ride at Disneyland." He said that 3D is not realistic and "it’s a distraction. Can you imagine Memento in 3D? With Joey Pantoliano’s glasses sticking out ‘a few feet’ with his hair all the way back there?"

In related news, Batman on Film reports that some sort of official announcement for "Batman 3" is expected in July. BOF notes that when "The Dark Knight" was officially announced right after Comic Con 2006, the press release included the title, casting and director confirmation. BOF expects something similiar this time as well.

Sam Mendes to direct Oz the Great and Powerful with RDJ to star?
Sam Mendes is reportedly the front runner to direct "Oz The Great And Powerful" from Mitchell Kapner. As reported previously, the project is a prequel to "Wizard of Oz" focusing on the wizard before he came to Oz. Production Weekly adds that Robert Downey, Jr. is circling the role of the Wizard. LA Times later reported that in addition to Mendes, Adam Shankman ("Bedtime Stories") is also in the running to direct the project and that Disney has put it "on a fast track of sorts."

Green Lantern trailer expected this July
"Green Lantern"
is currently shooting in New Orleans, and Comic Book Movie was able to visit the set. Speaking with an effects supervisor at Sony ImageWorks (who are handling the effects), here are some interesting bites to pass along:

  • The previously leaked concept art of Kilowog, Abin Sur, Tomar-Re and the Guardians are all legit, although they were early drafts.
  • A trailer will "definitely" be revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic Con (July 21-24) and teaser posters will be in theaters this fall.
  • The budget and prints and advertising campaign for the film total "well over" $200M before tax incentives.
  • Hal Jordan will be wearing the domino mask in the film.

"Green Lantern" is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on June 17, 2011.

Set images [more at Pop Sugar]

Star Wars Blu-rays in the works
Speaking at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet revealed that the company has been working on a Blu-ray set of all six "Star Wars" movies:

We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won’t call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We’re finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about… there are some real treasures.

Sansweet didn’t give a timetable for its release, but did say "it won’t be in the too distant future."

Iron Man 2 won’t end with a cliffhanger + Other Marvel news
In an interview with the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog, director Jon Favreau says that "Iron Man 2" will not end with a cliffhanger:

"I want it to be completely self-contained because a lot is going to happen between now and the next chapter. You’ve got ‘Thor,’ you’ve got ‘Captain America ‘ and you’ve got ‘Avengers.’ I don’t know how all of that is going to impact this little handmade story of ours that we’ve been doing over the last two films."

In other news, Samuel L. Jackson (who reprises his role as Nick Fury in "Iron Man 2") told IESB that he will not appear in Marvel’s "Thor" but will have a part in "The First Avenger: Captain America" and "The Avengers", the latter of which he says will "pretty much" be his "own starring vehicle for that character." Speaking of "Thor", Fanboyweb reports on what may be the description for Stan Lee’s cameo in the movie:

Thor’s hammer ( Mjolnir ) is found lying inside a crater in the middle of the road by the U.S. Army. The army tries to move it but can’t because it’s too heavy. They decide to bring in a truck for assistance. The soldiers tie Thor’s hammer to the back of the truck with chains. The truck driver accelerates to pull Mjohnir. The back half of the truck falls apart as the front keeps moving. Finally, the camera cuts to the driver who happens to be comic legend Stan Lee.

Check out the new viral website AccuTech Research & Development for Stark Industries. Also, check out an interview with Mickey Rourke (Whiplash) at Inquirer. "Iron Man 2" hits conventional and IMAX theaters on May 7, 2010.

Promotional stills [more at /Film]

Iron Man and Whiplash IMAX posters [SuperHeroHype & Screen Rant]

Featurette on the villains [YouTube / Entertainment Tonight]

New TV spot [YouTube]

[Update] New clip: “Suitcase Armor” [Yahoo! Movies]

Interview with Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) [MTV]

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones returning for Men in Black 3D
Will Smith and Tommy Leen Jones are both returning for "Men in Black 3D", reports Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411:

Director Barry Sonnenfeld tells me that “Men in Black 3-D” is ready to roll. Will Smith has signed on, Tommy Lee Jones is in, and a script is awaited.

Yes. I did say 3D. “Men in Black 3″ will be in 3D. Sonnenfeld says it is so. Why not? Everything else is, and this is one movie that might be cool in the process.

[Update] Green Hornet pushed to 2011, but will be 3D (And so will Last Airbender)
Sony has announced that “The Green Hornet” will be delayed three weeks to January 14, 2011. Despite recent bad buzz, the studio says the reason for the move — which is actually its second delay — is because of their recent decision to convert it to 3D:

“We’ve had a lot of success with the Martin Luther King frame, including ‘Paul Blart,’” said the studio’s marketing and distribution topper Jeff Blake. “We couldn’t be more excited about ‘Green Hornet.’ In fact, we’re doubling down by making it 3D.”

In related news, Paramount Pictures announced that M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender” will also be getting a 3D conversion of its own. According to Deadline, Stereo D, the same company that worked on “Avatar”, will handle the 3D conversion work. The July 2, 2010 release date will remain. Check out a new trailer for “The Last Airbender” below.

PREVIEW Videos & Images

A Nightmare On Elm Street

Promotional stills [Shock Till You Drop]

New clip [YouTube]

New TV spot [YouTube]


New trailer (with introduction by Vanessa Hudgens) [MTV]


Early production trailer (the film likely won’t be released) [twitch]


Promotional stills [more via /Film]

Jonah Hex

Promotional still [MTV Splash Page]


Interview with director Matthew Vaugn [MTV]

The Losers

Interview with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana and Idris Elba [SuperHeroHype]


Promotional still [Rope of Silicon]

Behind-the-scenes clip on Isabelle (played by Alice Braga) []

Shrek Forever After

First clip: "What Happened to You" [Yahoo! Movies]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

New movie trailer [SCI FI Wire]

[Update] The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Movie trailer #3 [TrailerAddict]

MISC Video

District 9

"Wikus and Charlize" [Funny or Die]


  • Previously on Karl Urban Talks Star Trek Sequels
  • Previously on Zoe Saldana: Star Trek Sequel Filming Dates To Be Set Within Month
  • Previously on John Cho on Star Trek Sequel: No Decisions Have Been Made
  • "Kick-Ass" narrowly won the weekend with a disappointing $19.8 million. "How to Train Your Dragon" finished in a strong 2nd with $19.6M in its fourth weekend… [BOM]
  • …Mark Millar issued a statement downplaying the weak debut. In part it reads: "We were top Friday, Saturday and Sunday — which is amazing, considering we’re in the middle of a holiday season and up against 3-D competition with an R-rated superhero movie…It’s also worth remembering that we only cost $28 million after the U.K. tax breaks, and our U.K. and U.S. gross alone is already at $38 million as of last night." Click over to MTV to read the full statement.
  • Joss Whedon was recently hired to direct and re-write "The Avengers". Before beginning work on "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World", Edgar Wright had completed a script for "Ant-Man", a character who is a member of The Avengers. Which leads us to this tweet by Wright: "I just met Joss Whedon for the first time. Speculation commence!" Significant, or meaningless? [Edgar Wright]
  • "Friday the 13th: Part 2" producer Brad Fuller replied to a fan on his Twitter account that the sequel to the 2009 reboot is "dead". [via Shock Till You Drop]
  • Paramount Pictures has renewed their option on a big screen version of the apocalyptic zombie novel "World War Z" for what author Max Brooks described as "half the time and twice the money," a strong indication that the film is closer to hitting theaters. Brooks also confirmed that Marc Forster is still attached to direct. [Fear Net]
  • One of the criticisms of "The Dark Knight" was Christian Bale’s growling voice. Turns out Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in "Batman: The Animated Series", wasn’t too fond of the decision either. Watch and listen to Conroy’s response to a question posed by a fan asking if he’d ever been asked to re-dub "The Dark Knight" in the embedded video below. [YouTube / Screen Rant]

  • The first trailer for the Josh Brolin-starrer "Jonah Hex" will be attached to "A Nightmare on Elm Street", which hits theaters on April 30. [Shock Till You Drop]
  • There are various reports / rumors that Bumblebee will be a Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 2011 in "Transformers 3". [via TFW2005]
  • Universal’s "Stretch Armstrong" has gotten a director and a new writer. "Monsters vs. Aliens" co-director Rob Letterman has signed on to direct and Nick Stoller ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall") will re-write the original screenplay (which was written by Steve Oederkerk). Taylor Lautner ("Twilight") is still attached to star. [Heat Vision blog]
  • In 2006, David Goyer admitted that he didn’t think he’d "ever be good to write Superman". [via /Film]
  • 20th Century Fox has set a September 3 release date Robert Rodriguez’s "Machete". The film, originated from the faux trailer featured in 2007’s "Grindhouse", stars Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez and Lindsay Lohan. [Deadline]
  • Dark Horse Comics has announced that they will release a companion graphic novel to the upcoming thriller "Let Me In". [/Film]
  • To celebrate the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back", Lucasfilm is planning a year-long charity campaign that kicks off on May 19 with a digital screening for the the film at the ArcLight Hollywood along with an on-stage Q&A with Harrison Ford. [LA Times’ Hero Complex blog]
  • Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Tim Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland" will hit DVD, Blu-ray and VOD (all in 2D) on June 1, 2010… [Walt Disney Pictures]
  • …The week after, meanwhile, will see the release of the Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio thriller "Shutter Island" on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD (June 8, 2010). [Paramount Pictures]
  • The Motion Picture Association of America has announced that "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" has received a PG-13 rating for "stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references." [SuperHeroHype]
  • Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie ("X-Men") is re-uniting with Bryan Singer to re-write the script for Singer’s "Jack the Giant Killer". [Heat Vision blog]
  • [Update] Breck Eisner (“The Crazies”) is in talks to direct New Line’s “Escape from New York” remake. [Variety]
  • [Update] Rumored for several months, Disney has officially announced “Monsters, Inc. 2”. The sequel to the hit 2001 film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 16, 2012. Disney also announced that “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (May 20, 2011) and “The Muppets” have been officially greenlighted. [THR] & [Variety]


  • Alan Cumming has dropped out of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" because of a scheduling conflict. Cumming was set to play the villain Green Goblin in the long-delayed musical. [NY Times]
  • "Transformers 3" producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has confirmed that John Malkovich will have a role in the film, but only said he would "have a lot of interaction with Shia" and it’ll be a "really fun character". []
  • …Malkovich, meanwhile, confirmed that he would have played The Vulture in the now canned "Spider-Man 4": "I’m not sure, I never really spoke with Sam about this, but I’m not sure they—maybe the kind of fanbase, the fanboys—either didn’t approve of [The Vulture] as an adversary for [Spidey] to some extent…or maybe the studio [didn’t]. Or maybe that was totally unrelated to why it fell apart." [/Film]
  • Tom Elkins (editor on "The Da Vinci Code") will direct "A Haunting in Georgia", the horror follow-up to "A Haunting in Connecticut". [Heat Vision blog]
  • There’s a rumor that Olivia Munn’s appearance in "Iron Man 2" is a cameo playing Janet Van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp. Backstory: Munn was originally cast in a different role in the film, but went back to film new scenes for a new character. Munn recently revealed that she would be playing a character already established in the Marvel universe. [Forces of Geek and Complex Magazine]
  • Noah Ringer ("The Last Airbender") has joined the cast of Jon Favreau’s "Cowboys and Aliens". It’s unknown what role he’ll play. [Variety]
  • Disney has announced that Sam Cleflin and French actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey have joined the cast of Rob Marshall’s "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". Cleflin will play Philip, described as a "a youthful missionary" while Bergès-Frisbey’s will play the part of "a beautiful and alluring young mermaid named Syrena". [Disney]
  • Teresa Palmer has joined the cast of DreamWorks’ adaptation of the upcoming James Frey / Jobie Hughes novel "I Am Number Four". Palmer will play Number Six, "one of nine aliens who escape their home planet before its annihilation by a rival species and hide out on Earth disguised as human high schoolers." D.J. Caruso is directing. [Heat Vision blog]

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Kind of a slim week for sci-fi news…. I need to step up my campaign for Steven Spielberg’s proposed remake of ‘When Worlds Collide.’


ehhhh Avatar is going to be brought back to theaters in august. I guess Cameron wants a bigger boat.

It might be nice to see “The Empire Strikes Back” in a theatre again. But before we hit the 30th anniversary of “Return of The Jedi”, is there time to digitally return Sebastian Shaw to the film in place of that surly kid?

@2 “I guess Cameron wants a bigger boat.”

I suspect that if he gets enough money, he’ll Raise the Titanic. (I wonder who he’d cast as Dirk Pitt….?)

Another big fat bonus for Lucas for re-releasing the same movies again :P

Original Trilogy BluRay
Special Edition Remastered Edition BluRay
full set in 3D BluRay

MIB3? In 3D??? Hmmmm, I think the Federation President said it best when he said “Just because we can do a thing doesn’t mean that we MUST do that thing.”

Wow. Not much going on in the worild of Scifi. Lol. Ok. MIB in 3D. Sounds like a lot of fun to be had. The Hobbit. Can’t wait. Looking forward to the new Batman and of course Capt America and Avengers and Iron Man. Now. If we could just Get Trek Moviing a bit faster. Oh. The next Star Trek should be in Imax 3D as well.


and then the ultimate……..3D BluRay with SmellaVision! You’ll be able to smell Han Solo’s cologne!

“He actually had some pretty harsh things to say about the format, he says that ‘it’s great for like amusement park rides like the ‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ ride at Disneyland.’ He said that 3D is not realistic and ‘it’s a distraction. Can you imagine Memento in 3D? With Joey Pantoliano’s glasses sticking out ‘a few feet’ with his hair all the way back there?'”

Exactly. Somebody in Los Angeles still has half a brain left, and real eyeballs instead of dollar signs. I’d much rather see a film SHOT and projected in IMAX than 3D.

I’m not even going to own Avatar at all.

Oh, and MOON is now a Netflix instant download.

I’m glad someone in Hollywood finally had the balls to tell it like it is RE: 3D. A cheap gimmick! I hope that JJ has enough sense to stay away from it (IMAX would be cool, though).

Marc Forster for WWZ? Great. Seizure inducing editing. Absolutely ruined “Quantum of Solace” by not being able to hold a shot for more than 2 seconds. *Literally*. Someone timed it. The average was 2 seconds!

Even people with A.D.D. were saying “Dammit! I can’t tell what’s going on!”

Why is EVERY video url on thsi webpsite PULLED by the lawyers of studios casue they don’t want buzz or publicity for their movies? Geeez.
I’m suprised they haven’t done a live action Gigantor flic!

Forster usually has 6 or 8 months to cut his movies, but on QUANTUM it was more like 3 weeks — plus they stuck him with a second cutter, a guy from BOURNE. I talked to Forster and his cinematographer for an article and they were very clear in not wanting it to be an overcut Bourne kind of thing, which makes me think, given the final product, that it is NOT representative of Forster (I’d say watch STRANGER THAN FICTION, which is wonderful — who’d think Will Ferrell could act?!)


Wow, he did “Stranger Than Fiction”? I would not have guessed that there were creatives shared on those films… it really is a pretty good one.

My man Conroy is right about the whole Batman thing, and Nolan’s definitely right about film and 3D. I love digital, but honestly film is still superior in most ways. On the other hand, you can get 90% of the quality for 50% of the cost with things like the RED. Digital is coming no matter what.

Digital is coming, yeah, but there’s always going to be a market, even if it dwindles to a niche market, for that wonderful ‘film’ look. I dread the day a Bond flick gets shot on digital, because the richness I associate with that universe is inextricably tied to the film aesthetic (another reason with SW that eps 2 & 3 are so wrong — the look is more BARNEY MILLER than STAR WARS to my eye. At least MENACE had a film base to it.) There are precious few originated on digital flicks that really look good to me, even with the improvements, and certainly nothing to rival some really gorgeous 35mm or the astonishing large format film shoots.

I haven’t seen a movie in 3D since the late 70s, but I’m not in any rush (not in any rush to see AVATAR in any format, to be honest … I still haven’t seen more than about a half hour of TITANIC, and haven’t liked any Cameron stuff since T2.) Maybe I just watched too many ViewMasters as a kid, and it used me up for stereoscopic 3d (I’d prefer a volumetric approach to 3D, but I think that will be a LONG time coming.)

Since my earlier posting, I found out I’m probably going to get to cover INCEPTION, so I am over the moon at the thought of getting to talk to Wally P or Nolan about the film v. digital stuff. I’d also like to know why Nolan decided not to make the feature film of THE PRISONER that he was linked to, the one that was supposed to shoot between Bat2 and Bat3, which he hired David Peeples (12 MONKEYS, BLADE RUNNER) to write. I had been dreading a bad PRISONER film, especially when the TOMB RAIDER director was supposed to do it and threw out Chris McQuarrie’s script, but with pedigree like Nolan and Peeples, I figured it couldn’t go wrong.

I thought that bit about Bale’s voice as Batman was funny. I do think he over did it, but it made sense to me to mask his identity because Bruce Wayne is a notable figure and people would know his voice. So as much as it sounded goofy, it made sense.

#15 – They’re halfway there with the switch to the Super35 format with Bond. From THE SPY WHO LOVED ME to DIE ANOTHER DAY they had shot anamorphic Panavision. Bond stopped having that “epic” look that true ‘scope gives. Note that Christopher Nolan loves the format too, even with large format IMAX on his mind.

Nolan and Conroy seem to be the only two men in Hollywood with good taste in movies. If only there were a way for them to work together on a project… some gothic, flying-rodent franchise perhaps…

Conroy is right about bale’s voice, as a matter of fact i heard alot of complaints about it when the movie opened, It didnt stop the film from making megabucks anyway.

Friday the 13th part 2 remake dead? I saw this coming a few years ago when the remake of the 1st one was announced.. Why do a remake?????? can anyone say “The Omen” remake?

and now nightmare on elm street remake is coming and it will do poorly. fans want wes carven to direct but fans also want robert englund to be freddy.

I thought that filming a movie “Digitally” was better than film.

Oh :) Good News from Hobbit… hope it will turn out good for it and we can see it by 2012-2013 or so :D

The Hobbit! Great news that the script is in… now let’s get moving on that. Plus I agree with Nolan and Pfister, 3D doesn’t really work for me. I saw Clash of the Titans in 3D and it was just distracting. I doubt it will ever really take off

5. Damn straight! Maybe this is the “Star Wars comedy” Lucas has been murmuring about. Give me a break! Wow, gee, extra stuff, never before seen footage! Lucas probably has a vault of this stuff that he throws to the fanboys like a few table scraps to the dogs.

I’ve got my trilogy on DVD and refuse to pony up more money for the overhyped next, big thing. (I’ll do it for a computer where the rapid development of technology makes an excuse), but I refuse to buy remastered, reformulation without a compelling reason (new effects TOS being one of those).

As my Sicilian ancestors would say, “Georgie Lucas, fogettaboutit!”

I’ll buy Star Wars again on Blu Ray – I can’t wait – I got all this HD equipment… I want to see “some” of my favourite movies in HD.

As for new content & feature – I’m rather indifferent, I just look forward to seeing the films in hd.

I finally watched AVATAR on DVD yesterday, and I must say, while the CGI was very impressive (one day I or anyone will do better using Blender lol), I was underwhelmed to be honest and truly can not believe this movie is the biggest picture of all time. Good movie yes (NOT great), glowing forest at night, kinda cool actually, story, typical polital message mixed with a love story. My reaction to this movie was nothing like the total awe that I felt seeing Star Wars EP 4 way back in the 70’s as a kid. Not even close, two totally different phenomenom, one with a political message, the other with a deep spiritual one.

And I like what I have read of the Hobbit so far. From what I understand the director likes the “old school” way of making such films, minitures, animitronics, animation, paintings so forth. Although he did state golum will still be CGI, and some other CGI will be used when needed.

This 3D thing again…
Here in the UK – Our SKY satellite channel is punting the 3D channel Im sure its the same in the USA- I for one wont want to watch TV at home wearing 3D specs.
Avatar in the cinema? – yes it was really good but not that good… seen the story before in a number of films… the 3D yes very impressive – but until they bring out 3D TV without the need for specs (probably not in my lifetime) Im happy to go to the cinema for an occasional 3D thrill.
Anyway from my point of few – I see everything in 3D in real life lol!

Can’t wait for the “Star Wars” Blu Ray collection. And I’d like to know when the first three “Indiana Jones” movies come out on Blu Ray.

Anyway, last night I just watched “Avatar” on Blu Ray. The movie’s visuals are quite eye-strainingly gorgeous. The best looking Blu Ray movie yet.
Can’t wait for the special edition.

I predict “Iron Man 2” to cross the $1 billion dollar mark. “Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time” will also do extremely well. Both movies I am looking forward to.

Star Wars Blu-Ray, okay fine, but I cannot believe Sansweet actually admitted this isn’t the Ultimate Edition, they will still find more things????

“We’re finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before.”

Wouldn’t happen to have come across the proper versions of the movies in your travels, Steve?


“Avatar” sold 1.5 million copies on its first day. Wow! Beating “The Dark Knight” by 900,000. Double wow!

@8 Harry Ballz – “3D BluRay with SmellaVision! You’ll be able to smell Han Solo’s cologne!”

No, not cologne – The Tauntaun. (“I thought these things smelled bad on the BIG screen!”)

No, for smelling bad just refer to Parts 1,2+3.

I would love to see a Trek film in 3d it would be awesome.

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