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Must Watch: James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Trailer Comes One Day Early
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The highly anticipated teaser trailer for James Cameron‘s upcoming scifi flm, Avatar, is now online at Apple.

Tomorrow, August 21, is Avatar Day, and on it, the much-anticipated trailer was to finally be release to all of us who were dying to see what everyone was raving about. In a lovely gesture, the studio has decided to unleash the trailer one day early, and you can check it out right this very moment!

With the release of this trailer comes good news and bad news. The good news, is that you can go and watch the trailer at Apple in the biggest and best HD player your computer can handle. The bad news, is that Apple is still one of the few who refuse to embrace the joys of the embed code, so you’ll have to go there to see it that way (or watch it here below is not so great, but decent quality). Considering that even the above-mentioned biggest and best HD trailer will not do any justice to the footage people have seen in IMAX 3-D, it is suggested that you watch in the highest quality you can.

Avatar tells the story of a man named Jake (Sam Worthington) who is stuck in a wheelchair. He travels to a mysterious planet called Pandora, where a ten-foot tall alien species known as the Na’vi are in the middle of a giant war to preserve their race. With an amazing technology, the ability exists to place Jake into an Na’vi avatar version of himself, which allows him to walk again and help the aliens fight for their survival.

The trailer really does look amazing. It’s tough to be as excited about it as others have been because we haven’t seen it in its natural format yet. Some have said the large blue Na’vi aliens look pretty cartoony, and I can’t say I disagree. Honestly, any animated creature — even with the very best CGI work ever seen — that’s a bright color like that and doesn’t really exist in our world, is going to look somewhat fake to some extent.

This movie is really going to hinge on story. I can’t imagine James Cameron would go through this near two-decade endeavor without a great story to support it — that would be absurd. But if for some reason we get in that theater and it’s all just huge three-dimensional oohs and ahhs, then Avatar is going to have some issues.

What do you think after finally seeing the trailer?

Teaser Trailer


  1. mediocre at best.

    Comment by scrotumbagmonkeyflicker — August 21, 2009 @ 5:32 am

  2. Well I definately think the full HD trailer on Apple looks much better than the other sources I have seen but hopefully the screenings later today will answer a lot of questions. Let’s wait and see.

    Comment by WaspUK — August 21, 2009 @ 7:54 am

  3. looks awesome!!

    Comment by vurtnet — August 21, 2009 @ 8:22 am

  4. Scrotumbagmonkeyflicker: you’re insane. Trailer looks amazing.

    Comment by Paul — August 21, 2009 @ 8:51 am

  5. Was this the movie that people are talking about being completely CGI?

    Comment by ttandc — August 21, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

  6. Well, it’s definitely got me curious. But it screams hardcore sci-fi so it might shoot itself in the foot for casual movie goers unless they put in more info about the story…

    Comment by Kell — August 22, 2009 @ 3:57 am

  7. You guys are hilarious.

    Comment by scrotumbagmonkeyflicker — August 22, 2009 @ 8:38 am

  8. I’m getting an Abyss vibe from this trailer. Works great for me because The Abyss is one of my favorite films.

    Comment by BAADASSSSS! — August 22, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

  9. Well, I saw the 16 minutes of footage at the Imax last Friday…

    It’s impressive. The trailer doesn’t do it justice and the stills do it even less.
    The 3D is simply amazing. I live walking distance from the Imax theater in my town and I’m a total geek, so I see everything that plays there. I’ll also add that it is also the best theater in miles, clean, sounds great, the seats are even freeking Tempurpedic!

    Anyways, I have seen every 3D film there since “Ant Bully” and the Avatar 3D was beyond anything I have seen so far. It will be a film you will see at least twice, just to soak in the artwork. Now…

    As for the story, um… we’ll have to wait and see. It does seem to have this “Dances with Wolves” meets “Ferngully” meets the meme of “American colonialism is the worst thing ever”. So, the story may or may not be what gets you to the theater, but if your a fan of film, sci-fi and just plain cool imagery, then you’ll see this film regardless of the story, as I will.

    For anyone claiming that the CGI isn’t that good, well, they are just haters, seriously. I have no investment in this film other than my future two hours of entertainment, and I’ll state that the 3D CGI work, not the 3D visual effect, is the best that has ever been. I own the Final Fantasy Blu-Ray and was even outright pissed when Shreck beat it out years ago, and the Avatar art is leaps and bounds beyond the Final Fantasy movie.

    You will all see this film, you will all be impressed by the tech, but it’s the story that may or may not make the film for people.

    Comment by xGORDOx — August 24, 2009 @ 10:07 am

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