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DVD/Blu-ray Releases for 4/20/2010

Buying movies is almost a dangerous obession with me. I love it, and probably have spent more money on movies in my lifetime than any sane person. At least I’m not spending money on heroine. New Movie Tuesday is my favorite day of the week. Here are this week’s releases as well as my recommendations. Being the film snob I am, I will recommend the Blu Ray versions of these flicks if available.

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Crazy Heart Jeff Bridges can do no wrong.  His Academy Award winning performance as a washed up country singer and the music itself make Crazy Heart essential viewing.  Plus great supporting roles by Colin Farrel and Maggie Gyllenhaal. (Amazon) Read more →

Avatar Didn’t Win Best Picture Because James Cameron Does Not Have Breasts (or) Sigourney Weaver Needs to Shut Up

According to Sigourney Weaver, Avatar didn’t bring James Cameron a Best Director Oscar this year because Kathryn Bigelow has breasts.

“Jim didn’t have breasts, and I think that was the reason.  He should have taken home that Oscar.”

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Early Buzz: Is Avatar Worth the Hype?

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Masked in secrecy and a decade in the making, James Cameron’s Avatar has finally entered the public culture in full force.  When the first images and trailers started appearing, many people (including myself) were underwhelmed.  Mainly at the character design of the aliens, the generic dialog heard in the trailer (“You’re not in Kansas anymore! You’re on Pandora . . .), and a plot lifted almost directly from Dances With Wolves and Pocahontas.  Plus, the statements made by the director and the marketing stating Avatar was a “Game Changer” gave us plenty of snarky ammo.

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Marketing Fail: Avatar boasts to be “the greatest adventure of all time!”

Let’s get this out of the way. I love James Cameron’s movies. Aliens, Terminator 2, and The Abyss are 3 of my favorite movies of all time. However, I think the marketing for his new, highly anticipated “game changer” film, Avatar has jumped the shark by announcing in a recent TV spot that Avatar is “the greatest adventure of all time!”

I think the over-hype by the studios and James Cameron himself are casting bad Ju-Ju on the potential of the film. Costing an excess of $500 MILLION (after marketing expenses), Avatar has the potential to be one of the greatest movie gambles of all time. Disaster is easily on the horizon.

I’ll be in the theater with my 3D glasses on opening day, but let’s all try to keep the hype down. Avatar will most likely disappoint as the “the greatest adventure of all time,” but I think it will be a pretty enjoyable Sci Fi/Fantasy ride.

Avatar will be in theaters December 18, 2009.

4 Minute Avatar Featurette Aims to Fill in the Blanks

In order for more of us to drink the Avatar Kool Aide, a featurette has been released to hopefully quiet down the “Geek Hate” of James Cameron’s new “Visionary Masterpiece” Avatar.

It’s pretty interesting. I’m still looking forward to seeing Avatar in 3D with no pre-conceived expectations. Everything new I’ve seen has helped wash the bad taste of the first Teaser trailer that was rushed out earlier last month.

Movie Trailer: Avatar (Full Theatrical)

Yahoo! has the full theatrical trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar. I’m more sold than I was with the first trailer, but there’s so much hear that reminds me of so many other movies.

I’m not impressed with the plot, but dang the visuals look tasty.  I plan on catching this in 3D during a matinee showing, for sure.

Yahoo has the clip in HD, or you can watch the embed above.

Hitler Learns James Cameron’s Avatar Trailer is a Disappointment

This is brilliant. Watch now.

The Trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar is here and it’s . . . meh.

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Well, here it is. The first trailer for the much-hyped-by-James-Cameron, 10-years-in- the-making sci-fi fantasy film Avatar.

To get the full effect, head over to Apple to see it in HD. However, I must say for all the hype surrounding the film I’m a bit underwhelmed (even in HD). And as far as the “You HAVE to see it in 3D for it to look good!” arguments go, any movie that relies on a gimmick to be good is bullshit.

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