Couple of quick bits in the world of sci-fi movies on DVD and Blu-ray. James Cameron’s Avatar hits store shelves this Thursday, April 22, on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. and Canada. This initial release, timed to coincide with Earth Day, will include just the theatrical 2D version of the film without any on-disc special features. Come November, expect additional releases with the extras, bonus features, etc. For those that want a copy before the fall, the movie is available for pre-order from Amazon.com and other retailers; suggested retail price is about $40 (Blu-ray).
Star Wars on Blu-ray?
In other news, fresh rumors of an upcoming Star Wars release on Blu-ray came from the C2E2 comic book convention in Chicago this last weekend. According to IGN, Steve Sansweet, Director of Fan Relations for Lucasfilm, said that a set of all six Star Wars movies on hi-def Blu-ray is in the works, but provided no specifics as to when it will be available. As quoted by IGN:
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.”
As details unfold, we’ll be sure to let you know.