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Avatar continues to rake in truckloads of cash
Fans with some Samsung Blu-ray players may not be able to watch

Avatar became the highest grossing film ever when it hit theaters last year. The film drew huge crowds and while it lined the coffers of 20th Century Fox and the wallet of James Cameron, the movie drew lots of interest to 3D in theaters and homes. Even though the film garnered lots of fans, it also had a few critics including the U.S. Marine Corps.

20th Century Fox has announced that Avatar is the best selling movie in America on both Blu-ray and DVD. The film is also the best selling Blu-ray movie of all time with 2.7 million copies sold in only four days on store shelves in North America alone. The previous record was 2.5 million units. 

In all,
Avatar has sold 6.5 million copies (DVD + Blu-ray) since it launched on Thursday of last week. The downside to the popularity of Avatar on Blu-ray is that some buyers of the movie are finding that the Blu-ray disc won’t play on some players on the market.

The specific player cited in reports is the Samsung BD-UP5000. The reason the player reportedly can’t play
Avatar is because of a firmware update that is missing and needed by the device. Other Samsung Blu-ray players are also facing the same issue. Presumably, Samsung will be rushing the update out for the players since the Avatar is so popular.

Some users are claiming that it's not a firmware issue, but some sort of DRM issue with the movie itself pointing the finger at 20th Century Fox rather than Samsung.

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RE: why?
By bradmshannon on 4/26/2010 1:01:37 PM , Rating: 4
Other than the cliche story and uber liberal message, it was a very enjoyable movie. I'd give it upwards of 8 out of 10. But then again, I liked AvP:R...

RE: why?
By HotFoot on 4/26/10, Rating: -1
RE: why?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/26/10, Rating: 0
RE: why?
By MrBlastman on 4/26/10, Rating: -1
RE: why?
By MrBlastman on 4/26/10, Rating: 0
RE: why?
By HotFoot on 4/26/2010 3:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
No. My point is more ironic. As in, if today conservative values mean fighting terror with terror and using shock and awe (where none is necessary), then what the hell happened to conservative values?

If one ties this film to the Iraq war, that would be to say that Cameron believes the real reason for the invasion was for oil. Maybe that's true. Is that a liberal point of view, or is it just anti-Bush? Or is everything anti-Bush by definition liberal?

Put another way, if Avatar reminds you so much about the Iraq war, what does that tell you about what you think about the Iraq war? If you believe the Iraq war was about enforcing the UN resolutions when Iraq flouted them, or about removing dictator who was horrible to his people - or about pre-emptively taking out a power that was threatening regional stability, then there are no correlations between Iraq and Pandora. If the situation in Pandora seems so much like what's happened in Iraq, maybe that just means you think the invasion was actually about oil and not about one of the various other justifications for it.

RE: why?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/26/2010 3:16:57 PM , Rating: 2
First off lets get something straight. It's not Reclaimer only saying this stuff. There are thousands, maybe millions, of people online who also recognized the CLEAR anti-Iraq anti-military messages behind Avatar. If I'm wrong, than I guess everyone ELSE is wrong, and vice versa.

RE: why?
By HotFoot on 4/26/2010 3:22:12 PM , Rating: 5
How is that relevant to what I just said?

RE: why?
By Phenick on 4/26/2010 3:36:34 PM , Rating: 4
He isn't saying you are wrong, what he is saying is that when you make a movie like Avatar and you put themes underneath it and everyone assumes they are planned allegories to something else then it would be safe to assume that everyone equates the author of the fictions view to the reality of the second thing.

As in he is saying that EVERYONE must be right in believing that underneath it all Iraq was just about the oil and not about the 10 things they tried to sell us on in the media as it happened. Why? Because none of those things are actually depicted in the film.

RE: why?
By QuantumPion on 4/27/2010 8:38:56 AM , Rating: 3
Obvious troll is obvious.

Using those terms, previously associated with the fighting of Islamo-fascists and Saddam Hussein- in the context of this movie were applied to US marines murdering innocent natives.

RE: why?
By FITCamaro on 4/26/2010 4:21:05 PM , Rating: 2
You are truly in denial if you can't admit the movie was a huge anti-corporate slam. I didn't go into it thinking that but while watching it clearly saw the impression Cameron was trying to convey about his views of large corporations. That they and the military will do whatever they want to get what they want.

That said I enjoyed the movie. While not completely original I enjoyed it. I won't be buying it yet though because I'm not going to buy it again when they release the extended edition.

RE: why?
By wallijonn on 4/26/2010 7:06:23 PM , Rating: 2
That they and the military will do whatever they want to get what they want.

You must have missed the movies, "Alien," and "Resident Evil," to name just two...

RE: why?
By gralex on 4/26/2010 9:06:46 PM , Rating: 2
"You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage."

RE: why?
By crimson117 on 4/27/2010 9:25:49 AM , Rating: 1
That they and the military will do whatever they want to get what they want.

And this opposes your understanding of the world?

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