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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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And this is only Avatar 1.0....
By darkpuppet on 4/26/2010 1:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
So a lot of people have already bought the BD... I enjoyed the movie, and I'm tempted to buy it as well.


The bluray comes with only the original theatrical release.. nothing more, nothing less. What's going to happen after Cameron re-releases the movie in theatres in a couple months with more footage?

Then you have Avatar 2.0. Then there's the 3d versions, and the disks with Special features.

I'm Avatar'd out just thinking about it...

Granted, I enjoyed the robot sentry scene from Aliens, so maybe there's something to the extra content -- one can only wait and see.

RE: And this is only Avatar 1.0....
By FITCamaro on 4/26/2010 9:07:49 PM , Rating: 2
They've already said the 3D version comes out next year. And extended version in 2012.

By eddieroolz on 4/27/2010 3:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
I see that they've found a new way to milk consumers.

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls

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