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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 jojo29 on 4/26/2010 3:04:38 PM , Rating: 1
See, Reclaimer, its people like you that will never "get it", your so caught up with things being "real", having political meaning, or just being too deep.

Thats the whole point of a movie, a summer movie, like Avatar is: ITS JUST FOR FUN. The movie itself doesn't take itself too seriously, at all. THATS WHY it uses such a generic storyline.

The effects look "cartoony". I'm sorry, but i thought they opted for a more "artistic" look. Lets take a look at two movies, both of which have some of the best CGI in a movie thus far:

District 9. Great job here PJ, the damn scenes look damn near real...BUT, notice that the colors are can say 'lifeless'...hey maybe that was the GOAL of PJ...the aliens were malnourished, almost lifeless, as are the, it was shot in a very run down area....notice thats his THEME, but it does look 'real'

Now look at Avatar. It takes place in a JUNGLE, which is quite the opposite setting than a run down city: ITS FULL OF LIFE, and unless your a moron, most jungles are chalk full of add the sci-fi element...if you were to ever be in real jungle, you would be very surprised at the amount of color, right down to its animals and flora...

Two different movies with two different themes, done perfectly as "realistic" as possible...

Avatar is not meant to be taken serious...its not meant to win Acting Academy Awards...its meant as a fun flick and in that respects, it trumps District 9.

You also have to remember, Avatar came out, when really, no action movie was really out to compete against, nothing on its scale.

And really thats the point of action/adventure type movies: to entertain..some movies entertain you in a deep type of way such as The Davinci Code, Indiana Jones as a quick example of excellent plots and great dialogue.

But then there are just movies that entertain our senses and our sense of just being "awestruck", for example like Star Wars, when it first came out with its grand visual effects, or a movie like..just pick an Arnold or Stallone film for just balls out action...the acting is horrible but most people knew that going in, they went for the pure action

Avatar is in the middle, where it had its money on its visual effects, and just enough dialogue/acting to keep, apparently over 2 billion entertained...

I'm glad companies are embracing CGI, im tired of all the current critics hating on the heavy use of it. I believe a lot of movies could have benefited from the use of MORE CGI, aka the Xmen Series, the AVP name a few...

RE: why?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/26/10, Rating: -1
RE: why?
By HotFoot on 4/26/2010 3:34:53 PM , Rating: 3
It's... a movie, Reclaimer. Sorry it couldn't cure cancer for you. There, I'm apologising for it, too.

RE: why?
By jojo29 on 4/26/2010 4:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
EVERY movie has its faults, even Braveheart, and trust me, that is my favorite movie.

I'm not trying apologize for anything, i'm just letting YOU know, you take movies WAY to seriously. I'm trying to let you know, your putting Avatar in the wrong category, it seems you want to put Avatar to movies with deep plots and a lot of character depth, but Avatar has none of that.

Avatar is all about its visuals, of which it has some of the, if not the best visuals of any movie to date. Period.

But, it has just enough plot/depth to keep most people, just entertained enough to keep watching, hell just read some of the comments here, most think the movie is "meh" but kept them entertained.

I don't think Avatar is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but , i can walk away and say 'hey, it was an alright movie', and is definitely gonna be THE new BR showpiece title for most BR owners. And thats what this movie is all about.

But hey, we are all different, if you didn't dig it, just say you didn't dig it, but you can't knock down faults that arent there.

The movie itself doesn't take itself too seriously, why should you? <---you know what i mean here? some movies take themselves too seriously

And you have to give credit where its due: namely its CG, although, since i am a gamer, i have seen much better "artistic styles" than in Avatar, Final Fantasy still has better "styled" floating islands lol

RE: why?
By jonmcc33 on 4/26/2010 4:23:18 PM , Rating: 2
Colors. Ones besides green and blue.

Green and blue? Did you miss the yellows? The purples? The pinks? The animals in Avatar were full of amazing colors.

RE: why?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/26/2010 4:55:46 PM , Rating: 2
The animals in Avatar were full of amazing colors.

You mean the Dinosaurs? Ooops, I mean, Space Dinosaurs!

RE: why?
By HefeRME on 4/26/2010 3:29:28 PM , Rating: 2
@jojo29 Avatar wasn't a summer movie, it was released December 18 2009

I didn't like the movie, visually it was stunning... but overall i thought it was meh..

You guys need to watch Mr. Plinketts review
Part 1:

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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