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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 wiz220 on 4/26/2010 5:54:53 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, I mean, unobtainium... REALLY??? Supposedly Cameron had been working on this film in his head for decades (since he started working in the industry) and that's the best he could come up with? FAIL.

RE: why?
By CptTripps on 4/26/2010 6:48:55 PM , Rating: 2
See, this is what ruined the entire movie for me... they didn't need to travel all the way to pandora to acquire said "unobtainium". They could have had Delroy Lindo (aka Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzleton) make some just like he did in 2003 when he saved Earth in "The Core".

I just watched the movie last week on upscaled DVD, I enjoyed it for what it was.

RE: why?
By wallijonn on 4/26/2010 7:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
And when is "The Core" coming to BD? I'm patiently waiting...

RE: why?
By CptTripps on 4/27/2010 3:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
The Core? That movie sucked, why would you want it on BD? I was just making a jab at the "unobtainium".

In my last line I was saying I finally watched Avatar on upscaled DVD and thought it was ok.

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