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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 fatedtodie on 4/27/2010 6:28:06 AM , Rating: 1
So every epic tale should make the most money ever?
Explain why Lord of the rings didn't in any of the 3 movies? At least their story was copying a book series that was brilliant. Yes it was the retelling of a Norse myth but that didn't take away from it.

Avatar was, as many have stated, a extremely cliche and overdone story.
So the one Na'vi he runs into after running away from the weird hammerhead/rhino thing is the princess of the tribe (see Pocohantas)... The main character is military and stranded forced to live on his own in an area surrounded by "natives" (see Dances with wolves).

No you are right it is the most epic story ever and I should bow the the very mention of the movie's name.

RE: why?
By jonmcc33 on 4/29/2010 1:22:08 PM , Rating: 2
Did Gladiator or Braveheart make over $2B at the box office?

Believe it or not, many movies are based upon events in real life. That way we can relate to them. The princess of the tribe comparison (Pocahontas) is a reach. She didn't love him at first. She hated him. She was already promised to another mate.

The main character was never stranded on his own in an area surrounded by natives. He was on a corporate installation the entire time. You reach for every excuse it seems, as opposed to actually grasping the storyline.

The actual story is a man that initially goes in on a mission to help remove the aliens from their home and instead learns to love them and become one himself after he defends them from the real enemy: mankind. It is a story of overcoming oppression of an invading force, something that the entire planet can relate to as it has been happening on Earth for thousands of years.

You cannot seem to understand that at all and instead you over-examine and desperately grasp at straws.

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