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Old 03-28-2010, 11:16 PM
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Ok - so it's been about six weeks since my last viewing of Avatar. I finally was starting to get the itch to see it again one more time, as it is moving out of theaters here. So I went with two friends, one who was seeing it for the second time, and the other for the thrid time.

We got to the theater and thought we were going to see it in 3D. Instead, we find out this big mega-theater place has pulled Avatar in 3D and was only showing it in 2D. Surprise, as it didn't indicate anything like this on their web site. Anyway, we got the tickets and I had some trepidation, because I have only seen Avatar in 3D. Not Imax. Not 2D. Just 3D. So I was wondering - would I love it as much? Would it have the same effect on me?

Well, I need not have worried. It was wonderful! What I really noticed was that the color in 2D is so vibrant. It just seemed more colorful than when I saw it in 3D. I don't know if that was because of the glasses or what. But the colors were georgous! The forest of Pandora looked just as beautiful as before, everything was as it should have been - this film is still the most beautiful work or art in ANY format.


Not only that, the emotions of the characters seemed so much more intense and real for me in 2D. It was a more emotional film for some reason in this format. For the very first time, I noticed the emotion of Jake as he was gathering up the clans - when he stands there in his full battle costume - the look of determination on his face - it was subtle, yet so moving. And when Neytiri cradles human Jake in her arms, for the first time I saw the initial emotion on Jake's face - something between pain and pleasure.

I never really missed the 3D at all, except in a couple of places, one of them being the opening shot when we see Pandora for the first time. I think Avatar would have been just as sucessful even if it had only been released in 2D. It probably would not have made as much money, due to the fact that Imax and 3D tickets are more expensive. But it's popularity would have been the same.

I also noticed that in this particular theater the sound was SO good. I could hear things I had never heard before - animal noises in the forest, Neytiri's hair brades moving back and forth and she turned her head..everything. And the theater was full of people. I guess the sound system in my original theater was not up to par. It it goes to show you that you need to see a film in a varity of locations. I kept going to the same theater the first 5 times and thought I was getting the best show. You also need to see a film like Avatar in a varity of FORMATS - 2D, 3D, Imax (which was not available to me). In each format I think it is different somehow.

I am also glad I waited six weeks between my 5th and 6th showing. I was really ready to see the film again through new eyes, and it was a unique experience me. My two favorite parts of the film are the first meeting of Neytiri and Jake in the forest and when she takes him back to the clan; and when Jake unites the clans as Toruk Makto - he is SO beautiful then.

I also noticed new details of the fall of hometree, and when Neytiri leaves Jake and Grace tied up. I forgot there was a part where she sees Jake tied up there, he calls to her, and she hesitates, and then walks away. It hurts to watch that. Jake must really have loved her and understood where she was coming from. He never held her actions against her.

I love this film very much, and I understand why it is so addictive. Thank you James Cameron and all the folks at Weta Digital for giving us this beautiful story and this wonderful univerise.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:00 AM
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Yea I noticed this after seeing it in 2-D Friday night... I only saw Avatar once in 2-D opening night, then the last 5 times was in IMAX 3-D so 2-D just seemed like said a lot more colorful. I think that the 3-D glasses made the images darker. And I also noticed the emotions in Neytiri's face when she was cradling Jake in her arms. I still miss IMAX 3-D so much, but the 2-D was a lot better than I thought it would be
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:35 AM
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I have yet to experience it in regular 2D, but as that's all that's left in my area, I suppose I will be seeing it that way soon. It is still Avatar after all
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:56 AM
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Yea, but still, three ways you can experience it
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:27 AM
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I have only seen it in 2d once, but everyone is right about it being a little brighter and more having more vibrant colors. But one advantage to 2d is you can focus more easily on the background in certain places and pick up some of the details that are missed or hard to see in 3d. In 2d it's still amazing, but 3d is the way it's meant to be seen
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:39 AM
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Avatar was definitely awesome in IMAX 3D, but I think the 2D version is just as good, just different. Of course, now I have to convince myself that the 2D version is better, since I don't have a 3D theatre at home...
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:13 AM
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I have never seen it in 2-D I saw it 8 times in 3-D, and yeah , is true that the the color is darker with the glasses but never mind. really did you all enjoy it in 2-D? more than the 3-D? now in my theaters AVATAR is in 3-D not in 2-D so.. I will have to wait for summer
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:09 AM
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You made me want to watch it in 2D now
I have only seen it in 3d, five times... but 2D is still around (not to mention everyone goes in 3d so 3d is always sold out - while 2d is never.
Sounds to me like I have to check it out
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:07 PM
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I think the 2D version was more colorful, but 3D was just mind blowing. Though, the one time i have seen it in 2D was in really small theater with bad equipment esp. sound was horrible...

Well, waiting for the BD
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:26 PM
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I still haven't seen it in 2D in a cinema... I don't think I will, since I can most likely only afford one or two more goes there now if I'm lucky before we lose it again
I'd rather keep the memories of 3D as long as I can, I can watch it in 2D all I want when the bluray is released.
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:24 PM
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I agree, 2D is a completely different experience. Though for me while things were brighter and I felt I could concentrate on more things, I did not feel as immersed as with 3D. I have only seen it in regular 3D not IMAX so I really hope they will put it in IMAX again so I can attempt to make the drive to see it!

One thing for sure is that after seeing it so much in 3D I worried if it would be as good in 2D and if I would like the DVD etc. Well I can say it is still as amazing I just miss some of those 3D aspects that help you to get lost in the world of Pandora.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:16 PM
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My theatre has pulled it already . I was going to see it in 2D again (I saw it in 2D the first time). I'll have to watch out for the things that you noticed in the 2D version. I'll just have to wait till its on blu-ray to watch it.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:17 PM
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Oh no, just when I thought I'd got it out of my system... you go and tell me all this LOL

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Old 03-30-2010, 01:26 AM
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I enjoyed by 2D showing. Not being so caught up in getting "lost in the woods," I was able to focus on the Na'vi language and some of the more intricate details of the film.
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