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Avatar, the award-winning, record-breaking box office hit of the year, is finally released in motion picture DVD today, April 22. How appropriate is it to have the movie’s DVD release coincide with Earth Day, yes? [firstpara]

Breaking records by grossing over $2.7 billion worldwide, Avatar has surpassed box office giants Titanic and The Dark Knight as the most successful movie of all time. With so much buzz surrounding the film, it's almost predictable that the movie would take on the DVD sales records next.

For the uninitiated, Avatar revolves on the epic world of Pandora in the year 2154, a time when humans are already mining a precious mineral called unobtanium found only in the forests of this new world.

Threatened by the existence of the Na’vi tribe, the humans engineered Na'vi-human hybrid bodies used by a team of researchers to interact with the natives.

In comes Corporal Jake Sulley, a disabled former Marine who sets out using his Avatar to interact and eventually, talk the Na’vi tribe into evacuating out of the wildlife, where a major part of minerals lay.

Enter the female Na’vi known as Neytiri, who would go on to train and teach Sully into becoming a well-accepted and full pledged tribe member: commitment, fighting, hunting, moving, and the spirits they believe in.

Intrigued and now sympathetic, Sully must now choose between the humans and Na'vi, whom he had come to love and appreciate.

From here on a wide display of 3D-like environment, an array of special effects, and a lesson made to teach humanity will impress you: Preserve the planet, love our people, and respect each other’s beliefs.

Avatar is perhaps the most carefully made, up to detail kind of movie that will make you go ballistic five minutes into the film. The trick here is to contain yourself from digging too deep, story-wise. Just go in and take a tour to Pandora, and leave wide-eyed and educated.

Avatar in DVD contains no special features other than the film itself. A complete letdown, sure but the goal is to let the viewers experience the most optical picture and sound, hence the need for bigger disk space.

Besides, the DVD also features the film’s original 1.78:1 format to bring out the best quality.

According to visionary director James Cameron, the Golden Globe and Oscar winning film will be re-released in theaters, this time in complete 3D environment, but the studio has yet to finalize on the details.

This movie is recommended for its cinematic beauty, perfect for your weekly movie nights.

Avatar stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Michelle Rodriguez. Avatar is now available in DVD, courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Viva Video, Inc.

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WORDS BY: MIKEY AGULTO

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