I remember one day sitting in a friend’s really odd and swanky new car, looking at it’s cutting edge design and dazzling array of blinking lights and odd knobs and saying “It looks like something from the year 2000”. That day was in the summer of 2002.
So maybe we didn’t start off the millennium the way we wanted, but time marches onwards, there’s no doubt about it. I’m starting to feel like an old man, because I’ve just found out something about the already existing Avatar Blu-ray and it had me on the verge of using the word “fangled”.
If you have that disc, and you have a BD Live enabled player, and you know what you’re doing* then you’ll be able to access special features from the upcoming Avatar: Collector’s Edition right now. You can either stream them or, if you want them all juicy and best-quality, you can download them and then play them.
At this moment, you can watch an Earth-bound clip from the newly re-edited opening of the film, a little guide to deleted scenes and something from one of the documentaries, but here’s the full list of the other material that is going to be rolled out between now and when the Collector’s Edition is released:
- Grandma’s Teylu: Never Before Seen Deleted Scene
- 2006 Art Reel Excerpt
- Driving Range: Never Before Seen Deleted Scene
- Acting in the Volume: Excerpt from documentary
- Drums of War (full version): Never Before Seen Deleted Scene
- Scene Deconstruction: Demonstration
- “What did happen”: Excerpt from the Collector’s Extended Cut
And then, once the Collector’s Edition is out, you’ll be able to use that disc with BD Live to get access to some other things that aren’t on any “packaged” release:
- Crew Short: The Night Before Avatar
- Screen test raw footage featuring– Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana,, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Laz Alonso
- Speaking Na’vi rehearsal
- Weta Workshop: Walk & Talk Presentation
I love Blu-ray and DVD supplements, so this is all good news for me. Well, okay, I’d prefer to have a hard copy, but this is next best, and being able to preview stuff that’s going to be on disc later is actually irresistible to me. Vive la BD Live.
However… rumours that the Blu-ray of Avatar 2 will come with an actual Avatar uplink bed allowing you to put your mind into the body of John Malkovich have unfortunately been somewhat exagerrated. Shame.
*It’s easy. There’s an option on the menu. You can’t miss it. It says LIVE EXTRAS.