Tell us what you thought of “‘Avatar’ Day”

Posted by · 8:04 am · August 21st, 2009

Zoe Saldana in Avatar

Okay, by now you’ve read my thoughts on extended footage unveiled at Comic-Con.  You’ve had a look at the trailer and offered some serious debate.  Now, those of you who weren’t defeated by a shoddy online RSVP process will get a look at 15 minutes from the film in IMAX 3D.  So I’m dying to hear your thoughts.   So head on back this way and give us your reaction once you take a look.

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  • 1 8-21-2009 at 8:13 am

    Mike_M said...

    I am going at 7 PM in NYC, but on one of those crappy Digital IMAX screens, since I would be able to leave work and make it to Lincoln Square in time, are all presentations going to be in IMAX 3D?

  • 2 8-21-2009 at 8:16 am

    Glenn said...

    I wrote about it at my blog. I was very impressed although I still have a couple of issues relating to the 3D. He has used a lot of unfocused foreground which means we get a big block of blurriness right in our face. Not sure how that’ll work.

    But, still, there are images in there that were just stunning. The night time sequence with the glow in the dark night show is just beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen those colours on screen ever before. Awe inspiring.

  • 3 8-21-2009 at 9:18 am

    Mike_M said...

    Just read these 2 site about a Delgo/Avatar comparison, funny and odd…

  • 4 8-21-2009 at 9:36 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Not exactly a response to Avatar Day is it, Mike?

  • 5 8-21-2009 at 9:54 am

    Mike_M said...

    No, but it does have to do with Avatar and maybe if there is someone here who has actually seen Delgo, they can comment after seeing the Avatar footage from today if it is actually similar.

  • 6 8-21-2009 at 9:58 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Sorry, just being snarky (there’s that word again). Someone already posted the Movieline link in the actual trailer thread.

  • 7 8-21-2009 at 10:18 am

    Mike_M said...

    Oh my bad… It must have been posted after I read the post and the comments on it, I will check back in that post.

  • 8 8-21-2009 at 11:35 am

    aaron said...

    i haven’t seen the footage (don’t want to, but *only* because i don’t want to spoil myself, not because i’ve “given up” or whatever), but the playlist has a report and it’s not nice:

    they tend to hate nearly everything over there, though, so take that into account. here’s a quote:

    “The audience reaction was very muted – when the lights came back up again, there was a sort of awkward silence, and then people started to shuffle out, like someone had died. “

  • 9 8-21-2009 at 12:12 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    So, to anyone who has seen it, could you review the footage without talking about the visual effects. I mean, if that’s ALL the movie really is is pretty visuals, then fine, but I’d like to know that then, too.

  • 10 8-21-2009 at 2:43 pm

    chepin said...

    the trailer was a dissapointment….but the 15 min preview changed my mind….it was really REALLY impresive.

  • 11 8-21-2009 at 3:28 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Avatar Day was great. I woke up, got a coffee, downloaded some music and played a soccer game. And the best part was I didn’t have to see any terrible Avatar footage again.

    Snark FTW!

  • 12 8-21-2009 at 4:05 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    It was as impressive as I’d hoped it would be. The step from a regular computer screen to a HD 3D Cinema screen is a giant leap.

    The footage was all from the first act and thus some more background, it lacked some big action, which is saved for the film. I think this was a smart move since it’ll have people believing it is also a character piece and not just one big battle.

    The 3d elements of the Na’avi by themselves are impressive but the candystore colorisation of their world feels artificial. And this is where the problem of the trailer comes in, there’s very little relativism of the info. I mean just look at the sequence where the Na’avi Avatars are created in the lab and the blending with the live action actors is trulty amazing. Stunning. Imagine if this were the other way around, humans in the Na’avi world, which wasn’t shown. That could be the real stunner. There’s nothing there to compare the two so people believe it feels artificial while it’s simply just otherworldy.
    The trailer simply gives a wrong image of the film, literally. The texturing and everything looks superb.

  • 13 8-21-2009 at 5:53 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Meh, wasnt impressed. It was good not great or a game changer. Looked kind of childish to me. I need to see more footage of the CGI creatures with real people, becuase a full CGI world has been done before.

    Looked very Star Wars prequels to me, just all CGI. The Navi looked good, but the other alien creatures where very flamboyant and the same old. I bet young kids will love this movie and the fantasy elements of it, but I feel like it has been done before and not sure how the love story will translate to the public.

    The 3D def looked very good though.

    I am still looking forward to it, but I am not sure how the movie will do. My showing and the one beforehand was like 60-70% filled (yet “sold out” online) and the crowd didnt seemed too impressed (compared to the 6 min IMAX teaser of TDK before I Am Legend).

    Only time will tell I guess, but I think Fox wanted and needed more of a reaction from Avatar Day…

  • 14 8-21-2009 at 10:08 pm

    Shakazoolu said...

    wow why is everyone trying to analyze this film as if its destined to be the next citizen kane. its a badass sci-fi action flick with incredible special efx. calm down and enjoy the ride. i saw the sneak peek and i gotta say its pretty breath taking.

  • 15 8-22-2009 at 4:14 am

    Glenn said...

    SHARK, that’s kind of impossible since it was only 15 minutes of footage.

  • 16 8-23-2009 at 10:44 am

    Abby said...

    This film is getting overhyped on the blogs right n0w. The general public knows nothing about this film, and the young kids are going to expect it to be Avatar: The Last Airbender. It will suffer from confusion over that. It will depend on how well their ad campaign connects with the public.