LAST AIRBENDER - THE COMPLETE BOOK 1 COLLECTION (2005)
Avatar The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 1 Collection (2005)
Actors: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Dee Bradley Baker,
Writers: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 6
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
Run Time: 489 minutes
Other: Behind-the-Scenes with the Avatar Cast & Crew
Commentary: Avatar Pilot Episode with Audio
Featurette: The Making of Avatar - Inside the Sound
Featurette: The Making of Avatar - Inside the Korean
2005 Nickelodeon series may be aimed at six- to eleven-year-olds, but that
didn’t stop the show’s creators from making one of the best TV shows of
recent years . . .
In fact what is most surprising about the show is its unexpected humor,
story-telling sophistication and genuine affection for its characters.
It’s simply brilliant and rewatching this first season (of three) along with
my seven-year-old daughter I realized the following:
(a.) Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan decided to make a live
action version of the show when he started watching it along with his kids
and got hooked on it. (The plan is to actually make three movies if all goes
to plan and the first one makes enough money.) Can’t say I blame him. It’s a
great show. The movie - simply titled
The Last Airbender -
is due later this year.
(b.) We’re not looking forward to the big screen movie at
all. We think that Shyamalan hasn’t got what it takes to do the show
justice. Come on, when last did he make a good movie?
The Happening? Lady
in the Water? To be fair though, all his previous movies were based on
his own ideas and this is his first movie based on someone else’s material.
Best described as an American anime show,
Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in
a mythical land that is divided into four kingdoms, namely those of Earth,
Fire, Air and Water. Practically everybody has superpowers in this universe.
People living in the Water Kingdom can magically manipulate water; the ones
in the Earth Kingdom can manipulate the ground and so on. Trouble ensues
when the militant Fire nation attacks the other kingdoms and, er, sparks off
a hundred years war.
The avatar – a sort of holy man who can manipulate all
four elements – is supposed to bring balance to the Force, er sorry, peace
to the land, but instead he mysteriously disappears when he is needed the
most . . .
THE DISCS: What also makes the show works is its
epic scope. This DVD contains 20 episodes comprising the entire first
season. It allows the show’s creators to better flesh out and expand its
rich fictional universe as well as its characters. Rewatching it I also
couldn’t help but notice how much they were influenced by the legendary
Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). But whereas some
of Miyazaki’s efforts are too intense for young children,
Avatar: The Last Airbender is always pitch
WORTH IT? It’s a cliché, but this truly is a show
that both kids and their parents can watch. The show never talks down
because it’s for kids.
RECOMMENDATION: The trailers for the upcoming live
action movie is all big budget CGI gloss, but they somehow lack soul, the
one thing the original animated show has plenty of. Check out this excellent
animated show before Hollywood messes it up!