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Avatar Day Analysis
Chris Tilly: Hi there. This is Chris and Alex from IGN. Last week we watched footage from Avatar at the IMAX and we gave you our initial thoughts. This week we got to go a little bit deeper to what people actually saw.
Matt Bochenski: It kicks of with kind of an introductory scene. The reminiscent of a vengeance where you got just kind of hard ass military man and you got a bunch of--they looked kind of workers, not soldiers who just landed on this new planet called Pandora. An introduction to them is they fight over the dark. This is the revenge of the environment. And that’s where we meet Sam Worthington as part of the first time.
We then see him in the body of one of the Na'vi, one of the aliens and that’s kind of where it really kicks off. I mean, it gives a series of relatively quick flashes of action scenes or kind of semi-action scenes really. As we see him develop into this Na’vi character.
Ben Walters: Taming a giant pterodactyl thing that was quite a striking scene.
Rob Waugh: The best that was probably, there's a dragon and he has to learn to fly it and then immediately after learning to fly it, they have to fly through a water fall to show off just how good their particle effects are which is pretty good.
Gerald McMorrow: Everything looks rather gorgeous, so I think having cracked that, I don’t know. I think it certainly is a little bit of turning the corner for cinema because I think artistically it held those I think the days of gimmick are sort of gone. So yeah, impressive around a bit.
Matt Bochenski: They said to quit, which your interaction is. “Jesus,” I said, it’s a nine foot tall blue thing with a bit of tail that’s actually that’s not silly isn't it? But then actually I think you got enough hints to suggest that in the final film you're going to go.
Ben Walters: It has sort of done a good job of wetting the appetite for the film climax finale side of it. From what we actually saw, it was interesting rather than breathtaking.
Chris Tilly: We just came out of Avatar, Alex you are effigy of the man, many who did in games. So how do you think it compares to say, the video game of the Avatar these days.
Alex Simmons: Well I think having seen it on IMAX in 3D when you’ve got a screen that is that huge it literally is breath taking. It was far better than I thought it was going to be. It’s much better than the trailer we saw. I was actually under mine by that. I thought it just look like another stunts.
Chris Tilly: I thought it looks spectacular although I must say I thought the scenes that took place at daylight on Pandora were amazing. Like the scenes that took place in night time look like animation to me. It looked like something out of video game or animated video. So I was a little bit disappointed with those but they looked beautiful but it didn’t look real to me.
Alex Simmons: No, it’s never ever going to look real because it’s so far beyond what we’re kind of used to. I actually thought those were some of my favorite pics when they’re just walking through the forest still at night with a 3D bringing in the fireflies to life and stuff and all the kind of neon lights that were from the flowers. I thought that was absolutely incredible.
Chris Tilly: And the creatures were incredible, I don’t know. Do you have a favorite at the creatures that we saw in the movie?
Alex Simmons: Well personally, I thought the bit where he faced of against big kind of a triceratops thing and then was chased by the other kind of I guess I can’t come with some description. That for me it was my favorite scene. I know that few other people liked the bit where he is taming the flying dragon but I thought in terms of the way it cut I thought was superb. Perhaps a little bit too quick, it happened very quickly and just quite difficult to keep up with what was going on. That’s probably because you’re watching it on a joint screen with funny glasses.
I thought you even need the open scene when they're in the debriefing from the mission that’s coming up ahead. I thought that 3D then was fantastic, virtualized on the periphery. And then they're almost like -- because they're at the edge of your vision, they’re only --is like singing in the cinema next to you.
Chris Tilly: Well, it definitely went into the appetite of me.