Posted on: August 20th, 2009 Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Trailer Finally Online

avatar_guyAvatar, James Cameron’s first narrative film since Titanic, could be one of the most anticipated (and hyped) films of the year. Touting groundbreaking computer-generated imagery and revolutionary 3D effects, cinephiles have been chomping at the bit to see some first real footage from the film. The buzz is even so palpable that tomorrow marks ‘Avatar Day’ where select Imax theaters will screen around 20 minutes of the film to those lucky enough to get the free tickets (I believe this was also shown at this year’s SDCC); I will be in attendance of one of those screenings and will post my thoughts tomorrow night.

Regardless, everyone can watch the trailer online. At my screening of District 9 this week the trailer ran, though I’m sure this must have been a slip-up as most people are only seeing it today for the first-time. You can view the Avatar trailer in hi-def here, courtesy of Apple. 

Now, I’m not going to hop on board the hater train just yet, but having seen the trailer on the big screen I must say I am incredibly underwhelmed, not only by the quality of the CG, but the design of the film itself. The digital effects, the characters, are still painfully obvious. It may be one of those things where you have to see it in Imax 3D to get the full effect, but as for now the “next stage” of visual effects has certainly not been reached. Cameron has made huge leaps forward in visual effects, both with Abyss and Terminator 2; the way the film has been marketed has been indicative that this is what we would see with Avatar. 

Granted I will hold my final judgement until I can see the actual flick, but tomorrow’s footage screening should give me a better insight into just what exactly is safe to expect, and what we’re gonna get.

Avatar hits theaters  December 18th.

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One Response to “Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Trailer Finally Online”

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    November 1st, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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