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Last year’s biggest box office hit Avatar: The Way of Water finally arrives on 4K UHD Blu-ray.



Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)



Released: 16 Dec 2022
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 192 min




Director: James Cameron
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy



Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Writer(s): James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver



Plot: Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the extrasolar moon Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na'vi race to protect their home.



IMDB rating: 7.8
MetaScore: 67





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Studio: Disney
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR...

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For those who are interested in such things:

Video​

ID/String :1
OriginalSourceMedium_ID/String :4113 (0x1011)
Format/String :HEVC
Format/Info :High Efficiency Video Coding
Format_Profile :Main [email protected]@High
HDR_Format/String :SMPTE ST 2086, HDR10 compatible
CodecID :V_MPEGH/ISO/HEVC
Duration/String :3h 12mn
BitRate/String :43.9 Mbps
Width/String :3840 pixel
Height/String :2160 pixel
DisplayAspectRatio/String :16:9
FrameRate_Mode/String :CFR
FrameRate/String :23.976 (24000/1001) fps
ColorSpace :YUV
ChromaSubsampling/String :4:2:0 (Type 2)
BitDepth/String :10 bit
Bits-(Pixel*Frame) :0.221
StreamSize/String :59.1 GiB (83%)
Encoded_Library/String :ATEME Titan File 3.9.6 (4.9.6.2)
Language/String :en
Default/String :No
Forced/String :No
colour_range :Limited
colour_primaries :BT.2020
transfer_characteristics :PQ
matrix_coefficients :BT.2020 non-constant
MasteringDisplay_ColorPrimaries :BT.2020
MasteringDisplay_Luminance :min: 0.0050 cd/m2, max: 1000 cd/m2
OriginalSourceMedium :Blu-ray


Audio #1​

ID/String :2
OriginalSourceMedium_ID/String :4352 (0x1100)
Format/String :MLP FBA 16-ch
Format/Info :Meridian Lossless Packing FBA with 16-channel presentation
Format_Commercial_IfAny :Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos
CodecID :A_TRUEHD
Duration/String :3h 12mn
BitRate_Mode/String :VBR
BitRate/String :4820 Kbps
BitRate_Maximum/String :4974 Kbps
Channel(s)/String :8 channel
ChannelLayout :L R C LFE Ls Rs Lb Rb
SamplingRate/String :48.0 KHz
FrameRate/String :1200.000 fps (40 SPF)
BitDepth/String :24 bit
Compression_Mode/String :Lossless
StreamSize/String :6.48 GiB (9%)
Title :Surround 7.1
Language/String :en
Default/String :Yes
Forced/String :No
OriginalSourceMedium :Blu-ray
NumberOfDynamicObjects :13
BedChannelCount :1 channel
BedChannelConfiguration :LFE

I posted the specs for the original film in its own thread. Interesting that the video steam for Way of Water is 5.3 GB smaller than the stream for the original Avatar, despite Way of Water being half an hour longer. The overall disc size for both films is about the same (~81 GB), but the audio tracks for Way of Water take up more space relative to the video due to the length of the film. The Japanese and Spanish audio tracks on Way of Water are also higher bitrate DD+ 7.1 compared to than standard DD 5.1 Spanish and Japanese tracks on the original Avatar.

Both discs are also missing MaxFALL and MaxCLL metadata, so your display's tone mapping algorithm will need to use the default mastering display luminance metadata value.
 
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As I posted in my Streaming Frustrations, Part 2 thread:

If you have Avatar: The Way of Water on digital, double check what version you now have on Prime Video. Back when I reviewed the digital release, I was given the theatrical cut in UHD across all Movies Anywhere retailers. Last week, I noticed that this movie reappeared at the top of my "Watch Now" list, which usually happens when they upgrade a title from HD to UHD. Upon further inspection, the description is now Avatar: The Way of Water Family Audio Track (with Bonus) in UHD.

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It says includes bonus but I dont see any bonus or explanation of what the family friendly part of it is.
 

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It says includes bonus but I dont see any bonus or explanation of what the family friendly part of it is.
Family Audio means most profanity had been removed or replaced, and all special features play after the movie. Basically, if you look at the running time, it's a 6 hour 22 minute video file that includes the movie and special features, typical of Prime Video.
 

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Yep, they take out all the naughty words kids use when talking with friends, but are apparently not supposed to hear if watching a film with parents.
 

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And the version they gave me doesn't even have HDR - it may even be only HD, as it never gets above 1080p.
 
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Amazon Executive Customer Relations has been keeping me in the loop on this, and Amazon developers are trying to fix it on their backend, but it may take more time. Apparently, when Disney sent them the version with the Family Audio track, someone changed the Movies Anywhere mapping from the theatrical 4K to this version (which, according to Disney, is ONLY a special feature and is NOT supposed to be sold separately).

Customers have two options :

1. Wait for this to eventually get fixed (and there is NO estimated timeframe on this)

OR

2. Send an e-mail to [email protected] explaining the issue and ask for the correct version to be placed back in your Prime Video library.
 

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Amazon Executive Customer Relations has been keeping me in the loop on this, and Amazon developers are trying to fix it on their backend, but it may take more time. Apparently, when Disney sent them the version with the Family Audio track, someone changed the Movies Anywhere mapping from the theatrical 4K to this version (which, according to Disney, is ONLY a special feature and is NOT supposed to be sold separately).

Customers have two options :

1. Wait for this to eventually get fixed (and there is NO estimated timeframe on this)

OR

2. Send an e-mail to [email protected] explaining the issue and ask for the correct version to be placed back in your Prime Video library.
Or…….,

Since it’s an MA title, watch it on any of the better streaming services like iTunes, VUDU, or even Disney Plus. All are better than Prime, which is the worst. :D
 

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Or…….,

Since it’s an MA title, watch it on any of the better streaming services like iTunes, VUDU, or even Disney Plus. All are better than Prime, which is the worst. :D
True, but any retailer that pulls this kind of crap should be called out for it.
 

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