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Avatar – The Last Airbender: The Complete Book One Collector’s Edition Box Set (2005/Nickelodeon DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episodes: C+



Not to be confused with the big 3-D James Cameron hit, Avatar – The Last Airbender is a hit animated (and Animé) TV series that has had major success on the Nickelodeon children’s network for many years.  For those unaware of the series or its storyline, you can read the following coverage of latter DVDs we covered in the recent past from the series:


Book 3, V.4



Book 3 Collection




Like our resident Animé scholar, this is a show with some very big fans.  As Paramount issues M. Night Shyamalan’s live action remake of the series, Nickelodeon is reissuing the series in several fancy box sets and The Complete Book One Collector’s Edition Box Set (2005) is among the fancy sets of the series they are issuing about a young boy who must grow with powers of the elements into the title hero.


Not my favorite show of any kind, the series is at least consistent within the confines of its own world, but it is one that is highly reliant on fantasy and is also adding a certain “spiritualness” you would not necessarily find in the Superhero genre.  Still, it works for many and this is the set to start with.  The 7-DVD set includes a repeat of all six DVDs the company issued long ago for the show in a foldout DigiCase, plus adds a seventh DVD.  You can tell too as the older discs have the old Nickelodeon logo and new DVD has the new one.



The 1.33 X 1 image is colorful and consistently good throughout, even if it is sometimes limited in definition and we are talking DVDs that were pressed years ago.  No serious aliasing errors though.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is well recorded throughout the shows and extras, though nothing special is here either sonically either.


Extras across the DVDs include several featurettes, including some on some of the original singles (but not all of them) and three more of them on the original bonus DVD.  There are audio commentaries on some of the show and the original bonus DVD has one for the pilot show.  A new bonus disc only has a featurette on the duo who created the show, but we also get a “preview edition” of The Art Of The Animated Series as a 50-page booklet in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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