LAST AIRBENDER - BOOK 2 EARTH, VOL. 3
Avatar The Last Airbender - Book 2 Earth, Vol. 3 (2005)
Actors: Joe Michael Burke, Cliff De Young, Robert Rusler, Mitchell
Burns, Amy Briede
Directors: Fritz Kiersch
Format: Color, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Paramount Home Video
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
Run Time: 120 minutes
the latest installment in what seems to be one of fantasydom's most closely
- it is
such a great series that one is surprised when no-one seems to know about
it! It is however a secret with which you'll be all the happier with
yourself if you have uncovered it . . .
Avatar - The Last Airbender is an animated series made especially for
the Nickelodeon TV channel. It may look like anime, but it isn't: it is
actually produced in the States (and animated in South Korea, just like
The Simpsons). It tells the epic narrative
you'll have to watch it all in sequence
of a boy with magical superpowers who must save an ancient
kingdom from a hundred years' war.
Children will love it of
course, but adults will find plenty to appreciate as well: the show displays
uncommon wit and affection in its portrayal of the main characters.
Fantasy/sci-fi types will love the way its epic narrative reminds one of a
grand series of fantasy books, episodes acting as cliff-hanging chapters as
its complex and multi-layered storyline slowly unfurls.
THE DISCS: You get
five episodes, namely The Desert, Journey to Ba Sing Se Parts 1 and 2, City
of Walls and Secrets and Tales of Ba Sing Se. Running time is a satisfying
120 minutes or so.
The animation is lovely and
looks great in the full screen transfer. There are some audio commentaries.
While Avatar may be influenced by anime even those weary of the genre
and its clichés and conventions should give it a shot. It is however
recommended that if you're a newbie to skip this DVD and start the series
right at the series? beginning. Long-time fans would no doubt already have
pre-ordered this disc.