It didn’t help that there were so many ways to see it. And, it doesn’t help that not all theaters are created equally. I suffered through 48fps in 3-D with “The Hobbit.” I wasn’t doing it again.
Blu-ray supports 3-D at 24fps. 4K/UHD Blu-ray does not support 3-D at all. The 2D and 3D 1080p blu-rays of “Avatar:The Way of Water” do not have a Dolby Atmos tracks.
As far as aspect ratio goes, the 4K/UHD release of “Avatar” will be open matte 1.78:1 like the blu-ray of so many years ago. It will have a Dolby Atmos track but no Dolby Vision.
The “Avatar: The Way of Water” 4K/UHD release will be 1.85:1 so no 2.39:1 aspect ratio or 1.78:1 open matte. Same for Dolby Atmos but no Dolby Vision.
So, the home release is about as big a mess as the theatrical release. Anybody who saw the high fame rate 3-D version in theaters simply will not be able to view it that way at home. Those with Dolby Vision or HDR10+ capability will have to settle for HDR10.
Like Cameron movies of the past, expect different versions to come out periodically. I’ll be streaming this f#%ker on Disney+. I think I covered its production costs with all of the different versions of T2 I purchased over the years. I’m not going down that road again.
Avatar 2 is playing in 3D, IMAX, and HFR.