Avatar, now removed from Disney Plus, will return to theaters in 4K HDR in September

Good news, Na’vi nation: that of James Cameron Avatar returns to theaters on September 23 with a new 4K High Dynamic Range presentation, just in time for the release of the film’s long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of the Water. Here’s the kicker though: in order to build anticipation for the re-release, the original Avatar has been temporarily removed from Disney Plus.

The move is neither surprising nor unusual. After all, it was just early this year that Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy was removed from Paramount Plus ahead of the 50th anniversary theatrical release of the films’ 4K restoration before being added to the streaming service. . Likewise, Variety reports that Avatar will return to Disney Plus at an “undetermined time” before Avatar: The Way of the Water‘s released on December 16.

Avatar – not to be confused with Avatar: The Last Airbender – stars Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, a disabled sailor from 22nd century Earth who travels to the fictional moon of Pandora as part of a military operation. Merging his mind with a genetically modified body modeled after the moon’s native Na’vi species, Jake meets and falls in love with Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña), a member of the Na’vi before rebelling against human forces to protect his life. adoptive home.

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of the Water will tell the story of Jake and Neytiri’s family as they fight to survive after the humans return to Pandora. The sequel, which features both returning actors such as Sigourney Weaver and Giovanni Ribisi, as well as new characters played by Kate Winslet and Michelle Yeoh, will highlight several scenes taking place underwater, which Cameron has taken great pains to film via motion capture technology. .

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