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Nov. 24, 2009by: Mike Sampson

Fox has premiered a new, extended clip from AVATAR online titled "Thanador Chase," which features, well...a Thanador chase. What exactly is a Thanador? It's that alien-looking monster that you've glimpsed in the trailer chasing Sam Worthington's character. This clip is basically that scene as the monster ambushes their troop and chases Worthington through the jungle.

I've watched this clip a few times now as it's the first real long-form, unedited clip from AVATAR that's been online. It's mostly pretty impressive but I'm just surprised that Fox has decided to premiere it online. This seems like something that would've been better off running on HDTV during Sunday football (though to be fair, this footage was part of the "Avatar Day" presentation). There were some small issues I had with the animation on Worthington but there were also parts (when he's firing the gun and later, swimming underwater) that were actually exquisitely rendered. Take a look below and let me know what you think...

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3:03AM on 11/30/2009
im in Australia and ive been able to watch this on my xbox through the zune marketplace for at least 2 weeks now.. in HD
im in Australia and ive been able to watch this on my xbox through the zune marketplace for at least 2 weeks now.. in HD
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5:37AM on 11/25/2009

cut scene

It's just a ridiculous high def cutscene from a computer game. A qualitatively similar experience to watching the Left 4 Dead introductions (which are wonderful) but I struggle to see how this will revolutionise anything. Story is, of course, the most important thing and so long as it accomplishes this I will more than likely enjoy this. To be honest however, the ballsy "come back with your friends" dialogue is a bit too much "woah dude" for me and it seems to be apealing to a market that seems
It's just a ridiculous high def cutscene from a computer game. A qualitatively similar experience to watching the Left 4 Dead introductions (which are wonderful) but I struggle to see how this will revolutionise anything. Story is, of course, the most important thing and so long as it accomplishes this I will more than likely enjoy this. To be honest however, the ballsy "come back with your friends" dialogue is a bit too much "woah dude" for me and it seems to be apealing to a market that seems of teenage Halo lovers. I'm not sure about this film basically.
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3:06AM on 11/25/2009

HD LINK FOLKS

I'M STILL TRYING TO PICK MY JAW UP OFF THE FLOOR:
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I'M STILL TRYING TO PICK MY JAW UP OFF THE FLOOR:
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8:00PM on 11/24/2009
its not EXACTLY the same thing from the t-rex roar in jurassic, but they may be using the same mix of animals to create the sound effect in the first place.
its not EXACTLY the same thing from the t-rex roar in jurassic, but they may be using the same mix of animals to create the sound effect in the first place.
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7:16PM on 11/24/2009
MY GOD IF THESE GUYS HAD MADE HULK
MY GOD IF THESE GUYS HAD MADE HULK
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4:59PM on 11/24/2009
I thought this was supposed to be photorealistic? I'm sorry but it's so far from that. They are fantastic effects, but I wouldn't say they were the best effects ever. I gotta say, I am very dissapointed atm. Using the Roar from jurassic park is bloody ridiculous.
I thought this was supposed to be photorealistic? I'm sorry but it's so far from that. They are fantastic effects, but I wouldn't say they were the best effects ever. I gotta say, I am very dissapointed atm. Using the Roar from jurassic park is bloody ridiculous.
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3:05AM on 11/25/2009
um. so what WOULD you say were the best effects ever?!?!?!?!
um. so what WOULD you say were the best effects ever?!?!?!?!
5:30AM on 11/25/2009
Starship Troopers was probably the best effects ever. That blew me away back in the day. And of course, Jurassic Park.
Starship Troopers was probably the best effects ever. That blew me away back in the day. And of course, Jurassic Park.
4:57PM on 11/24/2009
I thought this was supposed to be photorealistic? I'm sorry but it's so far from that. They are fantastic effects, but I wouldn't say they were the best effects ever. I gotta say, I am very dissapointed atm. Using the Roar from jurassic park is bloody ridiculous.
I thought this was supposed to be photorealistic? I'm sorry but it's so far from that. They are fantastic effects, but I wouldn't say they were the best effects ever. I gotta say, I am very dissapointed atm. Using the Roar from jurassic park is bloody ridiculous.
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4:38PM on 11/24/2009

awesome work

That clip looks fantastic. Finally being able to see a clip thats more than a half second edit put everything in context. That stuff looks absolutely amazing. For the most visually overanalysied movie ever it was still impressive as hell.
This will rock.
That clip looks fantastic. Finally being able to see a clip thats more than a half second edit put everything in context. That stuff looks absolutely amazing. For the most visually overanalysied movie ever it was still impressive as hell.
This will rock.
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4:09PM on 11/24/2009
It looks great. BUT the actually blocking of the chase seemed underwhelming. And weaver's line of dialog in the beginning is weak "Run definitely, RUN! Way to state the obvious. I can tell already this won;t have the dialog development that Cameron's films like Terminator 2 and Aliens have.
It looks great. BUT the actually blocking of the chase seemed underwhelming. And weaver's line of dialog in the beginning is weak "Run definitely, RUN! Way to state the obvious. I can tell already this won;t have the dialog development that Cameron's films like Terminator 2 and Aliens have.
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10:38PM on 11/24/2009
Don't knock the dialog, especially when you hear it out of context.

The actual scene starts with a large creature charging towards Jake, and Weaver shouts "Don't Run!" Then she tells him to stand his ground, because running will only make it chase him.

Then this monster in the clip shows up and Jake asks "What do I do? Shoot? Run? What?" and that's when Weaver delivers the line "Run, definitely run!"
Don't knock the dialog, especially when you hear it out of context.

The actual scene starts with a large creature charging towards Jake, and Weaver shouts "Don't Run!" Then she tells him to stand his ground, because running will only make it chase him.

Then this monster in the clip shows up and Jake asks "What do I do? Shoot? Run? What?" and that's when Weaver delivers the line "Run, definitely run!"
3:07AM on 11/25/2009
you have to take the scene that leads up to it into context. he asks her if he should run from one beast, she says no and stay still, than that thin pops out, and he asks her again, so shes says run definitely run! its not that cheesey dude.
you have to take the scene that leads up to it into context. he asks her if he should run from one beast, she says no and stay still, than that thin pops out, and he asks her again, so shes says run definitely run! its not that cheesey dude.
4:01PM on 11/24/2009

Seen it all before...

Sure the effects are incredible. I haven't seen any better... but it's also not something NEW, different, or daring. Guy get's chased by big crazy animal, loses his weapon, jumps off waterfall and miraculously lives... so what? Is this supposed to make me excited for the movie? And yeah, total T-rex from JP. Sad if you ask me.

How about: guy gets chased by a big animal, but does a back flip, lands on its back, rips its brain out and eats it - thereby acquiring it's powers and saving Pandora?
Sure the effects are incredible. I haven't seen any better... but it's also not something NEW, different, or daring. Guy get's chased by big crazy animal, loses his weapon, jumps off waterfall and miraculously lives... so what? Is this supposed to make me excited for the movie? And yeah, total T-rex from JP. Sad if you ask me.

How about: guy gets chased by a big animal, but does a back flip, lands on its back, rips its brain out and eats it - thereby acquiring it's powers and saving Pandora?
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3:19PM on 11/24/2009

fuck that's so stupid...

...I mean, why does that stupid animal have to sound IDENTICAL to T-rex from Jurassic Park? You'd think Cameron would have noticed this when discussing the sound effects. I am excited about this movie, but I just know that when I'm at the theater and hearing that OBVIOUS t-rex roar coming out of that animal's mouth, I'm going to be rolling my eyes until they fall out of my head.
...I mean, why does that stupid animal have to sound IDENTICAL to T-rex from Jurassic Park? You'd think Cameron would have noticed this when discussing the sound effects. I am excited about this movie, but I just know that when I'm at the theater and hearing that OBVIOUS t-rex roar coming out of that animal's mouth, I'm going to be rolling my eyes until they fall out of my head.
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3:15PM on 11/24/2009

NICE

Lookin good!!
Lookin good!!
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3:08PM on 11/24/2009

I can't wait for this one!

Im sold. I wasnt sure until I watched this clip. As far as Im concerned it couldnt look any realer if Cameron had gone to Pandora and filmed it live. I thought the use of slowmo was artful and critical to the scene and not pandering in any way.
Im sold. I wasnt sure until I watched this clip. As far as Im concerned it couldnt look any realer if Cameron had gone to Pandora and filmed it live. I thought the use of slowmo was artful and critical to the scene and not pandering in any way.
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2:17PM on 11/24/2009
ill see this film, but for a movie that is supposed to change movies forever, i am not impressed.
ill see this film, but for a movie that is supposed to change movies forever, i am not impressed.
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1:18PM on 11/24/2009
so.. the CGI is CGI. I don't see anything different in the creatures or land designs. The Avatar itself looks pretty fantastic, but I can still tell I'm looking at a computer generated image. BTW..Cameron using the T-Rex roar from Jurassic Park makes him lose major points for creativity.
so.. the CGI is CGI. I don't see anything different in the creatures or land designs. The Avatar itself looks pretty fantastic, but I can still tell I'm looking at a computer generated image. BTW..Cameron using the T-Rex roar from Jurassic Park makes him lose major points for creativity.
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12:39PM on 11/24/2009
it'll certainly be nominated for (and possibly win) an oscar for best special effects.
it'll certainly be nominated for (and possibly win) an oscar for best special effects.
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11:16AM on 11/24/2009
wasn't really anything we haven't seen before. It looks like King Kong or JP3, just prettier with more pixels and a blue robert pattison.

I hope the film is good, though admittedly, so far the parts don't seem to add up to an intriguing sum.
wasn't really anything we haven't seen before. It looks like King Kong or JP3, just prettier with more pixels and a blue robert pattison.

I hope the film is good, though admittedly, so far the parts don't seem to add up to an intriguing sum.
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10:48AM on 11/24/2009
I have to admit I am impressed. The avatar's movements looked pretty real, not that CGI smoothness you see in other movies. Not bad.
I have to admit I am impressed. The avatar's movements looked pretty real, not that CGI smoothness you see in other movies. Not bad.
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10:14AM on 11/24/2009

holy shit

that was beautiful. wet avatars look amazing. no homo. i started to totally forget that the avatar was indeed CGI in about 2 and a half minutes. i know i'll totally forget that they're CGI in 189.
that was beautiful. wet avatars look amazing. no homo. i started to totally forget that the avatar was indeed CGI in about 2 and a half minutes. i know i'll totally forget that they're CGI in 189.
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9:59AM on 11/24/2009

Wow

Awesome clip. Looks very real to me
Awesome clip. Looks very real to me
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9:56AM on 11/24/2009

3D and Predator

It's a good clip but I feel like a few of the shots (like the slow-motion ones) are "3-D gimmicks," i.e. they're intended to work better in 3-D, and while I'm not necessarily opposed to 3-D, I don't think any filmmaker should go out of his/her way to play into 3-D, if you know what I mean. The fact is, "Avatar" will mostly be playing on non-3D screens when it debuts, and to people not viewing it in 3-D, those shots are going to seem odd.

And surely I'm not the only one who thought of Arnold
It's a good clip but I feel like a few of the shots (like the slow-motion ones) are "3-D gimmicks," i.e. they're intended to work better in 3-D, and while I'm not necessarily opposed to 3-D, I don't think any filmmaker should go out of his/her way to play into 3-D, if you know what I mean. The fact is, "Avatar" will mostly be playing on non-3D screens when it debuts, and to people not viewing it in 3-D, those shots are going to seem odd.

And surely I'm not the only one who thought of Arnold diving over the waterfall in "Predator" at the end of this scene? Someone should splice those scenes together for the lolz.
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1:56PM on 11/24/2009
I disagree. Slow motion isn't a 3d gimmick. It's there to create a mood. Stuff flying at the camera is more of a gimmick.

The slow-mo shots will look pretty much the same in 2D or 3D.
I disagree. Slow motion isn't a 3d gimmick. It's there to create a mood. Stuff flying at the camera is more of a gimmick.

The slow-mo shots will look pretty much the same in 2D or 3D.
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9:34AM on 11/24/2009
The slow motion seems off, but this Avatar character is the most realistic CGI character I've ever seen. For the most part the Avatar looks like an actual guy in practical makeup running from a CGI monster. Amazing.
The slow motion seems off, but this Avatar character is the most realistic CGI character I've ever seen. For the most part the Avatar looks like an actual guy in practical makeup running from a CGI monster. Amazing.
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9:25AM on 11/24/2009

Wow

I didn't watch the whole thing to be honest as I didn't want to spoil the movie, but some of the facial effects look amazing. Look at Sigourney's avatar!!!
I didn't watch the whole thing to be honest as I didn't want to spoil the movie, but some of the facial effects look amazing. Look at Sigourney's avatar!!!
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