Monday, December 02, 2019

'Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series Blu-ray 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection' Announced

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ – The Complete Series Blu-ray 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection Arrives On February 18th!


Nickelodeon's critically-acclaimed, Emmy® award-winning series receives the SteelBook® treatment as Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series Blu-ray 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection arrives on February 18, 2020. The 3-book collection features stunning new artwork by artist Caleb Thomas, with each book featuring a different element (Water, Earth, and Fire) and the covers combining to form a beautiful triptych (pictured above). Thomas was handpicked to design the collection's covers after series co-creator Bryan Konietzko became a fan of Thomas' art style on social media. The collection's production run will be limited to 20,000 units.


Created by Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, Avatar: The Last Airbender aired on Nickelodeon from February 2005 through July 2008, garnering both critical and audience acclaim while also winning Annie®, Genesis®, Primetime Emmy®, and Peabody® awards. The series features an iconic blend of anime and traditional animation, alongside a talented voice cast including Zach Tyler Eisen (The Ant Bully, TV’s Little Bill), Mae Whitman (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, TV’s Parenthood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Family Guy), Jack  DeSena (TV's All That, 100 Things to Do Before High School, Grounded for Life), Dante Basco (Hook, TV’s The Legend of Korra), Dee Bradley Baker (TV's SpongeBob SquarePants, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Gravity Falls, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and Mark Hamill (Star Wars franchise, TV’s Lucky, Batman: The Animated Series). The fan-favorite series has spawned a beloved animated sequel series, The Legend of Korra, as well as an upcoming live-action remake (with its original creators) to be produced for Nickelodeon and Netflix. Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection will be available on February 18, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for $97.99 (USD).

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection is available to pre-order now on Amazon.com.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection Details:

Synopsis: Water, Earth, Fire, Air. Four nations. One war-torn world. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the epic saga, Avatar: The Last Airbender, with this 3 SteelBook® collection, featuring all-new art for each book! Go back to the beginning to experience the animated series that quickly became a phenomenon with a huge fan base that spans the globe! This complete collector’s edition includes all three powerful books: Water, Earth, and Fire.

Seasons:

- Book One: Water
-- Season 1 – 20 episodes – Aired 2/21/05 – 12/2/05

- Book Two: Earth
Season 2 – 18 episodes – Aired 3/17/06 – 12/1/06

- Book Three: Fire
Season 3 – 16 episodes – Aired 9/21/07 – 7/19/08

Bonus Content:

- Book One: Water
- Behind the Scenes Kung Fu Featurette
- The Making of Avatar – From Real Life to Animation
- Behind the Scenes: The Voices of Avatar
- Ask the Creators Featurette
- Original Uncut Animatic – Episode # 15: Bato of the Water Tribe
- 4 Audio Commentaries with Creator, Cast & Crew
-- Features Dee Bradley Baker (voices of Momo and Appa), Ben Wynn (sound effects), Aaron Ehasz (Head Writer) and Co-Creators: Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino
- Behind the Scenes with the Avatar Cast & Crew
- Avatar Pilot Episode with Audio Commentary
- The Making of Avatar – Inside the Sound Studios
- The Making of Avatar – Inside the Korean Animation Studios

Book Two: Earth
- Original Uncut Animatic – Episode # 21: The Avatar State
- 7 Audio Commentaries by Creators, Cast & Crew
- Interview with Creators and M. Night Shyamalan
- The Essence of Bending with Bryan Konietzko and Sifu Kisu
- Avatar Super Deformed Shorts
-- Bending Battle
-- Swamp Skiin’ Throwdown
-- School Time Shipping
- Escape From the Spirit World: Animated Graphic Novel

Book Three: Fire
- 11 Audio Commentaries by Creators, Cast & Crew
- The Women of Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Book 3 Finale Pencil Test Animation
- Into the Fire Nation at San Diego Comic-Con

Catalog: 59210181000 (US); 59210182000 (CAN)
Running Time: 24 hrs 22 min
Audio: Books 1-3: English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
VAM: English 2.0 Dolby Digital
US Rating: Not Rated
CN Rating: Book 1: V1 & V5: G and V2 – V4: PG
Books 2-3: V1 – V4: PG – Frightening Scenes

US S.R.P.: $97.99
CN S.R.P.: $107.99


From io9:

A Look Inside the Gorgeous Artwork in Avatar: The Last Airbender's Stunning New Anniversary Collection


Aang unleashes his full power. Image: Caleb Thomas (Nickelodeon)

Next year sees the 15th anniversary of the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender, one of the greatest animated shows of the 21st century, and Nickelodeon is celebrating in style with a new steelbook collection of the entire series. Said series is being wrapped in some truly beautiful new artwork—and io9 has an exclusive look.

While we’ve already seen Caleb Thomas’ incredible triptych of Aang magically bending the elements that will grace the cover of each steelbook in the Blu-ray collection, io9 can exclusively reveal the artwork Thomas designed for each book that will be found on the back of each entry in the series. While the front covers celebrate Aang’s use of each element, the rear designs reflect some of the benders that helped him along his journey to become the ultimate master over bending.


Aang wields the titular elements of each “book” in The Last Airbender’s series run. Image: Caleb Thomas (Nickelodeon)

On the rear of Book One: Water, we of course have Aang’s constant companion Katara, who was practically with him from the get-go alongside Sokka. On Book Two: Earth, we appropriately have the playful teacher of both Aang and Korra in the art of Earthbending, Toph. Lastly, on Book Three: Fire, we actually have Aang once again—but this time in his full Avatar mode, his tattoo and eyes lit up with bright light as he wields the power of water, earth, and fire.


An exclusive gallery of Caleb Thomas’ rear cover art on all three books of Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Series’ 15th anniversary release.

While it’s cool that the front covers give you a nice connected set to show off Aang’s skills, it’s nice to see Thomas put the focus on some of the most important people in his life for these backside art pieces.

As well as collecting all three seasons of The Last Airbender, the collection—which isn’t the first time the series has been on Blu-ray of course, just the first it’s been collected in fancy steelbook format—also comes jam-packed with special features, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, animated shorts, audio commentary from the cast and crew that brought Aang’s journey to life, and even bonuses like the original pilot for the show, and an animated version of the Escape from the Spirit World online game that bridged the gap between the second and third seasons.

The 15th anniversary edition of Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Series will be released February 18, 2020, and is available to preorder now.

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Sources: Icon Vs. Icon, ComicBook.com; Additional source: Animation Magazine, Inside Pulse.

Originally published: Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
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