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In Avatar: The Last Airbender's mythical setting, the world is separated into four nations: the Water Tribe, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. Within each of these nations are men, women, and children who have special powers, allowing them to "bend" or manipulate the elements. Once in a generation, there is an Avatar: a Bender who can use all four elements. A century ago, a young Air Nomad boy by the name of Aang had this...
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 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
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
In Avatar: The Last Airbender's mythical setting, the world is separated into four nations: the Water Tribe, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. Within each of these nations are men, women, and children who have special powers, allowing them to "bend" or manipulate the elements. Once in a generation, there is an Avatar: a Bender who can use all four elements. A century ago, a young Air Nomad boy by the name of Aang had this special talent but was accidentally trapped within a ball of ice. When the series begins, Aang is freed into a confusing new existence; much has changed in the 100 years since he's been gone. Unfortunately, he's saddened to discover that he is now the last of his nation after an evil lord of the Fire Nation wiped out the Air Nomads during a war. Now Aang -- and his friends Katara and Sokka -- must use his powers to restore peace to the four nations while battling the evil Fire Prince Zuko. Avatar: The Last Airbender began on the cable network Nickelodeon in February 2005, and instantly became a huge hit. Combining elements of Chinese kung fu, Tibetan philosophy, Japanese martial arts forms, and even Hindu spiritual beliefs, Avatar is a truly unique contribution to the anime style of kids' cartoons.
Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
A brief introduction for those just tuning in to Nickelodeon's popular anime-inspired series, Avatar - The Last Airbender: Twelve-year-old Aang, the bald kid with the curious blue arrow on his forehead, is the reincarnation of the Avatar, who disappeared when the world needed him most. It is said that only the Avatar can restore harmony to the four nations -- Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Aang, an Airbender, has skills, but he has a lot to learn before he can save anyone, let alone the world. This volume contains Chapters 5-8: In the first episode, Aang runs afoul of "The King of Omashu" after he and his traveling companions, siblings Katara and Sokka, take an ill-advised ride down the Earth nation's "super slide" delivery system. In "Imprisoned," Katara is inadvertently responsible for the arrest of Haru, an Earthbender who is forbidden to use his powers by the occupying Fire Nation. In the two-part "Winter Solstice," Aang and company enter a village being haunted by a mysterious spirit monster. Avatar, too, has mastered the elements: stylish animation, clever writing, engaging stories, and age-appropriate action. This series also conveys a positive message about recognizing special gifts within and fulfilling one's potential. "Asking (Haru) not to earthbend is like asking me not to waterbend," Katara argues in "Imprisoned." "It's a part of who we are."
Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Aang's apprentice-to-master odyssey continues in Chapters 9-12 of this popular anime-influenced Nickelodeon series, with our hero further learning to bend the four elements -- Air, Fire, Water and Earth -- to his will. Twelve-year-old Aang, the reincarnated Avatar destined to save the world from the marauding Fire Nation, is bound for the North Pole, along with Water Nation siblings Katara and Sokka. In the first episode, Katara purloins "The Waterbending Scroll" she believes will help her master her powers, but the pirates from whom she stole it want it back. In "Jet," Aang and company discover that their charismatic rescuer from a Fire Nation camp has a diabolical plan of his own. In "the Great Divide," Aang must resolve a centuries-old feud between the two rival groups he agrees to transport across a canyon. "The Storm" provides Aang's backstory, in which he learns that he is the Avatar but is overwhelmed by the responsibility. Meanwhile, we also learn why Aang's relentless pursuer, Prince Zuko, was exiled from the Fire Nation. Those who are new to the Avatar saga will quickly be caught up in Aang's fantastic adventures. The animation is first-rate, and each episode imparts such life lessons as "stealing is wrong" and "harsh words won't solve problems."
Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
As he makes his way toward the North Pole, the search for Aang, the reincarnated Avatar, has been given "prime importance" for his Fire Nation pursuers. This volume contains chapters 13-16 of Nickelodeon's impressive Hiyao Miyazaki-esque animated series. In "The Blue Spirit," Aang is captured by the newly promoted Admirable Zhao but is freed by an unexpected rescuer. In the next episode, Aang and his traveling companions, Water Nation siblings Katara and Sokka, come across a "Fortune Teller." In the moving "Bato of the Water Tribe," Aang betrays his dear friends, whom he believes will leave him to reunite with their father. In "The Deserter," Aang recruits a reluctant mentor to teach him fire-bending. These episodes can be enjoyed without prior knowledge of the series, but for regular viewers, each does advance the story, heighten the drama, and further explore the characters. In "The Blue Spirit," Aang and his nemesis, Prince Zuko, are unexpectedly thrown together, though they are unable to bridge the gap between them. "Bato" hints at Aang's developing romantic feelings for Katara. The action sequences, based on authentic martial arts disciplines, are genuinely exciting, and refreshingly, they do not feature physical pummeling of opponents. The humor, too, is unforced and clever, with throwaway gags that invite repeat viewings, as in "Bato," when Zuko's Uncle Iroh (reliable comic relief) takes advantage of a titanic battle to enjoy a momentary close encounter with the formidable female warrior Zuko has hired to find Aang. Like Air, Earth, Water, and Fire -- the four nations that young Aang must somehow unite to save the world -- the pleasures of this series continue to be elemental.
Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Aang, the reincarnated Avatar, and Water Nation siblings Katara and Sokka at last reach the Northern Water Tribe, setting the stage for the spectacular conclusion to Book 1 of this epic anime-influenced saga. Aang and his companions have come a long way before engaging in the ultimate battle with the Fire Nation who would imperil the delicate balance of the earth. The exciting and moving two-part season finale, "The Siege of the North," not only pits Aang against his nemesis, Prince Zuko, but also plays out inter-tribal treachery between Zuko and Admiral Zhao, who is bent on succeeding where Zuko has failed -- by capturing Aang. Preceding "Siege" are two entertaining episodes. Aang and company defend refugees at "The Northern Air Temple," and Katara is denied training by "The Waterbending Master" because she is a girl. Avatar is a richly rewarding series, brilliantly animated and impressively written and acted. The series works on several levels. The black snow, for example, that precedes the arrival of the Fire Nation army may, to younger viewers, be simply weird and scary. Older viewers may pick up on this visual metaphor for industrialization. (This insight comes from the series' co-creators in the episode commentary, a welcome first for Avatar DVDs). Most satisfyingly, the characters continue to evolve: the cynical Sokka reveals his tender side when he falls for a Waterbender princess; and Zuko's uncle, usually good for some comic relief, gets to display his awesome powers against Zhao. And you can't ask for a better season payoff than the introduction, in the final seconds, of a surprising new Fire Nation warrior who figures to play a major role in Book 2.

Aang's apprentice-to-master odyssey continues in Chapters 9-12 of this popular anime-influenced Nickelodeon series, with our hero further learning to bend the four elements -- Air, Fire, Water and Earth -- to his will. Twelve-year-old Aang, the reincarnated Avatar destined to save the world from the marauding Fire Nation, is bound for the North Pole, along with Water Nation siblings Katara and Sokka. In the first episode, Katara purloins "The Waterbending Scroll" she believes will help her master her powers, but the pirates from whom she stole it want it back. In "Jet," Aang and company discover that their charismatic rescuer from a Fire Nation camp has a diabolical plan of his own. In "the Great Divide," Aang must resolve a centuries-old feud between the two rival groups he agrees to transport across a canyon. "The Storm" provides Aang's backstory, in which he learns that he is the Avatar but is overwhelmed by the responsibility. Meanwhile, we also learn why Aang's relentless pursuer, Prince Zuko, was exiled from the Fire Nation. Those who are new to the Avatar saga will quickly be caught up in Aang's fantastic adventures. The animation is first-rate, and each episode imparts such life lessons as "stealing is wrong" and "harsh words won't solve problems."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • UPC: 097368011922
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  • Source: Nickelodeon
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 8:09:00
  • Format: DVD

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Disc #1 -- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 1: Water - Disc 1
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         Water Bending
         Earth Bending
         Fire Bending
         Air Bending
   Scene Selection
      The Boy in the Iceberg
      The Avatar Returns
      The Southern Air Temple
      The Warriors of Kyoshi
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      The Making of Avatar - From Real Life to Animation
   Scene Selection
      The King of Omashu
      Imprisoned
      Winter Solstice Part 1: The Spirit World
      Winter Solstice Part 2: Avatar Roku
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      Behind the Scenes - The Voices of Avatar
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      The Waterbending Scroll
      Jet
      The Great Divide
      The Storm
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   Scene Selection
      The Blue Spirit
      The Fortuneteller
      Bato of the Water Tribe
      The Deserter
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      Audio Commentary: Episode 18 - The Waterbending Master
      Audio Commentary: Episode 19 - The Siege of the North - Part 1
      Audio Commentary: Episode 20 - The Siege of the North - Part 2
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Disc #6 -- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 1 Collection - Exclusive Bonus Disc
   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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Buy all seasons

    To start with, I am a 23 year old female. I love this show. It is sweet and funny. There are strong female leads which is great to see in a kids show. Characters are flawed and multilayered; they change over the seasons. This helps us connect ourselves to them and the characters to each other. Parallel journy's deepen the plot. The idea of balance is an important and clear message provided by this show.
    Not to mention the idea of bending the four elements is sick, and the fight scenes are really good. Each element has its own fight style to it so they didn't do things half way.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    AWESOME SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS THE BEST SERIES ON TV IN THE WHOLE WORLD.... u better believe it...if u don't think so...that's CRAZY!!!! i maybe a GIRL but this is my fav. show EVER!!!!!!! i recommend this for all ages...

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A wonderful show for ALL ages!

    I watched this show from beginning to end, and I loved every minute of it. From the beginning of book 1 to the end of book 3, this show is great for all ages. My friends and I all enjoy it, and we are all in high school! My grandpa even liked it. The thing about Avatar is, you almost forget it's a cartoon because the story is so phenomenal, the music is fantastic, and is very rich in Asian culture. Being a martial arts student, I love to watch all the different styles represented. A DEFINITE MUST-SEE!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The must see cartoon series!

    If you enjoy cartoons at all give Avatar a chance. This show is compelling, exciting, thrilling, emotional and pleasurable. Avatar is one of those shows that you can watch hundreds of times over and never seem to get bored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    We watch it over and over as a family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coolest Show EVER!!!

    I love avatar. It is truly one of the best shows today. I am a teenager and not alot of shows out here that interest me, but avatar always keeps me interested. I recommend it to anyone, even adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    this i a great book and tv show i love it to death!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Avatar: The Last Airbender is wonderful for everyone!!!!

    I've owned the DVD boxset for about 2-3 weeks now. I've watched it everyday since I've purchased it. You can tell that this is a very well written cartoon, and probably the only one parents and kids alike can enjoy. Where most cartoons are a disappointment this one is not. The only thing that I wish the boxset had was more commentary. It's interesting to see the thought that goes into creating this wonderful animation. This boxset is worth having.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The benders of the world

    The Avartar is the best anime ever!!!! It is something I love to watch with my children. Ever story has some kind of learning experience. Everything is shown positively, even in a negative world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Avatar is AWESOME!!!!

    This is the best show in the world! Everything about it screams 10-year-old boy! I'm crazy about it! Everytime its on I dive over people to get to the remote to turn it to Nickelodeon! Sometimes my sister gets in the way however but with Barnes and Noble...I don't have to worry about her making me miss the episode! I can buy it for the lowest price ever! Thanks guys!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    booya!

    it really is one of the coolest shows ever! it is worth the time seeing compared to other shows on TV, like That's 70's show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The shows good, the DVD is a bit disapointing

    While the show is very good, one of the best animated shows on US TV, and one of few adults can enjoy too, I was a bit surprised that there is no 16:9 aspect version for DVD. A show that has this much writing and planing involved, with this long a story arc deserved a better preservation. With the industry standards moving to 16:9 for television they really missed the opportunity here. If you have a widescreen set, I recomend you look at Star Wars: Clone Wars for a unique example of how involving this sort of animation can be on a big screen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All thumbs up

    I love this tv series. It is a great show for kids and families. I would recomend it to anyone. Action, adventure, and a little drama mixed in just for fun, BUY IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Avatar is Theee! coolest

    Just get it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT DVD

    it is a great dvd, i just wish they would have books!!!

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