Before I went to see it yesterday, I didn't understand why anyone who had the choice would see "Avatar" in any format other than IMAX 3D. Here is a film that has been talked about in terms of groundbreaking visual brilliance, with the story and characters barely mentioned.
So, having seen it in that format yesterday, I even more strongly believe I was correct. Visually, the movie is breathtaking, and I can't imagine I would have been able to sit through the 2 hours and 40 minutes of a story that was, well, plucked pretty much from any of a million films previously made, without the magical beauty of the 3D and IMAX enhancement. Several times I reached out to swish away a floating seed that seemed to be over the head of the person in front of me. It was the most amazing visual experience I have ever had in a theater, at least since I saw my first porn movie when I was in high school ("The Sinful Dwarf"...really!).
I can't imagine anyone will buy this on DVD. The story is sophomoric, the acting lame, the script written by hacks. Do not see "Avatar" if you can't see it in 3D!!! But pony up the extra couple bucks and see it the way it was meant to be viewed.