The "Prettiest Naked Girl Ever" is always the Last One I've Seen... I forgot to mention in my original post, that toward the end of the movie, I leaned over to my son and said, "it looks like the Indians are going to win one for a change"! Beyond that, I don't have any other excuse/ slash/ explanation for this, other than to say, "it was the best movie I've ever seen, but it was on the big screen, I don't get out much, and it was fresh in my mind"! And yes, the irony just keeps on coming, since studios essentially steal intellectual property from one another, before a film is even released. Don't let any of us try it though! Usually these are vignettes, forthrightly admitted, and passed off as "homage". In science fiction, George Lucas freely admits, that the bottomless pit reactor of the death star, is pulled from "Forbidden Planet", which is in turn very, (very), loosely based on Shakespear's "The Tempest". (But, since "The Tempest" was so far out of copyright when "Forbidden Planet" was conceived, there's obviously, "no harm, no foul" at work there). "Avatar" also has some elements of another animated feature, "Battle for Terra", that was released a few months prior. As someone like myself who is always interested in acquiring new equipment/ toys in the entertainment and computer venues, why does it surprise you when I say, "that Avatar may cause me to finally embrace Blu-Ray"? It had to happen that something would push me "over the 1080P edge", so to speak. For this purpose Avatar is as good a choice as any, and better than 95% of those "any". As to more substantial "dramas", the kind that the twits who pass themselves off as "movie critics," "embrace", these are usually headache inducing, screamingly boring, time wasting garbage. If I want, "human drama and degradation", then all I have to do is look out my front door. I equate a, "two thumbs up" rating, with that old Mafia custom, "the kiss of death". In any event, for comparison's sake, ask yourself, "was it worth sitting through "Eyes Wide Shut", just to see Nicole Kidman take her clothes off"? I'm thinkin' NOT!