|Avatar - The Last Airbender: The Complete Book 3 Collection
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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 09/16/2008
Book 3: Fire, Vol. 1 Avatar the Last Airbender: Book 3, Volume 1 is a slightly unusual suite of episodes in the Avatar canon, as the majority of programs are even more comical than usual. Not that the five shows included on this disc lack seriousness: the long-running series now finds young Aang (the once and future avatar destined to reunite the world's four estranged nations) and his traveling companions behind enemy lines in the Fire Nation, disguised as colonists. In "Awakening," Aang arises--with a surprising headful of dark hair--from several weeks of unconsciousness (due to the injuries he sustained during a battle for Ba Sing Se) aboard a captured Fire Nation warship. Though he finds old friends Sokka, Toph, and Katara nearby, all urging him not to take matters in his own hands, Aang ultimately feels compelled to go head-to-head with the Fire Lord before he is ready. The result forces Aang and the others to remain incognito, setting up subsequent episodes in which the heroes are forced to lay low and find something else to do with their time besides fight adversaries. In "The Headband," Aang enrolls in a Fire Nation school, where his eyes are opened to such ordinary experiences as dealing with a campus bully and getting a hard time from strict teachers. In "The Painted Lady," Aang, Sokka, Katara, and Toph visit an impoverished fishing village and have to repress their typical instinct to help lest they be recognized as outsiders. (An alternative is found.) "Sokka's Master," in some ways the most enjoyable episode here, finds Sokka feeling useless because he doesn't possess powers similar to his mates. His solution: talk a master swordsman into taking him on as an apprentice. Finally, the most unexpected story in this collection is "The Beach," in which Prince Zuko, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee--all of whom are back in the Fire Nation, too--take an awkward holiday but end up learning a lot about one another.
Meanwhile, Zuko--following his extended banishment from the Fire Nation--discovers that his father welcoming again, but only because his manipulative sister, Princess Azula, has falsely told everyone that Zuko killed Aang. Fearing that his father will disown him again, Zuko chooses not to tell the truth and works on having Aang quietly assassinated. Where Zuko had been more of a complete human being during his exile, he's back to being a monster again, going so far as to keep his dutiful uncle, Iroh, in a dark, dank prison. --Tom Keogh
Book 3: Fire, Vol. 2 Avatar the Last Airbender: Book 3--Fire, Volume 2 finds the series closing in on a long-awaited day of reckoning with the fire nation. The five episodes on this disc continue those chapters on Volume 1 in which Aang--the young avatar--and his companions Katara, Toph, and Sokka live undercover in the fire nation, awaiting the moment when an alliance of warriors from the air, water, and earth nations converge to overtake the conquering firebenders once and for all. On Volume 2, the path to the day of battle, in typical Avatar fashion, is full of misadventures and intrigue, but also sundry revelations that make the pending series climax that much more interesting. "The Avatar and the Firelord" is the backstory of how the fire nation leader came to be a brutal tyrant in the world. Turns out he was the best friend of none other than the previous avatar; the souring of their relationship led to the troubles young Aang is trying to resolve. (While Aang is finding all this out, the fire nation's Prince Zuko discovers his ancestry is more complicated than he'd imagined, and that he has more of a role to play in ending the war waged by his people.) "The Runaway" is a comedy about mischievous Toph getting into trouble for using her earthbending powers to win bets and make a lot of money. "The Puppetmaster" is a scary story featuring a waterbending old woman who initially enchants Katara, but then later is revealed to be a vengeful monster with terrifying abilities to control people's bodies. "Nightmares and Daydreams" concerns an anxious Aang unable to sleep and stop hallucinating prior to the coming battle, while part one of "The Day of Black Sun" sees the beginning of the allies' invasion of the fire nation. Lots of surprises in this last episode, with a cliffhanger ending that makes the next volume of Avatar most desirable. --Tom Keogh
Book 3: Fire, Vol. 3 At the beginning of Avatar the Last Airbender: Book 3 Fire, Vol. 3, things don't go quite the way one would have hoped at the end of Vol. 2. Aang--the young avatar--and his companions Katara, Toph, and Sokka were part of a major assault on the tyrannical fire nation, and hopes of victory were high. In "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse," however, circumstances reverse the heroes' fortunes, forcing Aang, his friends and the very youngest warriors to flee the battle. As they regroup at the Western Air Temple, mourning the expected imprisonment of the adults left behind, Aang comes face to face with an unexpected, would-be ally: Zuko, prince of the fire nation. Sokka and Katara refuse to accept Zuko's guarantee that he is truly on their side (they've been through this before), but Toph and Aang are a little more receptive to the idea. Good thing. In "The Firebending Masters," Aang accepts that Zuko could be the firebending mentor he needs to show him how to conquer the most elusive of the four elements. But it isn't easy: Zuko loses his power and must retreat to a fire nation temple, where he can learn the origins of his native gift. The set of five stories on this disc concludes with the two-part "The Boiling Rock," in which Sokka and Zuko infiltrate a fire nation maximum security prison in hopes of freeing Sokka's father. Trying hard to stay clandestine, Zuko's identity is revealed anyway, jeopardizing not only the mission but Zuko and Sokka's very freedom. The excitement is endless in the long-running Avatar series, and developments (especially Zuko's acceptance by Aang and the others) are as heartening as they are surprising. --Tom Keogh
Book 3: Fire, Vol. 4 The long-running series Avatar the Last Airbender comes to a dazzling conclusion in Book 3 Fire, Volume 4. Poised for quite a number of episodes (seen in previous volumes) to go to war against the tyrannical Fire Nation, Aang the young Avatar and his cohorts must now bring down the Fire Lord and his army, or watch them ramp up their destructive powers during an imminent solar eclipse. But there's a lingering question only Aang can answer: can the Avatar, who has never killed anyone, bring himself to take the Fire Lord's life? That is what he must do, according to Zuko, the Fire Prince who has thrown in his lot with Aang and the latter's friends.
While Aang is sorting that out--receiving various wisdoms from past Avatars and advice from a giant turtle-lion creature--Zuko and Katara take another leg of the battle by confronting Zuko's crazed sister. Meanwhile, Sokka re-asserts his latent talent for commanding dangerous missions as he and earth-bender Toph attempt to sabotage Fire Nation airships. The final episodes on this disc are thrilling, in no small part because they have been so long in arriving. Before those, however, there are a couple of interesting chapters to get through, including "The Southern Raiders," in which Katara attempts to exact revenge for the disappearance of her mother. As always, there's some comic relief, in this case "The Ember Island Players," in which our heroes experience the ignominy of watching some of their previous adventures become a ridiculous, staged play. --Tom Keogh
my daughter loves this show. i got all three collections and it was a fab price that i got it at. thanks amazon...more info
- Two Thumbs Way Up!!!
Avatar is a great cartoon hands down. I recommend this product to anyone who loves cartoons or just a great show....more info
- Superb, by far the best cable animation series ever
I'll stick to reviewing the last season. My entire family has sat enthralled throughout the whole Avatar series. Probably a little intense for many young children, although ironically my daughter has grown up from 4 to 6+ years old watching this entire series. The third season gives fans the payoff, and while there is always substantial comic relief, there's also a lot more character development and a detectable character arc, far more than you would ever expect from a Nickelodeon series. (Hats off to Nickelodeon and their corporate masters, by the way, for getting this show on the air and seeing it through.)
The graphics quality takes a big leap in the third season; colors look more saturated and a lot more 3-D modeling comes into play, with stunning results. Now, this isn't Bergman, but there are many emotional moments throughout the last few episodes of Season 3, but everything takes a back seat to the jaw-dropping enactment of the final battle between the Avatar and the Firelord.
The entire series is something that anim fans can't miss; it's going to stand as a classic of its kind for a long time. The vocal acting, particularly by the fellows playing the Avatar and Zuko, is uniformly excellent. I've studied martial arts for lengthy periods in the past, and the verisimilitude and hard work and research involved in bringing these fight scenes and artful motions to the screen is close to 100% accurate. One scene I particularly liked was the Dancing Dragon form in an episode on Season 3 Disc 3, where both Zuko and Aang both fully master firebending.
I could go on and on. Don't miss it!...more info
- New to Anime
I am a 38-year-old mother of two and I have never been a fan of Anime. It was with reluctance that I watched a few episodes of Avatar with my older son.
I started watching Avatar I loved it. I caught a couple episodes of Book 2 and I was hooked. The story of Avatar rivals any storyline you will find in prime time television or even one of the best films you have ever seen. This television series, marketed to pre-teens and teens, is something the whole family can enjoy.
The mythology, the characters, the animation...all of it is first rate. I found the parallel paths of Aang's journey and Zuko's journey to be especially insightful. Not only is this show entertaining, but the discussions that can be generated with your children are especially worth any penny this show is priced. At Thanksgiving, Avatar started a lively discussion with extended family on what kind of bending each person would like to have and what bending was the most powerful. Each person had a different reason for why they chose what they did.
I feel that if a show is marketed to children, it shouldn't always just be mindless entertainment (not that there is anything wrong with that). This show can be watched by everyone and enjoyed by everyone. ...more info
- Fab set
If you love the avatar series - this is for you. The only downfall is listening to the introduction after each episode. Just enough time to get a fresh soda though....more info
- The greatest thing to ever exist
The final season Of Avatar: The Last Airbender is THE GREATEST THING TO EVER EXIST. It's so awesome that you''re led to believe that something else that's awesome had to die in order for this season to exist.
And after a bit of research I've concluded the now deceased former awesomeness is..Indiana Jones. ...more info
- A masterpiece but features removed on this DVD season.
The story and the animations is impressive, my family like it a lot. Why I put three starts? Well that is very simple. The last two seasons they have Spanish and French language and for me seeing in Spanish was a treat, but in this season (last) they deiced to leave only English, I was very disappointed they should have finish the job and be more consistent....more info
- Total Avatar Immersion
I have stuck with this show for three years and I'm glad I did. Great story, beautiful art, and awesome characters played by amazing actors young and old. Everyone in the family will love it!...more info
- Avatar Reigns Supreme
This anime classic is priceless! For everyone to enjoy: young & mature. It's not just an animation it is much-much more. Truly a great buy....more info
- Cross between Astro Boy, The Simpsons & Monkey Magic
Okay so my husband and I got hooked on this show when nickolodeon did an all night run of Book 1 (series 1)one night. Its addictive, funny, sweet and has interesting character journeys. Its quite artistic and as a piece of literature, has poetic leanings. A memorable series with a nicely rounded ending. I give it 5 stars because it does everything it promises for me, so as long as your expectation is right you'll have good fun with this....more info
- Flamey-O Hot Men
This is one great season. Pick it up and I'm sure you will not regret it. It has a great closure. Although some are fillers, it's still worth it....more info
- Great for anybody look for some action and lots of laughs.
I first saw the Avatar on Cartoon Network, after a few episodes I decided I wanted to see all the episodes without missing any in between. I have enjoyed them entirely and I recommend them very, very highly to any age group....more info
- Family Entertainment!!
This is the first season of Avatar. The whole family, young and old can enjoy together!! I highly recommend all three seasons!!...more info
- Excellent Book
This is one of the best. Highly recommended to watch, if the like Book 1 and 2 you will think that this one is even better. Although, there are some irrelevant chapters you won't be disappointed with the last chapter.
It is amazing! I love Avatar he is so cool! :) You have to watch it!...more info
- Amazing cartoon novel
What is most amazing in Avatar - The Last Airbender, is its consistency. It is a cartoon novel that worries about the consistency of every detail and evolution of each character. The Book 3 Collection is just the continuation of a great adventure of the previous books without loosing the nice sense of humor, intelligence and the beauty and nuances of the characters, even the evil ones....more info
- A great ending to a great series...
Right from the first episode I was hooked on to this series. Animation is so plain and the characters are so believeable that I felt like I was traveling with the group myself.
Very colorful and smooth, the animation is one of the best I've seen. Lot's of color and action, with some slow-mo effects. Fight sequences and physics are demonstrated very well. You feel the weight of the rocks thrown at characters or feel the blast effect of ball of flames when exploding.
Voice acting is also great. Especially Zuko and Iroh, man, they are amazing, you can feel the conflict in Zuko, or the great wisdom of Iroh. Also dialogues are clever and the jokes are well placed, Toph kills me when she opens her mouth, yip, there is a smile on my face now.
Plot is, well, kind of complicated to explain. A series this long bound to have some boring episodes, so, yes, there are some boring episodes. But as I've said before, I felt like I was travelling with my friends, so there were some fun times and some slow times, just like real life. Even so, every episode contributed something to the main plot.
In my opinion, this season is a fitting ending for this series. Wouldn't have it any other way.
A few words about my main character: Toph
By far, the most powerful bender in the series. Avatar only surpasses her slightly because he mastered all four disciplines, but never seen him bend metal. I dont know, it's a very close call. Also, she never wastes her words, everything she says has a purpose. Even her jokes are a constant reminder of how we, regular folks, are ignorant about disabled people. My girl, The Great Toph!...more info
I had received this product earlier then the time given, though i had to send it back because there was a duplicate of the bonus disk instead of one of the show disks....more info
I was sad when I watched the last episode. Sad because I didn't want it to end. Amazingly enough, my wife and teenage daughter also enjoyed this series. We watched one or two episodes a night....more info
- Avatar Book 3
the series is really good if you see the last 2 book this one is great the final episode is good but not expectacular.
the main problem whit this book is the lenguages setup, the first 2 book give you 3 audio options: English, French and Spanish, this book is only en English and French, too bad becouse the voices in Spanish are really good....more info
- Great Buy
This series is so well-done. Not only is the storyline completely intriguing and complex, the animation is stunning. If you're interested in watching this show, start at the beginning with Book 1 and work your way up; the story builds on itself so it helps to watch them in order. Having this Book on DVD is so nice because not only is each episode commercial-free, but you don't have to wait a week to see the next episode. And trust me, that's a big deal with this show because it's very suspenseful. At first I had my doubts about how intriguing a cartoon could be, but this show definitely proved me wrong. The screenwriters are very gifted story-tellers and that comes through so strongly in this series. ...more info
- An atrocious ending to a promising series...
I borrowed the series from a friend before the third season aired and I was hooked. The first season was ok, but the second season caught my imagination with the solid storytelling and great action sequences. I had to wait for a year to finish out the series--and I waited like a true fan waits; impatiently.
But when the series finally finished, I was appalled! What happened to the story plots that had been introduced? The learning that the characters were going through? It had all been sacrificed to two large helpings of deux ex machina. The first 3/4 of the season were filled with needless fluff that didn't further the main plot, and the last five episodes were a rush to get everything sealed up into an ending...
A really bad ending complete with a scene of implied teenage sexuality highly inappropriate for children's cartoon (ep. 316) and the rape of a human mind in the forcible removal of a part of the antagonist (his bending)(ep. 321).
As a mother and a once fan of the series, don't buy the third season. I was all set to flesh out my trilogy, but thankfully I saw the ending of season three before I bought it....more info
- Epic ending to an epic show!
I'll be honest I did have some disappointments about the show such as Zuko never re-uniting with his Mom, or what happened to characters like Long Feng, Jet, and the earth King, but I still give this box set five stars based on the action that this box season contains.
The season makes a decent start with Aang being frustrated and mad as hell that he lost in Ba Sing Se, and then makes a nice story progression with the invasion on the day of Black Sun. Zuko finally stands up to his father and sticks it to him by joining up with the Aang gang. He wasn't immediately accepted, but after a while earned the respect of the rest of the group and became one of their biggest key contributors.
Once Sozin's comet finally came, I was awed at how amazing the fight scenes were, especially Zuko vs Azula. A crazier than usual Azula is pretty scary and it was pretty amazing that Zuko and Katara were able to work together to take her down.
As for Aang vs Sozin, I was hoping he'd die a slow painful death, but being forced to rot in prison after losing your bending abilities is just as good of a punishment.
All in all, the ending story may have some annoying loopholes and flaws, but it's still a very enjoyable box set to sit and watch. If you've enjoyed watching this show in the past, buying season 3 will be worth the money.
Our entire family enjoys watching this together. That is really nice since our children and a mix of ages and genders. This is a cartoon that is not gross, violent and full of junk. I knoe the package looks "violent' but it is not. It is more creative and active. It has simple lessons and light hearted issues. My husband grew up on GI Joe, I like classic cartoons and my smaller childern have watched Veggie Tales for years (we still do) and we all love Avatar. We are foster parents and are comfortable letting all of the children watch these episodes. We have book 1 and 2 also. They are all very good....more info
I kids (5 and 8) and I love the show. Great animation with wholesome fun and a good message....more info
- Great video collection!
My entire family loves Avatar! This is a great collection to own (can't wait for the last book to arrive...). A+A+A+A+A+...more info