One of the most anticipated – and successful – films of all time, Avatar 2: The Way Of Water, is finally available to watch on TV via digital streaming in the UK – less than four months after its release in local cinemas.
The sequel to James Cameron’s 2009’s Avatar, starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña was released digitally via all the major VOD stores in the UK on April 4, 2023.
Avatar: The Way Of Water was released in UK cinemas on December 16, 2022. Therefore, its streaming release date is 109 days after its theatrical release – which is a pretty long time, now that we’re used to shorter cinema-to-streaming windows.
One version of the digital release also includes 3 hours of never-before-seen extras (see full details below), which will be available to stream from the same digital store you purchase the film from.
At first, the film will only be available as a digital purchase – which means you buy the film digitally and then own it indefinitely.
It is available in Ultra HD (4K), and also supports Dolby Atmos audio (as long as you have compatible equipment).
The price has now been made available – and it’s £13.99 for the UHD or HD versions.
Similar premium digital purchases in the past cost somewhere between £13.99-£19.99.
At a later date, the film will also be available as a digital rental (which is cheaper, but only lets you watch the film for 48 hours), and at some point in the future, it will also come to subscription-based streaming, most likely on Disney+.
Avatar: The Way of Water, directed by James Cameron, is now the third-highest grossing film of all time, having made more than $2.2 billion worldwide. It was pretty popular in the UK as well, with a gross income of $92 million.
The film also received four Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture.
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water launches the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.
All of this against the breathtaking backdrop of Pandora, where audiences are introduced to new Na’vi cultures and a range of exotic sea creatures that populate the majestic oceans.
The film stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet.
How To Watch Avatar: The Way of Water Online In The UK
Avatar 2 became available to stream on digital platforms in the UK on April 4, 2023.
You can stream it on Amazon’s Prime Video store, Apple’s iTunes, Rakuten TV, Sky Store and other streaming video stores, by using a streaming device (or a Smart TV) to watch the film on your telly.
The price is £13.99 for a Digital Purchase – meaning you get to own it, and watch it as many times as you want.
Almost four months after the film’s theatrical release (in the UK), Avatar: The Way of Water’s digital release is later than what we’ve grown accustomed to in recent months, with some films coming to streaming just 45 days after their release in cinemas.
Even Top Gun: Maverick which was also very popular in cinemas, came to streaming just 91 days after its original release date – instead of Avatar’s 109 days.
And since Avatar 2 was produced by 20th Century Studios – which is owned by Disney – the film will eventually reach Disney’s streaming service, Disney+ (where you can also currently watch the original Avatar) – but the exact date is unknown at this point – though it’s expected to be a few months after the digital purchase release date.
Physical editions (DVD and Blu-ray) will also be released sometime after April 4 – but a date hasn’t been announced for those yet,
Avatar: The Way Of Ware Bonus Features
The digital release edition of Avatar 2 will include the following bonus features:
Inside Pandora’s Box
A series of featurettes on the challenges facing cast and crew as filmmakers devise new technologies to push the limits of cinema:
Building the World of Pandora – James Cameron and a team of talented artists combine years of research with their design skills to build the world of Pandora with new characters, creatures, indigenous clans, underwater environments and the take-no-prisoners hard-tech world of the RDA.
Capturing Pandora – James Cameron’s approach to performance capture has the cast performing in a volume rigged with infrared cameras to capture their movement, and head rig cameras to capture emotion on their faces with only the boundaries of imagination to limit them.
The Undersea World of Pandora – Co-production designer Dylan Cole and his team conceive of the marine creatures required for Avatar: The Way of Water while James Cameron and his stunt team devise extraordinary means to bring those creatures to life in a performance capture tank.
The Challenges of Pandora’s Waters – James Cameron tackles the “non-trivial challenge” of performance capture above and below the water’s surface, utilizing a wave machine and current generator to reproduce ocean conditions, and underwater vehicles to replicate creature movement.
Pandora’s Returning Characters – James Cameron reunites with his returning cast – Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang. Together they discuss the amazing evolution of their characters in Avatar: The Way of Water.
Pandora’s Next Generation – Meet the talented young newcomers who have been cast as the next generation of Na’vi and follow them through the adventure of making Avatar: The Way of Water.
Spider’s Web – James Cameron introduced the human character of Spider into the fabric of Pandora – thus creating a host of technological challenges on set…and an incredible journey for the young actor, Jack Champion.
Becoming Na’vi – The Avatar cast is immersed in the culture of the indigenous Na’vi, living off the land in the Hawaiian rainforest and training in a multitude of disciplines in preparation for their roles.
The Reef People of Pandora – In true James Cameron-style, the Metkayina reef clan has been developed with great attention to detail, bearing unique evolutionary traits and a culture – with new dwellings, new clothes and different way of life – all a result of living off the ocean.
Bringing Pandora to Life – Once James Cameron completes his virtual production process, every sequence is turned over to Wētā FX to bring Pandora to life – with unprecedented advancements in facial performance, environments and making CG water look real.
The RDA Returns to Pandora – Co-production designer Ben Procter and his team present an armada of new vehicles and human technologies that the RDA brings to Pandora – in concept design and with practical builds.
The New Characters of Pandora – Meet the important new characters of the Avatar saga played by Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell and Jemaine Clement.
The Sounds of Pandora – Hear how James Cameron worked with composer Simon Franglen to create the distinctive music of The Way of Water while building on James Horner’s brilliant score for Avatar, and learn how Chris Boyes created the immersive sounds of Pandora.
New Zealand – Pandora’s Home – The production of the Avatar sequels is so thoroughly ensconced in New Zealand that James Cameron considers The Way of Water a “New Zealand film.” Hear reflections from the cast and crew, including the remarkable New Zealand crew, on making the film.
More from Pandora’s Box
Additional featurettes that highlight special teams within the production:
Casting – Discover the screen tests that won the talented young cast their roles in Avatar: The Way of Water.
Stunts – The Avatar stunt team isn’t just creating breathtaking action, they’re driving the story. From racing underwater on ilus, flying the skies on ikrans, to maneuvering RDA speed boats, the stunt team leaves you breathless and wanting more.
The Lab – Explore the Lightstorm Lab, the backbone of virtual production for the Avatar films. Comprised of specialized teams, the Lab builds & supports every aspect of the production – environments, motion edit, Kabuki, sequence, post-viz and software development.
The Troupe – Avatar’s Troupe is the Swiss Army Knife of acting, while playing dozens of roles on set, in the performance capture volume and on live-action sets, they bring life to Na’vi clans and RDA Recoms. They also play Na’vi-scale puppets on the live-action sets.
Marketing Materials & Music Video
Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength) Music Video – Multi-Grammy-winning, music superstar, The Weeknd, performs his emotionally packed end title song in the official music video for the smash hit “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength).
Theatrical Trailers 1 & 2 – Avatar: The Way of Water used two theatrical trailers to engage the audience. The first was a teaser trailer released 7 months before the film. The second was a standard trailer that premiered 5 weeks before the film’s release.
It’s worth noting that bonus features sometimes vary between different retailers and editions.
(This article was originally published on March 7, 2023 and later updated with additional information).