Avatar on Blu-ray 3D available to all October 16

The movie was previously available only to Panasonic customers. The global rollout will begin October 15, followed by an October 16 launch in North America.

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It took nearly two years, but "Avatar" on Blu-ray 3D is finally being offered in-store to anyone who wants to purchase it.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced that the film version will be available globally starting October 15. The company will launch the movie in North America on October 16.

"Avatar" has been available on Blu-ray 3D since 2010. However, the film was offered exclusively to Panasonic customers who purchased one of the company's HDTVs or other devices. All others were forced to stick with the Blu-ray version.

Why it took so long for the Blu-ray 3D version to hit store shelves is currently unknown. Back in 2010, Panasonic confirmed that it held the exclusive rights through February 2012 . The ridiculousness of that contract aside, it would have been nice if the Blu-ray 3D version of the movie was made available to us long before October.

"Avatar," which debuted in 2009, has brought in more than $2.7 billion at the box office, making it the highest grossing film of all time, according to Twentieth Century Fox. "Avatar" is also the top-selling Blu-ray disc of all time.

"3D television is the future of home entertainment," James Cameron, "Avatar" director, said today in a statement. "I'm a huge proponent of the technology and very pleased that Avatar can be viewed in the living room the way it is meant to be seen."

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