Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger
Avatar is definitely more unique than the slew of animated titles that fill the top of the PQ Tiers. There are very thin differences between the absolute best animated discs and it often comes down to fairly subjective aesthetic preferences. Nothing else really resembles Avatar. Its stark combination of stunning live-action video and sophisticated cgi stands alone. I think that is the reason why it gets ranked so highly.
I sort of agree, except I firmly believe it is rated so highly because well, there's just nothing that can beat its picture quality (except arguably Life of Pi imo), not the mere merit of being "unique".
Every year that went by I thought we'd have an "Avatar-killer", Like Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Hobbit 1,2 & 3, Terminator Genysis, these were all movies I anticipated to visually surpass Avatar, but like every other film they failed to do so, despite incorporating new technologies (like HFR, 4K res (Avatar is 2K DI?), HDR, and Moore's Law of technology speed/power doubling every two years for more advanced CGI, more megapixels on the cameras, etc)
My most visually anticipated movies for 2017, which I expect could be potential "avatar-killers" are:
1. Dunkirk - filmed with the IMAX MSM9802 so we can expect gorgeous 16:9 15/70mm IMAX scenes, Interstellar and TDK:R have 60 minutes of them (compared to TDK's 28 minutes), hopefully Nolan will give us 90 minutes of this unparalleled film quality!
And that's about it. Maybe the Avengers: Infinity Wars if it is filmed/mastered in a similar way to the original Avengers in 2012, which was 16:9 and not 2.35:1 like Age of Ultron, which imo had inferior picture quality.