The narrative structure of Avatar is in fact very simple than what we may realise. Avatar has a linear structure to the story, meaning that the film has a three-act structure of a beginning, middle and ending compared to a non-linear narrative that may go middle, beginning and ending. The film also has a closed structure as the film has a clear ending when Jake is permanently transported into the body of his avatar instead of an open structure when the film would end on a cliff-hanger. Furthermore, the narrative of the film is single stranded as the film solely concentrates on the story of Jake throughout the entire film. Avatar also has a state of equilibrium, which means a state of balance. The beginning of the film is where the state of equilibrium is defined, which in terms of Avatar means that the planet of Pandora is at first undiscovered by the humans. The middle is the disruption to the equilibrium meaning that Pandora is being slowly destroyed due to the humans mining for the valuable mineral that they are after. Finally the end, which is the reinstatement of the equilibrium, meaning that the state of balance has been restored and Pandora has been reclaimed by the N’avi.
Avatar was released in cinemas in December 2009 around the world earning billions at the box office whilst also breaking records along the way. However, this was not the only edition to be released in cinemas. In August 2010, an extended re-release of the film was shown in selected Imax 3D and normal 3D cinemas that included an extra nine minutes of footage. This, however, was four months after the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in April 2010 although this version only included the film and none of the special features. This was done so people would go out and buy the film again in order to see the special features thus increasing the profits made on the sales of the film. The three disc extended addition was in November 2010 while the 3D version was released globally in October 2012. The film was also released on other formats including on television where the film made its 3D world premiere on Sky on Christmas Eve 2010 before Channel 4 bought the rights to show the film on standard television which made its debut on 1st January 2012. Furthermore, Avatar was also released on the iTunes store, at the same time of the first DVD release, allowing the viewers to watch the film on their iPods or computers.