Cameron Talks ‘Avatar’ 4-Disc DVD/Blu-ray Set & Sequel Details

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:45 am,

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Only ten days ago we told you about Fox’s curious plans to release the DVD of Avatar sans special features in April. Now, James Cameron reveals some unprecedented plans for the four-disc set  that will be released in November.

Hollywood Reporter was at the press conference, where the director spoke about DVD features and a small, but informative comment on a potential Avatar sequel.

It would seem that some technology can still impress Cameron, as he has begun to indulge in Blu-ray’s capabilities. For the November release, he plans to include not only the original film, but a couple of scenes that didn’t make the final cut, along with artwork for scenes that were never finished.

There will also be a feature where you can watch a scene being filmed and compare it to fully rendered final product. Cameron compared it to what animated films show in their special features:

“And you’re also going to be able to look at a scene and see the same scene with just the reference camera for the capture. Every scene may be what you saw in the final film, but it’s just people in black leotards…That’s when you really get what the process is…because you can talk about it for hours, or you can watch one scene in a picture-in-picture display and you will get it.”

Much of what Cameron said was cool, but not necessarily groundbreaking. Maybe he missed the special features on the Watchmen Blu-ray, where director Zack Snyder used picture-in-picture to show a number of behind-the-scenes details and character artwork.

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It will be nice to see Saldana work, though; she’s far too beautiful to only be seen in blue. Hopefully she did the voice and green screen work in full Na’vi garb icon smile Cameron Talks Avatar 4 Disc DVD/Blu ray Set & Sequel Details .

In related news, Cameron commented on a potential 3D home release next year, depending on how 3D television sets sell. I tested out a 3D TV at Best Buy the other day and must say, while it impressed me technologically, I just wonder how people will respond when the glasses go on and the phone starts to ring. Too many distractions for 3D home entertainment to kick off? Anyway, that’s a whole other discussion.

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Cameron also had a little something to say about the process of making Avatar 2:

“The fastest we can imagine making another film is 3 to 3 1/2 years from the moment we start, and we’re not planning on starting tomorrow. People will have forgotten about Avatar by the time we get a sequel done. They go, ‘Oh, Avatar. That’ll be cool.’ It’s not like Iron Man 2 coming out a year after Iron Man 1. It ain’t gonna work that way.”

Fair enough, you silver-haired genius. Maybe we’ll stop bothering you about it for awhile, but we all know you’re going to make it eventually, and hopefully it will blow the first one away. Good luck.

So, still planning on waiting for the big 4-disc Avatar DVD/Blu-ray in November, or will you cave in and get the April release? Will you get yourself a 3D television to help get Avatar 3D in your living room?

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Already have mine pre-ordered. I have no qualms about picking up the the new blu ray in November, not gonna spring for a 3D tv though.

  2. They're thinking, I'm guessing, is that there are not portabe Blu-Ray players yet, i.e. for cars, traveling etc., so people may still need a copy of the DVD. As long as it doesn't jack up the price I am in favor of it.

  3. Good to know. Now I'll Netflix the April release and pick up the Blu-Ray in November.

  4. How is this sequential release with progressively more info (a la Lord Of The Rings) any different to what was expected? It'll be a gradual marketing rollout until the deluxe 3D box-set is released, just before Avatar 2 hits the cinema! :)

  5. I'm being a bit slow, as usual.. but is this a “both DVD AND BluRay in the same set” deal for the 4-disk version?

    I was kind of surprised to see a set like that announced this week for release (for the life of me, I can't remember which film it was). I guess I just don't imagine someone with a BluRay player really needing a DVD copy of the film as well.

  6. I would get the April version but when Cameron says bare bones it really seems like he means no menu and no scene selections and stuff. Does anyone else get that impression? I love the film so much I might buy it anyway though. But no scene selection would be a bummer.

  7. If you don't have the need for the DVD, you could always sell it and regain some of the money you spent to purchase it.

  8. The next should focus more on other tribes. The Navi are fascinating, but already explored.
    I mean who knows how many humanoid species are in or around Pandora.

  9. I'd really like to see what James Cameron can do with original beats and monsters from the oceans that we got a glimpse of in Avatar.

  10. I think you have ripped off alot of people, releasing extras at the end of the year. Then depending on 3D t.v. sales releasing later. I ask the manager at Blockbuster if it was coming out in 3D and the manager said no. It's like audio, music from the 1920's, how many formats do you own? I can't blame the pirates, I guess they feel justified doing what they do.

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  12. Does anyone know if Avatar is now out on 3D at all. I have tried ebay, but nothing there yet?


  13. I’m looking for ward to his next 3D project. If it’s anything like Avatar – will be a winner. I love 3D movies, it’s a technology that will only get better and better. Ignore it for now but you will have to embrace it at some stage – it will be ubiquitous in the future!

  14. 3DTechie is 100% correct imo, 3D TV is here to stay, as soon as the glasses free is developed it will be huge. Can’t wait for Camerons next project, Avatar blew me away . . roll on 3D TV!