Details on ‘Avatar: Special Edition’ & Upcoming 2-Disc DVD/Blu-ray

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:01 am,

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In James Cameron’s Avatar, a group of natives fight back against an evil corporation that’s willing to destroy their civilization in order to acquire a valuable commodity. In reality, capitalism isn’t personified by a two-dimensional villain and without any sense of irony, 20th Century Fox is asking fans to open their wallets again and again and again.

I’m kidding of course. Amusing parallels aside, Cameron and Co. are only delivering what fans have been begging for – a deeper glimpse into the inner workings of Pandora.

As THR reports, between this Friday’s theatrical re-release and an upcoming 2-Disc DVD and Blu-ray set, the filmmakers are keeping their fingers crossed that you really can’t have too much of a good thing.

Unlike Avatar’s initial release, audiences will only be able to experience the special edition of the film in 3D. The expanded cut clocks in at 171 minutes and Fox domestic distribution chief, Bruce Snyder, says fans can look forward to seeing something brand new roughly every fifteen minutes.

Avatar’s worldwide gross reached $2.74 billion and Cameron insists that had it not been for other 3D releases commandeering theater space, the film would have continued to thrive at the box office. In addition to the obvious financial benefits, the innovative filmmaker reveals the other motivating factors behind Avatar’s re-release:

“Audiences repeatedly told me they wanted more of Pandora, and wished they could have stayed there longer. So we’re making that possible. AVATAR: SPECIAL EDITION will be exclusively in 3D, and will have eight minutes of never before seen footage, including new creatures and action scenes. Whether you already love the movie, or you’ve never seen it, with this Special Edition, you’ll be seeing it like never before.”

Producer Jon Landau elaborates:

“We tried to look at what people have responded to in the film and give them more of that… There’s a whole new scene that takes place in the (Na’vi) school, there’s more night bioluminescence, there’s new creatures, and there is a new action scene. The scenes don’t just feel like added scenes — they are very organic to the story and embellish it.”

Our friends at Collider were able to get their hands on two new images from Avatar’s re-release. You can check them out below:

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If eight and a half minutes of new footage still isn’t enough, even the most ravenous of Avatar fans should be satisfied with the sixteen minutes of new footage that will debut on the DVD and Blu-ray release this November. For those anxious to experience the film’s groundbreaking 3D effects at home, you’ll have to wait until sometime next year for yet another DVD/Blu-ray release.

Ordinarily I loathe when studios force you to double dip on popular films, but in the case of Avatar they never disguised the fact that a special edition would follow April’s bare bones release. So when I start adding up how much money I’ve spent on this film, I’ll be sure to remember that I only have myself to blame.

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Avatar certainly has its critics- any pop-culture juggernaut inevitably will. I know a lot of people wish the story had been as revolutionary as the special effects and I’ll admit that I’m one of them. However, what invites repeat viewings of the film for me is the level of detail Cameron painstakingly implemented into every aspect of the mythology.

I love that the production design is vintage Cameron and that all of the military tech could stand side-by-side with anything from Aliens. Though the choice to tell the story in broad strokes initially bothered me, I’ve since learned to find something charming about its simplicity.

Regardless, I still roll my eyes every time I see Quaritch pull that huge knife out of his AMP suit.

Will you be rushing back to theaters this Friday to experience Avatar in 3D again or are you content to wait until November’s DVD/Blu-ray release?

Avatar: Special Edition opens in theaters this Friday – and release on DVD and Blu-ray this November.

Source: THR, Collider.

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  1. Don’t worry ricky you’re not missing much in S.D. ;).

  2. What part of Cali are you from there Rickster?

  3. I saw Avatar twice in IMAX and it was great both times but I am not willing to cough up another round of money just for 8 1/2 mins of additional footage.

    If you haven’t seen it in the theaters however I would recommend going once just for the visual experience. The world is breathe taking in 3D. And sure, the base story is nothing highly original but SO WHAT. Do you really think Star Wars was highly original? It’s just a freakin’ cowboy flick repackaged in space but it’s the details of that story that make it fresh and worth seeing, just like Avatar.

    The only (and I mean ONLY) part of Avatar that made me audibly groan and roll my eyes was the dead pan, straight faced use of the magical mineral name, “Unobtanium”. While this term was actually coined in real life in the 1950′s, if Cameron was actually going to reuse the name they should have at LEAST poked fun at the name’s silliness in the movie.

  4. I’ll be waiting for the Long Overdue 3D bluray release next year. I didn’t buy my 3D TV for nothing. Avatar already looks freakin astounding on it, I can’t wait to see it in 3D. However, I won’t be seeing it again in theaters. Not that i’m against it being re-released in theaters. I’m just going to be patient and wait it out.

  5. Ho hum and a bottle o’ rum.

    *Is the extra footage that important?

    *Is there more supplementals this time? Or is the “extra disc” a digital copy disc?

    *Why couldn’t the cut scenes be in a deleted extended supplement on the previous release? Oh, that’s right. They want to suck more cash out of you

    I was wowed by the film on the big screen (and without 3D at that) but when I saw it again on DVD the impact was lessened. I don’t know what it is, the only thing I can think of is that the film was made for a big screen and not the small one.

  6. I don’t think I’ll pay to see it in the theater or by the dvd again for just for 8 min…

  7. Hahaha yes i LOVE screenrant because theres ORDER here,im seriously hating other sites because there is absolutely no order and ppl fighting all the time…..i cant take it. Im going to be here almost all day today :D

  8. 790

    Im from whittier,ca. Moved to Lake elsinore,then AZ.

  9. True; they were pretty much up-front about their releases.

  10. I’ll just wait til’ they released everything from “Never seen footage” to “Long lost footage” to “OMG we have more footage left” to be released! Bottomline James Cameron is getting greedy with his film and he’s milking peoples hard earned money!This re-released in the theatre should’ve of been included as a thank you or a bonus to his 1st DVD/Blu-ray released for making his movie no.1Cause what happen is I’ve watched Avatar in the theater and also bought the Blu-ray when it came out and was satisfied with it but now all of that changed cause i felt like now I’m bein’ robbed by Cameron! I hope the re-release fails!

  11. Eh I’ve got the film on dvd. I see no reason to keep buying the updated versions.

    Anyone that feels ripped off, is a slave to this film.
    Don’t buy the new Br/dvd, don’t go see the re release. How hard can that be?

    • 790, ive not seen it and wont see it, and wont buy the 29357285982352 BR’s or DVD’s that are gonna be coming out

    • I fell into that trap when it first came out on Blu-ray. Gonna trade my copy in to my local Moviestop when the 3D version finally comes out early next year. Just gonna be patient until then. It’s not like Cameron needs any more of my money in the mean time.

  12. I’m betting the first edition dvd will end up being sought after in the same way the original Star Wars films are.

    You would think Cameron would be pushing media into the downloadable road since he’s all about telling us how we are killing the planet with our carbon dioxide.

    Naw he’s content with contributing to our carbon footprint with all these upcoming dvd/Br re releases.

    I love the Save a Tree advert in the Avatar dvd. The same one that’s packaged with the throwaway cardboard sleve.

    Lol,,, I like some of Camerons films but the guy is such an elitest pig. Its not even funny.

    • he aint getting money from me!!

  13. Alright the money thing is just silly to me. You all new the first release was bare bones they never hid that fact. They also said they wanted to gather enough material for the special edition wich they announced the same time as the first release. No one was in the dark about these facts. Like i said before i enjoyed the theatrical experience and don’t mind paying for it again. I pay to see the same music artist live so what’s the difference.

    • Good call on the music comparison.

      • um, its really not relevant, but ok lol

        • Which part?

    • @Sully

      I agree. It’s not like this wasn’t known. Fox already announced before the original film was released onto BD that a special edition was coming.

      • I meant UNKNOWN.

        • I new what ya meant!

  14. Anthony, briefly what’s your prob with Avatar?

    I never got the backstory on that.

    • i just dont see the money he spent on it justified, plus he sold out in my opinion by leaving behind live action movies for all thie over hyped CGI crap. thats all im gonna say about that :)

      • How is using new technology “selling out”? If you used a GPS as opposed to maps, is that “selling out”? How about using a phone rather than writer a letter? It’s called the future.

  15. YO IMa see this again best movie ever who cares if its 81/2 min tat they aded.this movie made history,,,bout to get me a big cup of popcorn and a extra large drink as well WOOOOOOO cant wait!!!

  16. Well the Avatar CGI was the paradigm shift Anthony.
    Some will say its the 3D, and that’s also true if your not privy to what 3D is all about. But the dynamics of Camerons Motion Capture was the revolution.

    Also, on the huge sucess, It was the symbiotic point of view of the viewer and the symbiotic plotline (main character) that subconsiously hit your average movie fan,,,

    I will say that, I KNOW you would like the overall film Anthony. Maybe check it out???
    And I loathe Cameron as well,,, its still worth seeing.

    • maybe one day i will break..MAYBE but long after he stops rereleasing this thing 23905723582894568926 times, im tired of hearing about it, christ, he’ll still be rereleasing new versions of this when the sequels come out :)

  17. When that day comes anthony i wanna know about. But try to look past the price tags and other aspects and try to observe it as art.

  18. Well come on Ant’s, have a virtual on me bro.

    I know for sure you’ll dig the film. Trust me I can’t stand the CamRon but he (and 500 other people) somehow made a great film in Avatar. See it on 2D dvd, its great!

    If you don’t like it Ant’s I’ll never ask you to see another film. ;-)

    • i might bend, but not right now, but i’ll RECONSIDER based solely on your word..besides….the damn GF wants to see it….

  19. 790, what was the budget of it anyway i cant remember i know it was outrageous lol

  20. As much as I loathe CamRon, I really hope you check out Avatar Ant’s!!!

    Its a Moon, District 9, type film,,,, very good in 2D,,,

    Thanks for considering it. I don’t mean to come of as a Ricky on this one. No offence Ricky.

    • hahahahah youre not, you havent spent weeks trying to convine me..

  21. Anthony, again as much as I loathe CamRon,,, lol,,,!
    The budget was around 300mil, but it could have been 800+mil and it still would have made its budget back. Lol,,,

    • see thats just outrageous lol..

  22. Well do what ya gotta do Ants.

    Your perspective.

  23. 790
    DAMN YOU LOL! how did u convince him???? OMG. You did it quickly,you must be a pro. Anyways,yeah its really REALLY good anthony,youll love it ;)

    • um 790? he DIDNT convince me… i merely said i’d consider it :) stop reading into things my friend

  24. @ ricky, it’s real easy anthony is sexually confused and letting out his repressed fellings through media sites.

  25. Well I only hope that Anthony checks it out Rick.

    I think he would really like it, besides the director. (Witch we both have probs with)
    I’ve felt the same way he does on films, so I can relate. I just hope Ant’s checks it out based on my credit.

  26. What probs are that 790? Just out of curiosity.

  27. Yeah I think your wrong on that one Sully.

    Virtual bowl on me, lighten up bro,,,

  28. At this point I don’t know what your talking about Sully

    Update me,,,

  29. Lol 790 i was just asking out of pure curiosity man, no worries. I really was curious. Bang rip!