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. What was your point Sully? Telling me you were just joking doesn’t narrow it down,,,

    • 790, i was asking about your probe with cameron. Sorry i’ve been switching between mobile and regular and my comments might not be consistent.

  2. 790 also im like 5 ipas down. Tell ricky 18 not to drink Lol!

  3. Anthony

    790 got u to consider at least.

  4. Sully, I have probs with CamRon when he starts to lecture on global warming and how its caused by man, anyone that thinks differenet is a idiot. (As he says)

    Guy stands on his eco high horse while at the same time has no problems putting out his dvd/br wrapped in a throw away cardboard sleave. He could have donated 1c from all of the dvd sales yet calls on the public to contribute to his adopt a tree foundation. Guys worth billions yet I don’t see him using that money to help anyone.

    He’s also the man directly responsable for ushering in the new wave of 3D, that I my opinion will push 2D viewing out and contribute to conditioning the masses with the next wave in subliminal marketing and passive programing.

  5. I like how he directs,he looks for perfection,but he is a greedy person.

    • he looks for perfection??? watch T2 ricky, then come back here and tell us that

  6. Anthony

    well titanic and avatar were nearly perfect to
    me they are AMAZING! :D

    • no sorry, gotta disagree :)

  7. Anthony
    But u havent seen avatar. Titanic was really good though. I cant get enough of both of them.

  8. Anthony

    LOL! so your only vulerability is your GF.

    • isnt that the case with anyone thats in a relationship?!?!?

  9. Meh never saw Titanic.

    • me either, no desire too either 790. by the way im resuming my LEXX viewings today, im watching season 2, just into episode 4.

      • both movies are good avatar has more action tho lol
        and anthony if ur gf dosent wanna see avatar y dont u go with some friend to go see it its worth watching alteast once!

  10. Titanic was 2 hours of period piece love story 1 hour of sinking ship coolness. One watch was enough for me. Unlike camerons other films i can’t watch titanic more than once.

  11. OMG how can u guys HAVE NOT seen titanic?!?!? damn sucks for you guys….

    • …….

  12. ok i dont believe that. its impossible.

  13. Titanic is more of a chick flick then Avatar.

    I don’t watch chick flicks,,, 8-)

    Not in a relationship. Yeah!!!

  14. Ah the season of Mandrid.
    Hope your digging the show Anthony.

    • im likin it 790, the robot head 790 is freakin hilarious

  15. 790

    Just watch the ending of titanic then LOL!

  16. Haha. Yeah wait til you see what FiFi does to 790.

    Its bad!!!

  17. Fifi?

  18. not to mention one of her original reasons to wanting to see this came up in our talk tonight “it looks pretty”. and i just cant say no to her for that

  19. Anthony, are you going to see it at home or this re release.

    Can I talk you into seeing it at home?


    • i am indeed gonna see it at home, no rerelease or 3D crap here my friend.

  20. Anthony,,, Avatar is pretty and it leads into a real climactic ending that I know you’ll enjoy. It takes awhile to get there but try to remain calm, your girlfriend will love the relationship aspect of the story. So you don’t want to critise it til aftertwards.

    • well, its mainly cuz of her, and you that im bending on it. we have this thing where we never tell one another what to watch, or what actor/actresses are better than others, we pretty much have the same taste in that department.

  21. OMG ANTHONY!!!!!!!!

    SEE IT :D

    • ricky, quiet down please :)

    • Typing in all caps is just annoying to read sometimes (actually all the time). One or two words is fine, but what’s the point of typing your entire comment that way?

  22. Yeah i only type caps when im excited or mad. Not all the time LOL!
    :D :D :D

  23. It’s annoying pretty much anytime you talk all in caps, no matter if you’re excited or mad. ;)

  24. Damn i didnt know everyone hated caps. I personally love them,but if u guys say so,ill stop,unless im really really excited or really really mad LOL! :D

    • ricky18, the only time i like seeing caps is whenever i read A Prayer For Owen Meaney by John Irving :)

  25. Anthony glad to read your not going to see this in 3D in the theater. The film is breathtaking in 2D!!!

    Let me know what you think. !!!

    Cool! ;-)

    • sure will man, im going to Blockbuster tomorrow :)(hear that daniel?)

  26. Ant’s your gonna love how Avatar ends!


    Its a great film to see with your girlfriend. Its got chick flick and action flick covered big time!!!
    And its also got a great story. Forget these panhandlers. :-)

    • im not expecting anything from it.300+ to make this movie? ehh i dunno 790 im growing weary of the over priced cost films these days :( you having worked on them im sure that you have a better understanding where the funds go with regards to production

    • 790,

      A great story? Really? You’re the last guy I’d expect to like the story of Avatar – as grade school simple as it is.


      • i reallly no nothing of this, i avoided all review, turned away from previews, told my buddies i’d sock em if they talked about in front of me lol im going in blind really. funny how love can changes ones mind, epecially one as hard headed as mine

  27. It totally is 790. The film came out the day after my birthday and i took me lady to see it and needless to say we had a great night afterwards. Like rabbits

  28. Mad rabbits…rabbits in heat

    • In 3D? ;-)