Avatar: Running Time Confirmed & New Footage

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:04 am,

avatar stephen lang as colonel quaritch Avatar: Running Time Confirmed & New Footage

Today we have a pair of items for one of next month’s major releases and one of the most anticipated films of the last few years: Avatar.

Avatar is written and directed by James Cameron, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Lang and Giovanni Ribisi. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter we have a confirmed runtime length for the film which isn’t as long as some were reporting, as well as a new video about the film’s antagonist Colonel Quaritch that features a bunch of new cool footage.

It was speculated that the runtime of Cameron’s big budget 3D epic was over three hours but it is now confirmed to be two and a half hours (150 minutes) or around 156 minutes including the credit sequence. This of course is confirmed theatrical release running length so you can expect to see more on the home video releases that follow.

The mid-to-long runtime of the movie ensures that theaters can run the standard double showings in the evenings at around 7 and 10 p.m. in addition to the three daytime screening times.  As long as I’m entertained entirely throughout, I usually like seeing more for my money and this running time is fine with me.

Next up is something more fun thanks to Coke Zero and their cross-marketing with 20th Century Fox. Here’s the new video titled “Through Eyes Of Colonel Quaritch” which features a quite a few little scenes we’ve not seen yet:

If you’re excite for this flick and dying to see more, definitely check out the featurette we put up on Friday which shows and talks about the planet of Pandora and why James Cameron describes it as the “Garden of Eden with teeth and claws.” And of course, the brilliant international Avatar trailer is a must-see.

What do you think of Colonel Quaritch?

Avatar debuts in just a matter of weeks on December 18, 2009 and we’ll be there.

Source: THR

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  1. @Stephen
    One movie i can see you trying to reference is The Last Samurai

  2. @790 & the old man…

    TY for the heads up on “The Fall”. Hope it’s available on DVD.

  3. Using exoskeletons to fight was in “Aliens” and hearkens back to the roots of Alien’s story which was the novel “Starship Troopers.” The idea of (going native) has been at the heart of many stories. What about “Shogun” and “The Last Samurai,” “Dune,” and of course “Dances With Wolves?” Possessing other beings isn’t unique either. Anybody remember movies like “The Hidden,” “It came from Outer Space,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,””Carpenter’s The Thing,” the recent remake of “The Day The Earth Stood Still” Their are even parallels, in the movie “The Creature With The Atom Brain” where a human who so happens to be a giant, comes under the control of others by replacing his brain. Inversion of an idea, get the humans to do what the aliens did to us for so many years, is the simplest of adaptations of an original theme.

  4. @Syrus817, your gonna dig “Moon!”
    Yeah “Primer” is kinda hard to find but worth it. Its a mindbending tale of timetravel. It won a bunch of indie film awards.
    Stephie, The Fall stars Lee Pace from “Pushing Daises” and came out last year on dvd. It also contains an amazing performance by child actress (Catinca Untaru), one of the best films of 2008… :-)
    You can google the info,,,

  5. Glad you liked Primer, 790! Acres of discussion about it at http://www.primermovie.com – hours of fun. The timeline illustration at http://www.neuwanstein.fw.hu/primer_timeline.html helps a lot as well. I think I mentioned I’ve literally lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched it and I still catch different nuances in it now. Best. Time travel movie. Ever. Still no word on what its director/writer/star Shane Carruth is up to with his follow-up after five long years. Someone PLEASE give this man a break (and some investment); it’ll be depressing beyond words if such a multitalented individual is allowed to wither on the vine.

    Neither Moon nor The Fall opened anywhere near me so I’m waiting to get them on DVD. Particularly looking forward to the former.

    I think I’m at the stage now where I don’t want to see any more clips from Avatar for fear of spoiling the experience when I finally get to watch it. Its originality (or lack of) doesn’t really bother me: I just want to see Cameron get his teeth into something he’s passionate about again. I’d settle for it being a finely-crafted rip-off.

    It’s funny seeing Stephen Lang buffed to the nines and kicking off; I can’t look at him without getting flashbacks of begging the Tooth Fairy for his life as the obnoxious reporter in Manhunter. And talking of hate figures, is it just me or does Goss, the Flight Controller from Defying Gravity, look the spitting image of James Cameron…?

  6. N

  7. Never saw primer or the fall. Are they sci/fi flicks?

  8. Big dentist

    is Goff the one who runs everything from earth? Head douche in charge? If so, then yes he does look alot like James cameron.

  9. M-Cat,,,
    “Primer” is a timetravel story.
    2 guys invent a time travel device and use it for profit. Side effects of time travel are fleshed out in a surprising way,,,

    “The Fall” is a fantasy.
    Set in hollywood during the 30′s a injured stuntman befriends a little girl while recovering in the hospital. He tells her a story that’s brought to life with incredible visuals.

  10. That’s the one, M-Cat! Head douche, I do like that.

  11. Of course Avatar will make more than New Moon, New moon only has strong front legs, once the teen girls get their fill in the first week or two they movie will stop making alot of money. Avatar WILL be seen multiple times for many many people as well and will have a much longer run in theaters. And its fan base will be greater since there are more 8 to 80 year olds than teenage girls.

  12. 790, I heard Tarsem Singh made The Fall guerilla-style using locations all round the world he was already using for work on commercials. Does it hang together as a proper movie then?

  13. Big D, its a blend of Wizard of Oz meets Brazil.

    The film was shot in over 18 different countries, and took over 4 years to make. The story is coherent and not hard to follow.

    There’s a behind the scenes feature that’s shows how difficult it was shooting at all the various historic locations.
    And wait til you see what Tarsem did to bring out the performance of young Catinca. Its also in the bonus features…
    Everyone should check it out!!!

  14. Sounds good!

  15. @skyjunkie…

    This is what I think will happen during Avatar’s run. Quite a few people are going to go back to the multiplex to see it again during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weekends, and repeat viewings seem to be the bread-and-butter of most movies, especially those effect-driven “event” films such as Avatar.

    When Titanic was released, even though it was close to three hours long, people kept coming back to see it again and again, so it’s highly possible that the same thing could happen with Avatar.

    I’m going to wait for the 2-disc deluxe DVD with — hopefully! — the Director’s Cut version. :)

  16. Hey Stephie are you going to buy one of these new 3-D TV’s to watch it?? ;)


  17. @ Stephie

    You’re going to wait for the director’s cut dvd? You’re not going to see it in the theater?

  18. I am trying real hard to like this movie. But I am not buying the blue cat people. I also saw the 60 min segment on my 42″ plasma and was still not impressed with the over used CGI. The CGI is going to be more of a distraction from the movie not to mentioned the military hardware and technology that just does not seem to fit with when this story takes place. I mean Cameron should have had more advanced technology than what he shows. The technology also looks way too similar to what was used in the Aliens movie. I thought the tech was going to be fresh, different from what I have seen from Cameron but this is not the case. I have seen enough movies with explosions, guns and actions and some may see this movie for that reason but I just cannot feel what all the hype is about this movie. Blu-ray or seeing it once, I am still debating.