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