Fox to Bow Extended ‘Avatar’ Nov. 165 Oct, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment said it will re-release James Cameron’s Avatar, the No. 1 box office film of all time, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 16, featuring more than eight hours of new material.
The Oscar and Golden Globe winning sci-fi fantasy, which is being released Nov. 15 internationally, has taken in over $2.7 billion in worldwide box office. It is also the top-selling Blu-ray disc of all time.
“I told our team, ‘let's do the ultimate box set of Avatar, with everything in it the fans could possibly want,’” Cameron said. “Everything worth putting into a special edition is in this set.”
In addition to the original theatrical version, special edition re-release and collector’s extended cut with 16 minutes of additional material, the three-disc Avatar Extended Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray showcases the movie in three stages of production: Performance Capture, Template (1990’s video game version) and Final as well as a composite of all stages in “Pandora’s Box”.
These stages are supported with interviews with Cameron and the filmmakers and serve as a “master class” on the making of Avatar.
The Blu-ray release also includes 17 featurettes covering performance capture, scoring the film, 3D fusion camera, and stunts, among others. Avatar Archives includes original scripts, 300-page screenplay and the extensive Pandorapedia. The disc also includes BD-live with additional bonus materials.
Avatar Collector’s Edition: 3-Disc Special Edition DVD includes the aforementioned theatrical and re-released special editions, including bonus material such as interviews with Cameron and Jon Landau, and 45 minutes of deleted scenes.