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21 Jul, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey

When the special edition of Avatar hits DVD and Blu-ray Disc later this year (after a limited 3D theatrical run starting Aug. 27) look for deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage and a documentary “that really chronicles the filmmaker’s four-year journey,” according to producer Jon Landau.

Avatar director James Cameron said the new Blu-ray Disc of the film should include a “branching” option that will let fans see unfinished scenes and pre-visualized reference shots incorporated into the film, possibly with a picture-in-picture option.

“It’ll be an unrecognizable movie, a whole new journey of Avatar,” Cameron says.

The initial DVD and Blu-ray version of Avatar in April included no extras, with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and the film’s creators saying they wanted to save space on the discs to offer the best presentation possible for the film. A limited number of bonuses were made available online via a code included with the discs.

“It would be a shame to hold back the Blu-ray now,” Cameron said before the Blu-ray release, which became the No. 1 selling high-def disc of all time. “There’s no noise, no grain. All of the visual elements from the film are outstanding.”

A Blu-ray 3D release of Avatar has not yet been announced.

“We are waiting for a greater penetration in the home market,” Landau says of 3D HDTVs and 3D Blu-ray players. “We want to see how the 3D market [responds] in the short term.”

Comic-Con attendees who buy the Avatar DVD/Blu-ray combo at the 20th Century Fox booth will receive an exclusive lithograph.

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