August 20, 2010


Fox has released two images from the upcoming Avatar: Special Edition.  In case you didn’t know, Avatar is being re-released into theaters because I guess it didn’t make enough money the first time around.  This new version will have eight more minutes of footage and will only be available in 3D and IMAX 3D.  If you’re willing to pay more than a dollar for every minute of new footage, you must really, really like Avatar.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  Avatar: Special Edition opens on August 27th.

Click on an image to see it in high-resolution.



Here’s what James Cameron had to say about the new edition:

“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.”

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  • jamais

    Sigh… don't know why I'm doing it again, but OK, here we go ;-)

    1. Not 8 but 9 minutes. Not that it makes any huge difference but let's be specific.

    2. Only the Tsu'tey scene was apparently finished, the rest had to be done by WETA especially for the re-release. One minute of their finished work = $1M. So don't worry – FOX had to spend some dosh before it starts taking yours again.

    3. It's a LIMITED release. Limited number of theatres, limited time (two weeks in IMAX). So unless they herd people at gunpoint to cinemas, it's not going to be as big “cash grab” as bloggers are making it to be.

    4. YES people know the film is available on DVD and blu, and has been in fact for about 4 months. And YES, they know the “ultimate” blu will be coming in November. I know that in most countries now it's necessary to put info on coffee cups that the content is hot and such nonsense, but believe me – most people who will go to see this version of Avatar will do that because they WANT TO, not because “evil Cameron” tricked them to.


    All right. Now you can start calling me a raving fanboy (well, girl), go ahead, have fun! ;-)))

  • Emmanuel4948

    It looks like the cgi also upgraded since avatar came out 8 months ago- looks amaizing

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  • Aromcath

    You know I honestly have no problem with the re-release from a professional stand point. Hell this used to be standard practice before you could release a movie across so many screens at once. And arguable there is some demand for it. That being said it's the duality of reception that comes with an amazing box office revenue. Similar to when Cameron set the golden bars with Titanic all those years ago, the movie itself steps beyond popular culture to an extent and starts to become this almost embarrassing thing to talk about. Don't get me wrong I adore this movie, and even then it still gets me a bit twitchy and in a strange and bad way when an article about this thing goes up. Can't say I really understand the whole picture, but I see enough of that strange duality of love & loath when an IP hits such a plateau of success

  • jamais

    Yeah, I guess I know what you’re talking about, have similar feelings myself. But I’m just wondering if the problem doesn’t lie more within us rather than in the film.

    First there is the issue of individualism. While we generally like to belong to a certain circle of people who share our values and opinions, and to have this comfort zone of being “patted on the shoulder” and accepted, as soon as this circle becomes too large the instinct working in us is to differentiate ourselves from the mass – by adopting a contrasting viewpoint for example. “Everybody’s saying the film is good? Well, I’m not *everybody”*and I don’t want to be, so I’ll say it’s crap. Hey, you see what I’ve done? Look at me! I’m ORIGINAL!” – kind of thinking.

    Then, whether we are willing to admit it or not, most of us are snobs at heart. So when we’re talking films with our mates we want to praise the ones which are perceived as the best pedigree or refined taste, attainable only to the chosen few. Now if a film is popular with a mass audience, its “recherché” factor – in our perception at last – is immediately gone.

    Of course another thing is that a film’s artistic credibility really CAN be diluted by kitsch tie-ins (in the form of the inevitable, rushed and cheaply designed merchandise, Happy Meal toys and what not). Here I guess was the dilemma Jim Cameron had to face – what to compromise in order to realize his costly dream: his vision (keep all the rights but not have the 100% of what he wanted) or his “auteur code” (get the necessary budget but at the cost of allowing various “McDonalds” to let loose with his work). And he probably chose the lesser evil. Sure some of these “Avatar peripherals” are irritating as hell, but these are modern times, everything is measured by $, we have to get used to it…

  • Aaron Sullivan

    I love Avatar, but I had the exact opposite reaction to the pics. :) I'm not a graphics snob usually. Honest.

    I have to say there's a good chance I'll go see this. I didn't buy the blu-ray and the best way to watch this is always going to be on an all-encompassing screen a la IMAX. So, why not one more time?

    I'm not even sure how interested I'm going to be in the blu-ray… I don't have a 3D TV and won't any time soon. Hmm… the extras though. I might have to get my hands on it for the extras. That's cutting edge tech they invented and I'll want to absorb that stuff. I guess I'm doomed to buy it or at least netflix it.

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  • jamais

    The November blu-ray WILL NOT be 3D yet. They were thinking about it but the market is not ready.

    The one that will come out in November will be a “fan” edition with tons of extra materials. Collider had a great interview with Cameron talking about it some time ago:

  • RJ

    Aaron i definitely (and sadly) agree with you on the graphics. The sturmbeest just dont look real to me. The typical problem with CG creatures is the damn lighting, look at the CG in pirates of the caribbean, the sets, the clothes, the cinematography: Everything has deep and warm colors and many layers of eathy colors and bright or faded surfaces, its very organic all around. These animals have the texture of a lubricated garbage bag……..and they lack the rich contrasts of dark and light that we would see from our own wildebeest drinking from a waterhole in the wild. there should also be a much duller tone to their hide. Eh, you know. Nothings perfect…… I just wish Avatar was as photo real as the story demanded it to be.

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