While we all knew it was coming, Fox has finally picked a date for the re-release of Avatar and it’s August 27. Even though there was some debate as to how much footage would get put back into the film as James Cameron said he had over 30 minutes of deleted scenes to pick from, the final number is eight minutes.
What’s interesting about that number is…we all should have seen it coming. The original length of Avatar is 162 minutes, and the IMAX platter can only support a 170 minute film. What that means is, Cameron’s desire to play the film in IMAX theaters meant he could only add 8 minutes back in. I’ll bet if IMAX could’ve played a 180 film, he would have added 18 minutes back in. More after the jump:
The great news for fans of the film is they’ll get a chance to see Avatar one more time on a movie screen. In today’s times, once a movie leaves a theater, you almost never get to see it again. I’m planning on catching it one more time – especially to see the extra footage in IMAX 3D.
Right now they haven’t announced how long it’ll play in both IMAX and Digital 3D theaters, but Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D opens on September 10, so I’d imagine unless the movie is doing huge business, it’s going to lose some screens that day. Also, on September 24, WB is releasing Legend of the Guardians in 3D, and that already has screens committed to it.
What I’m trying to say is, if you’re interested in catching Avatar one more time, you’ll probably want to see it within the first two weeks. Here’s the official press release and the international dates of the re-release.
On August 27, return to Pandora and re-experience James Cameron’s History-Making Epic film, with more than Eight Minutes of Never Before Seen Footage- exclusively in Digital 3D and IMAX® 3D. Since – and largely as of result of – AVATAR’s release last December, the number of available digital 3D screens has exploded, and moviegoers who missed experiencing the film in 3D, as well as fans that want to return to Pandora again, will now have that opportunity.
The Oscar® and Golden Globe® winning epic is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.7 billion in worldwide box office. It is also the top-selling Blu-ray disc of all time.
International Rerelease Schedule
BELGIUM 8 SEPTEMBER 2010
RUSSIA 26 AUGUST 2010
SPAIN 17 SEPTEMBER 2010
UK 27 AUGUST 2010
AUSTRALIA 26 AUGUST 2010
INDIA 27 AUGUST 2010
JAPAN 16 OCTOBER 2010
SOUTH KOREA 16 SEPTEMBER 2010
MEXICO 15 OCTOBER 2010
ARGENTINA 16 SEPTEMBER 201