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Avatar Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Bonus Features Surface

Posted September 29, 2010 06:35 AM by Juan Calonge

20th Century FoxThe Collector's Edition of James Cameron's Avatar, expected for November 16, hasn't been formally announced yet, but information about its substantial content is already appearing on the web. This three-disc edition will include over an hour of deleted scenes, a 2-hour-plus documentary and over four hours of other special features.

According to South African retailer Take 2, disc 1 will contain the movie, in three versions: the original theatrical release; the theatrical special edition (with 8'02" of additional footage); and the Collector's Extended Cut (with 15'54" of additional footage).

Disc two, titled "Filmmaker's Journey", will reportedly include Braving New Worlds: A Journey beyond Avatar (runtime 2h30'), the documentary A Message from Pandora (20'), and 66 minutes of deleted scenes.

Disc three, titled "Pandora's Box", will contain over four hours of additional special features, including "scene deconstruction," and over one hour of "Live Extras."

In turn, the British Board of Film Classification has recently classified the following Avatar content:
  • Extended Edition Rerelease - New Scenes (runtime 30'36")
  • Special Edition Rerelease - New Scenes (runtime 16'5")
  • Production Material - Crew Film: The Volume (runtime 31'39")
  • Production Shorts - Sound Design (runtime 8'50")
  • Capturing Avatar (runtime 98'23")
  • Production Shorts 2 (runtime 45'30")
  • Editing Avatar (runtime 6'58")
  • Production Materials (runtime 77'44")
  • Production Shorts - The Haka: The Spirit of New Zealand (runtime 5'17")
  • 3D Preview - Pandora Discovered (runtime 7' 43")
  • Production Shorts 1 (runtime 24'42")
  • The Night before Avatar (runtime 4'46")
  • Production Materials - Brother Termite Test (runtime 1'55")
  • Deleted Scenes (runtime 68'4")
Additionally, German site Area DVD also lists the featurettes titled WETA Workshop: Walk And Talk Presentation (runtime 11'); Speaking Na'vi (runtime 6'); and four screen tests.

Note that all of the above must be considered unofficial until there is a formal announcement from the studio.


Source: Take 2 | Permalink | United Kingdom United States [Country settings]

News comments (64 comments)


Kawncrete
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Cant wait!

Malibu
 - Sep 29, 2010

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This is what you call a collectors edition!! I really like that there are three versions of the movie. Wow can't wait.

neos_peace
 - Sep 29, 2010

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this is what I was waiting for. SOOO glad I waited. can't wait to see a release date for this monster.

NYorker
 - Sep 29, 2010

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ChuckT43
 - Sep 29, 2010

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It's great to see them do the right thing and release all three versions in this set. I expected multiple releases of the different versions. Looks like the only other release will be the 3D. This set looks great and will be a must have for all of us.

Al_The_Strange
 - Sep 29, 2010

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I will own this!

BluBrown
 - Sep 29, 2010

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I'm sure the added footage in the extended cuts is just done through seamless branching so there shouldn't really be any affect on the PQ

TJS_Blu
 - Sep 29, 2010

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NYorker - probably not if seamless branching is used.

TJS_Blu
 - Sep 29, 2010

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BluBrown - beat me to it.

BJ_JaMeSoN_007
 - Sep 29, 2010

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It most definately would be seamless branching! The DVD version spands the three films over 2 discs with Part 1 of all three on one disc and Part 2 of all three on the second disc - how sad is that! So glad we have Blu-ray!!! And kudos to South Africa for releasing the info too! I saw it a couple days ago on Take 2's site! Proudly South African!

tru blu
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Can't wait. A must for me.

Wdm81
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Very cool. I already own the barebones release, but I new there was a double dip coming so i don't mind buying it again

MisfitToy
 - Sep 29, 2010

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I know this is probably an rhetorical question... but will the 3D version be a CE version as well, or will they release it standalone... and 3D CE months later (lame)?

monkeyjb1988
 - Sep 29, 2010

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If all this become official, this will be awesome. Sounds like great extras, but I especially like them pulling a Beauty and the Beast (and Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and including the two theatrical versions and Cameron's new version. Can't to see all three discs. Finally, not getting the first Blu release is paying off. As for a 3-D release, I'll double dip when I actually get a 3-D Blu player and TV.

kippy
 - Sep 29, 2010

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This is how you do a double dip! I'm glad we were warned this was happening and given the choice.
I didn't mind the 1st release been bare bones cos the quality was the priority and if that's all true (and more stuff is added to the BBFC all the time) this is worth it.
If only other studios would do this.

vsanch24
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Very awesome.. I am hopeful that this news is true!

thelittleprince
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Cool! Can't wait! I love the Blu cover, too!

mishal
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Should I be excited now, or wait for the official release notes?

Galley
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Great Googly Moogly!

Jim L
 - Sep 29, 2010

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This looks very compelling! I hope that it's a reasonable price so I can add to my collection.

DonRSD
 - Sep 29, 2010

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OH YEAH!!!

i cant wait to watch all the extras.

i dont mind double dipping......my 7 year old son will now have the original avatar handed down to him and it will become his 1st bluray

ridergroov1
 - Sep 29, 2010

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You people crack me up.

CandyStalker
 - Sep 29, 2010

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BluBrown
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Aren't we supposed to be getting some kind of coupon for this if we bought the original release and registered for the 'Avatar Program' or did I just make that up?

Gabriel360
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Wow, now that's a TON of content! I'm so glad I didn't go for the barebones version, would've been a waste of money.

insomniac013
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Damn! Even if i didnt really love the movie that much, this is a REALLY tempting release! Shame there's no Picture In Picture-thing though, but with 7-8 hours of extras I think im good.

Now the question is if im gonna wait for a "3D Blu Ray", but í dont wanna buy all that expensive equipment just for one movie...

BLURAYSONYES
 - Sep 29, 2010

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CANT WAIT! Ill just go to sleep and wake up til the release day! lol..

Cutter_
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Glad I passed on the first version. This one looks like a keeper!

Ator the Invincible
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Well, since this includes the theatrical version (which I need for the Rifftrax...), it looks like I'm replacing the barebones version. Probably just gift it to someone. Since it has that DVD copy in there, it could be anyone. Maybe even YOU!

stubiedoo
 - Sep 29, 2010

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It's a no brainer for me.

repete66211
 - Sep 29, 2010

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OMGz!!!!1

*jizz in my pants*

I wonder how many fanboys, watching it a second time, came to the same conclusion the rest of us did the first time around: Light entertainment, but not that great. C'mon now fanboys, be honest.

McGarnigal
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Even though there's seamless branching involved... wouldn't 3 film version one one disc compromise the bare bones edition's stance on using the most disc space possible for video?

martymagicman
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Alll three versions on one disc? Why do that? We would all be better off just to keep the 50 gig one we have now. That's just ridiculous, all the fuss about the first disc and what.... we throw quality out the window? This better not be true.

masoud90
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Yay! So excited

ajmrowland
 - Sep 29, 2010

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@NYorker:you're wrong. compression and bitrate alone dont determine the quality of Picture and Sound. The Beauty and the Beast DVD-released 8 years ago-had three versions of the film, with a lot of seamless branching, and compression artifacts were noticeable, but never *bad* bad, just there. compression techniques have come a *long* way since, and it's likely that Avatar will use Seamless Branching.

And anyone else notice it's now over an hour of deleted scenes rather than 45 minutes?

Mist17
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Today please! Lol. And please don't make it $60 or something stupid.

aggienader08
 - Sep 29, 2010

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@NYorker -

Have you ever heard of seamless branching? They would be fools if they didn't incorporate seamless branching into a disc with three films on it.

Spectre
 - Sep 29, 2010

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This is going to be great! An absolute tonne of content that I can't wait to see. I'll be watching all of the documentries before the revised cuts of the film. I saw Avatar in IMAX-3D in the theatres and a few times on BD. I don't mind the double dipping as I can sell the bare bones release quickly to family or a friend.

Grimlok626
 - Sep 29, 2010

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I have the single disc blu-ray and the picture quality alone was worth the 24.99 spent on it, splendid. However, I agree with everyone else on the price for this new "set"...I hope it doesn't go for $50-60, but I think it will shoot for the $34.99 ballpark, if I had to make a guess based on other 3-disc sets out there.

PS. Mr. Cameron, where is the blu-ray of the Abyss SE?! :-)

Trekofile
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Well, I'm happy I scored the barebones edition. Overall the picture quality will NEVER be the best over the overloaded 3 version on a single disc newer release. But I will score the upcoming ed. for the extras, after it hits aftermarketa bit and the price drops. But when I view the film, other than the other versions, I will always use the first release as a video source for best picture.

martymagicman
 - Sep 29, 2010

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I agree with Trekofile. Also,why not have a 4 disc version with the new extended edition on one disc?
Come on Mr. Cameron What gives?!!!Don't cheap out on us now!!!
Also can you say Blu ray ABYSS?!!!! and..,.Blu ray True Lies?!!!!
p.s. Maybe you could form a new companany with your Bazillion dollars to remaster these jems? and Titanic??!!
Just a thought.

drtre81
 - Sep 29, 2010

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This edition isn't going to have lower pq than the standalone. The standalone used 45 gigs...meaning 5 gigs left over. More than enough for an extra 15 mins. This is the superior version. But hey...whatever helps you sleep at night.

DRS
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Still hoping for Audio Commentary to be announced when the official specs are dropped

MrJoeKalel
 - Sep 29, 2010

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@drtre81: Yes, I did some calculations with info from DVDBeaver which lists the movie as being approx. 44.90 GB of space for 161 min, which would make it around 0.27/min, so those extra 16 minutes, would be around 4.32 GB, which would make it very close to the 50 GB limit on the blu-ray...so we can 'assume' (or using common sense, not found that often in the real world) that the quality COULD not be compromised...

Anyways, great news for us who LIKE the movie (not love, we are not blind), and want those extras, which seem great. Again, hope that this retails for less than $30 and would be a great buy.

Atreyu
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Yes Yes Yes!!!!!!

ejbenjamin
 - Sep 29, 2010

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I wonder if they'll stick with the 16x9 aspect ratio for this release, as was used for the previous release. I'll be disappointed if they do. The 2D version in theaters was shown in 2.35:1, which would be nice to have for anybody projecting with a constant image height setup.

bmarsh011
 - Sep 29, 2010

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I am waiting for the 3D blu-ray version, hope it have all the extras.

Manfonse
 - Sep 29, 2010

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No sale! Im waiting for the 3D!

PeterTHX
 - Sep 29, 2010

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mvckalel - The "true" capacity of BD-50 is about 46.6 GB

That said, 20 min of additional footage branched in shouldn't have much effect on picture quality since the original is sort of a "superbit" disc to begin with.

javir
 - Sep 29, 2010

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high def disc news says that it used 41.8G so thats 4.8 GB remaining, should be enough for 20mins. anyways as for the price if the movie alone was $24-26 and Watchmen Ultimate edition is around $50-60 I guess the price for this will be around that. Too bad blockbuster went bankrupt i was planning on getting a part time there to pay for my BD habit.

John31
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Wow, this is why I waited and didnt get the first AVATAR Blu Ray Release and didnt see the theather Re-release. This Collector’s Edition is Awesome!

anomaly7
 - Sep 29, 2010

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I haven't seen this movie since opening weekend in IMAX 3D, and I'm glad I didn't buy the first release. While this movie was fun, it's not something I'd double dip for, and I doubt there will be a noticable difference in picture quality. This release looks great.

DigitalGeek123
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Hopefully the 3D edition will have a general release but I doubt it but we can always get this one.

jose9326
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Whoa! Over 4 hours of special features, 16 extra minutes of unseen footage. What else could you ask for? This is definitely the one to buy. Hopefully it will be $60 or less.

kmccarney88
 - Sep 29, 2010

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@Malibu - yeah no kidding! George Lucas, take notes you stubborn, greedy, fat f*ck!!!

DarkEye
 - Sep 29, 2010

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Wow, that's all that needs to be said, though I'll keep my fingers crossed for some Trailers and TV Spots

vectorsfire
 - Sep 29, 2010

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This is great considering I'm never buying the 3-D release, hopefully this will be on sale during black friday.

Mr. Joshua
 - Sep 30, 2010

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Hopefully the secret code to unlock the third version is 82997!

Minimejer05
 - Sep 30, 2010

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Might need to check out the longest cut.

BJ_JaMeSoN_007
 - Sep 30, 2010

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I see Take 2 has de-listed the Pre-order, but I remember it being R 400 there and R 350 on www.kalahari.net, which is around $ 50, but we always get everything at double the price of America, so around $ 40 listed price won't be too far off and maybe $ 25-30 on Amazon.com - so not too bad I guess...

DRS
 - Sep 30, 2010

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Guess Fox asked them to take it down?

denger76
 - Sep 30, 2010

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Sounds great! But don't know if the P/Q will be as excellent as the first release. Also, if P/Q suffers they should only release the new versions on this special edition - make others buy the original release. Excited but with wait and read reviews.

TheBluePhoenix
 - Sep 30, 2010

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This sounds great! I like most of you was hoping for a new release with lots of behind the scenes footage. There's one feature that I would love to see: the ability to watch to whole movie with a PIP that shows the raw motion capture footage.

LanSolo
 - Oct 06, 2010

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I wish George Lucas would come to his senses and release a Collector's Edition of Star Wars, including the original theatrical version of the movie, etc, instead of only his massacred version.


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