The 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."
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
@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?
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.
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?! :-)
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.
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.
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.
@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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.