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Cameron: Avatar CE Blu-ray Is Last Version - Save for 3D

Posted October 21, 2010 06:27 AM by Juan Calonge

20th Century FoxDuring a press day to promote Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition, James Cameron reassured fans wary of an Avatar triple dip by saying: "There's only one more play, maybe one, two years out, and that's 3D [Blu-ray]." No comment was given on the reported Panasonic-exclusive 3D BD release of the movie.

Previously, marketing executives from Panasonic had revealed that a 3D Blu-ray disc of Avatar would be offered in early December, exclusively to buyers of a Panasonic 3D Viera plasma TV (see Blu-ray.com, September 3). At the moment, however, Panasonic has not formally announced the promotion or its terms and conditions.

Cameron also went into detail regarding the copious special features on the upcoming Collector's Edition. The feature-length making-of documentary Capturing Avatar will have a runtime of around an hour and a half - although an hour was cut because, as Cameron said, they "couldn't have a documentary about the movie that was as long as the movie."

There is also 45 minutes worth of deleted scenes, some of them finished for the BD release. An interactive scene deconstruction in disc three will show the various stages of production with three different viewing modes. Cameron said that feature was "like geek heaven."


Source: Home Media Magazine | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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javir
  Oct 21, 2010
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I'm glad i waited. Does this mean that panasonic has a 1-2 year bundle exclusivity.

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Tech-UK
  Oct 21, 2010
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When I was at the Manchester show on the 17th October 2010, Panasonic had a 3D setup, which was playing Avatar. It may of been the 3D edition or just the 2D version converted. I forgot to ask them about this. But it looked pretty impressive. It may of been an event teaser demo of the 3D version. Did anyone else go to the show, who can shed some light on this?

J. Severe
  Oct 21, 2010
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One or two years, eh? That gives me enough time to upgrade to 3D. -_-

demiscy
  Oct 21, 2010
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Curious to compare bitrates between barebones disc and this second release..

ridergroov1
  Oct 21, 2010
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Guarantee that there will be another non 3D blu release after this. No doubt in my mind.

lottigee
  Oct 21, 2010
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why can't you have 2 docs if 1 would be too long, we don't care! + still no director commentary...

mishal
  Oct 21, 2010
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I'll wait thank you very much.

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FBDMatt
  Oct 21, 2010
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I just want a steelbook version that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and doesn't mean I'm importing from Asia.

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davidthenikonuser
  Oct 21, 2010
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In 1-2 year 3D will be played out. I for one an getting sick of it as the last 2 movies I've seen in so called 3D have sucked and was flat as a pancake.

supersickie
  Oct 21, 2010
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Can't have a documentary that's as long as the movie? Someone hasn't checked out the second disc of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". I loved the "making of" documentary that accompanied that film's release. Bummed that Cameron - supposedly - cut an hour from this one for such a superficial reason.
kippy
  Oct 21, 2010
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I bet that hour appears in the production featurettes or something.
So we was warned this version was coming before the 1st release. It's special features look plentiful and we're told that the only other version will be 3D (something that only those that care will be interested in) and I bet that people will still complain.

SellmeyourDVD
  Oct 21, 2010
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Is this an early April fools joke?

fettastic
  Oct 21, 2010
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Peter Jackson had a 4 hour documentary for The Frighteners. Jaws had a 2 1/2 hour documentary. There are plenty of examples of this. I've never heard anyone say that was a bad thing.

AikonEnt
  Oct 21, 2010
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There'll be another release with a director's cut of the documentary!
anomaly7
  Oct 21, 2010
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Seems like a great release, glad I held off on the bare bones edition. Don't care about 3D right now, maybe in a couple years I'll see if it is worth the upgrade.

tru blu
  Oct 21, 2010
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It's Fox. There will be another down the line.

renaissanceman
  Oct 21, 2010
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What a Scam.

CandyStalker
  Oct 21, 2010
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The more I hear about this mediocre cartoon, the more I loathe it.

The only James I care about (in terms of blu-) is Bond. Hurry up.

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repete66211
  Oct 21, 2010
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Does this mean we can finally put this Avatar subject to bed? I mean, that was so last year. The latest best movie ever made is Inception. At least that's what the hype machine tells me.
August M.
  Oct 21, 2010
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No more smurfs. My barebones is good enough for me, especially the quality will be far better than this version.

phatrat1982
  Oct 21, 2010
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tru blu you are sorely mistaken buddy, Fox is the worst studio about re-releasing movies man.
Jimmy Smith
  Oct 21, 2010
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Not much news here. With an extended cut and 8 hours of extras I can't imagine what else save for 3D can be included.

The question is will the upcoming 3D general retail version have all the extras from the collecters set or will it be yet another bare-bones version.

Arkadin
  Oct 21, 2010
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really what it sounds like is Cameron as usual has no idea what he is talking about.
wasn't he totally wrong on some other info he gave about the bd before?

fettastic
  Oct 21, 2010
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@Arkadin- What you are thinking about is when he announced there would be a 3D version of Avatar in November. Fox immediately released a statement saying that "3D is still in the conceptual stages and there will be no 3D version of Avatar in November." A few weeks ago they announced there will be a 3D version of Avatar bundled exclusively with Panasonic 3DTVs....December 1st. Seems pretty clear that Fox scrambled to protect Avatar BD sales by denying the existance of any plans to release it in 3D....then once the buying frenzy had died down announced plans to release it in 3D.

The only thing Cameron can be accused of is actually being honest with what the plans are and have always been for the releasing of Avatar on BD. Remember that it was HIM that made mention of the Avatar CE before the first BD was even announced.

BLURAYSONYES
  Oct 21, 2010
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Itll be like Matrix or Harry Potter..repeating the release different editions...

Sig-gotyouth
  Oct 21, 2010
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By the time this gets released in 3D not only will people have fallen out with what was a mediocre movie but also 3D will have progressed.
Jimmy Smith
  Oct 21, 2010
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Panasonics contract for exclusive rights to Avatar only lasts until June of next year. However that doesn't garentee a general release. Samsungs contract for Monsters vs Aliens has already expired and yet a general retail version still hasn't been announced. So Fox may well wait until 2012. Sad really that the movie that has done so much for 3D in the theatre is being held back from the home market for so long.

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pchin
  Oct 21, 2010
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Buyers beware! This is the Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition. No doubt there will be another edition. Perhaps Extended Director's Edition or the Ultimate Edition. The situation is similar to the Watchmen releases. Buy at your own risk!

fettastic
  Oct 21, 2010
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@pchin- Yes, it's exactly like the Watchmen release in that Director Zack Snyder told us all LONG BEFORE the initial release was announced that there would be an Ultimate release which integrated the animated material. He even detailed the features for each release, just like Cameron.

It's also just like LOTR that way. If you didn't know these releases were coming you frankly just weren't paying attention.

DanzG
  Oct 21, 2010
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So sick of hearing about avatar. I wish this movie and 3D would just die already.

fettastic
  Oct 21, 2010
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DanzG, you might as well wish for Meg Fox to knock on your door because both have about the same chance of happening.

In fact a new 24/7 3D channel was just announced today:
http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/3D_Televisions/IMAX/Discovery/Sony/Sony_Discovery_and_IMAX_Announce_3D_Programming/5642

fdm
  Oct 21, 2010
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As interested as I am in owning the CE, that (current at Amazon) price of 35.99 is hesitating me big time.

Minimejer05
  Oct 21, 2010
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Glad there wont be anymore.

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dallywhitty
  Oct 21, 2010
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(The feature-length making-of documentary Capturing Avatar will have a runtime of around an hour and a half - although an hour was cut because, as Cameron said, they "couldn't have a documentary about the movie that was as long as the movie.")

Uh... hello!? The documentary for Aliens on the Quadrilogy set was roughly three hours long.
Trekofile
  Oct 21, 2010
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WTF? If Cameron HAD enough for a 2.5 hr "making of"...why would he feel he was compelled to edited an hour out????????????????????????????? Less is NOT more! It boggles the mind how some people's thought processes function!
Realist01
  Oct 21, 2010
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James Cameron is such a doucebag as well as 20th Century Fox. I don't own Avatar and don't care to. Don't get me wrong, Cameron has a couple good flicks (Terminator 1&2 and ALiens). That's where it stops though.

Having fans keep dishing out money left and right for these releases of Avatar is one of the greediest things I have heard. I can understand the bare bones release and then releasing this CE. A lot of studios do it and I fall for it. What I'm pissed about is how are you not going to include the 3-D version of the film in the CE?!? Isn't that the whole point of a CE? This just solidifies my standing as to why I hate on Avatar so much.

I swear Michael Bay and Cameron are related somehow.

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Tech-UK
  Oct 21, 2010
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I just want The Abyss in glorious HD!!

brazilduluwita
  Oct 21, 2010
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I am huge fan of Avatar and James Cameron too. I bought the Avatar USA version and the UK version since it has the steel cover. I spend some money on those Two Blu-rays. Now I am really getting tired of this rubbish and double triple dipping.

fettastic
  Oct 21, 2010
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The Digital Bits is saying that the original Avatar disc now has some new content available for download from the CE via BD Live.

I assume this will also be available in the Avatar interactive PC desktop available at http://www.avatarmovie.com/

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Variable_Star
  Oct 21, 2010
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Amazing how upset people get over this stuff.

If you don't want it, don't buy it.

Or go ahead and whine about it on the internet. I'm sure the studio executive, leaning back in his leather wingback chair counting his money, is listening to you. I'm sure he is.

TheBigBang
  Oct 21, 2010
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Yeah, I find it funny that people still get all bent over stuff like this, as if it hasn't happened over and over again in the past with other movies. It is quite simple; if you don't want it, then don't buy it. The studios do this because they know there are a ton of people that will...

...myself included. Especially when it comes to anything by James Cameron.

WJWS Channel 13:Amity
  Oct 21, 2010
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All the 3D hating people need to realize its not going any where. 3D in some shape or form has been in the movies for over 100 years, just cause you might not enjoy it, doesnt mean everyone else feels the same way you do. It might wane in popularity at points in time but it will never completely go away. Especially now that theatres have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on 3D DLP projectors, on silver screens etc
And now that so much is being invested in mass producing 3D for Televison at home.

No ones making you watch 3D if you dont want to, with 3D bluray you are being given the choice to watch 2D or 3D. Even with theatrical releases you have the choice of buying a 2D ticket or 3D ticket in most theatres.

so quit acting like its being forced upon you cause its not.

dlooby
  Oct 21, 2010
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Who cares at this point? I don't require any more than the 3 hours of Avatar I already have. If anyone has THAT much time to spend (I'm guessing it'll take at least a full day to get through all the commentaries, extended/deleted scenes, featurettes, making ofs, etc.), maybe you need to get outside more often
bluskiff
  Oct 21, 2010
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I thought this new version was going to be in 2.35 ? If its not I have no interest. I'm looking forward to clonewars season 2.
dpimagine
  Oct 21, 2010
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The feature-length making-of documentary had an hour was cut because, Cameron said, "we can't have a making of that's as long as the movie." That is Lame: Lord of the Rings has 10 or more making of, for each film adding up to 5 or more hours total!!!! So to say, oh we only have one making of and it has to be shorter then the movie is BS! Any one else agree? Great Box Set though with great extras regardless, can't wait to see extended cut with the hour of extra unfinished scenes!
Trekofile
  Oct 21, 2010
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So awesome! I downloaded the newly added BD Live content using the first release Avatar ed.! Deleted scene, preview teaser from documentary, etc. It also shows upcoming previews coming every few days up untill the CE 3 disc release! So cool!

Pochita
  Oct 22, 2010
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i dont give a shit

prawisucia
  Oct 22, 2010
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2 years eh.. I'll triple dip anyway..

kemcha
  Oct 22, 2010
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20th Century Fox knew that they would be releasing a second version of the Blu-ray and they deliberately suckered consumers into buying both copies.

Cameron is also at fault for this because he should have advocated not to release the movie on Blu-ray until the final version was ready.

I wouldn't buy this movie, even if someone else bought it for me. Studios who pull this crap should be boycotted anyway. This is why I don't rush out to buy new Bluy-ray releases. I generally wait about 6-8 months, after a title has been released, before buying a newer Blu-ray title.
FlipperWasIrish
  Oct 22, 2010
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Kemcha - I am very pleased with my 1st edition Avatar Blu-ray. There was no suckering, I did not want to wait for the 2nd release. Many people would have been disappointed if Avatar was not released until this fall.

Since Fox was open about its release plans prior to releasing the Avatar Blu-ray what is there to complian about? Nobody has ever been forced to buy anything, we have options to buy what we want. Options are GOOD.

fettastic
  Oct 22, 2010
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If all you want is the theatrical edition and no features, why should you be forced to wait an extra 6 months for the features to be completed so you can pay $40 for stuff you don't want?

Never thought of it that way did you kemcha.

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RyRyMcNizzy13
  Oct 22, 2010
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lol at the movies message and the tours JC did for the environment but he's now making 3 versions of the movie therefor using all that plastic and paper needed for slipcases and actually making the case. how effin funny,

BluPix
  Oct 23, 2010
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I'll probably buy this collector's edition when the price drops a little.

I agree that there's no reason to cut a making-of documentary just because its running time is about as long as that of the feature. There are numerous examples of such documentaries that have running times that rival or exceed that of the subject feature film. It certainly doesn't detract from the main feature at all. In fact, such long running times allow a documentary the room to delve that much more deeply into the finer details of the making of the film and, in so doing, promote a larger appreciation from viewers of the film and filmmaking.
Jerome
  Oct 23, 2010
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@ dallywhitty
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Uh... hello!? The documentary for Aliens on the Quadrilogy set was roughly three hours long.
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Actually the 3 hour documentary for Aliens is made of several 20-30 minutes documentaries. I think Cameron says you cannot have an 2 hours documentary, without breaks. So we have an hour doc named Creating the avatar and several short featurettes.
It's a legal issue. The documentaries for LOTR or The Frighteners are the same, 20-30 minutes documentaries put together to make one big doc. I am sure this the same situation with Avatar.

themadpanner
  Oct 25, 2010
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What I want is "The Abyss" and the un-released Directors cut of "Titanic" which never went into cinemas. They will both look great on BD. As I have a Pany 3D TV obviously I want "Avatar 3D", hopefully they will sort out some kind of deal for early adopters. It's interesting that the IMAX 3D discs in the UK are having their release dates put back a few weeks.

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pchin
  Oct 28, 2010
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Avatar - 3D Blu-ray has been announced but for Panasonic Exclusive in December! I knew it this will happen!
StyledVinny
  Nov 06, 2010
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Ha! I have just recieved my Avatar 3D 3 weeks early. Get in! So glad, it looks absolutely stunning. Same version as released earlier this year but with a 2D and 3D option. Not 235:1, but 185:1 the ration he preferred!

Any questions?


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