‘Avatar’ Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD Brings Back Earthbound Opening

The upcoming release will also include 45 minutes of unfinished deleted scenes.

Avatar finds itself back on Earth in new Blu-ray/DVD special edition
Avatar finds itself back on Earth in new Blu-ray/DVD special edition
Avatar is back in theaters today with an addition nine minutes of never-before-seen footage reinstated back into the original body of the movie. It has also been announced that when the Special Edition versions of the DVD and Blu-ray hit in November, there will be another all-new seven minutes of footage added to what we'll be seeing this weekend, for a version of Avatar that is a full sixteen-minutes longer than what was formerly released this past December.

We know from earlier reports what we're going to see in this new theatrical footage that has been added, but what about the additional scenes being brought back into the DVD and Blu-ray release? In speaking with Oregon Live, James Cameron announced for the first time what, exactly, he was adding back into the upcoming home market version of the Special Edition.

The biggest change will be that he is bringing back the original Earthbound opening of the film, which begins on what has been called a "polluted, dystopian Earth". There will also be at least forty-five minutes of unfinished deleted scenes.

Here is what James Cameron had to say about this impending Blu-ray/DVD release:

"If you buy the box set in November, you can sit down, and in a continuous screening of the film, watch it with the Earth opening. In November, you can buy a box set with all the bells and whistles. It's got like 45 minutes of unfinished deleted scenes that exist in a supplement where you can just play the scenes individually...On the whole Earth opening, the visual effects weren't done, and we had to go back and spend a million bucks or whatever to get those shots done...But you'll be able to watch a 16-minute-longer version of the film that's a nice, flowing, cohesive version of the movie. If you just want to wallow in Avatar for three hours, I can get that for you.

James Cameron went on to describe this all-new opening in detail. Here is what he told Oregon Live:

"It works very well. It just takes a long time to get the movie started. You have to be sort of predisposed to like the movie like a fan, you know what I mean? And then you can sit and you can have a great ride -- a different telling of Avatar. Not inconsistent -- it's just the stuff that happened off-camera. We call it "the Earth opening." It's about 4 1/2 minutes of stuff. And it was in for the longest time. It was very late in the day that we took it out. I walked in one day and said to my two editors, "Guys, I want each of you to cut a new version of the start of the film, Reel 1, that doesn't have any Earth in it at all." And they looked at me like I was out of my mind. And I said, "No -- it's gonna work." They had to figure out the details. I said, "Just grab a couple of things to use as flashbacks, and start it in space when Jake opens his eyes."

To read more from this extensive interview with director James Cameron, be sure to check out the article on Oregon Live.

Avatar Special Edition is in theaters starting this Friday, and the DVD and Blu-ray Special Editions will be in stores this November.

Avatar was released December 18th, 2009 and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Laz Alonso. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Sources: Oregon Live
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Comments (35)

  1. ridgl

    get it? because he's a christ figure.

    4 years agoby @ridglFlag

  2. Emmytt

    @saints18 true

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  3. Saints18

    In the full article he says he didnt have the money and it didnt make sense to finish the 45 minutes of footage that he will include on the November copy..SERIOUSLY? This movie made how uch domestically and he doesnt have the money? Even George Lucas gave us finished deleted scenes in the Star Wars flicks. This guy was on my favorites list but not anymore. He represents everything that is wrong with Hollywood..OH and so does Paris Hilton.

    5 years agoby @saints18Flag

  4. ollie-styrene

    Please remember this before you accuse mr. Cameron of whoring.. it is absolutely voluntary to go to the theater for this.. You dont HAVE to give Cameron your money... He`s a buisiness man like many others... can you blame him for that!!?? personally i look forward to 16 min extra..

    5 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  5. Daveactor7

    @Skywise I saw that movie and it was way different from district 9. District 9 is original.

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  6. skywise

    D9 was not really all THAT original. I remeber it back when it was called Alien Nation.

    5 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. gothamknight

    D9 definately beats avatar when it comes to originality, exspecially since avatar's story was suspisiously similar to pocahontas :/

    5 years agoby @gothamknightFlag

  8. Emmytt

    @daveactor7 agreed

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  9. Daveactor7

    @Savannah yo damn! I forgot Moon too! Great ass movie. Best performance by Sam Rockwell. But this is how it rates for me-
    -District 9
    -Star Trek
    Avatar wasnt original just the visuals were

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  10. Emmytt

    @daveactor7 i enjoy both so i am happy with either one

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  11. Worth5Bucks

    @Daveactor7 mine was Moon. it was as original as district 9 but didnt rely on improv and was a much better movie throughout, you cant ignore avatar though because it will change future movies dramatically. And star trek was the most enjoyable over all.

    5 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  12. Daveactor7

    @Emmytt oh yeah! Damn how did i forget that movie? lol. But still I think District 9 takes the cake because it was an original scifi

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  13. Emmytt

    @daveactor7 mine fav scifi movie last year was star trek

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  14. Diaigma

    And next year, those unfinished scenes will be finished in a deluxe edition, or something :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  15. Cartman

    @Daveactor7 - I completely agree, D9 is the best sci-fi and an original sc-fi I enjoyed after T2,....

    5 years agoby @c-a-r-t-m-a-nFlag

  16. Daveactor7

    Best scifi last year was district 9, emotional, powerful and far better acting

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  17. Worth5Bucks

    You guys are making such a big deal. From the first time i saw this movie I pretty much called this. The re release was inevitable. I can guarantee it will happen again. No, it's not the best movie ever but it was designed to be seen in theaters. I saw the special edition yesterday and even if there were no additional minutes i probably still would have seen it yesterday. You all knew, just like any ever remembered sci-fi movie good or bad, there would be like 40 different cuts of this. Think about it there were like 4 different cuts of blade runner (theatrical, criterion, director's, and final) and as well as close encounters (theatrical, special edition, director's cut, and the ultimate edition). And as to the whole money thing... wouldn't you, if you made the most successful movie of all time, realizing the money making capabilities of your film, want to squeeze every dollar possible out of it? i certainly would.

    5 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  18. Cartman

    Next time when any James Cameron movie comes, Im not gonna watch it in the big screen for the next 6months - anyways a re-release will happen with additional clips ill watch it directly,.. not gonna download the DVD/Bluray via torrent asa its released, im gonna wait for another 6 months for a second release with additional movie scene,..

    5 years agoby @c-a-r-t-m-a-nFlag

  19. WongFu

    James knows he's a money whor*, its just he likes to think that he isn't. You can post it, but he doesn't care.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  20. Goodbye

    Every single day punching him in the face gets more enticing.

    5 years agoby @drifter49Flag

  21. Daveactor7

    What in the world? James Cameron couldn't have done this for the rerelease of avatar? Now I know for sure that he is a money hog.

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. TiJuRod

    Good thing I bought Avatar on dvd at Blockbuster for cheap I finally upgraded to an hdtv so now I can get the re release on Blu Ray but James Cameron just wants more money, he could of done this already the first time it got released.

    5 years agoby @tito-loves-jujuFlag

  23. Emmytt

    f*cking money whor*

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  24. Cartman

    "On the whole Earth opening, the visual effects weren't done, and we had to go back and spend a million bucks or whatever to get those shots done..." - You dont wanna spend Million's of $s to finish a movie but want Millions of $s (1) by releasing it in theaters-without 9 mins (2) by releasing a dvd/bluray (3)by re-releasing it with 9 mins again in the big screen and (4) launching a special edition did/bluray again - with unfinished version of the movie?,.... wat an amazing thinking Sir,. You are the best in Hollywood,.. Wat more to come?? Are you done with the AVATAR 2009 with the above 4 or more to come like AVATAR 1 year anniversary special edition DVD with making and milking?! Crap *sshole!!!

    5 years agoby @c-a-r-t-m-a-nFlag

  25. T.Clark

    There's special editions and regular editions of movies besides just Avatar, guys. Look at Watchmen...there's a 1-disc lame version, a 2-disc special edition, and then the giant Ultimate Cut, which is basically the equivalent to what this Special Edition of Avatar is. This isn't anything new. I'm not on board the Avatar train like some people, but I'll be realistic. The re-release is kinda iffy, but a special edition DVD with 45 minutes of added footage? That might actually be worth it. I don't actually own Avatar, so I'll most likely end up getting this.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  26. DoubleR0522

    he should had put all of the 16min never-be4-seen footage on dvd and blu-ray in the 1st place, all he want is $$$$$$$$$$and lot more $$$$$$ lol

    5 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  27. Jcberry526

    maybe when Avatar 2 is near release they will re-re-release Avatar but with all 45mins of Deleted scenes (maybe more) finished and incorporate them to the movie... thats would be awesome, well i think so :)

    anyway planning to go next wk (maybe tomorrow) and see avatar again, cause i really liked the 3D in it... also will be buying the Nov Edition

    5 years agoby @jcberry526Flag

  28. WongFu

    16 minutes longer and 45 unfinished deleted scenes. I say finish those scenes and incorporate them into the film, then release the special edition out in stores.
    I have two versions of LOTR, special edition felt like a new film when I first watched it. The same can be said here as well.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

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