New Release: Avatar Extended Collectors Edition DVD and Blu-ray

Avatar movie sceneThe long-awaited extras-filled version of James Cameron’s science-fiction movie adventure Avatar, starring Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans), Zoe Saldana (The Losers) and Sigourney Weaver (Alien), arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 16, 2010 (Nov. 15 internationally), with three versions of the film and more than 45 minutes of deleted scenes.

When 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment first released the PG-13 Avatar on DVD and Blu-ray on April 22, 2010, the studio left the discs free of special features to preserve the quality of the movie, and it worked. (Read our Blu-ray review.) The initial Blu-ray went on to become the top-selling Blu-ray of all time, according to Fox. But the studio told Disc Dish that another DVD and Blu-ray would be released in November.

Said Cameron about the Extended DVD and Blu-ray releases: “I told our team — let’s do the ultimate box set of Avatar, with everything in it the fans could possibly want… Everything worth putting into a special edition is in this set.”

The three-disc editions include:

  • the original theatrical movie
  • the special edition re-release
  • and a new collector’s extended cut with 16 more minutes of footage, including an exclusive alternate opening Earth scene.

Both the original and re-release versions also contain an optional family audio track with all objectionable language removed for those worried about sharing the movie with younger members of the family.

The three-disc sets also contain these special features:

  • “Capturing Avatar” feature-length documentary with Cameron, producer Jon Landau and cast and crew members
  • and more than 45 minutes of deleted scenes

The Blu-ray exclusively has:

  • production materials
  • “Pandora’s Box” to go deeper into the filmmaker process
  • Interactive Scene Deconstruction that looks at the stages of production through three viewing modes
  • 17 featurettes covering performance capture, scoring, 3D fusion camera, stunts and more
  • Avatar Archives with the original scriptment, 300-page screenplay and the Pandorapedia
  • and BD-Live web access with additional bonus materials.

The Blu-ray was priced at $54.99 and the DVD at $34.98.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.