‘Avatar: Special Edition’ hits theaters on Aug. 27 — and only in 3D

July 08, 2010 | 3:13 p.m.

Avatar faces


Avatar: Special Edition,” which includes an additional eight minutes of unseen footage, will be released in U.S. theaters on Aug. 27, marking the big-screen return of the top moneymaker in Hollywood history.

James Cameron in 3D

The film will only be screened in Digital 3D or IMAX 3D. Director and writer James Cameron, in a statement, said the expanded-edition revival of the film is a response to fan demand for another big-screen return to the jungle moon of Pandora.

“Audiences repeatedly told me they wanted more of Pandora and wished they could have stayed there longer,” Cameron said in the released statement. “So we’re making that possible. ‘Avatar: Special Edition’ will be exclusively in 3D and will have eight minutes of never before seen footage, including new creatures and action scenes. Whether you already love the movie, or you’ve never seen it, with this special edition, you’ll be seeing it like never before.”

The film will be released on a different date in some other countries.

“Avatar,” released by Twentieth Century Fox in December pulled in more than $2.7 billion in worldwide box office and stands as the bestselling Blu-ray disc of all time. The movie won the Golden Globe for best picture but the counterpart trophy at the Academy Awards went to The Hurt Locker.”

— Geoff Boucher


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Top photo: Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in “Avatar.” Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Middle photo: James Cameron, champion of 3D. Credit: Reuters Bottom photo: Cameron goes native in an illustration. Credit: Kevin Lingenfelser

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4 Responses to ‘Avatar: Special Edition’ hits theaters on Aug. 27 — and only in 3D

  1. Brett says:

    To be followed by "Clash of the Titans: Special Edition"?

  2. JD says:

    Way to take an IP and milk it Cameron.

  3. Max says:

    this all sounds well and good and I'm thrilled to hear about both, the extra film and its re-release in theaters….
    BUT.. WHY would you only put it out in 3D? Not everyone who would like to see the added footage, or simply see it on the big screen one (or 3) more times lives in a town with, or, where they can get to a 3D theater!!

  4. Nate says:

    Cause 2.7 BILLION isn't enough?!?!?

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