August 27th, 2010
01:00 AM ET
Oh, “Avatar.” Even though you give some of us the blues, we still can’t quit you.
Thankfully, James Cameron and 20th Century Fox heard the plea of fans who were craving more from the alien universe he created – in 3-D, of course – and so the studio is releasing “Avatar: Special Edition” only in theaters equipped with digital 3D, which includes IMAX.
To be clear, this isn’t the exact same “Avatar” that was released last December – there’s a whole extra nine minutes in this version.
The “special” “Avatar” is filled with “10-, 15-, 30-second pops” of new footage that will make you wonder if what you’re seeing has been shown before or not, Cameron told Reuters.
And if you’re into watching Na’vi sex scenes in 3-D, your wish is Cameron’s command. “You mean the alien kink scene? It’s been restored, every last frame of it,” Cameron told MTV of the movie’s suggestive love scene between Jake Sully (played by Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (played by Zoe Saldana). This isn’t to say, however, that things get X-rated.
"'I would call it more of an alien foreplay scene,” Cameron said. “It's not like they're ripping their clothes off and going at it.”
For Cameron, there are more interesting segments to watch out for, like a hunting scene, he told the Washington Post.
“It’s got a lot of characters flying, riding the direhorses and you’ve got these animals that haven’t been seen before. Of course, we created all this – we knew all about it, but the audience doesn’t,” he said in the interview. “It’s called the Sturmbeest, which is actually one of my favorite animals, but when we cut the sequence out we wound up taking it out of the whole movie. And that’s just a big action-adventure sequence.”
But is a potentially riveting hunting sequence and a still-PG-13 sex scene enough of a reason to go see the movie again, adding on to the movie’s already astronomical global gross of $2.7 billion?
For some, it might be – Cameron noted to Reuters that he’s not being a “money grubbing vampire,” but instead trying to give people what they want.
“I think making money is called good business. At least, in this country it still is,” he said in the interview. “And two, it's a side-effect of giving people what they want. If we're correct and this is what people want, then we've done a humanitarian service," he said with a laugh.
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