Happy 'Avatar' re-release day!
August 27th, 2010
01:00 AM ET

Happy 'Avatar' re-release day!

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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  1. Lakedura

    must check chanel 2011 for gift

    February 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wasted

    this was waste of time...

    Free Online movies

    October 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    They have no clothes to rip off!!!! lol

    August 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sleepy Will

    Yall trippin! Im actually happy for the re-release of Avatar. Reason being, I haven't seen it in 3D yet. As a matter of fact a lot of people haven't seen it in 3D. Yes I've seen it on Blue-Ray but thats not the same thing.... Why hate? Its a great movie... Its makes money... So what...

    August 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DrTran

    I don't really blame them for re-releasing the film. They don't make any money if people don't want to see it right?
    9 minutes is a lot to put on a theater screen, especially an Imax 3D and a film of this magnitude.
    I am very grateful for a re-release because I missed it in theaters the first time (the best way to see it), I only wish it wasn't in 3D because I'd take full vibrant colors over dim 3D any day.
    Besides the theater I went to only had 6-8 people in it. James Cameron makes a good dollar but I don't think he's in it for the money.
    Luckily for me, the 3D broke down half way through so I get to see it again for free tomorrow! It's a damn good movie.

    August 28, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. chris

    If the intention behind releasing this extended edition is to give the people what they want, then they should put these extra scenes on the DVD- thats what DVD's are for. They did this with The Lord of the Rings extended edition and thats what they should do with Avatar.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • AsAkite

      Meh, watching Avatar on DVD.... pfft, screw DVD.... Watching Avatar on Blueray, on a non-3D tv, is comparable to watching Lord of the Rings on a 20 inch black and white.
      It just ain't the same experience.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. erica

    Is this seriously necessary? I mean, you KNOW it's just a ploy to squeeze a couple extra dollars from movie go-ers. I will not be one of them

    August 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |

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