James Cameron’s sci-fi blockbuster finally gets the special edition treatment with the Avatar: Collector’s Extended Edition (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) after a barebones release back in the Spring.
In case you didn’t catch what is now the most financially successful film in history at cinemas, the story involves an ex-Marine (Sam Worthington) who to an exotic alien planet where is caught between a battle between the natives and the human colonists.
The image quality of the original Blu-ray transfer was stunning. Even without the 3D aspect, which helped bump up ticket sales in cinemas, the quality of the visuals is exemplary with the live action and visual effects shots integrating wonderfully.
With this extended edition the major selling point is that this package contains three different cuts: the original theatrical release, the special edition re-release, and the exclusive extended cut not shown in theaters.
Added to this are around eight hours of bonus features that exhaustively detail the production of the film.
The three discs break down as follows:
Disc 1: Three Movie Versions
- Original Theatrical Edition (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed)
- Special Edition Re-Release (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed)
- Collector’s Extended Cut with 16 additional minutes, including alternate opening on earth
Disc 2: Filmmaker’s Journey
- Over 45 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes
- Screen tests, on-set footage, and visual-effects reels
- Capturing Avatar: Feature-length documentary covering the 16-year filmmakers’ journey, including interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau, cast and crew
- A Message from Pandora: James Cameron’s visit to the Amazon rainforest
- The 2006 art reel: Original pitch of the Avatar vision
- Brother termite test: Original motion capture test
- The ILM prototype: Visual effects reel
- Screen tests: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana
- Zoë’s life cast: Makeup session footage
- On-set footage as live-action filming begins
- VFX progressions
- Crew film: The Volume
Disc 3: Pandora’s Box
- Interactive scene deconstruction: Explore the stages of production of 17 different scenes through three viewing modes: capture level, template level, and final level with picture-in-picture reference
- Production featurettes: Sculpting Avatar, Creating the Banshee, Creating the Thanator, The AMP Suit, Flying Vehicles, Na’vi Costumes, Speaking Na’vi, Pandora Flora, Stunts, Performance Capture, Virtual Camera, The 3D Fusion Camera, The Simul-Cam, Editing Avatar, Scoring Avatar, Sound Design, The Haka: The Spirit of New Zealand
- Avatar original script
- Avatar screenplay by James Cameron
- Pandorapedia: Comprehensive guide to Pandora
- Lyrics from five songs by James Cameron
- The art of Avatar: Over 1,850 images in 16 themed galleries (The World of Pandora, The Creatures, Pandora Flora, Pandora Bioluminescence, The Na’vi, The Avatars, Maquettes, Na’vi Weapons, Na’vi Props, Na’vi Musical Instruments, RDA Designs, Flying Vehicles, AMP Suit, Human Weapons, Land Vehicles, One-Sheet Concepts)
- BD-Live extras (requires BD-Live-enabled player and Internet connection–may be available a limited-time only): Crew Short: The Night Before Avatar; additional screen tests, including Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, and Laz Alonso; speaking Na’vi rehearsal footage; Weta Workshop: walk-and-talk presentation
Avatar Collector’s Extended Edition is out today from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment