With less than a month to go before Avatar is released on DVD and Blu-ray 20th Century Fox are once again in promotion mode, although I suppose letting everyone know about the April 22nd release won’t be that difficult following the film’s success.
Below you can watch the first TV spot for the DVD/Blu-ray release along with details about they will (and won’t) contain.
Today James Cameron was interviewed by Collider and spoke a bit more about what the November release of the DVD and Blu-ray will contain.
It will have a lot of great features, making of stuff and behind the scenes stuff. You’ll be able to do a branching experience where you can select if you want to watch the basic movie, if you want to watch the movie with six minutes of footage added back in, or if you want to watch an earlier cut of the film that has 30 or 35 minutes of additional footage. It will be an unrecognizable movie. You’ll be going on a journey into a whole different version of Avatar. And some of the scenes won’t be done because we won’t have the budget to finish 20 or 30 minutes of CG stuff. We’re taking the Greatest Hits six minutes and finishing that.
If you do that one experience, you’ll watch a movie that’s only about six minutes longer, but it’s seamless. If you do the other experience, you’re going to watch a movie that’s much longer and has a lot of stuff in it that you won’t recognize, some of which won’t be finished. It will be a little bit more like some of the Disney stuff that they do where they leave pencil tests in for scenes that were never done. That’s really more of a fan’s exploration of what the movie might have been, or a lot of the ideas that fed into it.
He also told Sci-fi Wire that the deleted scenes, which involve Jake on Earth before heading to Pandora and a love scene between Jake and Neytiri, will be included on the DVD and may be included in the planned re-release of the film later this year.
And in other Avatar news 20th Century Fox has teamed up with Earth Day Network and other organizations around the world in order to plant one million trees across the globe by the end of 2010. The message of Avatar was all about conservation and ecological harmony, so it’s a cool thing for Fox to do. The only downside is that these trees won’t glow purple at night, and nobody will be able to connect themselves to their branches and have a good listen to deceased neighbours.