A New Dimension: James Cameron Talks About Avatar Blu-ray Plans

A New Dimension: James Cameron Talks About Avatar Blu-ray Plans

Dec 19, 2009

The movie is just out in theaters and earned a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Motion Picture—Drama,” but director James Cameron is already talking about the future Blu-ray release of his extraordinary Avatar. During junket interviews to promote the ultra-expensive film, the self-proclaimed “King of the World” said that the BD will include over 10 minutes of deleted scenes that give more background on the tribal Na’vi people.

The 3D experience of Avatar is truly unlike anything you have ever experienced before—you can literally see, hear and almost taste what a rumored $500 million gets you as you become completely immersed in the world of the Na’vi (that is, until the screeching end credits R&B song brings you screaming back to our tacky world in a nanosecond). All 3D Blu-rays and DVDs on the market are still using the old anaglyph glasses with red-and-blue lenses, but that is about to change. Just the other day a 3D specification was agreed upon that all Blu-rays will adapt, and the PS3 is said to be upgradable to 3D via firmware (hopefully, other high-end Blu-ray players will be too). Pair a compatible player with one of the new 3D-capable HDTVs that are about to hit the market and you can replicate the theatrical 3D experience at home. Still, you might have to wait awhile to see Avatar at home in all three dimensions. "Probably the initial Blu-ray release of Avatar won't be in 3D and then a subsequent release will be,” said Cameron. “That's my guess right now. So we will probably put out a disc, and then after that we will have a 3D disc when there are enough sets available."

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