Cameron Supersizes ‘Avatar'; 8:33 Added to Re-Release Runtime

In addition to bonus footage for this weekend’s “special edition” theatrical re-release, November’s DVD and Blu-ray versions will be fattened up by an additional 16 minutes of bonus footage

Last Updated: August 23, 2010 @ 11:04 PM

Who's got three hours to watch "Avatar" again?

With moviegoers paying a record $2.74 billion worldwide over the winter to see "Avatar," filmmaker James Cameron believes there are those who just aren't satisfied by the original two-hour, 40-minute runtime of the original release.

On Monday, a Fox studio executive confirmed to TheWrap that this weekend's "Avatar: Special Edition" re-release, which will debut in about 700 theaters Friday, will include an additional eight minutes, 33 seconds of footage, dispersed throughout the 3D sci-fi film.

Special-edition DVD and Blu-ray editions, due out in November, will likely include an additional 16 minutes. Fox Home Entertainment released hot-selling bare-bones "Avatar" DVD and Blu-ray versions in April. In addition to November's special-edition disc releases, Fox will debut a 3D Blu-ray version in 2011.

Included in the additional footage will be more blue-people lovemaking, with the film's alien sex scene getting an, er, extension.

"It's been restored, every last frame of it," Cameron told MTV News earlier this month. "I would say, just so that we correctly manage people's expectations, it does not change our rating at all. I would call it more of an alien foreplay scene. It's not like they're ripping their clothes off and going at it."