So, Avatar was re-released to IMAX 3-D theaters on August 27th, 2010, and made $4 million more dollars over the weekend, netting even more money for the world's highest-grossing movie of all time. The reason Cameron and 20th Century Fox chose to re-release the film in theaters? 9 extra minutes of footage.
While we feel that, like most "director's cuts" or "extended versions" of films are very cool and exciting for fans of the originals, most of the time, the extra footage doesn't add anything to significantly improve the film. This is how I feel about the new cut of Avatar; the extra footage is neat for fans, but pretty much superfluous for everyone else.
The film worked fine when it hit theaters back in December of 2009, and it didn't really need to be bogged down by a longer running time. The added bits aren't as critical as, say the extra footage Cameron edited into Terminator 2 back in the early 90's, they're more akin to the trimmed sections of Aliens. Although, just as neither of those additions adversely affected the quality of the original works, neither does the extra few minutes we get on Pandora.
For those of you on the fence about whether you should go see the movie again, if you're only in it to see new footage, you'd be better off waiting for the Blu-Ray that's scheduled to arrive in November with an additional 16 minutes added in. The only real reason to see Avatar in theaters this time around is to experience it in IMAX 3-D.
For those of you who did see the re-released version, we want to know what you thought of it. What did you think of the extra scenes? Does the movie hold up to repeat viewings, now that you've had time to fully ingest it on home video? And now that you've seen it in 2-D, do you think 3-D really enhances the film?
Let us know in the comments below!