There have been a number of news stories about how James Cameron’sÂ Avatar is going to be re-released to theaters with eight extra minutes added to the movie. Â You read that right. Â Eight extra minutes. Â Really? Â Is it just me, or is that a blatant example of trying to milk the cash cow until it dies?
Peter Jackson would have had more reason to re-release the LOTR movies with the extra footage he had. Â However, he opted to add the film and release it in a special DVD form. Â The Fellowship of the Ring had the least added to it, and I believe that was still about eighteen minutes. Â Return of the King had almost an hour added. Â I would have loved to see the extra-long version of ROTK in a theater. Â But Jackson’s not a money-mad fiend like Cameron, apparently.
How good can those eight extra minutes of Avatar be, anyway? Â Chances are they’ll involve bright colors and shiny things and maybe some borderline inappropriate avatar-on-alien action (that’s one rumor). Â I don’t get it.
I’m pretty sure that if Peter Jackson had re-released Fellowship of the Ring to the theater with only eight extra minutes, I would have thought that was weird, even though I love the movie.
I do not get Cameron’s ego. Â You cannot walk on water, dude. Â Try it and find out.