On A Wee Bit Of An Ego Trip?

There have been a number of news stories about how James Cameron’s Avatar is going to be re-released to theaters with eight extra minutes added to the movie.  You read that right.  Eight extra minutes.  Really?  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.  However, he opted to add the film and release it in a special DVD form.  The Fellowship of the Ring had the least added to it, and I believe that was still about eighteen minutes.  Return of the King had almost an hour added.  I would have loved to see the extra-long version of ROTK in a theater.  But Jackson’s not a money-mad fiend like Cameron, apparently.

How good can those eight extra minutes of Avatar be, anyway?  Chances are they’ll involve bright colors and shiny things and maybe some borderline inappropriate avatar-on-alien action (that’s one rumor).  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.  You cannot walk on water, dude.  Try it and find out.

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  1. “Avatar” was fun to watch. The plot was rather predictable and full of “it’s been done before,” but it was undoubtedly the prettiest movie I’ve ever seen.

    Avatar was an absolute feast for my eyes in the middle of a cold North Dakota January. I watched the whole movie with my eyes wide open and soaked in every bit of detail I could get until the credits rolled. It was the most visual stimulation I’d had in a very long time.

    Then I left the theater with a pounding headache. Perhaps I shouldn’t have sat so close to the screen.

    1. There is no question that Avatar was a visually stunning movie. However, the lack of plot originality combined with the visual over-stimulation left me feeling rather ill by the end of the movie.
      But the real question here is: is it worth re-releasing the movie for only eight minutes? That’s where I’m really questioning Cameron’s judgment.

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