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'Avatar' finally reaches feature-film length

July 8, 2010 | 11:35 am

If there's one complaint we had about "Avatar," it's that the movie was too short. No time for the action to unfold; no time for us to really get comfortable in our seats.

Now James Cameron and Fox are taking care of that. On Aug. 27, the studio plans on releasing to theaters a "special edition" that incorporates an additional eight minutes of footage. There will be, Cameron pledges, new action scenes and new creatures, ensuring that the the film will finally exceed the length of "Shoah."

The studio also wants to make sure that the tens of millions of people who missed the movie during its short first theatrical run finally get a chance to see it. Or as Fox puts it in a statement: "Since -- and largely as of result of -- Avatar's release last December, the number of available digital 3-D screens has exploded, and moviegoers who missed experiencing the film in 3-D will now have that opportunity." Find your nearest Amish neighbor and make a night of it.

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: "Avatar." Credit: 20th Century Fox


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