In a new interview, Avatar director and Oscar nominee James Cameron says fans can expect a 3-D version of the film for their home theaters by yearâ€™s end, and promises â€œanother five or six minutesâ€ of completed scenes and â€œ15 minutes or soâ€ of never-finished footage on the disc.
â€œThe unfinished scenes look like a cheesy video game,â€ Cameron tells MTV.com (skating over the fact that even some sympathetic critics thought the finished product looked like a not-so-cheesy video game). â€œTo put those scenes in without finishing them â€“ which we canâ€™t afford to do, obviously â€“ will be for real fans that want to know more about the characters and so on. Itâ€™s not going to be a casual viewing experience of a longer film.â€
Cameronâ€™s also excited about the new 3-D compatible TV sets coming down the pike in the third or fourth quarter of 2010, saying that a â€œbare bonesâ€ 3-D Blu-Ray of Avatar will likely be out in November, with another bells-and-whistles edition due sometime later.
The MTV.com interview also includes Cameron's thoughts on a range of other subjects, including what he thinks his chances are on Oscar night, how the Grammys got 3-D wrong, and the Terminator and Spider-Man franchises.