Ultimate Blu-ray Green Light for Blue-Skinned ETs

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The Ultimate Edition of Avatar will go on sale on November 24, a week after its US release.

Strictly speaking, it probably should be called the Penultimate Edition, since it still won’t be in 3D.

For that, you’ll have to wait until December  – and then only secure the James Cameron blockbuster if you buy it as part of a Panasonic 3DTV and 3D Blu-ray player bundle because of an exclusive licensing deal between the TV manufacturer and 20th Century Fox.

In the meantime, NZ distributor Roadshow Entertainment says it can’t comment on the release until Wednesday (October 6).

But the three-disc set is known to include a two-hour making-of documentary and 16 minutes of extra footage as well as 45 minutes of “unfinished material”. (For a round-up of what else is tipped for inclusion, see Blu-ray.com or Examiner.com.)

Pricing has still to be confirmed but an Australian website has the Ultimate Edition listed for $A95 and the Fan Pack variation for $A130.

One of Cameron’s earlier ET hits, Aliens, also will make its Blu-ray debut in November, as part of the lavish Alien Anthology box set.

It goes on sale on November 3 with 60 hours of extras and will be available in Standard and Premium editions (the latter’s chief point of difference is thought to be its illuminated egg packaging).

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