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2-D and 3-D Versions of Avatar Will Have Different Aspect Ratios

James Cameron appeared at the Santa Monica Aero Theatre Friday night and discussed several topics, including, of course, Avatar and 3-D.  One of the most interesting pieces of information revealed was Cameron’s announcement that the 2-D and 3-D versions of Avatar will be released in different aspect ratios.  Here’s the relevant portion of the Q&A [via MarketSaw]

The 2D and 3D versions of Avatar will have different aspect ratios. The 3D version will be the full 16 x 9 ratio in which the movie was shot (Cameron explains how the extra screen height benefits 3D). A 2D cinemascope ratio version will be extracted from this 16 x 9 footage for 2D theatrical exhibition and 3D exhibition on screens which can’t handle 16 x 9.

Read more from Cameron on the film itself after the jump.

“It’s great to be back in the saddle making a movie- and making a movie that I know – win, lose, or draw, whether it’s a good film or not, I know there’s going to be images in this film we’re making right now that are going to Blow. People. Away…They’ll be like, ‘what the f#ck?”…cause we say that when we see the shots coming back from WETA Digital. They sent us a shot last week, and I said, ‘this is ridiculous!’ So, I don’t know if it’s gonna add up to be a great film, but I already feel proud that there’s some cool stuff in it.”

Avatar hits conventional and 3-D theaters on December 18, 2009.