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Avatar: Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray will feature 16 additional minutes of new footage

Avatar: Special Edition hits 3D and IMAX 3D theaters this Friday, but believe it or not, it looks like the November DVD/Blu-ray release will be the definitive cut of the film.

The DVD/Blu-ray release will feature 16 additional minutes of footage, nearly twice as much as the theatrical release (8 1/2 minutes) [THR]:

THR also has learned that the 2D DVD and Blu-ray Disc special editions expected to hit store shelves in November will feature at least 16 minutes of extra “Avatar” footage. A 3D version of the movie won’t be available for home entertainment until next year.

“Avatar” producer Jon Landau said new scenes included in the now 171-minute theatrical special edition involve action sequences and narrative-deepening extensions of key scenes involving the blue-skinned Na’vi of Pandora and their human visitors.

However, it’s not clear if the additional 16 minutes will be integrated as a new cut of the film, or if the DVD/Blu-ray will simply contain the 8 1/2 minutes + deleted scenes.