HE reader and correspondent Terry Woods reports “a friend just got back from an invitational screening of Avatar plus a James Cameron q & a. The director stated that his first cut of the film was 4 hours and 18 minutes. A fair amount of Sigourney Weaver‘s scenes were deleted and other secondary characters were pared down. A sizable number of special-effects scenes were also excised including a battle between Jake’s Avatar and some howling Pandoran animal. In fact the beast itself was excised completely from the final theatrical cut.

Presumably much of this material will resurface as an extended Avatar Director’s Cut DVD/Blu-ray, which would also include the Jake-Neytiri sex scene.