I know there is a lot of talk, especially on other websites like Amazon, about not purchasing this Blu-Ray disc because it is only the theatrical release and not the director's cut which will contain 20 to 40 extra minutes. At this price, which I was able to get for $15.99 at Best Buy, it definitely brought back great memories of seeing it in the theater. If you have friends or family members that have not yet seen it, this is a must-have for your collection.
An outstanding direction, cinematography, CGI effects, sound quality is superb, and we live in the day and age when studios are putting out the theatrical release first and then following it up 6 to 9 months later with an extended release. The same thing is happening with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but without having to invest in a hefty price for three movies, and then upgrading down the road when the director's cut is released, if you have even an introductory home entertainment system, this is a fantastic movie to show it off. You can always buy the extended edition when it comes back and give this one away for a gift or sell it on eBay. Why wait that long to enjoy such a great movie? I have watched it now three times over the past week and I see and notice something different every time from the special effects, to the dialogue, to the symbolism of the movie. James Cameron is one of the best directors out there and if you could combine Jurassic Park, Titanic, and Dances with Wolves, you would get this outstanding love story that includes both action, symbolism, that takes place on the planet of Pandora. Since I had purchased my HDTV, and a Blu-Ray player and hooked it up with a wonderful Pioneer receiver, I have been busy replacing my DVDs with Blu-Ray. Out of the 50+ Blu-Ray movies that I own this would be in my top five.
I'm not sure how to upgrade my firmware on the Samsung Blu-Ray player yet so I was not able to take advantage of the second disc, but the movie played beautifully and without a problem. Enjoy!