I purchased the first version of Avatar this past spring and had to get a firmware update just so it would work on my Blu Ray player. Even now however after about 15 minutes the picture starts to mess up and I have to stop and start the movie to refresh it I guess. Does the new release of this movie present the same technical issues??
Yes many people will have to update their player's firmware because Fox hates consumers and really wants them to only purchase pirated movies. It took me 45 mins to update my player's firmware (and I know what I'm doing) so I had some time to look up to see when the hack to defeat the new security was available. Depending on which software people use it was either the day before the release or the day of the release. All this does is raise the question of why they even bother with the security.
Hah! I know. I got an e-mail from Slysoft the day after 'Avatar' came out saying that the new version beat the security. So, the way I gather it is... All this new security stops pirates... for 1 day - and the paying customers have to deal with slow load times (forever?) and playback issues (sometimes for months). Good going, Blu-ray manufacturers.
My Pioneer BDP-121 has problems AGAIN with the Na'vi subtitles on Avatar Extended disc 1 (the multi-region film disc). However it plays the region A discs 2 and 3 OK. It had problems with the same Avatar Na'vi subtitles in April, but a firmware update fixed it then. (Previously it could not play Snow White without an update.) My Momitsu BDP-799, set for region B, played disc 1 flawlessly, and with much quicker load times than the Pioneer. (The Momitsu has NEVER needed a firmware update.)
Yes I just tested Disc 2 of the Collector's Edition and can confirm that you all now need YET ANOTHER firmware update to your player. After 10 minutes of playback of this disc, I see strategically-implemented rectangular strips of multicolor artifacts, each spanning 10% of the screen, popping in and out of the video a few times per second. This is called "copy guard" and is used when you playback the image via VCR.
Of course, we're not using a VCR... but we still see these artifacts, and it's just with the collector's edition!
DO NOT clean the blu-ray disc, because it doesn't need to be cleaned. You have two other options:  update the firmware, or  eject and re-insert the disc every 10 minutes.
Of course my problem is a little more complicated, because for whatever reason, my blu-ray player will not even recognize when a USB stick is plugged into the back of the player. I've tried 4 different combinations and capacities, and nothing works, but I am absolutely sure that I loaded the new firmware correctly onto my USB stick...it's the same stick I used (in a straightforward and successful manner) a few months earlier. I might need to have a firmware DVD mailed to me. In the meantime, do you folks know of a workaround for "USB not recognized in a blu-ray player when it's really in there and I know what I'm doing" issue?
^^ EDIT / UPDATE: Apparently  formatting the USB stick to FAT, and  unplugging the blu-ray player and waiting 10 minutes before plugging it back in seemed to work. USB stick is recognized... let me know if any of this works for you.
If any producer/manufacturer of Avatar is reading this, the reason I have deliberately ommitted purchasing the new edition of your movie is because of the firmware issues with the first. Loosen up your restrictions and I'll consider actually parting with my hard-earned money for this new edition. Keep everything way-too tight and I will not consider purchasing this new Avatar.
My Momitsu BDP-799 has never been updated, and has firmware dating from 2009 yet it plays all the Avatar discs. The problem is with manufacturers, some of which wait until a problem BD appears before they add whatever code is necessary to comply. They are lazy. Pioneer has had a "Snow White" update and an "Avatar" update (April, 2010). Don't blame the studios. The BD boxes carry warnings about the general necessity to update firmware.