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'Avatar' on Blu-rayThere are so many ways to celebrate Earth Day. You can plant a tree, ride your bike to work instead of driving ... and, of course, pick up 'Avatar' on Blu-ray Disc.

We were invited to a preview day in Hollywood where we got to check out a few scenes and speak to director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau about the release.

The version we're getting Thursday is the movie only. No special features, no deleted scenes, and more importantly, no trailers. Cameron joked, "I have this kind of unwritten deal with Fox that any time one of my movies makes more than a billion dollars, we leave all the crap trailers off. This is just a little service we pass on to the viewer, because I can't stand watching them any more than you can." 'Avatar' on Blu-rayThere are so many ways to celebrate Earth Day. You can plant a tree, ride your bike to work instead of driving ... and, of course, pick up 'Avatar' on Blu-ray Disc.

We were invited to a preview day in Hollywood where we got to check out a few scenes and speak to director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau about the release.

The version we're getting Thursday is the movie only. No special features, no deleted scenes, and more importantly, no trailers. Cameron joked, "I have this kind of unwritten deal with Fox that any time one of my movies makes more than a billion dollars, we leave all the crap trailers off. This is just a little service we pass on to the viewer, because I can't stand watching them any more than you can."

The real reason for releasing a "movie-only" version? Quality.

"Practically, we could not deliver the added value content at the quality that we want to deliver it at now," Landau said. "It would just suffer and we would come out with an inferior product ... whatever we put on the disc that is not just the movie, takes away from the presentation of the movie. The quality. Because you're limited. You can only have so much storage data on a disc. And Blu-Ray is great, but we wanted to make sure that it was the best possible presentation."

Desperate to see more from the film? Fear not, lovers of all things Pandoran. There will be another version in November with all the extras, including deleted scenes.

"I think it will be fun for fans in November to really get a chance to look at, to look under the hood of what we were thinking when we made the movie," Cameron said. "Even though we took things out, I think they'll see why we took them out, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy them in and of themselves." He was quick to add that these scenes will be separate from the film, not added back in. There will be no option to include them when you hit "play." He specifically mentioned four and a half minutes cut from the beginning of the film that took place on Earth, saying, "We're not going to put that back because I actually now really like the way the film opens ... once those key creative decision are made, I don't think you go back from them."

Cameron expressed his hope that 'Avatar' will be a force for good in the battle to save the environment. "I'm not trying to sort of sell DVDs on the back of the hardship of the planet as much as I'm hoping that continued conversation around 'Avatar' and around the needs and the issues will actually kind of elevate consciousness and help us get the things done that need to get done. That's kind of my new mission. I actually almost see it as, there's an opportunity here for 'Avatar' to be helpful, as opposed to for things to help 'Avatar.'" Cameron has aligned himself -- and the 'Avatar' release -- with the Earth Day Network and its tree-planting campaign, which has a goal of planting one million trees in 15 countries.

'Avatar' will be re-released in theaters this summer with an additional six minutes of footage.