Originally Posted by boylan13
I believe Starship Troopers needs an SD card in the Panasonic before it will play because it does some BD-Live checking when it loads. Do you have an SD card in there yet? I've loaded up all 3 Starship Troopers in the BD55 and BD50 multiple times no problem.
This problem may just be related to that movie title. I watched 88 minutes last night which has the BD-Live feature. I had no SD card in the slot and I am not hooked up for BD-Live and it played just fine.
I just picked up the BD35 yesterday at a local CC and have to say that this unit is more than I expected at $300. CC only had one 35 and one 55 in the store. Matched up with a PS3 on my Panny plasma my wife and I felt the picture quality was better on the BD35 - slightly better I should say. We both felt the color was much more natural on the BD35 and a bit more saturated. She rarely notices differences but she noticed last night. Working as a color management consultant/tech I look for very subtle differences in color and tend to notice this area of PQ first. I also thought the sound was a bit cleaner on the BD35 driven by my Pio 82TXS. Again subtle nuances but I could notice them. Looks like the new BD35 and BD55 are going to be quite the big sell this holiday season especially that the quality is in line with the PS3 and potentially slightly better and at a lower price point.
I also bought this model over the new Pio BD players for the SD card slot. Owning an HD camcorder I came to really appreciate the PS3 for watching full HD video I captured onto my Plasma. The one thing I definitely don't miss on the PS3 is the annoying sound of the jet propeller ramping up over the first 30 minutes of any movie especially in such a small room like our bedroom. LOL!
I did get handshake issues when trying to push 24p to my 720p Panny plasma. It just would not catch up with the video. No problem. A 42" 720p plasma is plenty of resolution for this small room.
I also tested SD DVD upconversion with Gladiator and noticed a sharper picture on the BD35 over my Toshiba HA2 but noticed some artifact in the beginning of the movie. Possibly the BD35 is not cleaning up as much noise providing a sharper picture. I will have to test some other discs. I also felt the sound level was a bit lower on the BD35 than the HA2. Again I will have to test a couple other flicks. I was still very pleased with the SD upconvert and can definitely say I don't necessarily need the HA2 in the bedroom for SD anymore. This was the breaking point for me on the BD35 for not returning it. I have limited space in this room for gear and wanted a BD and SD player in one so I don't have to run two players.
This BD player has gotten me really excited again after buying into every new technology going back to CD and S-VHS and at only a $300 buy in too. Spent thousands on DVD when it first launched and at least a thousand on the HA2 and movies. Man was I wrong about HD DVD.
My old "DTS" Rotel RSP985 is getting stored away today as that $2000 piece is not worth anything to anyone but me as a memory of a premier sound processor at the launch of DVD. The BD35 has inspired me to go pick out a new Pio receiver to actually see TrueHD or DTS HD on the front panel. LOL! I can sense the wife getting nervous last night as I started getting back on AVS...