I purchased this player last week. Since then I have watched a view BR discs.
The player was hooked up directly to my TV using an HDMI cable and audio was provided to my receiver over an optical cable.
Star Trek and Avatar played with no issues, I didn't notice any lengthy load times, and they looked great. I too have had issues with this player not being able to resume playback. This is my first BR player and I don't know if this is something they all have in common.
Monsters Vs. Aliens 3D also had no issues with playback. However there is ghosting present in certain scenes, which is distracting. Its not enough to ruin the movie for me, but it is disappointing. I have not yet updated the firmware on the player.