*SAMSUNG FIRMWARE DEPARTMENT TAKE NOTICE;
*These issues STARTED from the 2.0 firmware release, and have been carried over into the 2.1 and 2.2 Firmware releases.
The other day i happen to upgrade a BD-P1200's firmware from 070507.01.... to the current 070910.01.... To say the very least, it has screwed up all of standard dvd titles with alternate angles. I just happen to play the older MGM release of the James Bond Special Edition of Tomorrow Never Dies (in a silver colored case). A short time period of around 3:00 to 3:13 minutes into the begining of the movie, (the scene where the ship in the ocean launches a missle), the movies stutters & the audio goes out of sync and then the screen completely freezes up solid. The movie is unwatchable at that point. This is also the point in the movie where the first angle/storyboard pops up for the choosing. As a side note, The DVD was left on its default angle the whole time and the on-screen display icon was disabled (so nothing popped up). I learned of the availability of an alternate angle (at the point of the freeze up) only after i pressed the information button on the remote. I did this after the freeze up had occured.
*If any of you would like to give this disc a try (see attatched photo below). It's about $6.99 used at Newbury Comics. The bar code number from the back of the box is ISBN 0-7928-3863-7.
I would also like to hear of your experiences with other movies Freezing up/Audio drop outs, with hopes of starting a list here. If you would, please post the title, studio name, time point of the freeze up, and your current firmware.
*READ THIS UPDATE 12/07!!
I have obtained a second, older BD-P1200, having an even older 070223.01 firmware, and it plays the Matrix and Special Edition of Tomorrow Never Dies without any problems. I have confirmed that all of the posted issues are due to the latest 070910.01 (2.0) firmware upgrade. The new firmware has now caused a problem that when standard dvd's with alternate angles hit there angle point for the choosing the player freezes up (see specific movie list below).
*UPDATE MAY 2009; Samsung has released version 2.6 firmware which has resolved all of these issiues.