So, I bought it as an upgrade to PDVD8. As a bonus I got a $20 gift certificate with TigerDirect which I used on a new hardware.
My first impressions are it's an improvement on PDVD8 but has some bugs to work out.
My setup is an E4500, nVidia 8500GT, 4GB RAM, Vista 32, AnyDVD and VCD. I use VMC with plug-ins as a UI. Using a DVI to HDMI for video and SPDIF for audio.
-It auto-plays blu-ray disks in VMC with a very smooth transition
-It plays blu-ray .iso's launched through MyMovies with a very smooth transition
-It auto-plays SD DVD disks in VMC with a less smooth transition. VMC first ask whether you want to play the disk with Media Center or PowerDVD. Selecting PowerDVD launches it fine.
-It plays blu-ray .iso's launched through MyMovies. See above for launching quirk.
-The upscaling is very good but may not be to everyone's liking.
-The blu-ray PQ is excellent.
-It's much more remote friendly that PDVD8, especially with blu-ray.
-It turns HA on for blu-ray which is fine. But then leaves it on for SD DVDs disabling it's upscaling. The PQ is still better than what you get with VMC but I'd rather it remembered to turn HA off for SD DVDs. There's no way to switch it back and forth in VMC so you've got to bring it up from the desktop to change the settings.
-MovieLive is annoying when launched from the desktop but is fine within VMC.
-The CinemaMode when launched from the desktop is buggy. Since I'm using it through VMC it's not really an issue for me.
-Sometimes you have to select the drive to play from, e.g. optical drive or mounted drive from .iso. There's a good UI to do so in the VMC plug-in so it's not really a problem, just a little annoying.
-It seems to ignore the Restart from Beggining setting. Sometimes it picks up where you left off and sometimes not. Either way you can control it with the remote so you can get where you want to go.
-There support sucks. But you already knew that.
-My receiver doesn't decode the latest lossless audio so I can't comment.
-It will downmix TRUEHD audio to 5.1 through SPDIF so that's fine for me but is obviously not for those with a better receiver than mine. I'm pretty happy with the sound quality for my environment though.