It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this thread.
I recently returned from China with the officially released Blu-Ray of the film, “Forever Enthralled” (“Mei Lanfang”) – an extremely well done 2008 biopic of the famous Peking Opera star, Mei Lanfang, directed by Chen Kaige (“Farewell My Concubine”). The film has not (yet?) been released in the States in Blu-Ray. This Chinese Blu-Ray is indeed an official release (IRSC-CN-M66-09-0000-0/V.J9) and not a pirate. It is a region-free Blu-Ray that plays beautifully and without any problem on my Sony Vaio Laptop’s “Region A-only” Blu-Ray player. However, it does not play on either of my two Oppo BDP-83 players, each with the most current firmware (BDP83-59-0117).
Here’s what happens… Although the opening Blu-Ray logo screen plays and is followed by the usual Chinese "FBI" Warning Screen, when that is finished, the LED display on the BDP-83 suddenly reads "Stop" and the TV screen then just displays the OPPO logo image screen. The disc does not play on the BDP-83 beyond that point – and none of the BDP-83's (or its remote's) buttons enable the disc to play any further or even to display the disc’s menu.
After trying the usual FAQ-suggested things without any success (making sure BDLive is off, flushing persistent memory, etc.), I contacted Oppo support. Per their request in their almost instantaneous response (no company I’ve ever dealt with is more responsive than Oppo!), I sent them the disc to test… Here’s what they reported…
We received your disc and can confirm that this is an authoring issue with the disc. The disc will work fine on our BDP-9x and BDP-10x series of players, but not the BDP-8x series of players. We have made a copy of the film and sent it to our factory for additional media compatibility testing.
Your disc will be returned to you tomorrow through First Class Mail.
OPPO Digital, Inc.
2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
I then asked if this is something that might be addressed in a firmware update for the BDP-83 and they replied…
This may be something that we can resolve through a future firmware release, but at this time we do not know when a solution may be developed if one is even developed at all.
I don’t know if anyone else here is interested in or has had any experience with this Blu-Ray release, but I’m posting this just in case…