well (even) more good news re: the Oppo 80!
got my copy of MISS POTTER today-the Oppo plays it just fine.
not to get too far OT but there are a few conflicting things as to this disc.
it is indeed distributed by Icon films & is most likely an Australian import(indicated by the distributor's URL & mailing address).
on the packaging it's marked ABC(i.e. all-region), BD-25 single layer, AND "1080p High Definition".
on the disc itself there's a Region 4 PAL icon.
so...how is this BD authored? can't be sure-but the Oppo plays it, & it looks great!(skipped ahead to some chs. that featured the sublime scenery of the Lake Country district of the UK). if this BD is actually 1080i50 the Oppo does a flawless job of scan conversion & deinterlacing. that Mediatek is one hardworking chip!
more on the Oppo 80 proper:
fast loading(BD-Live OFF). TOMBSTONE loaded in about 1 min. 5 secs. MISS POTTER in about 48 secs.(close of tray to onscreen studio logo).
1080p DVD upconversion:
IMHO very, very nice. beautiful PQ of my DVD of GENTLEMAN JIM(B/W Errol Flynn vehicle). playing with the RESOLUTION button leads me to think the Oppo does a MUCH better job of scaling than my display.
next tests will be to get out some DVD-As & SACDs. for now it looks like the Oppo is the best purchase I've made this year!!!