Actually, what you mean is that you want the box to remember your Personalized Settings for each title? That's a good idea...not very high-tech, but it is doable and simple and very useful...I'm surprised the studios haven't picked up on it yet instead of giving us lame games.....
no. It is too late for global user defined defaults, but both specs (HD DVD and BD) call for persistent storage to record stuff. Such a concept would need to use a minimal amount of that memory. The idea is that most people would want the same settings for most movies. So you create a default and the first time you load a new movie it will use the default. But it could be as simple or as complicated as you want (for example you mentioned multiple subtitles) how about multiple profiles, for example a family might set-up 3 profiles with kids=default.
a) default= kids = PG-x
b) with subtitles= kids but with subtitles on all movies
c) adult = same as kids but can watch any movie also needs a PW
I would assume you need three levels
Studio - this would exist for all movies
Movie -this will be for a specific movie.
For example my preferences in general would be
1) Original language English, French or Greek)
2) Audio English
3) Audio French
4) Audio Greek (even though this won't happen)
5) Subtitles English
But Slap Shot is much more entertaining in the dubbed French then the original English so for that when I put it in it should play the French and not the default English that the default rules would apply. So the first time I put it in the player it enacts the default and then I go into settings, pick French and then save for movie. So now Slap shot is in French while the rest from the studio are English.