Regarding Samsung 1400 video drop-out issues:
I've now played four Blu-Ray movies through in their entirety:
- Pan's Labyrinth
- Spiderman 3
- Meet the Robinsons
I have had no playback issues with the first two, and an occasional playback issues with the last two. In Meet the Robinsons, the video drops out four times; in Ratatouille twice. This is with the player set to 1080i output, which matches my display.
When I force the output to 480i or 480p, I get no video drops or quirks. In 720p mode, the video does not drop, but in the locations where the drops occur in 1080i mode, I instead see visual mangling. By that, I mean the image goes black with a thick green vertical bar near the center for a moment before returning to normal.
Since 480[i/p] modes can actually read the data off the disc without any trouble, this would seem to suggest strongly that the player is at fault. I suppose I'll try for an exchange and see if it goes any better next time.
Hopefully this information is useful to someone