I received my French "Les Gendarmes de Saint-Tropez" 4 Disc HD DVD edition from Amazon.fr a few days ago (bar code on disc set back cover: 3475001010698). The HD DVD collection contains all the six movies with Louis de Funes as a French police officer. 3 HD DVDs contain two movies each and disc 4 is filled with suplementany material. The official amazon.fr title is: Coffret intégrale gendarme [HD DVD].
While the Toshiba HD-XE1 plays the disc (although with some annoying audio drop outs here and there), the BH-200 only plays the M6 video intro trailer from the first HD DVD is played back and then nothing else happens.
No menu appears although the play time advances irregularly, sometimes it skips half a minute, then it shows the same playtime for a minute or so, then it advances. But the movies do not play at all. The eject button does not work when I push it, but half a minute later, the disc ejects.
The same happens with disc 2 and 3.
Disc 4 with the additional footage plays, well sort of. I can hear music, men are singing, I see an animated dove flying around. But I can't open the disc's menu. And I can't play any content from this disc either. It loops constantly.
This is pretty weird.
And I have the same issues with US HD DVD Clerks 2 as the others that reported this no menu appears issue.
The player has the April Firmware and the 702 loader.