I'm on my second DV88, took the first one back because of DTS sound dropouts. My second machine has a problem playing R1 O'brother where art thou. I get the following problems.... 1.27:14 - pauses for about 0.5 sec 1.27:23 - pauses for about 4 secs, player keeps attempting to play sound, picture has slight blocking, when play resumes sound is out of sync 1.28:49 - stops completely unable to play rest of chapter, cannot even forward search. Although can rewind around this point. This happens in both DTS and DD. I got in touch with Arcam, even though I wasnt sure of it was a disc or player problem, and they requested I send the DVD to them. They tested to disc and said that they had none of the problems I describe, they had a problem around chapter 3. They suggested it was an authoring problem and said that I could get round it 'by pressing next chapter just after the Touchstone logo and selecting play from menu'. I tried this BUT THE PROBLEM IS STILL THERE. After emailing them again, offering to drop my player off at my local dealer so they could pick it up to test, I got the following answer; <We have verified that the disc does have a problem, whether it is related to bad authoring or copy we do not know, you need to be aware that there are a number of discs that are causing concern for a number of DVD manufacturers and not just Arcam, which incidentally costs us a lot of money and time investigating the current trend of DVD Disc problems. It may be a possibility that a brand new copy of this disc will play without a problem, I believe disc manufacturers do release "fixed versions" at certain times with the same catalogue number etc.> Sounds to me like they are washing their hands of this problem!! Thing is where do I stand and what do I do? I guess I could take the player back but I fear I'll just be going round in circles...I want my player to play this R1 disc!!!! It seems a bit hit and miss as to whether a replacement player would play it.... Is this disc known to be problematic? Could anyone test the disc for me?? From what Arcam say the disc is OK but if somebody could verify for me?? Please let me know your thoughts on this issue!!