I've had my S97 for around a week now and am generally quite happy with the player (bought from a German Internet dealer). I was disappointed, however, to see that it won't play all my region 1 DVDs. I don't have so many, actually (7 to be exact), but it refuses to play two of these: "Waking Life" (20th Century Fox) is rejected with a screen with the studio's logo saying "This movie will not play due to the current parental level setting of the player". "Wit" (HBO) is rejected with a blue screen and the message "This player is incompatible with the region marking of this disc." The player's ratings level is set to 8, meaning no limit, i.e. discs with adult content will be played. This works fine for region 2 discs. So it can't be the content of "Waking Life" (rated R) that's causing the problem. I suspect that "Waking Life" has RCE, but does anyone know of a way to find out for sure? Amazon.co.uk says the following about RCE: Have people had similar problems with the S97 or other multiregion players? I visit the U.S. around once a year and had been planning to buy more region 1 DVDs on every trip, but now I'm not so sure... My S97 has firmware version 86H360; does anyone know if a FW upgrade might eliminate this problem? My old player (Toshiba SD 230E) had no problems with either of these discs. I'm tempted to return the S97, but I assume it's a better match for my plasma.