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Panasonic DVD-RP62S Progressive-Scan DVD Player
Panasonic DVD-RP62S Progressive-Scan DVD Player
2 used & new from $46.99

71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One very surprising flaw!, December 5, 2002
Since the DVD-RP82s is not featured for write up, I will use it's cousin, which coincidently does have the exact same problem.
The unit itself is slim and sharp looking. The picture and sound quality are exceptional, certainly better than anything I have ever seen from many other units.
Panasonic seems to have one very serious flaw. It's complete inability to function when confronted by interactivity laced DVD movies. I can provide two solid examples of where this can be seen. On any InfiniFilm film, such as Austin Powers Goldmember or Rush Hour 2. Also, the Ken Burns Baseball series. The common denominator of these offerings are their on-screen interactivity. In the case of InfiniFilm, you are given two options. To watch the film alone, or to watch the film with Infinifilm interactivity. Regardless of whatever you select, the Panasonic units cripple themselves whenever a section of the movie, which is Infinifilm coded, appears. Sure, you are watching just the film, but Infinifilm is overlayed on top. The Panasonic units cannot pause, forward, reverse, just about anything except STOP does not function. You are greeted with a wonderful rejection signal on the top right corner of your screen.
In the Ken Burns Baseball series, the appearance of the PBS logo at the bottom left corner, which indicates interactivity to a players baseball card profile. Once again, the Panasonic unit crippled itself and simply could not get over the hurdle of interactivity laced in the feature itself.
Sure, there are ways around this...Stop or quick replay will usually eliminate the interactive internal signal that the unit seemingly cannot remove or get around. But why should you have to?
I have tried these very films/features on other comparable units and have not experienced this problem. I tried many other identical Panasonic units at the Best Buy, which endeared me to them, I'm certain. All 6 units failed in this most basic premise of DVD's...Interactivity.
I have contacted Panasonic and they deny all such claims and state that their units do function as others do. When I explained to them that I tried 6 different units and my own, all with the identical flaw...They denied it to even be a flaw and that it was a problem with the media. When I explained that I tried over a dozen other units with said media and all experienced no such problems, I was told that it was still a media problem.
I am writing this review to warn you all about a flaw and problem with the Panasonic units. It may not seem like an awful lot, but trust me, when you have to take a bio-break in the middle of one of these movies/features and you cannot pause your unit...You will understand that this is not a normal function.
The picture and sound are exceptional, but the flaw is a show-stopper. The future indicates more interactivity in DVD's. If Panasonic cannot handle the most basic, you can only imagine how frustrated you will be in future when all DVD's are programmed this way.

Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
by Bill James
Edition: Hardcover
59 used & new from $0.13

3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, but......, October 1, 2001
This is a good book, but something that reviewer RUBE WADDELL wrote stood out. James's belief that he is the only person that should determine who should and should not be in the Hall of Fame, does stick out and displays itself with a rather ugly glare. I found James to be a little over the top with his brutally candid opinions of players, but I suppose that is what makes the book a good read. The statistics are solid and make for interesting reading. I would have to agree further that James does have political aspirations within the game of baseball. The good thing is that the right people are running the HOF, and James is not amongst them.

The Untouchables
The Untouchables
DVD ~ Kevin Costner
147 used & new from $0.01

26 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst DVD Transfer Job Imaginable, January 19, 2001
This review is from: The Untouchables (DVD)
A fabulous movie, but totally wasted on DVD. Paramount is only going for a money grab on this one. No features, shoddy sound quality. One measley trailer. All of this for a kings ransom in price. This DVD is simply not worth purchasing...Garbage!
Shame on Paramount for this obvious money grab. Next time spend more than 10 minutes on moving a masterpiece onto a terrific forum. You have done the movie no justice.
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