I bought my DVD player less than a year ago. It’s not a top quality player, but it’s certainly not a budget model either.
But already it is struggling to keep up with the newest multi-layer discs. I recently bought the Special Edition of Aliens, which uses layers to skip between scenes from the original theatre release and the Directors Edit.
The quality of the picture is superb, but the layer transition triggers a tiny pause as the player switches. The first couple of times its not so bad, but when it happens several times in quick succession, it can get pretty bloody annoying.
I just hope my poor old DVD player doesn’t become obsolete as the film makers cram more and more information onto the disks. I think I’d rather have less special features and smooth playback.