OK guys - I've spent the last 72 hours agonizing over this but I finally decided to pack this thing up and return this monster tomorrow. Comparing my Toshiba HD-DVD player and this Samsung BluRay on my Sony 60 inch SXRD I must say that the Toshiba wins hands down. I am totally disappointed with BluRays's picture quality and I'm beginning to think that the upconverted DVD picture even looks better. The BluRay movies I tried were XXX, Underworld, and House of Flying Daggers. I think Ced's last post about BluRay using MPEG2 makes a lot of sense. I don't know if upgrading to HDMI 1.3 or using a more efficient codec will make a difference but I will hold off on any BluRay purchases for now and enjoy my HD-DVD player instead.