Today I received the German HD-DVD of King Kong (1976) and Running Scared (2006) from amazon.de. The good news: PERFECT picture quality on both releases with superb definition and natural grain structure without any artifacting. Highly recommended! There are definitely NO forced subtitles. You can enjoy the outstanding DTS-Master audio in english language. When played for the first time, the player asks the primary language and seems to remember this setting, even after unplugging. To switch to german menu/language, there is the option to change the main language in the DVD menu. I do not know whether the option to change the language setting becomes permanent after a certain number of changes... It seems obvious that the player somehow can save the language setting internally and remembers it even after unplugging. For US importers, the good news is, that you can enjoy the feature without any forced subtitles. http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000KF0F6O http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000KF0FSW http://www.amazon.de/Fog-Nebel-Graue.../dp/B000KF0F6E This seems to be a very good start for HD-DVD here in Germany.