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A warning about The Descent - Blue Ray


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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   Brian Sheffield

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Posted December 30 2006 - 03:01 PM

The Descent in Blue ray does not work in my Samsung BDP-1000, and I've heard it has the same problem in the Sony and Pioneer players.

It apparently uses java coding for the interactive menus that is not supported by these players current firmware. At this point only the PS3 can read this disc.

If anyone knows a workaround or when a firmware update is scheduled please let us know.

#2 of 16 OFFLINE   Larry Schneider

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Posted December 31 2006 - 05:18 AM

There's a Samsung firmware update dated 12-17 that might help. http://www.samsung.c....e=FM&language=

#3 of 16 OFFLINE   Brian Sheffield

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Posted December 31 2006 - 05:44 AM

Thanks for the attempt to help, but I updated my firmware yesterday and the zip file itself is still dated 10/13.

I can get the main feature to play, but there are still issues accessing the special features, a newer update will be required for full functionality.

Sony and Pioneer players cant even get the main menu to load.

#4 of 16 OFFLINE   Dave_P.

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Posted December 31 2006 - 06:19 AM

No problem playing the movie or any of the special features on my Samsung or Panasonic players. The Samsung is definitely slower then the Panny when moving in the menus and the still gallery/cast sliders, but they all work. What issues are you having with the features?

Sony & Pioneer players need a FW upgarde for the Java stuff.

#5 of 16 OFFLINE   glenmulder

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Posted December 31 2006 - 07:06 AM

it works fine in the Playstation 3

#6 of 16 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted December 31 2006 - 07:31 AM

Does it work with the Panasonic BR player?
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#7 of 16 OFFLINE   Dave_P.

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Posted December 31 2006 - 08:21 AM

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Does it work with the Panasonic BR player?

Yes it does, and actually it's enhanced over the Samsung as the flashlight beam in the main menu smoothly moves over to the next choice, whereas the Samsung the beam just jumps over to the next one. There are also no delays in the menu movement. More powerful processor in the Panny?

#8 of 16 OFFLINE   Brian Sheffield

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Posted December 31 2006 - 03:12 PM

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No problem playing the movie or any of the special features on my Samsung or Panasonic players. The Samsung is definitely slower then the Panny when moving in the menus and the still gallery/cast sliders, but they all work. What issues are you having with the features?

Sony & Pioneer players need a FW upgarde for the Java stuff.


Each time I select a special feature the title menu goes dark, and you hear an endlessly repeating cycle of people breathing.

The special feature never loads.

I found a thread on another site that discussed this issue, and I thought people here should be aware of potential problems.

#9 of 16 OFFLINE   ppltd

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Posted January 02 2007 - 03:21 AM

FYI
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'The Descent' Playback Problems Reported on Sony Blu-ray Players Decent

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#10 of 16 OFFLINE   Tino

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Posted January 02 2007 - 01:52 PM

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At this point only the PS3 can read this disc

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it works fine in the Playstation 3

Not so fastPosted Image. The Descent froze FOUR times while I was watching it on my PS3. Checked 3 other discs with no problems.
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#11 of 16 OFFLINE   Larry Schneider

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Posted January 02 2007 - 03:25 PM

I finally got the disc, and it played perfectly on my updated Samsung. Not only that, but this is my first BD with the "wow" factor I've enjoyed with the best HD-DVDs.

#12 of 16 OFFLINE   Bryan Toth

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Posted January 03 2007 - 06:52 AM

I don't have the disc anymore (rented from Netflix and just sent it back today) but it played perfectly fine in my Samsung BDP-1000. I will admit I didn't look at all the special features, but the ones I did (deleted scenes, outtakes) came up fine.

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#13 of 16 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted January 03 2007 - 09:26 AM

Yet another reason to hold off on upgrading to HD.
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#14 of 16 OFFLINE   Dave_P.

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Posted January 12 2007 - 04:07 AM

SONY BDP-S1 1.50 firmware and instructions

This fixes The Descent issue as well as some other stuff. Quick release by Sony Posted Image

From the site:
This utility updates the BDP-S1 firmware to version 1.50 and provides the following benefits:
Improves BD-Java compatibility to enhance interactivity with some BD-ROMs
Enhances playback compatibility with certain BD-ROM format discs
Corrects the output signal status information for audio output and display when Linear PCM 5.1 channel soundtracks are played back via HDMI

#15 of 16 OFFLINE   ppltd

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Posted January 14 2007 - 06:42 PM

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I finally got the disc, and it played perfectly on my updated Samsung. Not only that, but this is my first BD with the "wow" factor I've enjoyed with the best HD-DVDs.

I agree. I had no problems on my Sammy with this disk.
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Posted January 15 2007 - 06:50 AM

Yeah, this played fine on my Samsung, too. This disc definately packs that "wow" factor, especially the PCM track. For whatever reason, the PCM tracks on Blu-Ray have been more consistently amazing than the True HD tracks on HD-DVD. While I found the Batman Begins track to be outstanding, I thought the Superman Returns track was lacking something; it was still good, but for whatever reason, I wasn't as impressed by it.
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