I was wondering why some dvd's block access to menus, other to titles and some even to soundtracks during playback. I'm an avid HTPC user and I notice these differences a lot. Some examples: With Buffy, I can completely skip the menu and surf from episode to episode using the player (by simply right-clicking on the screen and using the "go to" feature). With TNG, this is not possible. Somehow the titles are grayed-out and I can't just start the next one, I have to go through the menu. Most movies let me change audio-tracks on-the-fly during the presentation, again by using the players "audio" menu. Other movies, like The Abyss for example, make me stop the movie and go to the Audio-menu (the animated dvd menu). Quite the hassle. I sometimes ahem... "rewind" the dvd a bit and turn on the commentary for some extra info on one particular scene. Then there's the skipping of FBI-warnings, trailers and studio-intro's. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't. Ok, I can see why this is, but not so with the other two examples. Any thoughts? How does this translate to set-top players? Do those people ALWAYS have to use the (at times buggery) animated menus?