I have an older Sony DVD player (second generation, a 550, if I remember correctly) that has been very good to me over the last four years. I've had a few other players, for bedrooms and second TVs, etc, but none could hold a candle to my original player, so they inevitably were given away or just plain thrown away. I'm starting to see the player lock up during playback. It happened the first time a few weeks ago right in the middle of The Pianist, then again during Holes last night. Strangely, both times have been in the middle third of the movie. The part that makes me fear that my beloved player is starting to fall apart is that both times, I have essentially been locked out of 2 or 3 minutes of video. If I watch the section over and over again it always locks up within 10 to 15sec of the original lockup spot, and if I try to go past and rewind it locks up 2 to 3 minutes later. I have pulled both discs out and checked for scratches, but alas, they appeared to be perfect. I have formulated a hypothesis that the player has a hard time getting to the extreme edges of the disc (i.e. right before layer change), but it is just a guess. Has my beloved player started dying? Would a lens cleaning do the trick? Are The Pianist and Holes bad discs? Thanks!