For $150 bucks, the Panasonic F85S appears to be a real steal. I've never had the zoom option, for example, with my Pioneer DV-C503. Only complaint is that I can't isolate the timer for individual chapters. The timer only ticks offs the time from beginning to end of the movie. My question is this. I've had the player for little over a week. All the disks have played fine, with a few exceptions. Whenever I fast forward to a spot on a disk, the action in the movie will sometimes have a slight pixelated after-effect during regular play. For example, I fast forward to a scene where two people are talking, and maybe two minutes into their conversation, there will be a slight freeze in a small section of the screen (not related to a layer change). I notice it, reverse, play again, and the phenomenon doesn't repeat itself. Play is normal. But is this normal for a new player? Also, on my Anchor Bay BULLET FOR THE GENERAL disk, there's a section on the disk that continuously plays funny. There's a little pixilation -- not much -- but sometimes it plays out worse than other times. If I reverse and play again in this section, the ten second scene might play, freeze, and then continue to play; or, the scene might even play almost seamlessly. Is this the disk, or the player? The territory where the flaw exist is in a consistent region, but the flaw is not exact in its playback. These freezes are not related to the layer change, which takes place much later. I would really appreciate any insights.