Before buying a player, you may want to test it with a few complex discs such as The Matrix, The Abyss, Independence Day, and DVD Demystified
You might want to buy a DVD PC instead of a standard DVD player, especially if you want progressive video.
Selectable sound tracks and subtitles, multiangle viewing, aspect ratio control, parental/multirating features, fast and slow playback, great digital video, multichannel digital audio, compatibility with Dolby Pro Logic receivers, on-screen menus, dual-layer playback, and ability to play audio CDs → all DVD players.
Do you need a features:
DTS audio → ... a player with the "DTS Digital Out" logo.
Recordable DVDs → ... ability to read -R, -RW, +R, and +RW formats.
Setup menus in languages other than English → ... a multilanguage setup feature.
Play Video CDs → ... check the specs for Video CD compatibility.
Ability to play homemade CD-R audio discs → ... a "dual laser" feature.
Ability to control all my entertainment devices with one remote control → ... you need a player with a programmable universal remote, or make sure your existing universal remote is compatible with the DVD player.