With the imminent death of HD-DVD, every family in America needs to start thinking about getting a Blu-Ray player. Sure they are more expensive, but its what won the war...and it is a cost that everyone will have to absorb to remain current in the technology world. My personal recommendation is to buy a 40GB Playstation 3, they are available for practically the same price as any Blu-Ray player and offer capabilities far beyond what a simple player could do. USB ports, WI-FI, Storage Capabilities, Browsing capabilities, and of course- The Most Advanced Gaming in the world.
Pick one up at Tiger-Direct for $429.99 with Spiderman Three