[Substantially more than] a week ago, I asked what DVD player I should get. I didn’t get the answer, but I did get a lot of “I’d like to know.” I wanted to share that I ended up with a Philips DVP-5140. It was cheap, there’s an easy fix for the region bug explained in the Amazon page, and it plays CDs full of AVIs.
It doesn’t let me control what plays when quite as fully as I’d like, and I haven’t yet tested it for scratch management.
(I thought I’d posted this months back, given the interest in the question.)