10.4.4 broke dvd playability?

As of macosx10.4.4, I can no longer play dvd's.
I have a 1Ghz powerbook which is about 3 years old. The dvd drive was replaced about a year ago with a new, 8x, +r drive. The drive has been working so far.
As of 10.4.4, inserting a playable dvd results in the disk being mounted according to disk_utility, "df", and "mount", but no icon shows on the desktop nor in finder windows. The dvdplayer is launched, but plays nothing. If I explicitly hit the "play" button, I get an error message, "Supported disk not available".
Does this sound familiar to anyone? Any suggestions?

It sounds like you have some data corruption in the DVD Player software, drivers, and/or its preferences. I'd backup your data, and then work on troubleshooting the issue. I played some Netflix DVDs with no problem with 10.4.4's DVD Player. As a temporary workaround see if the DVD content is playable with VideoLan Client:
This will at least verify that the DVD drive can still play commercial DVDs, and the problem is strictly software and not hardware related.

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