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DVD Player is probably the program I use that crashes the most. Are there any alternatives?

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I have already recommended it once tonight!

VLC!

It runs on Mac OSX and can play a stack of files including dvds all natively without requiring any third party codecs. - here is a list of features

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I'm trying it now, and it seems ok but doesn't seem to recognize the DVD video chapters >:( –  Jason S Aug 22 '09 at 0:09
    
well, it didn't crash like DVD Player did so it gets my vote! –  Jason S Aug 23 '09 at 1:04
    
One of VLCs glaring omissions is the lack of support for forced subtitles. Try watching the scenes in LOTR where they speak Elvish... –  Thruston Sep 13 '13 at 23:31
    
@Thruston - iso/video download or genuine blu-ray/dvd? –  William Hilsum Sep 15 '13 at 18:34
    
@WilliamHilsum Real commercial, paid-for-it-myself DVD. The omission is a known bug in VLC. –  Thruston Sep 15 '13 at 20:52
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A second vote for VLC here.

Chapters should be in Playback menu > Chapters


Another modern alternative is MPlayer OS X Extended. I keep both installed because sometimes each is better at decoding particular files. MPlayer seems to use a bit less CPU sometimes too.

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"That link (Mplayer OSX Extended) takes you to a place with bogus link to download something called Genieo which is adware. Beware." -- YourMother –  Kevin Panko Feb 6 at 16:51
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mplayer will play DVDs (and other media), but does not necessarily have the most Mac-like interface. I keep it around because it will run some files that quicktime won't. YMMV and all that.

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