If you live around the Waikato and are interested in a standalone blu-ray player, Heathcotes in Hamilton is having a special on the Panasonic BD-30.  It is selling for $598, normally was selling for $698.  

It is a good player, loads pretty fast, has excellent picture quality, only profile 1.1, not the most solid player around but decent build quality.  I have had mine for about 3 months now and love it.

I think it is the cheapest profile 1.1 player I have seen but I could be wrong.

Take note the the new panasonic players, BD-35 and BD-55 will be coming out soon, although I don't know what price they will be at.