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ba ha ha ha, that was evil d00d! No but really, I don't think that it was the movie, I can play any DVD with it. I have never had a problem with a DVD, and I have probably watched over 100, so unless they used some NSA security encription on that, then I would suspect it's not a problem with MPlayer, or maybe you didn't run the correct syntax when you started the DVD.
I believe the problem with Mplayer not being alble to play DVD's , ah did I say "the problem with Mplayer" .... There is no problem with Mplayer, there is a problem with libdvdread, if it was installed prior Mplayer it breaks Mplayer ability to play DVD's, so make a couple of steps back, remove libdvdread, and recompile Mplayer. Mplayer provides tweaked dvdread, which plays every DVD out there unless DVD is unuable.
Your dvd-rom needs to be using udma, you can use hdparm to set it. Do "hdparm /dev/hd?" to see what the drive is set to now, "hdparm -i /dev/hd?" to see what it can do and "hdparm -help" to see the commands.