The movie experts over at the Criterion Collection, known for their Laserdiscs and DVDs of unparalleled production values, uses the PlayStation 3 as their reference Blu-ray player.

Considering their other equipment, which includes "a Denon AVR-3808CI receiver, an Axiom Epic 80/500 speaker system, an Anchor Bay DVDO VP50 Pro video processor with HD SDI option," this is quite an honor for the PS3.

No one is actually surprised by this though, even as just a plain-ol' Blu-ray player, the PS3 has been rated quite highly. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the PS3 allows for firmware upgrades for any functionality tweaks. Oh yeah, and games!

This October, Criterion will also begin releasing movies on the Blu-ray format, and we are simply quivering with anticipation. More PlayStation 3 News...