Dvd: best reader?

this may sound to innocent to ask but… what’s the pc best reader for DVDs?
I’m now relatively comfortable with the recording issues and all, but I’m trying to keep my system simple by not installing too many programs… those kinds of programs that I will only be used once in a lifetime.
I’m using the standard microsoft media player included in the OS, and it sometimes crashes while reading or navigating the DVD’s menu.
what software do you prefer? One that is simple, stable and specialized in the task.

I personally find WinDVD to give the best playback picture quality and is so versitile in able to play MPEGs, VCD, SVCD, DVD & DivX.