Well first off the res IS 720p if its a 32" vizio. Contrast ratio is low because its a vizio but oh well. I will agree with ahtoi, if your spending under $100 get an upscaling DVD player. In fact dont go cheap and get a $50 upscaler either, get a $99.99 one. Their *IS* a difference!!! DO NOT THINK THERE ISN'T! Get a samsung or sony they are both 99.99 and do a decent job. I have seen an rca and Magnavox upscaler and the dvd looks TERRIBLE. I sell these for a living and i see them on a daily basis. By the way buy the HDMI cable when you get the player otherwise you will not be able to take advantage of the upscaling feature of the player. Also make sure you go into the dvd-player menu system and select the DISPLAY or VIDEO option and make sure the player is set to upconvert to 720p. Hope this helps. And remember dont go cheap, the picture quality is crap on the super low-end. Trust me i laugh at customers when they think they know better as they walk away with a cheap player, even though i see the stark difference daily between players. 99% of the time they exchange or return the cheapos. An unfortunate truth.