Anything good for near perfect video playback?
Depends on the video. with a core 2 duo and a geforce gt 230m it should be able to handle any video up to 1080p. However the screen is only 768p so you're limited with the screen itself.
If you need a really good screen you're gonna spend more than a thousand. Look at the xps 16 series. It starts at 999 however.
Generally speaking what you're looking for is a core 2 duo at 2.2ghz or better with 4 gigs of ram and a geforce gt 230 512mb or a ati 4650 512mb or better. Those video cards can handle blu-ray just fine as well. If you want 1080p then you need a 1080p display.