I have verified the drive itself works by playing DVDs fine. The system also correctly identifies what movie is inserted. At first I was getting a "This disc is corrupted" error in VLC. Now, however, anytime I attempt blu-ray playback it completely crashes my computer and forces a reboot.
I have since completely removed VLC and MakeMKV, reinstalled, and started fresh. Opened MakeMKV, enabled VLC integration, and once again attempted playback - once again a full system crash.
- VLC 3.0.16
- MakeMKV 1.16.4
- macOS Big Sur 11.3
- Star Trek (2009)
- Ashen's and the Quest for the Gamechild (chose this because its an indie film, so its likely to have less protections than a standard blu-ray)
Edit: After a few hours there is simply no working around it. MakeMKV's integration with VLC will crash your computer. I'm not sure if this is limited to M1 macs or not, but for now I advise everyone to avoid it.