Some progress for me at the weekend!
Tried playing with subtitles on and lo and behold - the cutscene started fine. BUT then I turned the subtitles OFF and the scene got steadily glitchier until the sound played through at the right speed but the video basically got slower and slower until it locked up trying to catch up with the sound. Menus still worked at this point so I tried to skip the cutscene and that was when it finally completely locked up. I pressed the PS button in the hope I might get to the XMB but no. I ejected the disk (no hard reset) and the XMB came up which allowed me to quit the game. Reinserted the disk, put the subtitles back on and the cutscene played faultlessly and has continued to work fine through the rest of the game so far.
Yeah the cut scene issue is more then just "Into the woods." I am in the Hospital (see spoiler) and it black screens then nothing. Will sit there for hours and nothing happens. Stupid bugs in a awesome game makes the game, not so awesome.
Same problem but it got worse for me.
Prolouge was skipping and freezing, the gameplay was smooth. I erased games from my hard drive. Didn't work. Cleaned disc drive with cleaner disc, didn't work. Cleaned PS3, worked slighlty better then stopped. Erased everything about Last of Us, saved data, patch everything. Got a black screen for the cut scene, then nothing at all. Game won't even start now. instead I get an error message 8001002b or 80010017. I can download the manuel but not the patch nor can I play the game. I have tested all my other games and they all play flawlessly. Right now I am exchanging the disc with Amazon for a new one. I hope it was a problem with that disc, if not please fix this!