Ok, so this is what happens...
I can play the game in any game mode BUT the ascension campaign.
I tried clearing out all the cache directories, new saves, putting the game on
my HD and playing off that as well as off the DVD.
It seems that its the movie thats causing the freeze up, but I can view
it in the movie menu, along with every other movie (I was able to find a save
with everything unlocked).
I am at a loss here, any ideas?