Same darn problem. I opened the program two or three times with no problem, then updated my graphic card drivers (Intel Extreme on my laptop) and now it give me the "acces violation" error. Grrr...
Also during a few of the camera shots during the opening scenario I was getting wierd, strangely colored triangle things that would obstruct part (but not all) of the screen, sometimes making it impossible to see the character in the closeup (this most noticably happened with Phony). I'm running with an Intel Extreme graphics card with the latest drivers on a Fujitsu P5010D laptop.
All and any help is appreciated.