Ok, I just made screenshots from both the menu and the film for direct comparison. The BD is almost painfully dark.
I must note, the color range of all these pictures is not original Blu-Ray 16-235, it was expaneded by my videoplayer to 0-255 PC levels, as I was playing the videos on my PC monitor. I realized it too late, but its not important, the point is the comparison of two videos. Well it looks closer to what we see while playing on PJ/TV:
First is the film screenshot, second is from the menu.
Still not convinced? Maybe the menu is overbright?
Ok, now look at the next picture: the lamp light is definitely supposed to be near max-bright!
I've added a circle in Paint with color 255,255,255.
And the lamp color is.... 162,152,150.
Why go far? It's screeaming "I'm so very dark" from the first seconds:
Here is "Moneyball" opening for comparison:
I examined the levels in the pictures (original ones) and found that instead of 16-235 color range it had only about 16-190. Max brightness never goes above 190. So I don't know how or why, but this BD is seriously messed up, which is a pity considering how good the film is. And the worst thing that it was made for 3D viewing, where having maximum brighness is extremely important! I hope we will see corrected re-release.