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Finally watched Moneyball. Definitely not in GRG's camp. I found the grain to be not only tolerable but nice looking, generally speaking. Detail was moderately strong. The color palette was realistic, and shadow detail was good. Black levels did seem to fluctuate every once in a while, usually in interior sets, which were shot rather darkly.
There are of course a good number of of archival shots which look like slightly older television. But honestly, they flash by so quickly that they don't pull be out of "HD land," personally. Also, I'm kind of partial to the representation of pixels these images showed. I did not see any edge enhancement or DNR, and I detected about 5 second of moire on one character's shirt (I believe it was a blue striped shirt worn by the Art Howe character). All in all, this is a good, solid, filmic, but not great HD presentation of a modern film.
Tier Recommendation: 1.75
Sony KDL52EX700, 8 foot viewing distance
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