As with each outing in this series, this is DARK throughout. This being the case one longs for good black levels and shadow details....I'm happy to say that they don't, for the most part, disappoint. There were a few instances of black crush, but overall we are treated to excellent clarity and sharpness in black levels with exceptional shadow detail (brick buildings, streets, rain drops, etc. were gleaming with fine detail).
Facial details were also exemplary in the majority of close-ups, with the exception of Kate Beckinsale (I fear the aging actress demanded enough make-up to cover her wrinkles and other *natural* flaws that come with years).
Colors were lacking due to the prominent dark scenes, but when primaries were manifested they popped. Flesh tones were a bit on the pale side, but hey, we're dealing with vampires so what can we expect.
I mentioned "excellent clarity and sharpness" above (regarding the many dark scenes) and this was true in daytime/outdoor scenes as well, though at times they faltered and I suspect the CGI is the main culprit here.
I did a search and found that I gave the third installment a 2.0 rating. I believe Awakening
was a tad better (besides, I'm feeling generous tonight) so I'm opting for....Tier Recommendation: 1.75*
Pioneer 60" KURO Elite (1080p/24)....Pioneer Elite 05....Viewed from 7.5'
PS If this were an audio thread I *might* be tempted to nominate this for the "King of the Hill." They spared no expense in this department with thunderous bass in multiple explosions and plenty of action in the surrounds. The movie itself sucked but it was worth the rental for the PQ and especially for the AQ.