Okay, I'll be honest....I wish I were writing a review for an "audio thread" right now instead of a "PQ thread." But this is the Blu-ray PQ thread so I must focus on what I "saw" and not on what I "heard." What I saw wasn't all that impressive (in spite of the "experts" singing its praises). It wasn't bad, by any means, but the black levels were NOT what I was expecting. The very first dark scene was telling...with somewhat murky blacks in the film and with dark gray bars instead of the coveted deep black bars that literally disappear into the bezel. This was duplicated in many of the dark scenes, especially in the second half. Shadow details were so-so in these scenes, but again, they weren't what I expected based on glowing reviews that I had read. One could describe many of the darker scenes as "gritty" and "soft." This was, no doubt, the director's choice, but it doesn't translate into the EYE CANDY that is coveted by many that frequent this thread.
On a positive note, the first half fared much better (especially in its brighter, daytime scenes), with accurate flesh tones, demo-worthy details, pleasing colors, and strong contrast. But even in these scenes I didn't see the sharpness and clarity that I expect in current Blu-ray transfers. I truly thought I'd be watching a demo-worthy title, and perhaps even a contender for the reference tier, but in good conscience I can only go as high as...
Tier Recommendation: 2.0*
PS I feel compelled to add a word about the AUDIO. It ROCKED!! I was thoroughly impressed with the accuracy in each channel and the bass, though not as low as I would have liked, was loud and bone-chilling at times. If you have a decent 5.1/7.1 system you owe it to yourself to at least rent this for the audio track. You will NOT be disappointed (unless you are an extreme bass-head that refuses to listen to Blu-ray that are void of ULF
Viewed from 7.5' using the equipment listed below....