ok, Tried changing the black value on hdmi, not an option, well, an option, but not under "standard" or "movie" mode.
But now i'm officially totally baffled. I just came back from Best Buy and returned the samsung 26d4003, but still have the un22d5003. When i first left the house, i swear it was like "Oh yeah, so that's what people look like".
While at best buy i went to double check the 5000 they had on display. What is very odd, is that there it was, white people's faces were overly peach or tan most of the time, or the opposite, pale and greyish, and black people's faces were often washed out. blues and greens were popping off the screen while neutrals were slightly washed out. The poor bear jumping for the fish in the nature scene was sort of not quite a rich brown, but faded compared to the tv next to it. The fish he caught was just like the guy's outfit in pic #1, all sorta one color, even though i know he wasn't. I didn't notice any greenish tinge on some faces like on my 5003, and scene's seemed were possible a *little* clearer than mine but just like my pic above (probably just the difference btwn the "store" setting and "home" setting), details were much less clear than my old 19 (or any other tv i can remember watching in the last half decade).
I thought, maybe i'm just getting old and bright and fake primary colors are the new thing, and neutrals being washed out in comparison are how things are these days, lol, so i went to the geek squad guy and showed him the photos that i posted above, he agreed with me that the 1st pic looked very bad compared to pic 2. i said, 'it is, right? it's not just me?' he said, anyone could see that one is better. So maybe it is a case of they just don't make 'em like they used to, but i know you guys know a lot so i know someone would have mentioned that these days colors are just bizarre. But even after that, i walked down the street and thought, let me compare with reality, nope, green greys were different than greys (like 2nd pic above), colors didn't come in the 2 modes of either flourescent or blah. So after all that, the best i can come up with is i'm just not hip to the new thing of non-realistic color.
Just ordered a new hdmi cable, and based on my trip to best buy, pretty sure that won't work. and ordered a new battery charger for my camera, since i just misplaced it, so i can take more photos and send them to samsung and they can tell me whether it's the new thing and i'm just stuck in the 3 years ago realistic color thing. *Frustrated*. If they tell me pictures like the 5003 pic #1 is better than pic 2, my old sammy that i think looks better, then i'll just return and get something different.