So I watched my first Blu-Ray last night (Super 8), and all I have to say is WOW!! The PQ with BR is amazing...just as good as my 58" Sammy plasma, and 70"!!! Again, make sure you have made the basic tweaks that are referenced earlier in this thread. There was ZERO SOE, ZERO motion-blur, blacks and colors looked AWESOME, and the picture had that "movie-like" look that you strive for, and that plasmas are known for.
I made some minor picture adjustments, in addition to the basic tweaks:
- Movie Mode (I am finding that Movie mode is the best for everything, with some tweaking depending on source, day or night)
- Reduced Backlight to 0
- Left Contrast at +30
- Reduced Brightness to -5
- Color to +10
- Tint to +5
- Sharpness to +3
I left everything else as previously-discussed. Again, this was for nighttime viewing, with a bit of ambient light from various accent or kitchen lights.
Again, it just looked FANTASTIC, and was noticeably better than the various broadcast HD sources (Cox HD cable), which vary wildly. I still feel I need to continue to fine-tune the color, and really dial-in the black-level, but it ROCKED!
I will note that, for the first time, I noticed some faint "clouding" when the screen went to all-black, either before the movie, or during it, but it seemed to quickly go away, or was non-impactful to the picture. In other words, who cares? It doesn't impact anything relative to what you're watching. It's a nit that has no bearing on me.
More to follow as I tweak it further. I expect to use slightly different settings for daytime viewing of sports, shows, etc, based on a lot of bright sunlight in the large room.
Last point: Going to 70" is the real-deal. Anyone that is on the fence as to 64/65" plasma vs. bigger in LCD needs to see what the difference is when watching a BR movie...GO BIG!! Most immersive experience for me thus far, in terms of home-viewing! I'm glad I didn't "settle" for "just" 64/65"!!