Yay. Some good news! Or... I guess it would be kinda bad news for some people. I have fixed some of the issues that I had in my write up but at a small/or big price depending on who you are. I knew this would work and others suggested it. You guys are right on.
With normal TVs what I do to set black level is go to a 0ire signal (black) and then crank it until it can't get darker. Of course Samsungs treshhold is 0ftl. That brought me to a brightness setting of 46, just like sharpjunkie. Well by turning brightness up to 51 and gamma at 2, most of the crush is gone. I am seeing more details.
In Batman Begins where Raz is talking to Bruce Wayne in the prison... I can now see the details to the left of Bruce Wayne's face, the details of the jail wall. 56 seemed to bring out all detail... I settled at 51.
Fact is I still see some crush going on. I used a test from Doom and to render all shadow detail I needed to hit 56 on brightness as well, which totally washed out the picture and black levels were now like a bad LCD at that point. So 51 again was my balance and it seems to be my happy spot.
Another benefit? The floating blacks and pulsating is still there but DRAMATICALLY lowered. I don't notice at as much at all. It doesn't look unatural anymore and it seems stable... if you look closely you'll still see it but it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb anymore. AWESOME!!
But the drawback here is all black screen being 0ftl? That goes bye bye. The contrast is still amazing though, but at the 46 brightness setting the contrast is unbelieveable and you had the 0ftl screen (at the cost of stability). Right now after my tinkering, the black level still glows a little at 0ire, but at least its somewhat stable(r).
Another draw back is that washed out colors now seem a tad bit more washed out. Highering the brightness effected bright scenes all be it minor in comparison to what it did for stability.
Well two problems down w/o too much scathing.
Now if I can get color to look right then we got ourselves a winner.
P.S.: D-nice, that scene where the many eyee monster kills the dude with that "tongue attack". You're supposed to see the monster? I see bits and pieces of him... but a full blown figure? No.