okay, so after some reading it looks like the F8500 has issues with 1080p/24fps content, specifically displaying proper film motion cadence, unless you turn film mode on. unless it has been fixed with a firmware update? (the review i am reading is a year old).
if i turn film mode on (i only have cinema smooth as an option when playing 24p files off my WDTV) and i don't see any kind of difference. but when i turn it off, motion judder control is turned on for some reason (i see from the above post it is a bug and you have to turn it on/off again).
this is really frustrating, as movement in videos looks slightly off compared to my pioneer elite plasma.
so what exactly is film mode/cinema smooth supposed to do? i can't really see a difference turning it on.
i'm probably going to take in my WDTV box to the store and try playing some videos off the ZT60 there to see if it has the same issues. really don't want to have to switch to the ZT60 as the silver bezel is very distracting, and even with the lights out you can see a silverish outline around the TV.
from CNET: "Unfortunately, you do have to trade away true film cadence if you want the absolute deepest black levels the F8500 can deliver. When I switched the Film Mode setting from Off to Cinema Smooth, those inky blacks got slightly brighter, reaching about the level of the ST60 and the VT50 (from 0.002 fL to 0.004, if you're counting). That's not much of a jump, so film cadence purists might not mind making it. On the other hand, of course, all of the other sets delivered correct cadence without sacrificing black levels."
Last edited by stile; 07-07-2014 at 12:07 AM.