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Mitsubishi hc4000 is better than the Epson 8350 for your purposes, although the 8350 has more brightness to punch through ambient light, but I think coming from DLP, LCD might bother you. Watch out for placement flexibility since the Mits has no lens shift. If you are more focused on movie viewing and black levels and not gaming, then I think a refurb Epson 8500ub or 8700ub is where it's at. I heard some were under $1500 or even far less now, but they probably have too much lag for you.
If you want 3D or just a brighter DLP, the Optoma hd33 would be another one. However, the hd33 isn't quite as good as the Mits at 2D for movies (but Optoma is semi-close), but the Optoma is brighter and it comes with 3D. Optoma hd33 is under $1,500. One thing about the Optoma is the placement is really tight, it has less Zoom than the Mits, so check the calculator in my SIG to find placement (or any calculator). Make sure it works.
If it were me and if it fit in my room, I'd probably buy the hd33 because it comes with 3D, has good 2D PQ, is brighter than the MIts hc4000, less RBE, and still comes with a 2-yr warranty.
I think the long-term reliability might be less on the Optoma than it is with the Mits, but the 2-year warranty should hopefully offset that.