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The hc4000 is a good projector for 2D movies if you are not sensitive to rainbows. Out of all projectors claimed to have 4x or faster color wheels, the hc4000 has so much more RBE, and I suppose some of it was the high contrast. I have no issues with a Benq w7000's RBE in 4x color wheel mode, it has very little, but the hc4000 was like rainbow city.
That said the hc4000's image was quite underrated, it absolutely creams others in this price class at black levels (not counting Irises of course), and it did have ridiculously high ANSI, way higher than any other budget projector. The problem is Mitsubishi designed it for max contrast and didn't get the focus uniformity perfect, so for HTPC usage it isn't as good as some are.
Also, it is only 2D of course. I used to own it, but now own a Viewsonic and the Benq. Mits was better at movies if you could live with the rainbows. The hc8000 will be similar to the hc4000, but not quite as good of contrast unless you count the IRIS, but I heard the dynamic Iris on the hc8000 is not very good.
I would instead look at a JVC RS-46 as a general thing, or maybe one of the new Sony's.