Originally Posted by Hooterville
ELMO, what firmware version do you have?
I updated to the most recent firmware before posting the original picture - 1015
Originally Posted by Joxer
Have you tried reducing the contrast and backlight setting under Movie mode and compare?
That can reduce flashlighting and clouding effects - view in the dark to see the effect best.
I got the Disney WOW BluRay to do some calibrating tonight...I messed with Movie mode with backlight and contrast but still had clouding. However, when I switch to Standard Mode clouding improves significantly to the point where I don't notice it on a black screen (it is still there but I can't see it with my eyes. I had to use the long shutter function on my camera to capture the clouding - my previous picture was with a normal shutter speed - so while it may not look improved in pictures in reality it is much much better). I was also better able to match test patterns in Standard Mode vs Movie Mode, for example in Movie Mode even with contrast set to 100 it was not high enough to get to "ideal white" which I was able to do in Standard Mode. So perhaps it is just an issue with Movie Mode and having lower contrast/brightness and that brings out clouding? By no means is Standard Mode too bright and washing the picture. Another helpful tip I read is to use ECO mode to have the backlight reduce automatically to a set level (I am using 4) as it helps with clouding, which is most apparent when watching dark content in a dark room.
Reading through the UNxxES8000 thread a lot of users said they preferred Standard Mode to Movie as Standard seems to have better black levels, which I am guessing has to do with a higher contrast ratio - I am in agreement with this. Nitra also posted that the ES8000 series (which is similar enough I think it would apply here) takes 3-4 weeks to break-in during which clouding should reduce. So I might wait two weeks with my Standard Mode setting and then switch to Movie Mode to compare to see if clouding does indeed improve.
Some Quick TV Settings for the picture below: Standard Mode, Backlight 8 (ECO on), Contrast 99, Brightness 50