I think the first may have been converted RAW vs large jpeg for the second- there may have been some loss due to that conversion.
The small format of the forum doesn't do justice to the detail in the images: I was trying to choose shots that still had lots of detail when the pause button was pushed.
Some explanation of the images:
shot 1: Art of Flight- chosen because of the detail in both the helicopter and the airplane. Look for things like rivets, seams in the aluminum, detail in the skids, Travis Rice's jacket, etc.
shot 2: Art of Flight- chosen for color; not just the obvious helicopter, snowboard, and jackets- but also the mountain in the background on the right side of the image, the sky, and the details in the reflections of their goggles.
shot 3: Art of Flight- chosen to show the detial inside the helicopter cockpit- you can make out tons of detail through that canopy, but by being a wider angle in our shot- you can't see it as well.
shot 4: Avatar- look for the details in her hair, face, that thing on her face, and the gradients of the color in her skin. This shot is in fact less saturated on the screen as well because of the angle of the sun(s).
shot 5: Act of Valor- this is at the end of the "hot extraction" scene, it was chosen to show the low level details in his face, hair, and uniform.
shot 6: Transformers - dark of the moon- again, low level detail; but in this case the pause function wasn't as effective since the entire frame is in motion (most of the movie is that way- thanks Michael Bay). This scene is the release of the columns to erect the bridge.
shot 7 :same film as above, same scene, a few seconds later. chosen to show fine details in these two
shot 8: Shockwave brings down the building. high APL, again detail throughout the frame; foreground, background.
shot 9: "Mexican standoff" from the scene "decepticons in the convoy" ANSI contrast; look for the low level detail inside the shot of Ironhide- this has a pretty high APL even though he is rather dark.
shot 10: Art of flight once again- this image look for the detail in the colors- reflections, shades, etc. The blue of the helicopter is actually a fine metallic blue (familiar color for anyone that watches F1- RBR cars are this color).
If you think these look good through the filters of the internet, your computer/tablet/phone, then you should see them in real life. I was happy with the image before the calibration, though colors were oversaturated a bit and the image was almost painfully bright. Post color-cube calibration using our Radiance is pretty outstanding; considering the previous projectors we've had in this room (Sony Qualia, Titan Reference, and now the HD5), this is by far the most full-package image we've had: light output, color accuracy, detail, resolution.