Finally got around to some real live action 3D, had my first movie night with a bunch of friends from work come over to watch the Hobbit (the only live action shot in 3D I have so far). Wow and wow. Watched in THX mode, calibrated with the S&M disc. Plenty bright. I think, even in the dark scenes, the director paid attention to lighting specifically for 3D. Important characters/elements always had some kind of direct lighting, or backlighting enough to define their outlines- so there was always enough light for 3D (as opposed to the Avengers, for example, where some scenes at the beginning they are just too dark to really be watchable in 3D IMHO).
Anyways, everyone said it was the best 3D they had seen. One guy almost didn't come because he always gets motion sick with 3D- no so last night- and that's during a 3+ hour movie.
I did feel kinda bad, the guy who bought my 8500 came over, I think he's wanting 3D now...
The fan was noticable to me one time during a quiet scene, and I'm pretty sensitive to it. Otherwise we cranked the volume up and got lost in the movie. I will say, after the first hour or so I quit paying attention to the 3D effects and just let myself get immersed in the movie- it was simply amazing. Felt like I was there, but without the soap opera effect (I did have FI on low).
Anyways, it proved to me that 1)THX cinema 3D mode is plenty bright, for well made 3D movies. 2) The fan is only an issue for really quiet material and only when it's on 3D or high lamp (sits directly above my seating position, 8' ceilings). 3) This PJ rocks.
BTW I calibrated 3D settings with the S&M disc, haven't tried 3D dynamic yet for comparison, but I was very happy with the colors/blacks during the movie last night.
I don't have a way to fine tune individual colors (ie no color meter). But I did use the gain for each color against the individual color contrast menus on the advanced video portion of the disc. Greens were getting WAY crushed in dynamic mode and had to be turned down to the tune of -12 gain. Does that seem excessive?
What level brightness in 3D was your setting at and what lamp mode was it in?