While its definitely related to the source, its not the only factor. Mine is worst on broadcast TV (or standard def re-broadcast on High-def channels), can be bad on some DVDs and just noticable on some High Def programs. Note that its easiest to catch on DVD as you can pause.
I can best describe it as a flaring of the bright parts of the face, generally like a solarization of the higher areas of the cheeks. They become highlighted, generally reddish or yellowish instead of skin colored, and more grainy. Its only on the faces. I've tried all sorts of adjustements using DVE and LOTR (1) as my guides. I wonder if its related to contrast or basically a poor color map vs intensity for red/yellow.
Thus I'd love to see some settings that others are using to get thier screens looking good. Here's my best shot using DVE:
User mode, DVD (LOTR)
Input 3 Component
Red Yellow Green Cyan Blue Magenta
Hue 1 3 0 2 1 0
Saturation -12 -5 2 0 -3 0
Value 7 1 3 -1 7 5
Colur Temp Middle
Sharpness Enhancement 0
Automatic Contrast On
All of the shipped Picture modes (Dynamic, Standard, Movie etc) look overly saturated to me.
I'm wondering how many other controls are available on the service menu? Does professional calibration require access to the service menu? Or are they working with these adjustments above?
Note that in Aus, our units are like the UK version, no HDMI or firewire, 1xDVI and 1xComponent, 3xUseless Scart! A bit of a rip...