Before I comment on the PQ, I want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. If you are a Clint Eastwood fan (as I am), you will NOT be disappointed. This is, IMHO, his best performance. I found myself laughing sporadically at his crude one-liners and grunts (you will LOVE his grunts!!), and I was touched by the change in his character as the movie progressed. A class act, to be sure!
I have been spoiled as of late by several "demo-worthy" titles, and if it were not for that I may have been tempted to nominate Gran Torino for a spot in Tier 1. This was a decent transfer with much to commend it, but it falls a notch short of Gold in my book.
It reminded me quite a bit of the PQ in Defiance....with a subdued color palette yet very sharp with strong contrast, better-than-average blacks, good shadow detail, spot on flesh tones, and impressive detail in facial close-ups (though not nearly as good in this department as in Defiance). I would say the most striking virtue of GT was its depth and dimensionality. There were some scenes where I thought I was wearing those weird 3D glasses that G3 was talking about recently!
Seriously though, you will be amazed at the incredible depth sprinkled throughout the film.
I didn't notice any anomalies, but there were a few isolated shots that were somewhat soft, and as I intimated earlier the color palette left much to be desired.
It's late, so I must finish up with the last note. As I stated at the outset, this falls a notch below Tier Gold, so the obvious rating is:Tier Recommendation: 2.0
Pioneer 60" Elite KURO....Panasonic BD30....Viewed from 8'