My wife and I just finished watching all 10 episodes of The Man in The High Castle. We did this over 3 nights and we couldn't stop watching.
First off the series is, IMO, just fantastic. The writing, acting, script twists and cinematography are all superb.
This was my first extended experience with HDR and, in the interest of full disclosure, I have not been a fan of any of the HDR demos I've seen, either in-store or at the last CES.
This series showed both the best and worst of HDR and its implementation. It both exceeded my expectations, but also confirmed some of my fears. Some of the scenes looked spectacular in HDR, as they looked both natural and unforced. Others had the unmistakable look of "Look at me, I'm HDR". The persistent scenes in front of blindingly bright windows became both tedious and way overdone. Yes, without HDR some of those scenes would not have been possible, but with HDR they certainly are. But the fact that can be done doesn't mean that they should be done...at least IMO.
As both my wife and I found, as we watched in our typically dark room, the blinding light from the window was simply way too overdone, uncomfortable and simply distracting. OK guys, we got it, you can do HDR. Leave HDR to those scenes that don't let the viewer think it's being done just to 'show off'. In fact neither my wife and I could recall any movie, TV show or series where so many scenes had the character in front of a blazingly bright window, or any window for that matter.
However the flip side of the coin was that some of the outdoor scenes, particularly the last episode, were just amazing in their natural brilliance and gorgeous cinematography. Here HDR worked and worked well. Some of the shots in the gun work shop, with sparks flying, also worked well in HDR because they looked natural and weren't forced.
Now, how about the performance of the 940c with HDR? I've read so many comments in different threads from the LCD naysayers about how FALD would be a total fail with HDR. Nonsense, utter nonsense. In virtually all scenes there was no spillover from one zone to another where light intrusion should not have been. Other than the overdone nature of some of the scenes I've already mentioned, the 940c's implementation of HDR was, IMO, impeccable.
Kudos to Sony and kudos to Amazon for this great series.
Edit: corrected name and episode #s