, you've sold me.
I tried your settings tonight (previously, I was using Cinema Film 1, which DOES have some other things turned on in Advanced (Color correction, I believe, perhaps one other setting) which Reference does NOT have turned on. Also, before in Cinema Film 1, I didn't have the contrast as high as max (I had something like 75, can't remember).
But trying Reference with everything you mentioned, I'm definitely impressed. The end of Mission Impossible 5 was nearly unwatchable before (dark outdoor scene)...but now, SO much better.
I tried a bunch of movies, ones even that I think look great when the 885ES is in HDR mode...like Dark Knight Rises' opening sequence...and I felt they looked about the same. The Warner logo still had that vibrant HDR-like "pop" to it, the airplane sequence looked great, etc.
I've been running the 885ES in HDR mode on Cinema Film 1 for a few months, so I've gotten used to how bright it can be. But obviously, many movies look very muddy in darker scenes. Some movies (Bourne Identity, Prestige, part of MI5, part of Predator) were borderline unwatchable before during the dark scenes.
I will say this: I would say the eye-blinding brightness that I've noticed in certain scenes in certain movies is still quite bright, but maybe around 85-90% as bright as what I can remember. But if that means gaining the much better shadow detail in dark scenes, I'll definitely take it. Now if only Oppo would release a f/w update to do tone mapping like this, then we'd have the ultimate (HDMI In, etc)...I actually believe they will, eventually.
Thanks so much...