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Are some DVD's darker than others?


I watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and the video was perfect, great levels of blacks, etc. I didn't have to do nothing to the plasma.


Now I watched Darkness Falls and in some points (this is a very dark movie) the blacks became more like green. I had to switch to interlaced (I always use progressive scan) and maybe the blacks were better.


The point is are there DVD's that look better than others in a plasma?


By the way I watched Ben Hur last night and noticed something like darkness falls, but I thought it was the age of the movie or the transfer.


This doesn't happen watching Directv via component video.


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What Plasma do you own?
 

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Willy, make sure you calibrate white and black levesl on your panel

with Avia or Video Essentials. Doing so should make your plasma

display blacks as best as it can.


I've seen what you are talking about but usually it is with older

DVDs with "so-so" transfers. I also see more often on DirecTV

channels where the compression of the material causes the blacks

to come out as a "noisy dark green blotches". Sorry to say I did

watch "Darkness Falls" this past weekend but I can't remember if

I saw the problem with the blacks or not.


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Black levels do vary between DVDs, due to original source material, the transfer etc. That's why most good professional DVD reviews include comments on quality of the black levels for each DVD.
 
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