Click to enlarge. so close. This JVC did very well on shadow detail. It wasn't spectacular, but solid. As it turns out, the Epson 8700UB bested it in my favorite scenes, which is interesting, as the 8700UB reviewed much better than previous Epson UBs. This was the first time in the 4 years of UBs and high contrast JVC's that the Epson revealed more dark shadow detail, than the "entry level" (though more expensive), JVC. Difference isn't great, but the JVC really seems to be about average compared to the competition, while a few others do better work in this regard.
Don't sweat it, there's plenty of dark shadow detail there. We really are talking very subtle differences, when actually watching content. In the train scene below, it's not exactly like you are staring at the shrubs when the scene is playing. You are watching the train, and it's headlight (the brightest thing on your screen at that point.