Below are several images from Sin City (standard DVD), and exceptionally dark movie, that is primarily shot in black and white or sepia and white, with spot colors added.
In the first image of Nancy dancing, there is plenty of detail in the walls and
Here's another shot of Nancy, and below it, the same night scene with the red car, used in other reviews.
Overall, I consider the PT-AE1000U to be very good in terms of black levels, and one of the best in terms of revealing shadow details. At no time viewing any DVD, HD-DVD or HDTV, did I find any scenes where the Panasonic gave the impression of being flat without any detail at all in large dark areas where shadow details should be present.
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