Now that that aspect is out of the way I'm going to move onto why you can't really rely on the opinion on the 3D Blu-ray from "most" of the forum members because they just don't know what to look for. I just wanted to point out once again that the issue is with the encode on the retail disc because the brightness levels were measure scientifically directly from disc comparing several shots throughout the movie including explosion and lens flare heavy shots what would be the brightest and they showed a definite loss in brightness after the 42 minute mark. Just go back to the links I posted especially the second one that has the data to the right of the screenshots showing the scientifically measure brightness levels. And to address the issue of using anyones opinions on Blu-rays to judge whether something is correct or wrong because there are cases where the home cinema/blu-ray enthusiast catch things that the general public doesn't notice or know how to look for. "The Dark Knight" on Blu-ray is probably one of the most recommended Blu-rays for most people for "reference quality" and "Blu-ray to show off to friends". Yet the enthusiast home cinema owners and Blu-ray collectors know their is a massive error with the transfer on the retail disc. The contrast is overcooked, the 35mm material has poorly applied digital noise reduction and artificial sharpening aka "edge enhancement". This is backed up Torsten Kaiser who is a film restorationist. And here is what he had to say about "The Dark Knight" on Blu-ray
And here is a comment from Robert Harris another film restorationist (that worked on The Godfather trilogy restoration) on the LOTR FOTR Blu-ray issue that was a pretty big discussion on Blu-rays forumsTK: The Dark Knight Blu-ray transfer has certainly raised a lot of questions and debate. Have you been involved in those discussions?
KB: Some. I certainly have my opinions on the transfer, and many of them are negative.
TK: On the web, a lot of people have been saying, "oh, it's way too contrast-y" and so on and so forth. And that is correct. Others have said there is a lot of edge enhancement present. And, yes, it is, mainly because of the changes in contrast; specifically changes made to whites and in the lower grayscale. Many of the edge halos or pixel breakups, as they are being called, that appear are present due to contrast changes, not necessarily by way of what people call edge enhancement. On The Dark Knight Blu-ray transfer, the biggest error by far the biggest error its producers committed was the complete change of the film's original color timing. The Dark Knight was not copied with an optical printer. The original material I held it in my hands it was gorgeous. It was absolutely gorgeous. It was I fell flat off my chair. (Laughs) The colors are so different compared to those that appear in the Blu-ray transfer. I've seen the Blu-ray once, and I've never looked at it again. It's very unfortunate too because it makes the Blu-ray image exactly what it is. And this is something that is hugely important. It also unfortunately happened, albeit in a different way, to North By Northwest. When I saw North by Northwest, I talked to Robert Harris about it specifically about the opening being de-grained to a level that you begin to see line twitter. It's a side effect from a de-graining tool which causes the layers to wobble a little. It's a weird thing that should have never made it past the quality control stage. They should have known exactly what caused it and should have changed it.
Sources:I have just spent another hour, beginning at 6am, with the new FotR / EE / BD.
Just as an aside, having worked with both silent and sound projects, black & white, tinted (both stock as well as dye), tinted and toned, Eastman Color, three-strip, as well as both printed to dye transfer Technicolor, I'm reasonably attuned to color, timing, densities, etc.
And after continuously reading about the color problems on FotR, I have concluded that I do, in fact, have a defective set. I'll be requesting a back-up copy from WB, and will reconsider my earlier comments.