Unlike its pixel-popping 4K HDR sibling, the Sony VPL-HW65ES doesn’t grab you by the eyeballs straight from the off. It coaxes you in gently and enticingly, until you’re completely immersed in what you’re watching.
The picture quality is wonderful. 4K may have the extra pixels (and HDR opens up a world of subtleties), but the VPL-HW65ES’s Full HD resolution has no problem digging up fine detail.
You can pick out the different textures of clothing that the townsfolk of ParaNorman are wearing, right down to ratty sneakers and the fluff on a well-worn jumper. Even in the stop-motion animated world, there’s a realistic feel to the way the trees, houses and streets look, while the green tinge around the ghosts gives an appropriately unearthly feel.
Colours are natural, yet also rich. A less capable projector would have struggled with distinguishing the various hues of brown and grey in The Imitation Game, but the Sony displays the various wooden textures and black and grey suits with ease. Skin tones and textures look believable, too – there’s plenty of subtlety on show here.
It’s a very filmic picture, by which we mean that it has that quality that you associate with watching film reels in the cinema: there’s the kind of depth and detail that doesn’t shout out at you, the colours and sharpness of the picture are believable, all the while completely drawing you into the film.