All most all new bluray release in the past 2 years the director has been involved in the look of the BD. Ironman is one of the best looking blurays out there, so I have no idea what your talking about on that.
Bad calibration can make a $5k tv look like junk. You don't need a ISF calibration, most tv's have the settings needed to look great as long as one knows what their doing.
B&M stores suck and it not a place to judge a tv or bluray. Most of the tv's are set to 'Vivid mode' and it will make anything cr@py. Nothing in say BB will look anything close to what you get in a theater.. It can not, the lighting is crazy, Engadget.com today has a article about the lighting in B&M stores and judging tv's PQ, sum it up you can not.
What sized tv do you have, model number and how far do you sit???????
Over the last year, I've gone back and forth over whether to update my rig to Blue Ray. As someone who's traditionally been something of an early adopter, it hasn't been the cost of Blu Ray players that has kept me away.
No the problem is that I'm not sold on the benefits. To be more accurate, I don't know if I LIKE the "benefits". Everytime I've gone into an electronics dealer, I immediately pick out the displays that are running films off of Blu Ray discs because they are the LEAST ATTRACTIVE. The resolution seems so extreme, everything on the screen looks so sharply dilineated, that the cinematic quality is lost. Everything seems like high res security camera footage.
Which is fine if the film is intended to be verite. But was that really how the creators behind "Batman Begins" (particularly awful looking), "Iron Man" or "Slumdog Millionaire" (all playing at the store) wanted their films to be perceived? I doubt it, and it's not what I want from them either. That said, Peter Jackson's "King Kong" was playing on another screen that claimed to be ISF calibrated. And it looked excellent! The image was beautiful, crisp while retaining the cinematic look I thought was lost with Blu Ray. When I asked, the salesperson swore the display's source was a Blu Ray disc, not a DVD.
So, is it possible? If so, can ANY Blu Ray disc look like that if the display is calibrated right? Or did the salesperson not know what he was talking about?