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Which plasma TV has good blacks?

I purchased a Panasonic Viera 42S2 Plasma TV (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+VIERA+42%22+Class+/+1080p+/+600Hz+/+Plasma+HDTV/9761068.p?id=1218168619373&skuId=9761068&st=panasonic%20viera%2042s2&cp=1&lp=1).  Overall, I'm happy with the TV.  But after watching several Blue Ray disc, it isn't what I'd expect.

Black areas in a movie turn purple and detail is lost.  Close ups of someone's face tend to smear together on certain areas of the face.  In other words, the side of someone's head with a buzzcut might blend into the same vague brown color and loose details of each little hair.

I'm guessing this shouldn't happen with Blue Ray and 1080p.  I did a lot of research before purchasing the TV and but apparently not enough.  What is the above phenomena called and what should I have looked for in the specs to avoid a TV that has it.

Next time, I'll bring a movie to BestBuy that produces these features on my TV.  I certainly think seeing the TV in action is necessary before buying.  But, you can only know so much if you aren't completely informed.
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Plasmas are known for superior black levels than LCD.  Your plasma has a contrast ratio of *2 million to 1*.  That's a ridiculous number....there aren't many TV's out there with better black levels than yours.  

Be happy, you bought a great TV.  Enjoy.
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So...what is going on with these horrible blacks?
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@ Michael-Best:

Yes on both of those.
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