"True" 24p and 42PZ81E
I've read a LOT of contradictory information about this. Some users complain about 3:2 pulldown in these models (and they have photos to back it up). Vendors tell you that the new PZ86 is better on this point (though they may be poorly informed).
On the other hand, http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/1404724/index.html seems to imply otherwise: they say the whole new range can "play it back without judder" and 24P Real Cinema only adds IFC to that, so presumably models like the PZ81E which does not have Real Cinema can still play it back at something like 2:2 or 4:4 pulldown. And then there is this post:
OK, here it is from Panasonic - are you ready:
ALL the 2008 sets (bar the entry-level 50hz LCDs, which use 2:2) use 4:4 pulldown for 24fps.
In addition, those 85/800 sets mentioned above (ie all 800 sets plus 85 series plasmas) use Intelligent Frame Creation, which interlaces new frames (ie isn't just a repeat on a 4:4 pulldown) with the aim of creating an even smoother picture. This IFC can be switched on or off as you prefer.
I'm also forwarding this thread to Panasonic so they can see all your feedback - and join in should they wish!
Do you maintain what you said, and if so does it apply only to UK models (PZ81B) or to all European models (PZ81E)?
Thanks! Hopefully we can have a definitive answer on this.