I must say that when I shot a lot of color negative film, I really liked Portra 400NC. But I like subtle colors. It'll certainly be capable of imaging that kind of brightness range if you're careful. I also shot a bunch of 160VC, which didn't particularly impress me; it was nice, and all, but the speed/grain tradeoff wasn't dramatically different from 400NC's, so I went relatively quickly to Reala. NPH is the Fuji equivalent, which was fairly similar for my purposes; note that NPH changed formulation twice (now to Pro400 or something?) since then and I don't know what it's like now.
I have no experience with high speed color films, I'm afraid.