Archenemy appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a decent but erratic presentation.
Sharpness turned into one of the inconsistent elements, as some aspects of the movie looked oddly soft. While most of the movie seemed fairly well-defined, these less precise moments created minor distractions. I suspected these issues largely stemmed from stylistic choices, but they still seemed strange.
I saw no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked edge haloes. The film showed no print flaws.
Colors opted for heavily stylized tones that mixed blue, purple, orange, amber and red. These choices could look a little dense, though the image usually pulled them off in a satisfactory manner.
Blacks were a bit crushed, and shadows could seem somewhat heavy at times, though neither issue became a true distraction. Ultimately, the picture fell into the “not bad” category but that was about it.
While not overly ambitious, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack worked well. A few more action-oriented scenes used the spectrum best, as some violence packed a punch.
Most of the soundfield emphasized the film’s moody score as well as environmental elements. These broadened the mix in a compelling manner.
Audio quality seemed good, with speech that comes across as natural and concise. Music appeared vivid and robust as well.
Effects offered solid clarity, with nice range and low-end impact. This turned into a worthwhile mix.
The Making of Archenemy runs six minutes, 53 seconds and brings comments from actors Joe Manganiello, Skylan Brooks, Zolee Griggs, and Amy Seimetz.
The featurette examines story and characters as well as performances. A few minor insights result but this mostly feels promotional, which feels odd since it includes tremendous spoilers.
The disc opens with ads for Mandy and Color Out of Space. No trailer for Archenemy appears here.
Parts of Archenemy show creativity and point toward a clever spin on the superhero genre. Unfortunately, the final product lacks the necessary focus and it doesn’t quite connect. The Blu-ray brings erratic picture with good audio and minor bonus materials. This becomes a watchable adventure but not a memorable one.