The Disaster Artist appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a satisfactory presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the flick was accurate and detailed.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.
In terms of colors, Artist opted for a heavily orange and teal palette. Within those parameters, the hues were positive.
Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. I felt happy with the transfer.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Artist, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up on occasion, mainly in terms of restaurant or movie set atmosphere. Nothing especially memorable occurred, though.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough.
Those elements didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly satisfactory soundtrack for this sort of movie.
When we shift to extras, we begin with an audio commentary from actor/director James Franco, filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, actor Dave Franco, author Greg Sestero and writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. With Sestero on the phone, all six sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the production of Artist and areas related to Wiseau and The Room.
Despite the presence of six participants, the commentary really offers “The James and Tommy Show”, as those two occupy most of the track. In particular, James tries to get Tommy to dig into various areas, and the ever-slippery Wiseau provides a foil.
I like the fact James doesn’t kiss Tommy’s butt – he challenges Wiseau’s BS on a nearly-constant basis – but I admit I wish the commentary included the others more and also focused more heavily on the creation of Artist. This often feels more like a discussion of The Room than Artist, so while it’s fun, it’s not as informative as I’d like.
Three featurettes follow, and Oh, Hi Mark: Making a Disaster runs 13 minutes, seven seconds and brings remarks from James Franco, Neustadter, Weber, Sestero, Dave Franco, actor/producer Seth Rogen, producers Vince Jolivette, James Weaver and Evan Goldberg, and actors Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver and Alison Brie.
“Mark” looks at the project’s roots/development, story and characters, cast and performances, and attempts to recreate The Room. Though somewhat superficial, “Mark” offers a decent overview of production topics.
During the seven-minute, seven-second Directing a Disaster, we hear from Jacki Weaver, James Franco, Rogen, Jolivette, Goldberg, James Weaver, Brie, director of photography Brandon Trost, and actor Paul Scheer. “Directing” views the relationship among director and producers as well as challenges James Franco faced in his dual roles. This turns into another short but acceptably informative little piece.
Just a Guy Leaning on a Wall: Getting to Know Tommy lasts seven minutes, 12 seconds and features Graynor, Rogen, Wiseau, James Weaver, Goldberg, Neustadter, Jacki Weaver, Dave Franco, Scheer, Sestero, Brie, Weber, costume designer Brenda Abbandandolo,
head hair stylist Vanessa Price, head makeup artist Sweet P Vaughn, and actors Ike Barinholtz, Keegan Michael Key, Kristen Bell, Kevin Smith, Adam Scott, and Danny McBride.
Here we get a taste of the real Tommy. It’s fun to see more of Wiseau, especially when we watch an in-character James Franco chat with him.
We also find a Gag Reel. It goes for four minutes, six seconds and presents the usual array of goofs and giggles. It’s forgettable.
The disc opens with ads for Lady Bird, The Florida Project, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Swiss Army Man and A Ghost Story. We also find the trailer for Artist.
Entertaining but insubstantial, The Disaster Artist never digs very deep. Still, it presents a fun experience most of the time. The Blu-ray brings us very good picture with adequate audio and a few bonus materials. Artist becomes a mostly enjoyable mix of comedy and drama.