Hotel Artemis appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, this was an appealing transfer.
Sharpness looked fairly strong. Low-light interiors could seem a smidgen soft at times, but most of the film appeared accurate and well-defined.
Jagged edges and moiré effects remained absent, while edge haloes also failed to appear. Print flaws stayed absent as well.
Like most modern films of this sort, Artemis went with teal and orange. These tones seemed predictable, but they worked fine within the movie’s design parameters and showed good delineation.
Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows showed nice clarity and smoothness. I thought this was a consistently positive image.
I also felt pleased with the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. With a fair amount of action on display, the mix used the channels in an involving manner throughout much of the film.
This meant gunfire and other mayhem all around the room, and the elements connected in a concise, smooth way. Add to that music as a bold partner and the soundscape turned into an aggressive partner.
Audio quality always satisfied. Music was dynamic and full, and effects followed suit, so those components came across as accurate and well-developed.
Speech seemed distinctive and crisp, without edginess or other issues. Everything impressed in this well-rendered soundtrack.
In terms of extras, we only get one: an audio commentary from writer/director Drew Pearce and producer Adam Siegel. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, stunts and action, music, effects, and connected domains.
Expect a fast, breezy commentary, as the chatty Pearce maintains a lively tone from start to finish. Siegel chimes in with good counterpoints as well, and the pair mesh to make this a fun and informative piece.
With a strong cast and an exciting third act, Hotel Artemis almost earns my recommendation. However, the first hour drags too much and packs in elevated melodrama, factors that make the end result spotty. The Blu-ray brings very good picture and audio along with a strong audio commentary. Artemis doesn’t flop but it doesn’t live up to expectations either.