The Hustle appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 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.
Like most films of this sort, Hustle gave us an amber-tinted palette. Some teal appeared as well, but the golden feel dominated. 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 7.1 soundtrack of Hustle, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up on occasion, mainly in terms of casino or club 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. They 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.
As we head to the set’s extras, we start with an audio commentary from director Chris Addison. He provides a running, screen-specific look at the source and its adaptation, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, editing and other domains.
Peppy and chatty, Addison offers a fun commentary. He covers a lot of useful subjects and makes this a lively, informative view of the film.
Three featurettes follow, and Hitting the Mark lasts four minutes, 34 seconds and brings notes from Addison, co-writer Jac Schaeffer, and actors Rebel Wilson, Anne Hathaway and Alex Sharp.
“Mark” examines the source and remake issues, story and characters, cast and performances. It gives us a fluffy and insubstantial reel.
With Comedy Class, we get a five-minute, 50-second reel that provides comments from Hathaway, Schaeffer, Wilson, Addison, and Sharp.
“Class” discusses cast, characters and performances, costumes and sets. A few decent shots from the production emerge but like “Mark”, this one largely feels promotional.
Finally, Con Artists goes for six minutes, 31 seconds and features Hathaway, Addison, Schaeffer, Wilson, Sharp, costume designer Emma Fryer, and actor Ingrid Oliver.
Via “Artists”, we hear about costumes, sets/locations, and Addison’s work on the shoot. Though still fairly superficial, “Artists” manages a better level of information that its siblings.
The disc opens with ads for Fighting With My Family, Little, There’s Nothing Like Family, Wild Nights With Emily and Operation Finale. No trailer for The Hustle appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Hustle. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
A remake of a remake, The Hustle fails to find much new to due with the material. Despite the charm of its actors, the film never really ignites. The Blu-ray boasts very good picture along with adequate audio and supplements highlighted by an energetic commentary. Stick with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels instead of this tepid reimagining.