Movie Review: BATMAN: HUSH (4K UHD Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

BATMAN: HUSH was directed by Justin Copeland from a script by Ernie Altbacker and features the voice talents of Jason O’Mara and Jennifer Morrison as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle, respectively. The cast also includes Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane, Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor, Vanessa Williams as Amanda Waller, Jason Spisak as Joker, Peyton List as Batgirl, Peyton List as Poison Ivy, Geoffrey Arend as the Riddler, Sean Maher as Nightwing, Maury Sterling as Thomas Elliot, Bruce Thomas as Jim Gordon, Adam Gifford as Bane, Sachie Alessio as Lady Shiva, Stuart Allan as Damian Wayne, James Garrett as Alfred, Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn, Chris Cox as Scarecrow and Tara Strong as Reporter. Jim Krieg & Alan Burnett are co-producers. Amy McKenna is producer. Michael Uslan is executive producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker.

An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life – which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.

Hush, a mysterious new super villain comes to Gotham and Batman finds himself up against an opponent who watches from the shadows as he turns the Cape Crusader’s world upside down. Hush also knows way too much about Batman. The Caped Crusader goes up against all of his arch enemies like Bane, Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Clayface and Riddler but he has some help this time thanks to Catwoman. The relationship between these two frenemies gets hot and Batman even reveals that he’s really Bruce Wayne and it just looks like things are really going to work for these two.

What happens is, Batman finds out that Hush has been pulling the strings with the other super villains causing all of the latest chaos all along and then the identity of this dangerous new threat is finally revealed and it’s a shocker. Batman battles it out with Hush and has him in a vulnerable situation where he can either pull the villain to safety or let him fall and perish but Catwoman steps in and makes the deadly call for him. The two narrowly escape and in the end they realize that maybe it’s not time for them to jump into this relationship because Batman wanted to save Hush but Catwoman knew he couldn’t be saved so she made the tough decision.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The UHD disc is black and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc features some etched artwork and the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. 4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc features Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. The picture and sound quality for this UHD release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, Batman: Hush ended up being another exciting entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies that’s produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC. I liked the story about this mysterious new super villain who comes to Gotham and knows way too much about Batman before they even meet. He knows how to hurt the Caped Crusader the most without even touching him and it gets under Batman’s skin so much that he loses it for a bit until he comes to his senses. This animation style isn’t my favorite but it all looks good enough and gets the job done. My favorite style is and always will be the classic Bruce Timm style. Anyway, I thought the voice cast did a really good job with their characters and the storytelling was great. There’s a lot of action and plenty of adult content so watch out if you’re thinking about letting the younger kiddos watch this one. All in all, this wasn’t my favorite entry in the always entertaining animated movie franchise from WB and DC but I did enjoy it. Batman: Hush will be available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on August 6th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K UHD Video: 2160p Ultra High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

4K UHD Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include the new animated short Sgt. Rock, a featurette that focuses on the relationship between Selina Kyle and Batman/BruceWayne, some audio commentary, a sneak peek at the next animated adventure, two classic animated episodes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock (Animated Short) – From executive producer and director Bruce Timm comes the first new DC Showcase animated short since 2011’s Catwoman, bringing DC Comics’ gritty World War II hero to animated life in an all-new adventure. (14:55)
  • Batman: Love in Time of War (Featurette)– Dangerous. Seductive. Villain. Hero. This is the story of Selina Kyle and the relationship she has forged with the world’s greatest detective. (16:53)
  • Audio Commentary – Executive Producer James Tucker, Director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker share their thoughts and insights on Batman: Hush.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection. (10:00)
  • A Preview of Batman: Assault on Arkham (07:29)
  • From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series, “Catwalk: (21:17)
  • Digital Copy
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