Batman: Hush appears in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. Though not bad, the image seemed weaker than anticipated.
Sharpness became the main problematic area, as wider shots could seem surprisingly soft. Most of the movie offered good delineation, but more than a few iffy elements created moderate distractions.
No issues with shimmering or jaggies materialized, and I saw no edge haloes or noise reduction. Of course, I found no print flaws here.
In terms of colors, Hush went with a stylized look. It tended toward low-key tones and favored a fairly teal appearance much of the time. The colors seemed fine, as they represented their intended schemes, and the 4K UHD’s HDR added impact to the tones.
Blacks were deep and dark, but shadows could seem a little opaque, another factor that added to the semi-softness. Though I still felt the image merited a “B-“, it looked less appealing than I thought it would.
When I examined the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Hush, it created a fine sense of action. The movie packed a lot of battles and involving material, and it used the five channels to impart that information in a lively manner. Explosions and fights filled the channels to create a full spectrum, and quieter elements fleshed out the room as well.
Across the board, the material sounded good. Speech remained distinctive and concise, without edginess, and music seemed vivid and full.
Effects appeared accurate and tight, with clear highs and some powerful lows. All in all, the mix worked nicely.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Both came with the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, so expect no changes there.
As for the visuals, the 4K UHD felt a little tighter, and it offered more dynamic colors and blacks. However, don’t expect a major difference, as the 4K UHD still seemed a bit soft. It’s the stronger of the two but not by a wide margin.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD, but the included Blu-ray copy comes with some, and we begin with an audio commentary from executive producer James Tucker, director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the source and its adaptation, story/characters, cast and performances, animation and design.
While amiable and moderately informative, this never becomes an especially compelling chat. We get decent notes – mainly about changes from the source – but the end result feels lackluster. Though worth a listen, the commentary never turns into something especially winning.
Under DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock, we find a 14-minute, 55-second animated short that – surprise! – focuses on the supernatural war-time adventures of the title character. With Karl Urban as the lead, this ends up as a reasonably exciting program.
A featurette called Love in Time of War spans 16 minutes, 53 seconds and involves Copeland, Altbacker, Tucker, licensed clinical psychologist Andrea Letamendi, publisher Dan Didio, and publisher/artist Jim Lee.
“Love” examines the evolution of Catwoman as well as her depiction in Hush. Though I fail to understand why “Love” discusses the 1960s and 1990s live-action Catwomen but leaves out Dark Knight Rises, the show still offers a good mix of insights.
A Sneak Peek for Batman: Assault on Arkham runs seven minutes, 29 seconds and offers info from Tucker, casting director Andrea Romano, co-director Jay Oliva, screenwriter Heath Corson, and actors Troy Baker and Matthew Gray Gubler.
We learn about the film’s story/characters as well as cast and various production elements. It’s another promotional piece, of course, but it’s more interesting than most.
We also find a Sneak Peek for Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. It fills 10 minutes with notes from Tucker, writer Mairghread Scott, producer Jim Krieg, voice director Wes Gleason and actors Rosario Dawson and Jeffrey Donovan.
This “Sneak Peek” follows the same path as the prior one. It also seems enjoyable but largely oriented toward selling product.
Finally, From the DC Comics Vault provides “Catwalk”, an episode from Batman: The Animated Series. It goes for 21 minutes, 17 seconds.
As implied by the title, “Catwalk” involves Catwoman, as we see the character’s attempt to avoid crime – and her return when recruited by Scarface. It’s a fun episode.
The disc opens with ads for Reign of the Supermen and Joker. Trailers adds promos for Shazam and Justice League vs. the Fatal Five.
Packed with action and DC Comics notables, Batman: Hush becomes a pretty entertaining adventure. However, it fails to bring us a particularly compelling plot or main villain, factors that rob it of the ability to reach greatness. The 4K UHD brings oddly soft visuals along with very good audio and a reasonable roster of bonus materials. Hush seems fun but it lacks the dramatic impact of the better Batman tales.
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