Batman: Hush – Blu-ray Review

Batman: Hush is a 2019 American direct-to-video animated superhero film that is based on the comic book story arc of the same name, and is the 13th installment of the DC Animated Movie Universe and the 35th overall film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line.  It follows Batman as he faces off against a new threat named Hush who knows all of Batman’s Secrets.

The Film Itself (3/5):

A continuation of the Warner Bros’ and DC Entertainment adaptation of the comic book stories, Batman: Hush takes the twelve-story 2002-2003 arc that was written by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair and brings it to home media.  If you’re a huge fan of the original story arc, you should go into this release with the understanding that this release brings quite a few changes.  Some may have issues with the changes that are brought forth, while others won’t as I felt that they didn’t necessarily add anything or alter much overall.  The story as a whole could’ve been presented a bit better, as the overall pacing of the story felt that it was drug out.  If you read the print version of the Hush storyline, you will feel some pieces of nostalgia as you progress through it, but if you’re going into this movie with that past experience, please know that this is a very, very loose adaptation.

Picture Quality (4/5):

Presented in the original 1.78:1 aspect ratio, the Blu-ray release of Batman: Hush looks pretty damn good, and is definitely up there with some of the more recent animated features.  There really isn’t much in terms of finer details or textures, but the powerful amount of shadows are very dominant and are executed very nicely.  Black levels are very deep, and there really isn’t any issues that I could see with aliasing or edge enhancement.  Overall, the display is solid, clean, and very impressive even on an older model 1080p television set.

Audio Quality (5/5):

Packaged with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix, the Blu-ray release of Batman: Hush packs one hell of an audio experience, especially if you have a home theater in your entertainment room.  The separation and transitions between the channels were seamless, and the movement certainly packs an insane immersive experience.  Dialogue is spoken cleanly, and the characters are able to be heard and understood without any issues whatsoever.

The Packaging (3/5):

The Blu-ray release of Batman:Hush comes packaged in the standard two-disc Blu-ray amaray case.  In that case, the Blu-ray copy and the DVD copy of the movie, both discs featuring Batman in a pose.  There is also a digital copy redemption pamphlet that’s been provided in the initial print run of the release and features the same artwork that’s been included on the case.

Special Features (3.5/5):

There are a number of special features included with the Blu-ray release of Batman: Hush.  The content included overs some insights into some of the work that’s been going on over at DC, some of the work that went into making this movie, and some sneak peeks into upcoming features coming down the road.  The material that’s been provided was really nicely done, and right on par with what we’ve seen with previous releases.  Included with this release is:

  • DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock
  • Batman: Love in Time of War
  • Optional Feature Audio Commentary
  • Sneak Peek – Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
  • Sneak Peek – Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series, “Catwalk”

Technical Specs:

Video

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Original Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)

Subtitles

English SDH, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

Runtime

Original Film: 82 Minutes

Final Thoughts:

Overall, sitting down with Batman: Hush was a really cool experience, despite the small changes that were made to the story arc.  The visual and audio presentation of the Blu-ray release were pretty spectacular, and I can only imagine how good the visual boost is with the 4K UHD release.  If you’re considering this release for your collection, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.  Batman: Hush is available on 4K UHD,  and Blu-ray today.