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Batman: Hush 4K UHD Review

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Stick with the comic book version.

Based on the comic book series by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, “Batman: Hush” is a DC animated film that finds the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne’s life being more complicated than usual. Among the events that happen here: a blossoming relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, a dangerous foe by the name of Hush who emerges from the shadows, Batman getting injured, Poison Ivy controlling people through hypnotic kisses, Batman reuniting with an old friend (Thomas Elliot), the appearance of other villains from the Rogue’s Gallery (such as Bane, Joker, and Harley Quinn), a death, a Lazarus Pit mystery, and more. How does it all play together? That would be telling.

For those expecting a faithful adaptation of the beloved “Batman: Hush” comic book series, I’m sorry to report that it’s not. This is a “Batman: The Killing Joke” level debacle in that needless changes have been made (by writer Ernie Altbacker and director Justin Copeland to be exact). Not only is the identity of Hush different (don’t get me started on that), but certain characters from the comics don’t even appear. There’s also a few botched dramatic moments and some truly groan worthy one-liners injected into the movie throughout. Suffice it to say, comic fans (like myself) are sure to be scratching their heads wondering why a straight and simple adaptation wasn’t done instead as this movie version sorely misses Jeph Loeb’s storytelling prowess and Jim Lee’s fantastic visuals (the animation style here is quite bland).

The voice cast is extremely hit-and-miss. While Kevin Conroy will always be the best animated Batman, Jason O’Mara is coming into his own. He’s come a long way over the years. Likewise, Jennifer Morrison’s Catwoman performance livens up the otherwise sloppy movie. Other highlights include Sean Maher as Nightwing, Jerry O’Connell as Superman (really hope to hear more of him in this role), and Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane. The performances that didn’t work at all here are Jason Spisak’s Joker, Adam Gifford’s Bane, and Geoffrey Arend’s Riddler. Granted, there’s always room for different takes, but these voices just didn’t fit the characters.

Overall Thoughts: Pick up the “Batman Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film instead.

Presentation: 1.78:1 2160p. How does it look? The 4K disc offers up the best possible transfer of the film.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality 5.1 track that really comes alive during the action sequences.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* WB/DC trailers
* The episode “Catwalk” from “Batman: The Animated Series.”
* “DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock”- DC animated shorts are back! This time with a dark 15 minute WWII/horror centric tale with the Sgt. Rock character embarking on a mission with an unusual new squad. Not exactly a great introduction to Sgt. Rock but if you love horror and war tales you might enjoy it.
* “Batman: Love In Time Of War”- The relationship between Catwoman and Batman is explored in this featurette.
* A sneak peek at the forthcoming animated movie “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.”
* Commentary by James Tucker, Justin Copeland, and Ernie Altbacker. Now you can hear all about the ill conceived choices that were made for this movie!

August 4, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , , , ,

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