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Details At A Glance

Category Thriller Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - Dolby Digital City
Year Released 1998 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 92 minutes Other Extras Filmographies
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 4 Director Jonathan Darby

Columbia Tristar
Starring Jessica Lange
Gwyneth Paltrow
Johnathon Schaech
Nina Foch
Hal Holbrook
Case Transparent Amaray
RRP $34.95 Music Christopher Young

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Macrovision Yes
Subtitles English
Smoking Yes 

Plot Synopsis

    The Internet Movie Database gives Hush a very poor rating, so I wasn't expecting much from it. Much to my surprise, I actually rather liked it.

    Jackson (Johnathon Schaech) is about to marry Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow). Unfortunately, Jackson's mother, Martha (Jessica Lange), is quite possessive of Jackson, and wants him all to herself. She outwardly welcomes Helen, but has a secret and very nasty plan in mind.

    I think that people rated this movie low because they hated the character of Martha. Let me tell you, she is a nastynasty woman. I found myself wanting to smash the DVD, the TV and anything I could get my hands on so I could end her nastiness (I didn't actually smash anything in the end). Heaven forbid that anyone could have a vicious, scheming mother or mother-in-law like this one!

Transfer Quality


    This transfer is up to the usual Columbia Tristar standard.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was sharp and clear throughout, with the only issue being a number of scenes with some slight camera wobble. Shadow detail was excellent, and no low level noise was apparent.

    The colours were quite heavily saturated, but not to the point of being actually oversaturated.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts were non-existent. There are a number of scenes in this transfer that just scream out "aliasing alert" but there is basically none of this ever seen. This is one aspect of Columbia Tristar transfers that is truly marvellous - they alone of all of the DVD producing studios seem to have conquered this artefact. Film artefacts were rare and pretty much unnoticeable.


    There are three audio tracks on this DVD - English Dolby Digital 2.0, surround-encoded, English Dolby Digital 5.1, and French Dolby Digital 5.1. I listened to the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Like most other Columbia Tristar DVDs, the English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack is the default soundtrack.

    Dialogue was almost always clear and easy to understand, with only the odd word here and there hard to make out.

    There were no audio sync problems.

    The score by Christopher Young was appropriate but unremarkable.

     The surround channels were used for music and for a small amount of ambience, but not to any great degree.

    The .1 channel was used lightly for music.


    The Dolby Digital City trailer and DVCC splash are on this disc.


    The menu design is a standard Columbia Tristar menu. Functional, but plain. The menu is not 16x9 enhanced.

Theatrical Trailer

    This is presented in an aspect ratio of 4:3 with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.


    This is a list of the most recent films the stars of the movie have been involved in.


    Hush was a very pleasant surprise, with a superb performance by Jessica Lange in creating a truly hateable character. Consequently, this movie was most enjoyable.

    The video quality is flawless.

    The audio quality is unremarkable.

    The extras are very limited.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
16th March 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer