Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 6.5/10
I have no real history with these teenager turtle people. I was mostly grown up when they were hitting the world in a big way. I say grown up, only because I was, of course, more of a Smurfs fan even in my 20’s. We all know how much more sophisticated the little blue creatures were, truly. What I did know about the turtles was a few cartoons, the early movie with life action people in turtle suits, and of course, any video game my (grown up) husband might have come across in the past few years. This is a good thing. I have no love or hate for the green heroes. I’m neutral. This makes watching this movie that much more interesting.

First, the story is pretty good for a big action cartoony (without the cartoons) kind of flick. There is a bad guy, and another really bad guy. There is a young woman whose tangle up in it all, or dangling through it all. Watch it and you be the judge of how many times you can dangle Megan Fox from something high. I thought I was flashing back to my LEAST favorite female character of all time, whatsherface from Spider Man. It’s not April O’Neil’s fault she’s so involved, and you will find out why. She is just there, and by that, I mean really JUST THERE. I am not a Megan Fox fan, so that didn’t help matters when the character of April, while at times funny and emotional, is really super-duper amazingly vapid.

Putting aside that the star of the movie does nothing for me, she is important to the overall story. The rat and the turtles are interwoven in her life in ways I don’t think any of us would have expected. There is a sadly dead father, science, mutations, bad science, bad plans to do bad things to New York, a Japanese overlord, a big bad corporation, and an avalanche, so yea, a young girl mixed in there could and SHOULD be very interesting…..and yet.

The special effects are really well done for about 85% of the time. When it’s not great I just defer to the personality I have who chooses fun over nit-picking. I had fun, laughed and was wide-eyed a lot of the time when the fights were more lively than most and those turtles were in full action mode. Avalanche, did I mention an avalanche?

Like I said, I don’t have a lot of Turtle experience, so the in jokes and long-standing things of their universe and personalities might not have registered with me. I suspect that long time lovers of the foursome and their hairy father figure will find more to complain about or love, but as for me, it was a good Saturday afternoon viewing. I just wish they had worked more on April as a whole person, not just a shell of a character that ties all the elements together.

Turtles on the half shell? Turtles in a half of a shell? Turtles in a half shell? You get the idea, it sounds like something you would order in a snotty restaurant.

Features: 6/10

  • Digital Reality (18 Minutes) – A look at how the Turtles were brought to life with a mixture of performance capture and CGI wizardry.
  • In Your Face The Turtles In 3D (4 Minutes) – A look at the 3D process used in creating the movie, funnily enough we watched this extra in 2D but you can watch in 3D as well.
  • It Ain’t Easy Being Green (7 Minutes) – Mostly focused on the cast and how most of them were too young to remember the original turtles.
  • Evolutionary Mash Up (15 Minutes) – A scientific look at the biology of turtles that turns into a look at real life Ninja’s. It’s strange but oddly compelling.
  • Turtle Rock (6 Minutes) – Composer Brian Tyler takes you on a tour of the studio used to create the film’s music.
  • Extended Ending 1 Minute) – A minute long extended ending.
  • Shell Shocked Music Video
  • Making Of Shell Shocked (3 Minutes) – Wiz Khalifa (I am way to old to know who that is) discusses his involvement in the title song of the film.
  • DVD, 3D & 2D Versions Of The Movie & UV Digital Copy 

Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
Really? 4 mutant bigger than human sized turtles with weapons and THIS is the cover? So boring. I can imagine the day they took this photo, bored, just like me posing and being told to look this way or that way and all the while just wanting to do some real fighting of bad guys, crime fighting. They were reduced to a stupid photo shoot magazine cover…shameful. Menu = menu.

Audio & Video: 10/10
Paramount’s 1080P AVC transfer is as impressive as they come with neon colors and detail that literally oozes out of the screen. Detail is everywhere just pause the movie during the scenes inside the turtles lair and look carefully at all the pop culture references. Black levels are inky but still retain detail, no crush or banding is exhibited at all. Special note should be made to the snow sequence with the truck, for such a fast-moving scene the detail and clarity is breathtaking.

TMNT leads the pack with its Dolby Atmos soundtrack, Dolby’s new technology actually surrounds you and also comes from above and below. You need to deck out your home theatre with some new speakers and a new receiver but that’s not going to stop you is it. The Dolby True-HD 7.1 track that is also included for non Atmos owners is a stunner with so much LFE your chest feels like it’s going to explode. Surround sound is satisfying with a lot of panning between the rear speakers during the high action scenes. This is a superb disc even if you do not like the film, real showcase material.

Overall Score 6.5/10