Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray review

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When Michael Bay first announced that he was producing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, many fans were upset. Bay accidentally mentioning that the turtles would be aliens didn’t help also. Now that the movie is out, it’s safe to say that the Turtles aren’t aliens, but how did the movie fare with critics? Not so good. Well, that doesn’t really matter if the movie did well at the box office.

I have a love/hate relationship with the film. The personalities of the Turtles, for the most part, are still intact. Michelangelo cracks jokes, Donatello is a genius, Raphael is the bad one, and Leonardo is the reluctant leader. And then we have April O’Neil (Megan Fox), a news reporter trying to find out about the mysterious saviors of New York City.

One of the things I feared before watching the movie was the identity of the Shredder. He’s still the main villain known as Oroku Saki who calls all the shots, and he’s a very formidable opponent against the Turtles.

As for the story, it reminded me too much of the Amazing Spider-Man films. For example, in the Amazing Spider-Man films, Peter Parker’s dad is a scientist who worked on a secret project that resulted in creating powerful beings. In TMNT, April’s dad is a scientist who worked on a secret project that resulted in creating powerful beings. In Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker’s dad refused to work with the villain, causing harm to his life. In TMNT, April’s dad refused to work with the villain, causing harm to his life. You get the picture.

If you have a very critical eye and are huge fans of the Turtles back in the day, I recommend steering clear from this one. If you are open to the new Turtle designs and are aching for a new take on the Turtles, then give this film a shot.

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The video quality is sharp. The colors are vibrant; for example, April O’Neil’s yellow jacket pops, and New York City looks lively at night. The texture for the Turtles are clear and detailed. Overall it’s a great-looking Blu-ray. The sound is presented in  Dolby Atmos, but if you don’t have that, it will downconvert to 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track. (I have a 5.1 setup.) With that said, the sound is excellent. You’ll be able to hear the knives fly by when Shredder fights Splinter and the sound of guns and enemies crashing when the Turtles handle their business.

The extras are okay since it contains some short featurettes. Audio commentary and deleted scenes are missing. What we do have are short videos about the score, music, CG, motion capture, turtle and ninja history. For the packaging, it came with Ninja Turtles mask, so you can be like your favorite turtle.

The best way to recommend this Blu-ray is whether you enjoyed the trailers or not. If the trailer looked promising, odds are you might like it. However, if you were disgusted with the trailer, then the movie likely won’t change your mind.

Rating: 3/5 Atoms

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