Friday, July 31, 2009

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Size: 20.4 GB
TMNT II: Secret Of The Ooze Film Size: 19.2 GB
TMNT III: Turtles In Time Film Size: 20.1 GB
TMNT (2007) Film Size: 12.7 GB
Film Ratings: PG
Region: Free

Video
Each film features a 1080p VC-1 video presentation on a BD25.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Let's start with the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the transfer is good but far from impressive. It's an extremely grainy and dull looking film, but I'm glad! The presentation has not been tampered with, and while the grain does feel excessive at times it's supposed to be there. Shots aren't always as sharp as I would have liked, but there's only so much that can be done with the film. 7/10.


TMNT II: The Secret Of The Ooze
The Secret Of The Ooze is more impressive looking than the first film. There is still a lot of grain to be seen, but mostly in the darker parts of the film. Colors also weren't as dull as the first film, and everything just felt much sharper. It's still far from the best catalog releases we have seen, but I didn't expect it to be to begin with. 7.5/10.


TMNT III: Turtles In Time

The Turtles In Time is next, and while it is a revelation from the previous two films, it looked a bit waxy at times. There may have been some slight DNR applied, but then other scenes look top notch and filled with great detail. The film is a bit soft at times, but much sharper than 1 and 2, it's a toss-up, it's a minor offender overall when it comes to filtering. 8/10.

TMNT (2007)

The animated TMNT is next and is the same transfer featured on the original Blu-ray release. It looks great for an animated flick, and is free of any video flaws. The animation isn't as impressive as Pixar titles on Blu-ray, but it's definitely good. The encode size worries me a bit though, but despite being a small-size it still looks more than fine. 8.5/10.

Audio
If there's one thing that all the films shared in common is the more than pleasing 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio tracks. They have so much more depth than the Dolby Digital tracks included, and were overall impressive. The film does feel dated at times, but effects were dynamic and had much better direction than I expected. The film's dialogue and music also sounded very good, clear and aggressive. I wasn't disappointed with any film included when it comes to audio. 8/10.

Extras

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Theatrical Trailer (1:28) (SD)
Sneak Peek! TMNT: Smash-Up Game For Wii (1:04) (HD)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze:
Theatrical Trailer (2:16) (HD)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles In Time:
Theatrical Trailer (2:03) (HD)

TMNT (2007):
Commentary by Writer/Director Kevin Munroe
TMNT: Voice Talent First Look (SD)
Mikey's Birthday Party Full Sequence (SD)
Raphael's Rough House Fight Test (SD)
Monsters Come Alive (SD)
Donny's Digital Data Files (SD)
Roof Top Workout (SD)
Still Wanna Fight? Temp/Scratch Test (SD)
Alternate Opening To The Movie (SD)
Alternate Ending Temp/Scratch Test (SD)
Additional Scene: Splinter Gets Cake (SD)
TMNT: Internet Reel Trailer (SD)

Packaging:
How it looks on the shelf with other releases, as well as what's included!
Inlcluded in the package are:
Comic Book
Signed Sketch
Radical Beanie
Character Cards

Blu-news Summary
It's amazing to be able to finally own the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Blu-ray. Yes they are not great films, but I grew up watching and loving them. They have an amazing amount of nostalgia to them, and it will definitely bring back memories to those who have seen the films before. I didn't really enjoy the animated release from 2007, but I just think of that as a decent bonus.

The Blu-ray releases are not amazing, but I was still satisfied. Only so much can be done for these films as they are DEFINITELY dated and show. It's true they have never looked better, and I guess that's all we can really ask for. The set may turn off some, as I've seen people claim it to be cheap looking, but I personally feel it captures the feel of the films very well. The pizza box style packaging even features a grease stain for authenticity. The Blu-ray set is 'Recommended' for fans of the films.

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Additional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Screenshots:

Additional TMNT II: The Secret Of The Ooze Screenshots:

Additional TMNT III: Turtles In Time Screenshots:
Additional TMNT (2007) Screenshots:

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

amen on the grain. glad it's all there. great review!