|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4 Movie Boxset)|
|Written by Noah Fleming|
|Tuesday, 11 August 2009|
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"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" – Video Quality 2.5/5
As I expected, the video quality of the first film is extremely rough. Black levels are subpar leaving a very dark and flat image. Shadow delineation is virtually non-existent, swallowing up any shred of details. Film grain is ever present and very distracting due to the large granules. Colors are decent but hardly pop from the screen. Unfortunately, all the imperfections of this film are brought out by the 1080p video transfer.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" – Video Quality 3.5/5
I am pleased to report that the VC-1 video quality of the second film is much improved over the first. Only one year later but leaps and bounds better. The image is much brighter. The balance between contrast and brightness is more consistent and eye pleasing. The colors now start to pop from the screen. Details are now distinguishable. However, the black levels are still not as deep as they could be. In addition, textures appeared smudged. Fleshtones are accurate and edges a defined much better than in the first film.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time" – Video Quality 4/5
The third film is basically on the same level as the second film. It still suffers from minor inconsistency in the black levels and smudged textures. Film grain does not consist of large granules but is still present, as in the second film. This is fine though as it adds a film-like appearance. The colors are much more bold and vibrant, almost to the point of oversaturation. Fleshtones are once again accurate and details are good. Shadow delineation falls once more during the nighttime Feudal Japan sequences. Still both this and second film are great upgrades from the standard DVD transfer.
"TMNT" – Video Quality 4.5/5
The CGI film of course has the best transfer of the bunch. It is the same transfer as the previously released Blu-ray version of the film. Black levels are rich and inky. Shadow delineation is not as good as a lot of the digital animations, such as "Bolt." Colors are balanced nicely, as are brightness and contrast levels. Details are sharp, but textures are flat for an animation. There is no grain as this is a digital animation. Edges are also nicely defined.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" – Audio Quality 3.5/5
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" – Audio Quality 3.5/5
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time" – Audio Quality 3.5/5
All three of the first films have roughly the same audio quality. It gets ever so slightly better as they progress, but not quite enough to increase the rating. Dialogue is anchored in the center channel and is a little unbalanced here and there, but by and large is clear and present. Interior acoustics are noticeable in the sewer systems, but then fall short in the New York City sequences. The LFE channel gets a little better along the way, but is primarily reserved for the music track. However, there are LFE occurrences in a few of the more action-packed sequences. Enveloping is not the best, but it is surprisingly more discreet than I would have expected for the age of the film. Discreet effects in the surrounds pop up here and there and have fairly decent directionality and panning. If there is any reason to buy this boxset other than nostalgia, it is because of these remastered, remixed Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio tracks. Good job New Line.
"TMNT" – Audio Quality 4.5/5
The 2007 CGI hit of course has tremendous audio. Many animated features are defined by their sound. While, this animation packs quite a punch. All the action sequences are full of effects that are nicely panned and placed around the soundscape. The LFE channel is nicely balanced in the mix. Dialogue is cleanly recorded and blended nicely into the whole of the audio track. Sometimes the effects don't blend with the rest of the audio track and distract from the viewing experience, but on the whole this is a great audio track.
Waiting all this time, I was dumbfounded at the lack of special features. The extent of the bonus materials is really the stuff that comes inside the box. The Blu-ray collector's edition (FYI: I'm not sure why it is called a 25th Anniversary edition if the first movie didn't come out until 1990. Perhaps they are basing 25 years on the debut of the cartoon.) comes with four Blu-ray discs, one disc per movie. Unfortunately, the box is rather clunky. The discs are mounted to the top and bottom of the box with extra stuff packed in between. However, the discs are stacked on top of each other, making direct access to discs two and four impossible. You WILL most certainly want to get four blank Blu-ray cases for this collection. Be aware that there is a high probability that the top disc will come dislodged from the snapping ring, which may cause scratching.
The only bonus material for the first three movies is a theatrical trailer for each on its corresponding disc. That is a real bummer. The "TMNT" disc contains the same bonus materials available on the previous Blu-ray release of the movie. There is a director's audio commentary, deleted scenes and a few minutes of behind the scenes interviews.
Inside the cardboard box you will find the supplemental package. There is a beanies cap with the Turtles logo embroidered on it. There is "Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Movie" in comic book form. There is a set of eight postercards, each featuring a member of the turtles saga. Lastly, there is a pre-autographed slip of paper.
That is all in terms of bonus materials and package contents. It's really not a whole lot considering the potential of the saga. On the plus side though, the audio quality is a nice upgrade from any of the standard DVDs. Also, nostalgia is going to play a large part in whether or not you are going to buy this set. You might want to hold out for the individual disc releases, but for those that can't wait and just want the films on Blu-ray without special features then you will love this set, short of its packaging.