While it’s not a perfect return to form, the latest and, as of this writing, final Ninja Turtles outing satisfies. While longtime fans will mourn the loss of key villains being replaced by generic aliens, the tone and animation are spot on. It’s not deep, but it’s loaded with incredible visual spectacle, including a rooftop fight in the rain that could be one of the best things to ever happen to the Turtles in their long history.
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Warner releases the Blu-ray edition with the same encode as its HD DVD counterpart. In other words, it’s perfect. Every bit of detail in the texture work is visible, whether the shot is a close up or a long one of the city. Colors are perfectly saturated, and compression is never evident. Black levels create a stunning contrast that makes for a 3-D effect without any glasses.
The TrueHD mix is flawless all around, much like the video. This is amazing sound design, excelling in both subtle atmosphere and high end surround use. Positional audio hits every speaker, and the subwoofer receives a workout. Battle scenes are obviously a highlight, but it’s those little sounds when the Turtles are in their sewer lair that tend to get overlooked. This disc doesn’t miss anything.
Extras are equal across all formats. A director’s commentary with Kevin Munroe focuses on the animation process and little touches the audience might miss. There’s plenty of talk on deleted scenes as well, appropriate given what’s coming next.
Numerous deleted scenes (including an alternate opening and fleshed out ending) fill the special features menu separately instead of being contained in their own section. They’re in various forms of completion. Oddly, there’s no option to view them without Munroe offering a commentary over them. He discusses the dialogue, and you can’t even hear it.