At a brisk 90 minutes, this is a great family film, even though the youngest may need some help to get them through. It’s more than worthy to bear the Turtles name, and the set up for a sequel leaves the audience waiting for more. TMNT is sharp and energetic, if not poorly put together at times.
This is a stunning, crisp DVD transfer, ranking up there with the best the format has to offer. Colors are brilliant when the film is going through its lighthearted moments. Black levels are stunning during the nighttime moments. It’s easy to appreciate the amount of detail in the environments, and compression stays out of the picture.
This standard 5.1 disc uses its audio impact beautifully. Surround use is constant, both subtle and forceful. The same goes for a powerful bass track. Michelangelo’s skateboarding sequence is one of the best examples in the film, with a flawlessly recreated echo and immersive surround work.
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.
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 and sound great. Oddly, there’s no option to view them without a Munroe offering a commentary over them. He discusses the dialogue, and you can’t even hear it.
Monsters Come Alive is a storyboard comparison from one of the monster attacks, and again, has full commentary with no option to view the piece with it turned off. Donny’s Digital Data Files discusses the animation process in a brief two-minute piece. TMNT: Voice Talent is, obviously, a look at the actors taking on the roles and their feelings on the characters. At five minutes, there’s not much to see. Finally, an internet reel is a teaser trailer narrated by Laurence Fishburne.
Coming on a double-sided disc, the full screen side is truly a downer. It looks like a true hack job, ruining many memorable moments to the point of making things unwatchable. If you’re still holding out on widescreen, do a quick comparison here to convince yourself of the benefits.