Turtle fans rejoice, On August 11, 2009, Warner Home Video will release Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collection on DVD and Blu-ray. This new boxed set contains Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time, and TMNT, the CGI-animated TMNT. It is a must have for completists and the Blu-ray looks great.
All of the movies in the BR release are presented in 1080p HD and it looks great. The transfers on all the original movies surprisingly turned out great. The picture has minimal noise and actions scenes all look very smooth. The video on the first 3 movies is presented at 1:85:1, while the more recent CGI film is presented at 2:4:1. The extras are presented in a mix of video formats – some in HD of varying degrees and others in Standard Definition (older films).
The Audio on the all the movies sounded pretty good on my machine, but I am admittedly not an audiophile. All of the movies have Dolby TrueHD audio. I could hear decent details on my setup with a good mix and deep bass.
The extras in the set are pretty good for the 4th film, but sadly all you get for the original films. The only extras for the first three films are Theatrical Trailer and Sneak Peek for the Wii Game for the first, and the Theatrical Trailer for the second and third. While I enjoyed the 4th film, I was obviously hoping for more extras on the earlier films. What’s not to be missed on the 4th disc is the commentary track by TMNT writer /director Kevin Munroe. It is worth sitting through because of the info about cuts that Munroe gives. It makes you wonder how much better a film the movie might have been. Rounding out the 4th disc There’s also an alternate opening and ending (not that groundbreaking that it would change the story). A deleted scene, a 2-minute featurette explaining how the Turtles were created inside of a computer, the TMNT Voice Talent First Look featurette which has the voice talents of the film talking about working on the project and a web trailer.
The marketing people must have had some late nights coming up with the packaging for the set. The set comes in clever “pizza box” packaging with each disc looking like a pizza. It also has a comic book, signed sketch, character cards and a “Radical Beanie” that is sitting atop my head while I write this review. Even though it is 90 degrees outside. Radical.
The movies don’t come out for another week, but you can Pre-Oder it on Amazon for a bargain $56.49. You can also order it on DVD for $29.99. To get more info on Warner Bros. Movies and DVD releases check out www.wbreelnews.com.