Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Blu-ray Review

Thanks to Paramount Home Entertainment, we had the chance to see Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Blu-ray.

Based on the iconic comic book created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the adventures of four mutated turtle warriors and their sensei rat-father, Splinter, who must come out of the shadows in order to protect New York City from the evil Shredder and the terrorist organisation known as “The Foot”. (Check our full movie review here)

tmnt-bluray-still-1The Blu-ray special features comes with a very interesting take about “The Ninja Turtles Digital Reality”, with the director, special effects supervisor and producer of the film explaining the process of bringing the half-shell heroes to life using motion capture technology and HD cameras for facial recognition in order to enable them to make movements that a costume won’t allow.

They also share their point of view about the controversial designs for each of the turtles, explaining that they wanted to make them look bigger, darker and more badass, and ensuring that they’re identifiable, by fans from every generation, just from a glimpse of their silhouette.
3D technology is a common tool in modern cinema, and “Turtles in 3D” is a special feature that can be seen in 2D or 3D, as it takes us inside the composition of certain scenes carefully planned to be enjoyed by viewers in 3D.

tmnt-bluray-still-2Perhaps one of the most fun features is “It Ain’t Easy Being Green”, with the cast of the film sharing their personal childhood ninja turtles fan experiences, as most of them grew up watching the cartoons and reading the comics.

In addition, the actors share some weird experiences while filming on location, with Megan Fox explaining how New Yorkers did not care about them filming in Times Square, and actually got angry at the crew as they were on their way to work. Moreover, it’s impressive to see how the Turtles’ headquarters was fully built from scratch for the film.

To give the film a scientific perspective, the Blu-ray includes “Evolutionary Mash-up”, a look at the evolution of turtles from prehistoric times, as well as a look at the story of the ninjitsu in japan.

The music is an important element in every film, and it’s great to see the “Turtle Rock” feature, which is dedicated to the music score composed by Brian Tyler (whose process began even before the movie started shooting).

The Blu-ray also includes an extended ending for the film as well as the film’s official music video, “Shell Shocked” (and the latter’s ‘making of’ portion is a very unnecessary feature, we must say).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.