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Friday, October 21, 2016

Blu-ray Review: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows"

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" adds classic characters to this electrifying sequel that helps reflect its comic book and cartoon source materials. My big complaint is a musical score that sounds like leftover bits and pieces of the "Transformers" movies mixed with every cliche song used for a big-budget movie from the last thirty years. Yeah, some of the CGI is a little much and stands out, but if you check your head at the door there's a lot of fun to be had here. Aside from that, we get a loud bombastic explosion of a film that only Michael Bay and company could create... and yes, that's a good thing here.

The turtles face a new challenge when Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes from custody and joins forces with Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), a mad scientist who plans to use a serum to take over the world. Along for the ride are Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Sheamus", two dimwitted henchmen who provide plenty of muscle. Luckily, the turtles have their own allies in April O'Neil (Megan Fox), Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett) and Casey Jones (Stephen Amell), a hockey-masked vigilante. As the pizza-loving heroes prepare for battle, the notorious Krang (voiced by Brad Garrett) also emerges to pose an even greater threat in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows".

The Blu-ray edition of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" contains three deleted scenes. It also has several featurettes entitled "We Are Family", "Whoa! Expanding the Turtleverse", "House Party", "It's Tricky: Inside the Van", "ILM -- The Effects Beneath the Shell" and "Did You Catch That? Turtle Eggs!"

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. It also contains profanity, alcohol use, and frightening and intense scenes.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" is available now on 4K UltraHD3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital download.