DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Scott Macdonald

Read Scott Macdonald's film review of TMNT

The video and audio presentation are excellent. The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen direct digital transfer is without fault; it is colourful, fast-moving and yet full of detail. Nothing much more needs to be said.

It also boasts a highly engaging Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track, with a widely sweeping artificial soundstage. It is a lively mix; voices are well-recorded, sound effects are clean and well mixed, and the mildly derivative score by Hans Zimmer prodige, Klaus Bedelt is kept in check nicely.

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The extras largely consist of writer/director Kevin Munroe talking, so get used to his voice. The feature audio commentary is reasonably personable. About his team, he says that they're a "small group of us that wanted to make a really cool movie" that "felt like you were reading a comic book".

"A movie made by people who played with action-figures way too much"

It's an informative, charming and self-deprecating yak-track.

Next up, six deleted scenes - mostly mixing very rough animation, with fully rendered footage comparable to the main transfer of the film. The main problem with this, is that Munroe's commentary is not optional - like the deleted scenes collection on The Devil's Advocate, there is no production soundtrack to follow. Disappointing.

Other animation tests are available, from Leonardo/Raphael's climactic fist-fights through to various framing and digital art tests. For animation gear-heads only.

A special Internet-only trailer is next up, the theatrical teasers and trailers are not present.

To polish things off, there are two short featurettes - one for the technical wizardry (if you've seen a decent Pixar special edition, there's nothing new here), and the other with the voice talent, featuring Patrick Stewart and Lawrence Fishburne. Not much content, it has to be said.

TMNT is a reasonable disc, with a top-notch AV presentation, a fair amount of supplementary material, and the commentary is excellent.

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2007
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Product Code: DY13935

Region: 2

Ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound

Extras: Director's commentary, deleted scenes with commentary, animation tests, trailer, featurettes

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