In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, Raphael (Ritchson), Leonardo (Ploszek), Donatello (Howard), and Michelangelo (Fisher) are back to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O'Neil (Fox) and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater threat with similar intentions: the notorious Krang. (Gary Reber)
Special features include six featurettes: We Are Family (HD 08:15), Whoa! Expanding The Turtleverse (HD 14:19), Hours Party (HD 06:18), It's Tricky: Inside The Van (HD 04:08), ILM––The Effects Beneath The Shell (HD 03:04), and Did You Catch That? Turtle Eggs (HD 03:02); three deleted scenes (HD 04:54); and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 2.40:1 1080p MVC 3D picture is an impressive conversion by Prime Focus World. The Panavision® imagery is tremendous in the third dimension! This is one visually exciting 3D experience. The complexities of the production design are nicely animated with engaging depth and perspective throughout. Even during fast-paced action sequences the 3D is rock solid. The New York City scape from overhead is vast and perfectly realistic in spatial dynamics. Underground, as well, the sense of dimensional depth is impressive. Fast movements through the sewer systems, the car, van, and biker chase scene, and the climactic battle scene are amazingly enhanced with the added depth and spatial dimension. The color palette is nicely saturated with bold primaries and rich and warm hues that pop throughout. Everything is stunningly natural yet vivid. Fleshtones are naturally rendered throughout. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail and textures heightened to super-realistic visual accuracy. Facial features, hair, outfits, and objects are finely rendered to perfection. The Turtles are fabulously detailed, as well as dimensionally defined. Clarity is superb! Contrast is superb with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. This is a wonderful, state-of-the-art 3D picture that showcases the extent to which the 3D effects can enhance the storytelling. Not only is realistic depth and perspective enhanced to reveal natural environments and staging within, but out-of-screen actions are creatively engaging, but never gimmicky, yet still eye-popping. During the climactic action, the scene mesmerizes in 3D. The 2D presentation just does not compare to the adrenalin produced by the exciting 3D enhancement. This is a true reference 3D experience that should be applauded for advancing the art form. (Gary Reber)
The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is a mesmerizing holosonic® experience throughout. The sound is dynamic, with a spatially dimensional soundfield. The surround field delivers an engaging sense of volume with its added height dimension, though, immersively subtle with the added two ear-level channels. No matter the level of mayhem intensity, the sonics are clear and precisely articulated throughout. Everything sounds exceptionally natural, from atmospherics to sound effects, to the dialogue track. Foley sound effects are busy throughout, as well as all sorts of natural sound effects, both nuanced and loud. Imaging between channels is precise, with superb localization. Directionality throughout the soundfield heightens the sense of spatial integration of all the sound elements. Deep bass .1 LFE is powerful and extended to sub-25 Hz frequencies, yet natural sounding. The bass provides a hefty foundation to the proceedings. The orchestral score is dynamic and nicely recorded with excellent fidelity. It occupies a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends aggressively to the surrounds. There is so much sonic greatness in this soundtrack that is impressive and absolutely engaging. Through it all, dialogue sounds natural and intelligible, with good spatial integration. This is a fabulous holosonic® experience that is absolute reference quality throughout. Fans of impressive sound design and execution will not be disappointed. (Gary Reber)