Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Blu-ray review

Nostalgia is a dangerous thing. Especially when it is wielded by Michael Bay and friends. No, this is not the cartoon from the ‘80s. If you’ve seen the Transformers franchise, you have a fairly accurate idea of what to expect.

Maybe it’s not that bad, but the recipe is similar. Unrestrained action, check. Product placements, check. Weak human characters, check.

Thankfully, the turtles themselves are allowed to have personalities.

They have retained their immature, goofy antics, some of which are genuinely funny. But these moments are rare. The bizarre concept quickly loses its edge.

One moment you are bombarded with endless destruction. The next, you contemplate mozzarella (you will want to visit Pizza Hut).

For a story about magic reptiles, it is very dull. Not Transformers 4 dull, mind. We are grateful for that.

If you want something loud and you (or the kids) are not fussy, this will just about do.

Duration 101m

Bonus features

  • Digital Reality
  • In Your Face! The Turtles in 3D
  • It Ain't Easy Being Green
  • Evolutionary Mash-Up
  • Turtle Rock
  • Extended Ending
  • Music Video "Shell Shocked" by Juicy J, Moxie, Ty dolla $ign, and Wiz Khalifa.
  • Making of "Shell Shocked"

Kob began his career at What Hi-Fi?, starting in the dusty stockroom before rising up the ranks to join the editorial and production team as the Buyer’s Guide editor. Experienced in both magazine and online publishing, he now runs the TV & audio section at Trusted Reviews where he keeps a beady eye on all the latest comings and goings in the hi-fi and home cinema market.