Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 4K (Blu-ray)
SRP $48.99 2.40:1 Dolby Atmos PARAMOUNT

PARAMOUNT has released the 4K UltraHD blu-ray of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Out of the Shadows."  Tyler Perry plays Baxter Stockman, a scientist aiding villainous Shredder escape from prison. During the escape, Shredder ends up in another dimension, forming an alliance with Krang, an alien bent on conquering Earth. When Shredder and the scientist unleash an ooze changing criminals into monsters, it's up to the Mutant Ninjas and April to save Earth.

Unfortunately, for a film built around "Mutant Ninja Turtles," the narrative is overly convoluted. There's just too many unnecessary layers of plots, sub-plots and characters that fail to move the film forward or make it compelling. Where "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Out of the Shadows" shines, is in its action scenes. Sure, even here there's a bit too much going on to digest occasionally, but there's a fun level of escapism during these sequences and the stunted pacing picks up to the film's betterment.

This reviewer found the previous venture more entertaining, while heavily flawed. But, there's enough fun in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Out of the Shadows" to recommend it for fans of the first film.

PARAMOUNT has retained the proper 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 4K release. The 2K source material has been up-converted to 4K. The blu-ray(also included within the 4K release), offers rich colors and impressive detail, but the HDR component available in the 4K really provides noticeable improvement in these areas. It's not just the greens of the turtles that stand out, but color scale throughout. As fine as detail is on blu-ray, the 4K release allows for the busy action scenes to be more comprehensible as less is lost to the flurry of movement during these rapidly edited moments. This 4K release doesn't offer as much of an improvement over the blu-ray as other superior 4K releases in comparison to their blu-ray counterparts, but it still justifies the slightly higher cost purchase of 4K.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Atmos mix for this release. For those who've not yet upgraded their stereo system to include Dolby Atmos, hearing this mix properly may very well cause one to make the jump. The potential for Dolby Atmos lies in more than just a cleaner sounding environment than previous options, but more-so in its immersive quality. In addition to the extensive use of surrounds, the Atmos mix makes full creative use of overhead speakers, pulling the audience into the kind of aggressive, immersive environment that used to be solely limited to expensive IMAX-type settings. Bass, chase scene directionality, dialogue and music are all balanced flawlessly. This is one of the best mixes of 2016!

In addition the the 4K, a standard blu-ray and UV code are also provided.

Several featurettes(all in 1080p) are offered along with about 6 minutes of deleted scenes.