SRP $39.98 2.40:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 WARNER BROS
 
SRP $34.95 2.40:1 DOLBY TrueHD 5.1 WARNER BROS
 
SRP $28.98 2.40:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 WARNER BROS
 

Having never seen any of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoons, comics or live-action films, this reviewer must admit to being completely lost during the first 20 minutes of the film. The narrative really feels overly convoluted during this section, however, the rest and "bulk" of the film makes up for the beginning and it was easy to get involved and thoroughly enjoy this imaginative, witty, and often hilarious semi-parody of superhero legends.  The fact that these ninja turtle have a rat as their mentor is funny in and of itself, but there's much, much more going on in the mind of creator Kevin Eastman and writer/director Kevin Munroe.  The voices of the characters are terrifically cast, including Patrick Stewart as the villain, Sara Michelle Gellar as a investigative reporter and Chris Evans as a tough vigilante, are just a few of the great ones here.

The CGI animation is terrific here, and elevates the film far above what it could've easily been if left to standard animation alone.  "TMNT" may not have much to applaud in its plotline, but it's great to watch.  At only 87 minutes long, it never feels sluggish and the children(6-12)watching alongside the adults, enjoyed it from beginning to end!

WARNER BROS. has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio on blu-ray, hd-dvd and dvd formats. The high-def formats offer the same 1080p/VC-1 encoding and the dvd offers 16:9 enhancement.  Both pan&scan and widescreen versions are made available on both sides of the dvd version. Of course, the pan&scan version lops off a huge amount of information and should be skipped over completely. The letterboxed version looks terrific on dvd, with really good detail and contrast. However, it pales in comparison to what's been achieved in the high-def formats. Pick any individual scene and the 1080p difference is immediately noticeable. Detail is flawless and dazzling in high-def, while only impressive in dvd. Colors are subdued on all of the versions, as was the case in the theatrical version, but it hurts the impact to many scenes on dvd, but doesn't diminish anything in high-def.  The detail and deep blacks and grays allow even the darkest scenes to really blow one away with the depth achieved on blu-ray and hd-dvd formats. 

The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix offered on the dvd, ranks up with the best dvd mixes of the year. It's aggressive and allows loud, discrete/panning effects to impress in scene after scene along with more subtle effects in quieter(few)moments. There's also plenty of bass.

The blu-ray and hd-dvd both offer a Dolby TrueHd 5.1 mix. Like the image, they're identical and fantastic!  As impressive as the dvd mix is, the Dolby TrueHD mix blows it away in quality.  The dynamic range is just incredible! From the opening sequence to the end credits, it's obvious how much attention was paid to detail here!  Surrounds are utilized with great impact in virtually every scene.  There are many nuances, completely unnoticeable in the dvd's dolby digital mix, that come to life in Dolby TrueHD!  Bass is even more powerful and the dynamic range is much more impressive. Dialogue is always intelligible, in spite of layers upon layers of effects.

There are plenty of extras found on all of the formats, including an audio commentary with the writer/director, an alternate opening and ending, a deleted scene and even more!