Movie Review: Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4K UHD Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is inspired by the comic book series “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II (published by DC Comics and IDW Publishing) and is based on characters from DC and Nickelodeon. The movie was directed byJake Castorena from a script by Marly Halpern-Graser and features an all-star cast led by Troy Baker as the voice of both Batman and the Joker – making Baker the first actor to ever play both roles in the same film. Opposite Baker are the Ninja Turtles themselves – Darren Criss as Raphael, Kyle Mooney as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn as Donatello and Eric Bauza as Leonardo.

Other key members of the voice cast include Rachel Bloom as Batgirl, John DiMaggio as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy, Tom Kenny as Penguin, Carlos Alazraqui as Bane, Cas Anvar as Ra’s al Ghul, Keith Ferguson as Baxter Stockman & Two-Face, Brian George as Alfred, Ben Giroux as Robin, Andrew Kishino as Shredder and Jim Meskimen as Commissioner Gordon & Scarecrow. Ben Jones is producer. Executive producers are Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan. Sam Register and Chris Viscardi are executive producers.

It’ll take the unlikely unification of the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-shell to overcome combined villainous forces afoot in Gotham City.Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra’s al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan – leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins!

Worlds collide when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles chase their arch enemy Shredder into Gotham City. The big question is, why is Shredder in Gotham? Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo and Michaelangelo first encounter Batman where they square off in a fight until each side discovers that they’re actually on the same side. The thing is, Shredder and the Foot Clan have teamed up with Ra’s al Ghul and his army of ninjas where they plan on weaponizing the Mutagen (aka the Ooze) and infecting as many people as possible. The leader of the League of Assassins uses the Joker, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and Bane as test subjects which turns the super villains into mutated monsters. Batman is always ready for a fight and he brings Batgirl and Robin along with him where they unite with the Heroes in a Half Shell in battle. They first have to go up against the mutated super villains and thankfully they have some anti-Mutagen with them so they can sure them. The super heroes battle it out and ultimately find a way to stop Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul’s sinister plan. In the end, the new allies save the day and afterwards they have a pizza party. Cowabunga!

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The UHD disc is black and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc features some etched artwork and the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. 4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc features Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. The picture and sound quality for this UHD release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, I went into Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wondering how Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon and DC would pull this mashup battle royale off but they did it and I have to admit that I enjoyed this cheesy adventure. These two worlds collide and finds the turtles and their arch enemy on foreign territory. We get to see the TMNT fight Batman before they actually team up for an important cause because Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul have joined forces and they’re up to no good. The story was interesting and the voice cast did a really good job with their characters. The look of this action-packed animated movie isn’t my favorite style of animation but it got the job done and at least we get to see Batman back in his classic blue and grey. It gets a little silly at times but that’s to be expected but the movie does actually have a couple of dark moments that younger kids probably shouldn’t see. Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital on June 4th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K UHD Video: 2160p Ultra High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

4K UHD Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two making of featurettes, a sneak peek at the nect DCU movie and a digital copy.

  • Cowabunga, Batman! When Comic Worlds Collide (Featurette)– Super hero crossovers have inspired some of the most unique comics of all time. Explore the concept of the crossover, and see the creativity that ensues when the worlds of Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet.
  • Fight Night in Gotham (Featurette) – DC animated movies have continued to push the realism of hand-to-hand combat on-screen. Take an exciting look at both Batman’s and the Ninja Turtles’ fighting styles, and how the creators make it feel like you’re in the fight!
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Batman: Hush An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.
  • Digital Copy
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