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re­leased 24 oc­to­ber (blu-ray/dvd)/10 0ctOber (dig­i­tal) 2016 | 12 | blu-ray, blu-ray 3d, 4K blu-ray, dvd, vod, down­load Di­rec­tor dave Green Cast Me­gan Fox, Will ar­nett, stephen amell, brian tee

It’s im­por­tant to note, first of all, that Out Of The Shad­ows is a dra­matic im­prove­ment on its 2014 pre­de­ces­sor, Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles.

The tone, for in­stance, is more faith­ful to the ’80s an­i­mated se­ries, es­pe­cially in its em­brac­ing of fun, out-there el­e­ments like warthog-rhino duo Be­bop and Rock­steady and alien vil­lain Krang. The Tur­tles too no longer look like the stuff of night­mares, hav­ing been given a sub­tle, car­toon­ish makeover. Nor are they as ob­nox­iously inane. It also has a bet­ter script; a bet­ter story; a bet­ter look and feel. And yet all that still only just brings it up to the level of “bear­able”.

Although pro­duced, again, by Michael Bay, di­rec­to­rial du­ties have passed this time from Jonathan Liebesman to Dave Green, whose emo­tional sto­ry­telling shone in 2014 sci-fi Earth To Echo. There is only so much he can do here, how­ever. For hav­ing in­her­ited most of the first film’s writ­ing team, he is stuck ex­e­cut­ing a script tai­lor­made for the stu­pid­est of 12-year-olds; ones that need ex­po­si­tion fired into their faces; that need Me­gan Fox dressed as a sexy school­girl; that need six vil­lains be­cause they couldn’t pos­si­bly con­cen­trate for long enough on one. And if that sounds in­sult­ing then that’s be­cause it is.

Ex­tras On DVD: a piece on the ac­tors be­hind the CGI (eight min­utes), a tour of the Tur­tles’ van (four min­utes), and three deleted scenes (five min­utes) – in­clud­ing a wisely-cut cameo from orig­i­nal April O’Neil Ju­dith Hoag. The Blu-ray adds bits on the new char­ac­ters, the Tur­tles’ pad, ILM’s ef­fects, and Easter Eggs (27 min­utes). Stephen Kelly

Kevin East­man, co-cre­ator of Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles, has a cameo role as a pizza de­liv­ery guy.

Lock­jaw can be a ter­ri­ble thing.

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