Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, turtles in a half shell, turtle power! Over 20 years has passed since the Ninja Turtles burst on to the seen with pizza and Cowabungas all around. The series lasted a lengthy 10 seasons and was well-loved by people all over the world. Now for the first time on DVD, everyone can experience the complete final season from the comfort of their own living room. Is this turtle collection worth adding to your shelf or should these turtles hide in their shells?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a long and storied run on television in the late 1980s and early to mid 1990s starting in 1987 and ending in 1996. Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo changed the face of the standard super-hero into something completely different and it was cool. In this set the turtles are in the greatest fight they’ve ever had to face against Lord Dregg and his minions. Dregg is determined to enslave mankind and has even caused a piece of the sun to crash into Earth opening a giant portal that tries to pull the planet into Dimension X. Not only that but it threatens to drain the life out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The turtles end up bringing their past selves to the present to double the turtle power and thwart Dregg, Krang, and Shredder’s plans.
I can’t comment enough on how much of a great value for the dollar that you get with this DVD. You’re getting a complete season of TMNT for $15 and 8 episodes. These episodes have never before been released together in their entirety and it’s a really great complement to the rest of the series the Lionsgate has already released. This set has been a long time coming with the first volume released in 2004. As with most DVDs with programming from the 80s and 90s, you’ll be getting a 4:3 format which is unfortunate for owners with newer televisions and the audio is only 2.0 so those with home theatres won’t be getting the full sound output the they’d like to receive. These are rather minor nuisances to an otherwise well-packaged set.
Not only are you getting the standard episodes from season 10 but, you’ll be getting a few nice extras that will finally put some aggravation to sleep once and for all. The first of these extras is the exclusive artist interviews which are great for the hardcore Ninja Turtles fan and it’s just nice to get a behind the scenes feel for a series that has never really had much of that. The second set of extras is actually 2 bonus episodes that fans have been clamoring for for years, Once Upon a Time Machine and Planet of the Turtleoids which were notably absent from the Season 5 set. This is a welcome edition and makes the volumes released from Lionsgate the complete set. These extras really add to the overall value, 10 episodes and interviews for just $15 just can’t be beat.
Overall, this set is perfect for everyone young and old. If you love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you MUST go out and buy this DVD set, you can’t ask for more for the price point and Lionsgate definitely made sure that they didn’t leave anything out in what I can only assume will be the final TMNT release from the original series. Go pick this up on August 14th, you definitely won’t regret it.