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The Movie:

One of the better animated shows of the 80's, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" originated from the comic series by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (although the animated series was toned down for younger audiences.) The series revolved around four turtles who were mutated by materials in the sewer system. The turtles - Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo (all wearing a different color mask and using a different weapon - were trained by mutant rat, Splinter and assisted by local reporter April O'Neill.

Each week, the Turtles faced off against villains Shredder and Krang (as well as their henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady) in order to foil the villains' plots. The series went on to become one of the most successful kids shows of all time, with nearly 200 episodes produced. Despite coming to an end in 1996, the popularity of the franchise (which must have made an untold fortune in licensing dollars) carried on, which was evident with the success of the recently released theatrical animated feature.

While the show's animation looks a bit dated at this point, it compares favorably to some of the other animated shows of the era. The series also managed to develop memorable characters, offered stories that didn't get repetitive and one-liners that were often geuinely funny. Unlike some other shows from the era, this one does stand the test of time pretty well.

Disc 1
Plan Six From Outerspace
Turtles of the Jungle
Michaelangelo Toys Around
Peking Turtle
Shredder's Mom
Four Turtles and a Baby
Rondo in New York

Disc 2
Planet of the Turtles
Name That Toon
Menace, Maestro Please
Super Hero For a Day
Back to the Egg
Son of the Return of the Fly
Raphael Knocks 'em Dead
Bebop and Rocksteady Conquer the Universe

Disc 3
Raphael Meets His Match
Slash - the Evil Turtle From Dimension X
Leonardo Lightens Up
Were-Rats From Channel 6
Funny, They Shrunk Michaelangelo
The Big Zipp Attack
Donatello Makes Time
Farewell Lotus Blossom

Disc 4
Rebel Without a Fin
The Adventures of Rhino-Man
Michaelangelo Meets Bugman
Poor Little Rich Turtle
What's Michaelangelo Good For?
The Dimension X Story
Donatello's Degree
The Big Cufflink Caper!

Disc 5
Leonardo VS Tempestra
Splinter Vanishes
Raphael Drives 'em Wild
Beyond the Donatello Nebula
Big Bug Blunder
The Foot Soldiers Are Revolting
Unidentified Flying Leonardo
The Turtles and the Hare


VIDEO: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is presented by Lionsgate in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. Picture quality is certainly watchable, but it's evident that the series could use some restoration work. Sharpness and detail are perfectly acceptable and consistent.

Unfortunately, there are some noticable instances of specks, marks and other wear on the elements used. While these certainly don't ruin the viewing experience, the shows are starting to show their age and could use some clean-up. Otherwise, the presentation doesn't show any edge enhancement, artifacting or other problems. Colors also appear bright and nicely saturated.

SOUND: The show's stereo soundtrack remained crisp and clear throughout.

EXTRAS: Pizza recipe,"Underneath the Shell: Slash the Evil Turtle" featurette, "The Shredder: Inside the Turtles' Most Fearsome Foe" featurette.

Final Thoughts: While the extras are minor and the show could use a bit of restoration work, the Season 4 set of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" packs in an impressive 40 episodes for less than $30 (at most stores.) Recommended for fans.

DVD Information

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 4
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
5 DVDs
920 minutes
Subtitles: English
Rated NR
Dual Layer:Yes
Available At Amazon.com: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 4 DVD