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Original "Turtles" Back On DVD

by on May 25, 2005

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThose Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back on DVD, thanks to Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Volume Two packs another thirteen episodes from the original series’ second season, and if you’re like me this old-school action will make you scream “Cowabunga, Dude!” from your couch.

This season opens with Shredder’s return from Dimension X. Other highlights include a four-part arc that sees the Turtles shrinking as they go on a quest to find the “Three Fragments of the Eye of Zarnof,” pieces of an alien spaceship that they must keep out of Shredder’s hands. Baxter Stockman also returns, and, in one episode, he turns into a huge fly. Shredder attempts to use the World Trade Center in an experiment, but the failure of Baxter’s essential new device, plus the interference of those heroes in a half shell, prevent the villain’s plot from succeeding. Frustrated at Baxter’s latest failure, Shredder contacts Krang in Dimension X and demands that Rocksteady and Bebop be sent to aid him.

Also watch out for Killer Pizzas in “The Case of the Killer Pizzas.” Krang finally relents and provides Shredder with help in defeating the Turtles. Only his request this time is for some “eggs” from Dimension X that look like meatballs. Back on Earth, Shredder learns of a Pizza Bake-Off and decides to use this event to snare the Turtles. Meanwhile, thanks to Shredder, the Turtles learn of the same Pizza Bake-Off and make plans to attend.

And will the Turtles turn Master Splinter back to his human self? Those are only some of the stories you’ll see on this wonderful series. The stories are very good—better than the current series, I think. All children and children of late 80s will still enjoy this show.

While thirteen episodes are jammed onto one disc, the video quality still looks decent. Expect something similar to the first volume in terms of quality. I just wonder what they’ll do for the third volume. Season three, after all, had forty-seven episodes. Let’s just hope Lions Gate releases the series a little faster, as a one year wait between releases is a little too much!

The audio is pretty good. It can be low at times, but still sounds decent. It isn’t stereo of course, but a good mono. It’s not one of the bad monos, where you just have to turn the volume up much higher than you usually do for DVDs.

The cover art for some reason looks like something from the new series, but rest assured the contents are indeed the original Turtles.

If you’ve never seen this show and watch the FOX version, you must watch this DVD. This series is still as good as it was back then. I grew up on this show and still enjoyed watching the DVD.

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