Ninja Turtles – The Complete 10th and Final Season (1996/Lionsgate
Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C- Episodes: B-
The final installment of the now classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series is now available on
DVD. The series lasted ten seasons,
though most people won’t remember that; mainly because the final seasons were
Only eight episodes are available here on this set, but that’s all
there were. Also included (in bonus
features) are two missing episodes from Season
5; a nice/classy touch on Lionsgate part to round off the series release.
After eight long years and an insanely confusing switch from volumized to
season sets, all 10 season of Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles has arrived on DVD.
It will give long time fans closure, but I am certain a huge ‘mega set’
will be available in the near future.
The episodes remain slightly darker than the series was in the
beginning and Shredder and Krang only appear as peripheral characters. Not much is added to the series in these
final episodes, but again a nice finish to a long lasting series.
Divide and Conquer
The Day the Earth Disappeared
Mobster from Dimension X
Turtles to the Second Power
A Turtle in Time
The Power of Three
The Beginning of the End
The Return of Dregg
Bonus Episodes from Season 5 found in bonus features:
Once Upon a Time Machine
Planet of the Turtleoids (2 Part Season Finale)
The picture again is presented in its original 1.33 X 1 full screen
aspect ratio. The quality is on par with
previous releases, not being terrible but has issues with dirt/debris,
compression artifacts, and a few other issues.
The colors and black levels aren’t perfect but nice and for the most
part bright and framing (respectably). The sound again is a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
track that gets the job done with crisp, clear dialogue but not much else is
delivered as it blasts from the front.
Other extras include interviews with some of the series’ artists (Curt
Walstead, Scot Heming, and Paul Scarzo) for about a 20 minute featurette, but
other than that nothing too exciting.
I would like to see this entire series (all at once) released in a
High Definition format, though that is unlikely. Perhaps Michael Bay
will breathe some life back into our turtle heroes with his new take on the
- Michael P. Dougherty II