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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Complete 10th and Final Season (1996/Lionsgate DVD Set)

 

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 much abbreviated.

 

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.

 

Episodes include:

·         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 series.

 

 

-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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