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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Collection (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / The Secret of the Ooze / Turtles In Time / TMNT) [Blu-ray] by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B001RIZE3M
Date: 31 August 2009 List Price $84.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III / TMNT / Show Official Info /

What's better than watching our four heroes on the halfshell? Watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in four separate movies.

I watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles In Time (all three shot as live action films) with friends in the theater, but didn't see the animated TMNT until it aired on premium cable.

While the latter was fun, it was not as hilarious and entertaining as the first three movies.

Disc 1:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
When four baby turtles and a rat come into contact with the Ooze (a mutagenetic gel) in a sewer, it transforms them into a semi-human state. Man sized, walking upright, thinking, and speaking, they can do most of the things that human beings can.

Led by Master Splinter, the ancient and wise rat, the four turtles whom he names Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael grow up and learn the ancient art of Ninjitsu. But there is an evil archenemy named Shredder and he is bent on world domination. Naturally our four heroes on the halfshell are guided by Splinter and they must stop Shredder and the Foot Clan, his black clad henchmen.

Disc 2:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
Discovering that there are more canisters of the Ooze, the Turtles and Shredder's forces battle over the last recovered canister. Unfortunately our heroes fail and Shredder leaves with the Ooze. Using it he forces Professor Jordan Perry (creator of the Ooze) to transform a wolf and a snapping turtle into oversized superpowerful monsters.

Unbeknownst to Shredder, Professor Perry tampers with the Ooze so that the monsters he is forced to create have the minds of infants. With his direct help, the Turtles must find a way to stop Shredder's forces.

Disc 3:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles In Time (1993)
When a magic scepter she purchased as a gift for Master Splinter accidentally transports April back through time to 17th Century Japan, the Turtles figure out a way to travel back in time and rescue her. The catch is that they must return to modern day New York City within 60 hours or end up as "Turtle Soup" in their own words.

To accomplish this task they must battle the evil Lord Norinaga and Walker, his greedy English ally to reclaim the magic scepter that will return them to New York City.

Disc 4:
TMNT (2007)
Following the defeat of their old archenemy Shredder, the Big Apple needs the Turtles more than ever, but they have separated. Ordered to Central America for training by Master Splinter, Leonardo becomes accustomed to working alone. Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo have become lost and lack direction and motivation to accomplish anything of real value. In Leonardo's absence, Donatello and Michelangelo have even gone so far as to start small businesses of their own.

In the meantime wealthy industrialist tycoon Max Winters has revived four ancient stone warriors and enlisted the help of the Foot Clan to help capture the 13 ancient monsters needed to make him a mortal once again. Naturally the Turtles must reunite and incredibly enough, team up with the Foot Clan to defeat these stone warriors in order to save the world.

Behind The Story
Commentary by Writer/Director Kevin Munroe
In what Kevin Munroe excitedly exclaims to be his very first commentary, we watch the movie again while he provides his insights on making the film.

TMNT, Voice Talent First Look
Patrick Stewart (Winters), Sarah Michelle Gellar (April O'Neil), Laurence Fishburne (Narrator), Thomas K. Gray (Producer), Kevin Munroe (Writer/Director), and Paul Wang (Producer) share their thoughts on making this film with us.

Mikey's Birthday Party Full Sequence (Fully Rendered)
A fun sequence.

Raphael's Rough House Fight Test

Monsters Come Alive
This side-by-side comparison of the storyboards and the corresponding CGI action was very interesting.

Donny's Digital Data Files
Paul Wang and Kevin Munroe talk about the process of creating translucent skin for the human characters, muscles and rough reptilian skin for the Turtles, and the fur and flowing robes of Master Splinter.

Roof Top Workout
I enjoyed watching the storyboards for this season, followed by the 3D visualization, all with Kevin Munroe's running commentary.

Still Wanna Fight? Temp/Scratch Test

Additional Footage
Alternate Opening To The Movie
Interesting and enjoyable but I preferred the opening they used.

Alternate Ending Temp/Scratch Test
The ending they chose was better.

Additional Scene: Splinter Gets Cake

Trailer

While the special features in the 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Blu-ray are not all up to the caliber of the films themselves, having all 4 films and all the great special collectibles in a reasonable facsimile of a small Chicago deep dish pizza box really rocks.

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