THE PLOT THUS FAR
Multiple dimensions, and formidable foes – the shell-busting “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” were always ready with their green-machine justice! Relive 10 classic fan-favorite episodes featuring Raphael™, Donatello™, Michelangelo™ and Leonardo™ as they battle archenemies from this dimension and beyond in their continuing mission to keep the world safe. Grab a slice of “Cowabunga” and travel back to the sewers of this mutant-packed series!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Cowabunga Classics” is the latest compilation for the classic first generation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This was the first and last time that I was ever into the Turtles, but I was always into them in a weird way as a kid. I never cared for the toys, but I was obsessed with their video games and comics. They always had the best video games. That is if you overlook that first game from Ultra. I can do that since I was more of an Arcade kid when it came to the Heroes in a Half-Shell. Honk, if you love “Turtles in Time”!
You get a wide array of episodes here that play to fan expectations. Hell, there’s a ton of stuff involving Krang for some reason. Why can’t we get more Rat King up in this piece? I think I saw Baxter Stockman in there, but I can’t remember. There was a point around the third season where this show just became a ball of bright moving colors and nonsense. Kind of like when G.I. Joe had that thematic change around 1990 and it got dumb with environmental messages and just awful costume design.
The DVD comes with a featurette and interviews as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for an older kids show. The Dolby 2.0 surround track gets to show off a lovely soundstage. That being said, the transfer still feels washed out. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to nostalgic fans.
RELEASE DATE: 07/29/2014