Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Box Set 1|
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
This radical pack includes 4 DVDs plus an added bonus of four 2" action figures!
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TMNT - Old School Style!!!
I. am | Temecula, CA USA | 05/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have read the last four reviews and think not one of the reviewers knew the original TMNT stories. Originally they were a black and white comic book series in the early 80's that started the independent comic companies really competing with DC and Marvel. Eastman and Laird founded Mirage Studios that produced the original TMNT. It was a big underground success and thrived because of the hard edge it had as well as the camp factor, great stories and non-conformist art.
This new cartoon series more closely parrallels the original TMNT comics. Some violence is reduced to make it kid-friendly but all in all the stories remain intact unlike the 80's sell out cartoon that just took Eastman and Laird's Turtles and whored them. April and Casey are given more human characteristics along with the turtles and Splinter who act more like real people than superheroes. And this is TMNT's strength, sure you could watch Superman or the Justice League or Spider-Man who have super powers but the turtles are more human and confront their problems in a more realistic way... suffice it to say they get into some pretty weird and outrageous situations but you know they will always find a way out.
Having seen the first two seasons I was pleased to see the original comic style take center stage and great characters like the Fugitoid show up. If you like these animated series I suggest getting a graphic novel of the original TMNT so you can see what really happened to Shedder in the first issue and see how the turtles met up with characters like Lord Simultaneous or the TCRI aliens. If you have the cash you might want to collect, but last time I checked the first few issues cost a pretty penny and are hard to find outside of a comic convention or E-Bay. If you really get hooked I suggest going to a comic convention like the San Diego Comincon or the Bay area APE (Alternative Press Expo) on the West Coast or checking out the many similar conventions in th midwest or east coast cities.
Having been a fan of the original comics I was very apprehensive about the new animated series but was quickly pleased by its great stories, sense of history and general sophisticated look (compared to the 80's cartoon). Sure the turtles can be hokey some times but that is just a side of their story, when it comes down to it TMNT is as action packed as other animation like Samurai Jack. But the real value of TMNT is in its stories which, if they keep mirroring the comics, will be superb for years to come."
Great gift for a new series fan
The Grumpy Hacker | Milwaukee - Top 5000 Reviewer! | 06/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the perfect gift for a fan of the new series who doesn't already own any of the DVDs. This package is the first four volumes (DVDs) with three episodes each, plus the added bonuses of a storage box and four Ninja Turtle figures. This will probably end up being a collector's item too. The only bad thing is, I wish they had done the new series in letterbox and/or in Dolby Surround.If you were considering buying one or two of the first few DVDs anyway, definitely buy this package instead."
This new Turtles show ROCKS.
Timstuff | Connecticut, USA | 06/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Simply put, this show does for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles what Batman Beyond did for Batman. Me and my brothers were obsessed with Ninja Turtles when we were kids (even if our Mom didn't like them), and I've got to say this show, hands down kills the original show easily in so many ways. It is much closer to Laird and Easman's original comic, rather than the franchised kiddy fare that we grew up with. While the violence of the original underground comic is still absent (Leo and Raph still don't show off their blade skills), it captures the dark essence of the Ninja Turtles. Ninja buffs like myself can appreciate the subtle touches of Ninja authenticity spiced throughout the show, too. While not exactly historically accurate, the turtles are very stealth oriented, and there ares some neat historical references laced throughout. The action in the show is pretty cool, even if they had to water down the violence for kids' TV. And the animation, while not up to the high standards of shows like Batman Beyond or even X-Men Evolution still gets the job done, and the art style itself is very well done, even if the animation isn't that fluid.For a long time, I had thought I had outgrown TMNT. But this show has definately rekindled my interest. The Turtles are back, and they're cooler than ever."
Revamps and Reprintings at a Decent Price
Shane P Hebert | New Orleans, La United States | 12/23/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was an amazing fan of the series in the late eighties throughout its decline on ABC in the early-to-mid-nineties. I have watched the near 200 episoded of the original series and will have to admit it's dated and almost hokey style.The new series is not the original and it does not try to be. It is more ation packed and is trying to cohesively build a mythos to the serialized episodic predicessor. It is doing a good job at this and the stories pacing (now in its second season has always been a thrill to the avid and not so.This collection is priced together for less than the individual disk apiece and throws in 4 mini-turtles. What is not to love about that. I only wish that it would have been given a slightly more adult presentation for it's older fans with disc unique special features. (though the Laird interview was very nice) They should put more episodes on each disc though. They are in their 50's now that have produced and at this rate that is a heck of a lot of discs, even in these collected formats."