Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Original Series: Season 5 (1991)

Genre(s): Animation
Lions Gate || NR - 414 minutes - $24.98 || August 7, 2007
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-08-07


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
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Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Turtles: A Ninjatastic Look Back
  • Underneath the Shell: Usagi Yojimbo
  • Underneath the shell: Baxter Stockman


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

Well, gang, it's time once again for another Turtle review. If you're a fan of the site, you've no doubt seen my previous two Turtle DVD reviews. In that grand tradition, I present the next chapter in the review saga.

The year is 1991. I'm about 8 years old and Ninja Turtles is at the height of it's popularity. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze had come and gone (and was playing on a continuous loop in our family's VCR) and yes, I was still watching Ninja Turtles.

Season 5 wasn't too much different than season 4 but there were little things. For example, while there were still a few episodes in season 4 that aired weekday afternoons in syndication, now there were none as the series now aired exclusively on CBS. The only other thing that changed (and for many this was major) is that Michelangelo stopped carrying around his infamous nunchukus and switches to carrying... a grappling hook which he whirled around as a weapon. To this day, I don't know the exact reasons why this was done but I believe it had something to do with some parents complaining about violence or some kid killing another kid with some real life nunchucks or something. I'm leaning towards the latter especially since Raphael and Leonardo still carried their sharp weapons of death.

Season 5 was more of what four was. Once again, there were numerous Turtle solo adventures or more of a focus on one character and several episodes where Shredder and Krang don't appear. One of my favorite episodes is "Donatello's Duplicate" in which Donatello creates a clone to help him do more chores around the house and ends up with an evil clone who allies himself with the Rat King and gangster character, Pinky Mcfingers. It's a great example of an episode with no Shredder or Krang that still delivers. Also good is "Zach and the alien invaders" where the turtles friend Zach is kidnapped by Wingnut and Screwloose (aliens who also happened to be new additions to the Turtles action figure line). Speaking of action figures, another new turtle toy makes his first appearance in "Enter Mutagen Man", which is a good episode because of the incredibly funny dialogue between Shredder, Krang, and Bebop and Rocksteady. Krang has a funny line about delivering exposition to the audience. I think at this point in the series, the writers were keenly aware of how silly Shredder and Krang's plots were and could laugh about it.

There are a couple of snooze-fests but overall it's a decent batch of episodes.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Turtles: A Ninjatastic Look Back is a fanboy wet dream. It's only about 19 minutes long but it's what many fans have been waiting for: a fullblown interview with the four voice actors who played the turtles: Cam Clarke (Leonardo), Barry Gordon (Donatello), Rob Paulsen( Raphael) and Townsend Coleman (Michaelangelo). We learn just about everything we've always wanted to know including how they auditioned for the roles, how they decided what the characters would sound like, what recording sessions were like, how the fans and children reacted to them, their views on the Turtle merchandise, it's all here!

Under the Shell: Usagi Yojimbo is a 3 minute interview with actor Townsend Coleman who not only plays Michaelangelo but also plays the Turtles' ally Usagi Yojimbo. It's short but it's a very fascinating interview as Coleman breaks down how actors end up playing multiple voices, how it affects their contract and how he got this particular role.

Under the Shell: Baxter Stockman is the worst feature on the set. One would think it's an interview with Pat Fraley (who did Baxter's voice) but it's nothing but a series of short clips of Baxter fighting the turtles set to dramatic orchestral music. With all the great interviews on this set, they really dropped the ball on this one.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The picture quality is pretty good and it looks better than it did on Saturday morning.

The audio, not as much. The dialogue has a slightly muted quality about it that makes it hard to hear at times without turning it up louder. It's not terrible but it's not grea either.



.::OVERALL::.

I enjoyed "Ninja Turtles" season 5. At this point in the series, the writers were running this show like a well oiled machine and fans were in for a treat every Saturday morning. I'm enjoying this run of episodes while it lasts. Buy it, buy it, buy it!