Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Original Series: Season 4 (1987)

Genre(s): Adventure / Animation / Comedy
Lions Gate || NR - 920 minutes - $39.98 || March 13, 2007
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-03-22


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The Film

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

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Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


Theatrical Release Date: NA


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Supplemental Material:
  • Underneath The Shell: Slash, the Evil Turtle
  • The Shredder: Inside the Turtles’ Most Fearsome Foe
  • A Recipe for a Cowabunga Cheese Pizza Fit for a Ninja Turtle


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Fullscreen (1.66)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

When the evil Shredder Attacks, these Turtle boys don’t cut him no slack!

Once again, LionsGate has put out another set of the animated adventures of Raphael, Leonardo, Michealangelo, and Donatello, otherwise known as The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and once again, I’m going to review it -- the last Turtle review I did was for volume 5, AKA season 3 part 3 which you can read HERE. There are a lot of major differences between this set and that one though. The first is that instead of only releasing a chunk of a season per volume (they usually only put out 12 episodes a set on one disc), this time, they’ve decided to put out a 5 disc, 40 episode, (almost) full season set complete with a handful of actual bells and whistles! Really exciting thing there as anyone who’s been buying these has been craving bigger collections and actual special features and we’ve now got our wish. Big thumbs to Lions Gate on that front.

The other major difference is the show itself as Season 4 represented a number of changes to the show in several ways. The most easily noticeable difference is that a few episodes into the box set, the opening credit sequence that had been seen during the first 3 seasons and a handful of episodes from season 4 has been replaced with a new one(although the theme song remains the same). This change is reflective of the show’s timeslot and network move at the time from weekday afternoons in syndication to Saturday mornings on CBS. Along with the new timeslot and opening credits, the writers began to get more experimental with the characters. Although Shredder and Krang remained the shows’ primary villains (and remained so until much later in the show’s run), this was the first season where the Turtles’ would face either other villains entirely or Shredder and Krang would only appear briefly during the episode. Another major storytelling change was the notion of doing episodes in which only one of the Turtles was the focus. In an effort to develop the 4 ninjas as more individual personalities, you began to see episodes like, “Michelangelo meets Bugman” or Raphael meets his Match” in which the 3 other turtles NOT named in the episodes title were either completely secondary to the plot or didn’t appear at all with only one Turtle appearing in a 21 minute episode. As a viewer, I thought it was a welcome change of pace.

After 3 full seasons of same ol’, same ol’ it was refreshing to see something different. Although the episodes aren’t quite as memorable as some in Season 3, Season 4 introduced a number of new, cool characters like Slash, the evil Turtle from Dimension X, Mona Lisa(a love interest for Raphael), and even the Shredder’s mother(in a very goofy, but fun episode). If you like the other Turtles’ sets, this one is more of what you’ve come to expect.



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Underneath The Shell: Slash, the Evil Turtle is an interview with voice over actor Pat Fraley who played Slash(introduced in this season) and more notably Krang. Fraley is a real treat to listen to as he reveals how he came up with Krang and Slash’s voice(a funny story) and various anecdotes about how they recorded episodes.

The Shredder: Inside the Turtles’ Most Fearsome Foe is yet another interview, this time with voice over actor James Avery who played Shredder (and also Uncle Phil on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!). Avery, like Fraley is lots of fun to listen to as he talks about how he got the role, how much fun he had with Pat Fraley, and other little anecdotes. He’s lost a lot of weight since his Fresh Prince Days.

A Recipe for a Cowabunga Cheese Pizza Fit for a Ninja Turtle is nothing but an home made recipe for cheese pizza. I’m not much for home made pizza so this was pretty useless for me.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Like all the other Turtle releases, nothing special here but nothing bad either.



.::OVERALL::.

Overall this is a much more satisfying release of Ninja Turtle episodes than the previous collections due to the bigger batch of episodes and the(finally) included voice over actor interviews, however, due to the lack of commentaries or behind the scenes info, it was still lacking a bit. Not a bad release by a long shot and worth buying for any Ninja Turtle fan.