Lionsgate // 1995 // 176 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 21st, 2011
No Shredder, know peace.
In case you cared, Lionsgate dug up all eight episodes in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 9, a relic from 1995 that brings all the incoherence and none of the Foot Clan that had typically characterized the cartoon.
This season finds the TMNT universe in flux, as Shredder and his band of Foot Clan punching bags have been traded for an extraterrestrial threat. The heavy this go-round is Lord Dregg, a purple monster with glowing red eyes. He's aided by a regenerating robot named Replicon and a legion of insect-like soldiers who may not be the masked ninjas of the Foot, but can certainly take a beating as well as them.
The forces of evil aren't the only ones getting new blood. Splinter and the Turtles find a new ally when a young kid name Carter shows up in the sewer, eager to learn some sweet karate moves. Our heroes form a tenuous alliance, which gets a whole lot weirder when Carter is exposed to the same mutagen that transformed the turtles into their current adolescent ninja selves and he gets sick and dies.
Nah, that doesn't happen. Of course he turns into a superhero! When the mood strikes and the toxic waste courses through his veins he mutates into a gigantic samurai warrior with yellow skin. In addition, the Turtles get another dose of mutagen, which allows them to sporadically turn into beefy, roid-raging versions of themselves.
And that's your season, all 176 minutes of it, as the powers-that-be were obviously searching for some new toys to make. And even tough Lord Dregg is serviceable enough as your typical cartoon douchebag antagonist -- and his minions offer the similar resistance to the Turtle's flurry of roundhouse kicks -- this just doesn't feel like the same show that amused me back in the day. Shredder was a dope and I was never a Krang guy, but when Bebop and Rocksteady hit town and Casey unsheathes his Lousville slugger? Gold!
That's nothing compared to the ultimate heresy this season commits: depriving April of her iconic and utterly pointless bright yellow jumpsuit!
A bare bones DVD for you, starting with a low-quality full frame transfer, 2.0 stereo, and a big fat turtle egg for extras.
Guilty. A shell of its former self.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (CC)
Running Time: 176 Minutes
Release Year: 1995
MPAA Rating: Not Rated