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Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Vol.1

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Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are four genetically mutated turtles who have grown into human-sized, ninja-powered crime-fighters living in the sewers of New York City. Under the tutelage of Master Splinter, these four teens have spent their formative years fighting their nemesis, Shredder, and his evil army. But the turtles’ world we have come to know and love is about to change. If you thought Shredder was bad, wait until you meet the newest TMNT foe: Dragon Lord! It will take all the power of the turtles to combat this new villain . . . lucky for them, they will have help from a new ninja turtle, a FEMALE turtle named Venus De Milo!

See all the exciting showdowns in the only live-action series based on the iconic Ninja Turtles franchise!


The only live-action series in the popular franchise, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation ran on Fox Kids for only one season, 1997-98. It's not hard to understand why it proved so short-lived. Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are portrayed by acrobats in rubber suits and masks that inevitably bring to mind The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Rodin, and other low-budget monster movies. The masks prevent the performers from speaking their lines, so a separate cast provides the over-the-top voices. The dialogue runs to a mixture of New York-accented "Dude!" comments and fortune cookie speeches: "You have betrayed your teaching and disgraced your ancestors." The villains, whether human or creature, speak in the inevitable Darth Vader basso. Next Mutation introduced the female turtle Venus De Milo. The protégée and adopted daughter of Splinter's old associate Chung I, Venus embodies pretty much every pseudo-Asian cliché in the book. At times, the filmmakers seem to be striving for the campy appeal of the old Batman TV series, but Next Mutation lacks the requisite take-no-prisoners silliness. The combatants obviously pull their punches in the repetitive fight scenes, robbing them of any excitement. The original comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird relied on exaggerated poses and expressions that worked for drawn panels and animation, but don't translate to live action. The result is an inane mishmash that only the most dedicated Ninja Turtles fan could love. (Rated TV Y7, suitable for ages 8 and older: cartoon-style violence, racial stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

(1. East Meets West, Part 1, 2. East Meets West, Part 2, 3. East Meets West, Part 3, 4. East Meets West, Part 4, 5. East Meets West, Part 5, 6. Staff of Buki, 7. Silver and Gold, 8. Meet Dr. Quease, 9. All in the Family, 10. Trusting Dr. Quease, 11. Windfall, 12. Turtles' Night Out, 13. Mutant Reflections)

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  • Actors: Jarred Blancard, Mitchel A. Lee, Dean Choe, Richard Yee, Gabe Khouth
  • Directors: Richard Flower, Ed Anders
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSOGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jeremiah Klopfenstein on August 22, 2012
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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are like the 'Star Trek' of Generation Y: derided by critics, and yet beloved by fans; written off by entertainment executives, and yet repeatedly resurrected in multiple media; initially assessed as a fad, and yet still making waves 30 years later.

Since their first appearance in a May 1984 one-off comic book funded by monies from a tax return, the anthropomorphic bale* has appeared in three animated series, four feature films, an anime, numerous RPGs and video games, a live concert tour, and of course too many subsequent comic books to count! (Not to mention a rumored fifth film in 2014.)

Of all these incarnations, the most different (and, arguably, the least beloved) would be 'Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation,' a T.V. series that aired for only one season on Fox Kids in the late '90s. The first proper release of this series on home video in North America (in two volumes: the first releasing in September, the second to follow in early 2013) by Shout! Factory gives us occasion to look at this footnote of television history again (both literally and figuratively), and decide for ourselves where it fits in the TMNT universe (and in the broader media-scape).

For starters, the series is non-canonized, and thus officially, does not fit anywhere. Chronologically, it is supposed to take place after the events of the third live-action film. However, a myriad of discontinuities has been pointed out by fans, most notably the fact that The Shredder, who himself mutated into a "Super Shredder," and was ultimately defeated in the second film, is alive again, and is no longer in his mutated form.
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I loved this show and I don't care what no one says Venus was needed for the female viewers to have a female role model and since April wasn't around why not? the only things I think they did wrong were not having a good continuity and how they did some of the story lines, I like Venus but I think they should have had April around to have that female companionship. I also wished they at least gave it a chance and had a second season because they did plan on bringing casey and april back.
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I've been a fan of the TMNT since the first movie. When I found out The Next Mutation was going to be on tv I was thrilled. I was really upset that it was so short lived. Then when I heard that Eastman was horrified by the show and wanted it long gone and buried from sight I knew I'd never see it on DVD. I've worn out my VHS long ago, so when I came across them on Amazon by pure accident I had to have them both. As for this series, I loved that the turtles have aged and that they think on their own and have grown away from Splinter, as all kids do with their parents. I also like that they added a girl. At first she bothered me a bit since she was so haughty and a bit arrogant, but she soon grew on me. The "romantic" elements, though subtle(Except perhaps with Raph), are a different touch since they will never be paired up in any romantic way in any other fashion and I'm sure fanboys out there are fine with that. These turtles are my favorites out of all the TMNT universe. I never really got Donatello until this show. He is really highlighted much better here. I think each turtle is given a chance to shine and that is what makes this great. I know the dubbing is horrible at times, but after you've seen them as many times as I have you soon dismiss it. I really love all the baddies except that Vampire woman at the end. Wick is a nice touch as he's both bad and funny. One big glaring thing that is not mentioned on these DVD sets is that they have changed the opening theme, which really bugs me. I was used to that theme and to find it gone is disappointing. I'm sure there was some copyright trouble or something like that for it's removal. However, they do play the original theme at the top menu on the first disc so it's there to some degree.Read more ›
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I remember this one...I was a die-hard turtle fan, but was still reeling from the terrible disappointment of movie #3...and the wrong direction the animated series at the time had taken...now THIS. It's supposed to have taken place after movie #3, but there is no feeling of continuity whatsoever. There's more bickering and brooding than brotherly bonding (apparently they are not brothers in this series? Why go in that direction?), they act so estranged from one another. Dialog with more cheese than the pizzas they don't eat here. Fortune cookie maxims in abundance. What's more is that there is no April or even Casey. No "topside" relationships with anyone, be it close or vague, which just makes them seem more like existentially-challenged hermits than purposeful vigilantes who care about their city, though cannot be a part of it because of who they are. If this is to have taken place after the movies, Shredder would have no longer been mutated. What were they thinking by adding a female turtle? She was not very likeable, at least not at first. She came off as snobby, and a walking, talking book of Asian stereotypes. The turtle's appearances were really over the top in the worst way. What the hell are they doing with pecs and washboard abdominals shaped right into their plastrons? And MAMMARIES on the female?? This series really tested my turtle-love. I can see exactly why one of the co-creators wanted this series to "go away" in the worst way.
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