Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: August 24th, 2010

Synopsis: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet…the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? The turtles from one dimension meet the turtles from another dimension when a teleporting mishap occurs in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever. Together, all the turtles must locate the Technodrome to fix this mess. Meanwhile, Shredder tracks down his counterpart, Ch’rell, who devises a master plan to travel back to the Prime Universe to get rid of the turtles once and for all! As worlds collide, the turtles come face to face with the classic characters like Splinter, Casey and April, and a slew of archenemies including Krang, Hun, the Foot Soldiers, the Purple Dragons, Bebop and Rocksteady.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever DVD Review
By James Harvey

To get it right in the open - this DVD sadly included the theatrical cut of Turtles Forever, which is 72 minutes in length as opposed to the lengthier uncut version that was available on the 4Kids website at the end of 2009. Unfortunately, that’s not the only disappointing thing about this DVD release as there isn’t…well, anything to look at here. If you’ve watched the film during its original TV airing then you’ve already seen all this DVD has to offer and that is an incredible shame. I’m sure this is something that fans will want to watch over and over again, as the movie itself is great, but this DVD release is really a showcase of just how little effort you can put into a DVD release to make money.

We can start with the package design first as Nick/Paramount skipped by on using the theatrical poster and instead opted for some very generic art that seems to be pulled from the archives of the original 2k3 series reboot. Menus are no better and are actually in 4x3 ratio, with only the most basic of elements that make it slightly better than something I could make with a homemade DVD maker. Disc art is a simple grey wash and no inserts are included.

So how does the audio and video fare? Well the back of the box denotes that it is a “Full Frame” (that explains the 4x3 menus) but it is, in fact, a 16x9 presentation letter boxed into a 4x3 frame. This is the type of DVD release you’d expect from 1999 or 2000 honestly; where’s the anamorphic presentation? Why were we not given an uncut release of the film? Why are there zero extras on this title? I know it’s a “kids” release, but I don’t think Paramount realizes how many Turtles fans they’re going to piss off by releasing such a terribly mediocre release of this film. I rarely say this but you’d be better off just hanging onto your DVR’d copy of the film as even though there’s obviously no cable noise on this transfer, it’s just a real kick in the pants to get a non-anamorphic copy of it. There’s also the DD2.0 audio to deal with which I wouldn’t be angry about normally but it’s just another sign that they cared very little about doing anything worthwhile when it came to this release.

There are no extras all (in fact the bullet points on the back are just “Full Screen Format” and “Dolby Digital English Stereo”…I’m half surprised “Interactive Menus” wasn’t tacked on there to make this totally feel like a release from ten years ago) and…yeah. I’m really angry I enjoyed watching this film so much because this DVD release is so very, very terrible.

Unless you’re a die-hard fan then you can Skip this release. It’s available for viewing free online (and in uncut form) until the end of this month and even after that this is only something you’ll want to rent as it’s pretty obvious they took the master used to air on TV and did nothing else to it for the DVD release (considering the TV airing was a letterboxed airing and the cut version, I don’t see how else they managed to put this and not the uncut anamorphic version on DVD instead). I can only hope that we get a double-dip of this release on Blu-ray and soon too—this isn’t the type of film I want to leave a bad taste in my mouth because it was given such a poor home video release.