DVD Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem



The hype has begun for Michael Bay’s version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet Megan Fox. While this will be a return for the turtles to the big screen, they’re still beloved on the small screen. There’s plenty of action and pizza between the turtles as they battle with other mutants. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem deals with dozens of lost canisters of mutagen all over Manhattan. This means more villains cropping up from Central Park to Soho. The six episodes in the collection are “The Mutation Situation,” “Follow the Leader,” “Invasion of the Squirrelanoids,” “Mutagen Man Unleashed,” “Mikey Gets Shellacne” and “Target: April O’Neil.” The Squirrelanoids are nearly as scary as a reptile with acne. The episodes are much better than the trailer for Michael Bay’s film. Here’s my daughter’s take on the DVD:

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The transfers look fine since the show was made in the computer. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. You can hear Squirrelanoids all over the room. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

Mutation of a Scene (33:16) gives the breakdown of how scenes from all six episodes went from storyboards to the final CGI animation. A great demonstration for those curious about what it takes to Mutate the turtles.

Channel 6 News Special Report: Creatures of the Night (3:10) is a faux newscast from April O’Neil.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem keeps up the mutated fun in Manhattan.

Nickelodeon and Paramount present Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem. Starring: Sean Astin, Jason Biggs, Clancy Brown, Kelly Hu, and Phil LaMarr. Boxset Contents: 6 episodes on 1 DVD. Released: March 11, 2014.

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