This week Nickelodeon released the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enter Shredder on DVD, containing the episodes 8-13 from the first season of 2012 series with all-star voice cast of Jason Biggs, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Mae Whitman, Hoon Lee, and Rob Paulsen - the original voice the 1987's Raphael, but now he is voicing the new Donatello.
Enter Shredder is the second DVD release from the first season containing eight episodes on a single disc.
The episodes are:
Never Say Xever
Panic in the Sewers
It Came From The Depths
New Girl in Town
Special Features are:
Animated Comic Books:
"Tales From The Lair, Part One"
"Tales From The Lair, Part Two"
The Mutation Scene
Full Screen Format
English 5.1 Surround
Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo continue their quest to find their new sixteen-year-old human friend's, April O'Neil, scientist father, Dr. Kirby O'Neil, who has been kidnapped by the brain-shaped aliens in robotic suits, known as the Kraang. While their master Splinter isn't training them in the sewers (where they live), they are battling the Purple Dragon, the crazy Baxter Stockman, mousers, other mutants, and the Shredder, whom the turtles finally meet and lets just say it isn't a Kodak moment. Their only new ally is an oversize mutant alligator named Leatherhead.
After two cartoon series, a live-action series, four movies (soon to be five), countless comic books (which the franchise is based on) and toys, you would think the franchise would become repetitive. Surprisingly, the third series is a refreshing take on the turtles, using CGI animation (which I'm normally against), well-written scripts, and a talented voice cast.
There seems to be some confusion among fans about a missing episode "I, Monster" from this release. The DVDs are going by the original production order, aka - the order the episodes were made. "I, Monster" was the 13th episode aired, but it was the 14th episode made, therefore it will appear on the two-disc "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown" coming to DVD this October.
I know there are many haters for any type of reboot, where some say "They destroyed my childhood." I guess people don't like change, and they like to compare anything to the original. I have to admit I shared the exact same thoughts when I first watched the new series, but I was a fan after the end of the first episode. The episodes on Enter Shredder are action-packed with humor that both children and adults will enjoy. Overall, Enter Shredder is a great addiction to the TMNT franchise.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.