Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation - East Meets West DVD {Review}

**I received a copy of the following DVD for review purposes. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

Cowabunga! Get ready for more memorable adventures with the Ninja Turtles! On March 4th, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, will release Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – East Meets West on DVD, featuring the first seven episodes of the popular series. See all the exciting showdowns in the only live-action series based on the iconic Ninja Turtlesfranchise!

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 is about to change….and 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…but luckily for them, they will have help from a new ninja turtle, a female turtle named Venus De Milo!

Episodes Include:East Meets West, Part 1
East Meets West, Part 2
East Meets West, Part 3
East Meets West, Part 4
East Meets West, Part 5
The Staff Of Bu-ki
Silver And Gold

Our thoughts:
  Jace is now almost 3 and COMPLETELY in love with ninjas. He runs around the house with a super-concentrated face yelling "We're Ninjas!!!" Needless to say he's now in love with the new generation of TMNT toys and shows, but also loves to watch the older episodes on Netflix. When our copy of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation - East Meets West showed up at out doorstep, he couldn't contain his excitement. Simply put: He loves it! From a young child's perspective, ninja turtles are ninja turtles. From an adult's view, who remembers the older (and cheesier) Ninja Turtles live-action show, it's hard to take your eyes away from the corniness. TNM is the only live-action series in the TNMT franchise and it was quite short-lived, airing for a handful of episodes in the late '90's.  Unconvincing costumes and cheesy fight sequences bring me back to my late-childhood and are still entertaining, as long as you don't head into this movie expecting to see modern graphics or effects.

  All-in-all: Die-hard TMNT fans through the ages and young ones will love this retro classic. Anyone who came into TMNT in the last few years only and expects flawless animation, probably not so much.