This is a classic that everyone of a certain age (mine – early 20s) knows and loves. The Turtles were part of the pop culture of our childhoods.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directed by Steve Barron
The first live action film made based on the popular cartoon characters. It is the darkest of the four, but really brings the cartoon characters to life. The gang at Jim Henson famous studio (Creature Shop) really brings the green guys to life.
After coming into contact with a mysterious substance called the Ooze, four little turtles are transformed into giant turtles. They can now walk upright, speak and have a fondness for pizza. A rat named Splinter (played by Kevin Clash) discovers them and begins to train them to become ninjas. The go to battle against the evil Shredder (played by James Saito), who wants to control the world.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze directed by Michael Pressman
Probably the strongest film of the four, but definitely more kid-oriented and goofy.
While trying to kick back and eat plenty of pizzas the Turtles discover that Shredder (played by Francois Chau) is still alive and well. Shredder is back in control of the Foot Clan. He is plotting to seek revenge against Splinter (played by Kevin Clash) and his students, Donatello (played by Leif Tilden), Leonardo (played by Mark Caso), Michaelangelo (played by Michelan Sisti), and Raphael (played by Kenn Scott).
The Turtles find the ooze that gave them their mutant powers, but so does Shredder and he uses it to make himself that much more powerful.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III directed by Stuart Gillard
The least popular of the series and for good reason as none of the villains are ones we know from the cartoon series and the Jim Henson gang is not attached to this one so the turtles look far from real. The story also isn't the strongest.
April (played by Paige Turco) is transported back in time and the Turtles are off in pursuit of her. The Turtles find themselves transported back in time to ancient Japan. These are the days of the samurai. Seizing the opportunity Donatello (played by Jim Raposo), Leonardo (played by Mark Caso), Raphael (played by Matt Hill), and Michaelangelo (played by David Fraser) all train to become samurais. They also come to the aid of a small village during an uprising.
TMNT directed by Kevin Munroe
It will bring you back to those goofy cartoons of the 80s. The blu-ray treatment is fantastic with you able to see individual hairs on Splinter. I was particularly amazed by the clarity of the picture in a fight scene that happens in the rain.
Shredder has been defeated and some of the Turtles seemed to be lost without their old foe to do battle against. Leonardo (played by James Arnold Taylor) has even moved on to Central America for some further ninja training. While he is gone strange things start happening in New York City. An army of ancient creatures are attempting to take over the world. With a common foe and purpose, our beloved Turtles band together once again to come to the rescue.
Special Features: Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up, 8 Collectible Cards, Reproduction Sketch Autographed by Peter Laird, A Beanie Hat, A Reproduction of the Original Comic, Theatrical Trailers, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, TMNT Behind the Scenes