For the past few years, fans have been wondering why they couldn’t find their favorite new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Blu-ray and DVD. Sure, Nickelodeon put out a few random releases with a selection of episodes on each DVD, but there was no season set whatsoever. If you wanted to watch Nickelodeon’s TMNT, you either had to buy the limited DVDs, watch Nickelodeon, visit their website, use a streaming service, or pay $1.99 per episode on digital download services. This was very cumbersome for a series that had a notably linear story throughout, making it difficult to keep up with the overarching plot unless you were watching each episode every week.
Thankfully, Nickelodeon seems to have wisened up, as they are finally releasing a DVD set with the entire first season of the series. Sadly, there are no plans as of yet to release it on blu-ray, but at least we can get the first complete season in one awesome collection. The series set, entitled “The Beginning,” will include all 26 episodes from the first season spread across four discs, which ensures that the video and audio quality will most likely be very good. The set will also include bonus content from the individual DVD releases, a sample of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History book, and ten minutes of additional content that you can access online.
Let’s just be honest about this release: They’ve taken the previous individual DVD releases and put them all on one DVD set. If it weren’t for the bonus content, I might even suggest just keeping those if you’ve already got them. That being said, I think it’s also worth taking note that this DVD set if currently being sold For a price of 2.96
, which is much cheaper than the combined price of all the other releases. If you haven’t picked any of those sets up, you might want to consider plunking down the asking price to get the complete first season. After all, at a price tag of under $13, you’re paying less than 50 cents per episode. That’s hard to beat! The complete first season will be released on October 7th, 2014.
As for a blu-ray release of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we still have yet to hear about anything of the sort. This isn’t surprising for Nickelodeon, a company that has typically shied away from physical releases of their content. Considering that this is an HD television show, it’s definitely a little disconcerting to see that they still have no plans to release it on the only HD physical platform out there. Regardless, it’s worth noting that there will be at least one version of TMNT available on blu-ray very soon.
Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, is coming to Blu-ray on December 16th, 2014. Although a lot of fans were disappointed in this movie, many embraced it and have come to love what they were able to do with the Ninja Turtles in this latest iteration. If you’re one of the fans who loved the movie, you can expect to find it on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, in a gift set and even in a steelbook. In fact, depending on where you purchase the movie, you’ll have even more varieties to choose from based on retailer exclusives. The Blu-ray will include several special features,including an extended ending of the film.
I’m sure we’d all love to see Nickelodeon release a Blu-ray as jam packed with content as Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be, but there seems to be a stigma against releasing cartoons on anything more than DVD. Until they figure out that people actually want this, I guess we’ll all just have to take the DVD sets they give us. To be fair, at least this latest release is an affordable season set. What do you think? Will you be picking up either of these releases? If so, let us know either in the comments below or in our forums!