Forget the likes of the Power Rangers and such, for any child of the 80's there were only 2 toys that were worth their salt - Transformers and Turtles!
My girlfriend got me the above DVD for Christmas in all its uncut glory so there's now plenty of Nunchaku action unlike when i first saw it oh so many years ago.
As superhero films go, this film sets up everything - the backstory, the characters and the villains. In 90mins, you know Leonardo is the daddy's boy and leader, Donatello is the mechanic, Raphael is the reckless headstrong rebel and Michaelangelo is the party dude.
Splinter and Shredder are all well handled as are April and Casey Jones (Elias Koteas) basically steals the film in his role.
Also, look out for Sam Rockwell as 'head punk'.
As it's produced by Golden Harvest, there's plenty of fighting and for guys in suits, the fights are really energic. They're no Tony Jaa's but it's great fun to watch. This coupled with the music such as 'Turtle Rapsody' and you're back in 1990.
Personally, the new CGI film looks a tad childish - the turtles look thin, the humans blocky and personally for a kids film, this 1990 version is quite dark. Watch young punks get beaten around, Splinter's tortured, the Turtles have to deal with losing their father and the near death of one of their own....plus the effects are rather good. Be honest, which look better.........
[image]http://www.r2-dvd.org/pics/grabs/turtles/s1.jpg[/image] or [image]http://movies.themoviebox.net/newimages2/tmnt/225x90-01.jpg[/image]