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Video/VCR Test – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

Previously, in an Allison Venezio-published Retroist Post


Last week, when I was digging around in my videocassette collection, I grabbed my VHS of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie. I’ll contend that I was not in my basement strictly to find this video – I was doing laundry, and the shelf with the videos was right there.

Like all good nostalgia buffs and writers, I own a VCR. And not some DVD/VCR combo that I picked up for $200 last year, I’m talking about an actual VCR. From the 1990s.

How good is this VCR?


Meet my Sharp VCR. The standard VCR of my middle and high school’s AV equipment. It was an expensive VCR in its day, but it was nice and it was exactly what I asked for for Christmas in 1996. And my dad delivered on it, big time.

The VCR is so awesome, it outlived the DVD recorder I bought in 2006 (which went kaput after seven years). Before that, it outlived my first DVD player, which only lasted about four years. This VCR outlived the first three televisions I’ve owned (I’m on my fourth, which is the one in the picture). This VCR even outlived the original remote it came with.

I’d call it something snappy, but it doesn’t need a fancy nickname.

I got it! My VCR is Chuck Norris!

The point is, this VCR works well. When I was researching options for recording from my videos (you know, for nostalgia purposes), I was coming up short on options that weren’t combo players. I’m aware my VCR is 20 years old, has lived a good life, and has gotten much use over the years, but it isn’t ready to be retired. It works way too well to even consider that. May it continue to do so. So the idea of putting out $200 for a combo player is unnecessary to me.


I recently invested in a Hauppauge HD PVR (that little box next to the rest of my equipment), which acts as a pass through device for VCRs, DVD/Blu-Ray players, and video games, with one’s computer as the recording source. Expensive yes, but it has composite jacks on it, and the two devices I own that utilize these (the lovely VCR and my Nintendo Wii) work well with the device. The biggest problem I encountered with the VCR while the Hauppauge is connected to the computer (and I’m assuming it has something to do with recording from analogue to digital) is the signal cuts out from the VCR to the device. I found a workaround for that – turn the VCR off and back on. Boom. Problem solved.

All technical talk and “hey, this is an awesome investment!” aside, I’ll get to the meat of this article.

I had originally planned to do voiceover work for this post, but I’ve had a sinus infection all week (pretty much since I posted the last article), so my voice is more nasal than it usually is. And while I’m sure no one has a problem with that…I’m incredibly vain. And I cough too much. I don’t want to make the viewers believe they’ll get sick watching my video. There are plenty of opportunities out there to fear disease from something you’ve watched on TV…oh, no one has ever worried about that before?

Moving on…

If you’re feeling particularly interested in reliving some awesome early 1990s nostalgia, look no further! Click play below to start the video!

Video uploaded by Allison Venezio

My brother and I owned one of those animated videos shown at the end, and we also had the soundtrack, which, coincidentally, we got from that corporate sponsor at the beginning of the video. And that was on audio cassette!

So, as you can see, the quality of the tape is fairly good, considering the age of both the video and the VCR. I’m considering upgrading this movie to Blu-Ray, but this video is nice to keep around for the nostalgia it oozes!

Not to mention the Family Home Entertainment logo. Who doesn’t love a little slice of home video company nostalgia with their VHS tape testing nostalgia?

Now, as one of my equally-nostalgic friends said last night, if only Hostess could bring back the Ninja Turtle Pudding Pies…

Allison has a kinda cool collection of home-recorded videos, as well as a few good store-bought videos. If you like what you’ve seen here, she can also be found peddling her fun wares over on Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and she is also on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

She has the legendary Ninja Turtles concert from Madison Square Garden somewhere. She just has to find it!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Remade Again And Again and Again…

My son has recently taken an interest in a certain group of sewer-bound mutant turtles. This delights me as I can now teach him all about the classic 1987 show that I watched as a young boy. The first thing to do, hop on over to YouTube and force him to watch the classic ’87 intro…

But then… “Daddy, what’s that video?” he says pointing at what looks at first glance to be the more recent CGI show intro. I guess I have to let him watch that one too…

Wait? What? That was the proper intro! The cool one from my youth! The one with the proper song that you can sing along with!! Remade in 3D!!! Well, that peaked MY interest, and so I obviously had to do a little more research. For my son, of course.

Next up was a hand-drawn remake, looking very lovely:

And the stop-motion version, looking even more lovely:

I’m not sure why I’ve never thought to look into this before. TMNT is one of my favourite cartoon theme tunes and we’ve covered intro remakes here at The Retroist before – see here for Ghostbusters, here for He-Man and here for Batman to highlight just a few.

I’ll leave you to search for more (you’ll find dozens!) and finish with a sing-song…


Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles,
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles,
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles,
Turtle in a Half-Shell,
Turtle POWER!

Did you spot the deliberate British change?

TMNT - Shadows of the Past - Kickstarter

TMNT: Shadows of The Past Board Game (Kickstarter)

I’ve talked on the site before how I was lucky enough to really get in through the door of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom a few years before Turtle Power had a chance to properly sweep the nation, ensuring that our Heroes In A Half Shell were literally everywhere from our bed sheets to our Chef Boyardee pasta!

My introduction to the Ninja Turtles was all thanks to a great clerk at my local comic book store who one day firmly suggested I pick up the color reprints of Eastman and Laird’s groundbreaking series.


While I of course enjoyed the animated series and the legion of toys and video games for the Turtles that would follow, my heart always yearned for a return to that gritty, so serious it was a farce early TMNT comic books. Well, imagine my delight when I dropped by my comic book store last weekend and the owner, yeah, who was once just that clerk in the shop, asked if I had heard about the Kickstarter for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past board game. When I got to work I did a little checking and to say I was blown away was an understatement.

Apparently I am not the only person excited about this upcoming board game, as of this writing there are still 17 days to go and they’ve already amassed $100,000 more than was needed to include many of the stretch goals. Such as the Eastman variant miniatures!

TMNT - Eastman and Laird Turtles

If you watched the video you already know that Kevin Wilson is the designer of TMNT: Shadows of the Past, if you are a board game aficionado you will know his work on the excellent Arkham Horror as well as Descent: Journey in the Dark, A Game of Thrones, and Sid Meier’s Civilization board game.

From the Press Release:
It’s here! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game you’ve been waiting for! Play as one of the four turtle brothers (and some of their trusted allies), and defend New York City from thugs, ninjas, and of course the Shredder!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a story-driven adventure game for two to five players who will duel it out street by street and mission by mission to save (or conquer) New York. The game is based off of IDW’s ongoing comic book universe and features missions taken straight from some of the series’ biggest moments. Designed by the legendary Kevin Wilson (Descent, Arkham Horror) with input from Kevin Eastman and IDW’s entire TMNT creative team, this highly thematic adventure features incredible mechanics and gameplay. You’ve seen dice-chucking combat, but this is dice-nunchucking at its finest!”

Casey Jones - IDW - TMNT - Shadows of the Past

TMNT - Leonardo - Kickstarter

So if you have a desire to help the Turtles free the city from the likes of street punks, Mousers and even the Shredder then you should hop on over to the Kickstarter page for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past!

UPDATE This game play video just went live. You can see what is in store for you when you get your copy!

[Via] IDW Games

“We strike hard and fade away into the night.”

Image courtesy of Nerd B.

This “Defender Of The Nerd-Verse” T-Shirt Has You Covered!

Back to the Future, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Batman ’66 and of course Dr. Who are franchises with very memorable vehicles for the main protagonists to get around in, no one is questioning that.

But Nerd B. is asks us to imagine what kind of shadowy menace or criminal mastermind must have arrived from the spirit world of the past or future that all of these heroes must band together to form a new type of Voltron who in this case is the ultimate Defender of the Nerd-verse?

Images courtesy of

Images courtesy of

Besides being a wonderful illustration it also happens to be a T-shirt that you can pick up over A big thanks to the Intergalactic Geek Alliance for the heads up on this bit of fan art!

The Art of Evil

The Art of Evil

The Art of Evil

Do you think you know evil? Artist Tom Krohne does! He knows it so well that he’s put together some wonderful art of the very best (!) that evil has to offer. Featured here are some of my favourites – The Foot Clan above, Mumm-Ra and the Evil of Third Earth below and the Minions of Skeletor below that.

Art of Evil

Art of Evil

Head on over to Tom’s Etsy shopfront to see more of the series including The Kaiju Forces of Good, the Evil Horde, The Snake Men of Eternia and The Least Likely Suspects featuring more obscure characters such as Cy-Kill, Murky Gloom and Miles Mayhem!

Pixel Nostalgia
Craig Davison TMNT

Childish Dreams: The Art of Craig Davison


Have you ever dreamed of being someone different? Well, of course you have, you were a kid once, right?

These paintings from artist Craig Davison capture what it is to be a child dreaming of being someone else, and I think they are wonderful.


I had the same dreams, I wanted to be Batman, I wanted to be in a galaxy far, far away. And I’m sure that if someone painted the images in my head from those glorious days of childhood, the pictures might well look like these!


Check our the artist website for more great images including the children who dream of being Musketeers, Cowboys, Monsters, Secret Agents and Super Heroes.