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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Film Collection
There's really no good reason anyone should ... er ... shell out almost forty bucks to own this set containing all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies. The flicks and special features are identical to the previous DVD releases; the only new thing here is the packaging, which actually looks pretty cool. But you can probably nab most of the original DVD releases on the cheap from your local retailer's discount bin.

My favorite of the bunch has to be 2007's animated TMNT. It's fun, slick and mostly free of the cheeseball jokes that litter the live action releases. (My 12-year-old self would probably choose the original 1990 release, which is the best and least cringe-worthy of the '90s Turtle flicks.) The Blu-ray set only offers slightly better picture quality and no extra special features.

More of this week's DVD releases after the jump.

Starman on Blu-ray
Here's one good reason to pick up John Carpenter's gentle 1984 sci-fi masterpiece: You'll be able to enjoy a fine performance by the great Karen Allen without having to endure any CGI ants or monkeys. Jeff Bridges also makes a memorable turn as an alien who crash-lands on Earth and is pursued by government agents. The picture quality for this release is reportedly decent, but there are no special features to speak of here.

Super Friends: The Lost Episodes
These "lost episodes" were produced in the '80s, but the USA Network aired them more than a decade later as part of 1995's The Superman/Batman Adventures. This collection of twenty four 7-minute super shorts features some of the voice cast from the original '70s Super Friends TV show, including Casey Kasem as Robin. The extras are lacking with only a few downloadable DC comics and no docs or commentary. Thankfully, Wendy, Marvin and Wonderdog are also missing.