Power Rangers DVD Review
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is
one of the most successful children's series of all time
and it continues to be a series that holds a special place in the
hearts of fans
today. The long-running series has finally arrived on DVD in a lavishly
produced collection containing the entire original series (seasons 1,
2, and 3).
This is the series saga that started it all and began a pop-culture
has continued to be a huge part of children's entertainment.
story begins by telling us how
Zordon banished the wicked Rita and her evil minions to a dumpster
space. The evil Rita was determined to destroy the universe and have
rule over earthlings, so to speak, and Zordon was the protector who
peace in the universe. Zordon had decided to let her live but he had
her. However, a group of travelers in space found her, unknowingly
to escape her space dwelling, and it essentially turned this around on
universe: it wasn't long before havoc ensued again.
solution to the problem? Zordon
decides to enlist the help of five teens, "Teenagers
With Attitude", who would be able to help protect the universe and
against the forces of Rita, her evil companions, and other
working with their enemy. The team formed, and a powerful companionship
friendship was established between these butt-kickin' teens.
team consisted of Jason (Austin St.
John), the Red Ranger, Billy (David Yost), the Blue Ranger, Trini (Thuy
the yellow Ranger, Zack (Walter Emmanuel Jones), the Black Ranger, and
(Amy Jo Johnson), the Pink Ranger. This was the original line-up in
series worked so well largely
because of how much charisma all of these actors had in their roles.
never the best actors around, but they had qualities that made them so
and fun that it was easy for kids to connect to them. This was a huge
in the series true success. The show worked because it carefully
storylines of these teen characters living their lives into and amidst
storylines of them fighting for the protection of earth as Mighty
Morphin Power Rangers.
series would eventually add The
Green Ranger into the mix of characters. Tommy (Jason David Frank) was
outcast of the bunch as the Green Ranger, who received special powers
under a spell that was done by Rita, but he was eventually able to join
Rangers team and would also later become the White Ranger and leader of
team. He was always special to me as my favorite Ranger. Of course, I
thought all of these characters and Power
Rangers were wonderful.
the course of these three seasons,
some of the cast would be replaced by different actors. The New Red
Rocky (Steve Cardenas), The New Black Ranger, Adam (Johnny Yong Bosch),
Yellow Ranger, Aisha (Karan Ashley), and The New Pink Ranger (Catherine
Sutherland) would be the eventual "additions" to the cast of
characters. The bad-guys also had some
shifts with the
addition of Lord Zedd. Some roles stayed the same on the show, such as
bumbling Bulk (Paul Schrier) and Skull (Jason Narvy).
was one of those series that I
really connected to and grew up watching as a kid. It was something
brought me some feeling of joy. I would try to never miss an episode,
looking forward to what would happen next, and I loved all of the
Tommy (The Green Ranger) was always my favorite. I practically wanted
to be the
green ranger and actually help save the world.
my Power Rangers fandom: I had a Power
Rangers blanket, Power Rangers
toys, and all sorts of other Power
Rangers related merchandise as a child. It wasn't a mammoth
some of the collectors of Power Rangers
memorabilia can attest to owning, but these items were all special to
the series was something that I have reflected upon as something of
dramatic importance to me: this series was one of the first things to
some interest that I had in creativity since being a child - especially
regards to my taking an interest with storytelling and writing. I was
fascinating by the Japanese-produced character designs on those
the giant robot the Power Rangers
would morph into, and the way in which these unique designs suggested a
creative world. I was always so impressed by how it seemed so
unique, and so exciting compared to everything else out there in kid
course, I always considered Power Rangers to be
serious business as
a kid. I thought of it being something "grand" or "amazing" in
depth. I also thought all of the actors performances were remarkably
or something akin to that. Looking
back on it, the entirety of this series seems even more silly and
than I remembered thinking everything was when I was a child. Isn't
of the point, though? It's cheesy, it's an incredibly silly adventure,
bizarre. So what? This
is one of the most perfect kids'
productions that I have ever seen on television. I think it's amazing
unsurprising that something about this show even clicked so well with
adults: the martial arts, super energetic flow, and overall vibe of the
is nerdy-awesomeness even today. It's like, incredibly rad, dude... and
it a standout success.
you ever grew up watching this
show and thinking that it's awesome and an example of perfectly
then you'll enjoy revisiting this series in many ways. It's probably
to be the same experience you remembered having so many years ago.
that doesn't rule it out as something that you won't have a lot of fun
found that revisiting the show was
still a bunch of nostalgic fun. The series isn't complicated, it's
and the plotlines don't evolve dramatically but it never forgot to
focus on the characters and watching the storylines evolve for them
continue as that entirely rare show that didn't really feel as though
much at all. I am thrilled to actually own this series on DVD (finally!) and I think anyone who
considers themselves a Mighty Morphin
Power Rangers fan will want to own a collection as nicely made as
remarkable set. Mighty Morphin
Power Rangers: The
Complete Series is a wonderfully
produced DVD collection full of nostalgic fun for longtime fans.
video quality isn't entirely
impressive, but it does a decent job of presenting the series. It's an
series at this point and it looks about the same as it did as when I
watched it broadcast on TV. Colors occasionally shine but are somewhat
dynamic and more muted in presentation.
series doesn't have any issues
with damaged footage and actually looks clean and clear for the most
picture quality should be able to satisfy fans looking for a good
of this most beloved series. Mighty
Morphin Power Rangers has been
presented on DVD in its original television broadcast aspect ratio of
and it looks as good today as it did when the series premiered.
of the audio is decent as far as the presentation goes but it is also
undeniably average at best. The series never did have a rockin'
sound design. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo tracks are
serviceable but don't offer much beyond a simple audio presentation.
still sounds fine. This was a low budget children's series and as such
audio didn't receive as much attention as it would have received using
tools of tomorrow.
is jam-packed with bonus features. Some of these supplements are
delight Power Rangers fans.
Unfortunately, not every inclusion strikes gold and some of the extras
bit dull. Read on to find out which supplements sound like extras that
worth your time.
Time! A Look Back at the Mighty Morphin Power
min.) is a generally well made
featurette that looks back on the series success. It features
interviews with a
number of the cast members, Haim Saban (series creator), various
writers, and directors
who were worked on this series. There are some entertaining stories
the uphill battle to get the series onto television in the first place
about the adaptation process of bringing the original Japanese footage
series. It's a fun extra and it provides fans with a better glimpse of
series creative team.
Morphenomenal Cast: A Look at becoming a Power Ranger (35
min.) is a piece about the cast of the television series.
This featurette in fascinating for anyone who wants to learn about how
cast members joined the team. The featurette explores how the various
and actresses became involved in the show. It also contains many more
interviews with the Power Rangers performers; it's absolutely
anyone wanting to hear some more stories from the wonderful cast.
Zedd's Monster Heads
(25 min.) is a direct-to-video special that focuses on showcasing a
monster characters that worked for Lord Zedd. It's basically just a
which highlights some of the more interesting bad-guy character designs.
(23 min.) has the "magical" robot sidekick to the Power Rangers in a
spirit as he sings out carols to celebrate the season. It's, um, a
rather interesting piece. I had seen this one
before when I was much younger. It's just the robot in a sing-song
this is nothing more than the Alpha robot singing Christmas songs. Um, okay? Weird.
Good, The Bad, and The Stupid! [The Misadventures of
Bulk and Skull] (52
min.) is just another clip-show
special. This one showcases "favorite moments" of Bulk and Skull. It is
of moments featuring these two fan-favorite characters.
Fans Power Up! A Peek Inside The Power Rangers Fandom (13
min.) is a short look inside fandom for Power Rangers.
I actually thought this was one of the weakest additions to the set as
anywhere near in-depth enough. The featurette focused on random Power
fans with no introduction or explanation as to the how or why they were
featured, from varying video quality recordings, and without anything
besides the declaration of being fans. This was an odd piece. I thought
could have used some extra clarity and expansion to be a notable piece
to discover as some sort of genuine tribute. Instead, it left me
Not enough is done in this featurette to properly explore this series
multi-generational fandom. Not by any means.
Morphin Power Rangers Fan Club Video (30
min.) is a fan-club video which used to be exclusively
available to members of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fan club, and
now available here as a nice inclusion on the set. The weird thing
about the featurette
was how the piece presented interviews with the cast "in-character" so
questions were answered as if it specifically pertained to the
portrayed. I might have enjoyed seeing this when I was younger, but it
seemed strange to me today.
White Ranger Kata
(51 min.) showcases Jason David Frank (the White Ranger) training a
kids about martial arts. He has a lot of knowledge in the real world
comes to martial arts and this is a training video that presents that
(and so that younger kids can learn some things about doing martial
Morphin Power Rangers Live: The World Tour (1
hr. 12 min.) presents one of the live world tour shows,
which doesn't actually feature any of the actors from the show, but
different group of actors wearing the costumes with dubbing that is
done by the
series cast. It seems odd in some ways; especially with the altered
(even more "kid-friendly"
costumes for those baddie characters on display. This will be an
addition for anyone who saw a world tour show during the original run
or for anyone
who wanted to but wasn't able to.
is also a 39 page booklet inside
of the set which features an episode guide, character bios, a special
list, and select series photos. The series itself is housed in a
artbox featuring a perfectly chosen picture of all of the Power
never expected a Power Rangers DVD
set to be released. I'm not sure why I didn't expect one to become
(besides the fact that I wasn't sure if there would be any DVD
producers in the
industry that would consider the fact that there would be an interest
in a complete
series set). Obviously, that wasn't the case. That's good. I imagine a
people will want to own this on DVD.
any case, in addition to never
expecting a complete series set to be released, I also never had
something would come along in home media that would even remotely
resemble a beautiful collection as comprehensive and well-produced
as this. If you grew up watching the
series and want to go on a fun nostalgia kick or if
you are a serious fan who has followed this series faithfully
or if you have ever attended fan conventions,
then purchasing this set is truly worthwhile. This beautiful set
spot in every Mighty Morphin Power
Rangers fan's collection. It would also make a perfect gift for
the Power Rangers fan in your life.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.