Starting with the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers, the Power Ranger
franchise has been on television, in one incarnation, for over ten years.
That's a pretty impressive run for a show, especially when you consider
how many programs have come an gone in that time. This DVD, Samurai's
Journey, gives you a good idea why they've lasted this long.
Power Rangers Ninja Storm is the latest incarnation of the Power
Ranger franchise. The evil space alien ninja Lothor has destroyed
all of the secret ninja academies on Earth, and captured all of the teachers
and pupils. Only one sensei, his son Cam, and three students (Shane,
Dustin and Tori) manage to escape to an underground ninja operations center.
From here, joined by two other ninja student (Blake and Hunter)who managed
to escape, they defend the earth from the frequent attacks of Lothor's
This DVD, the fourth Ninja Storm DVD to be released, includes four episodes
from the first season. They are presented in the order originally
Pork Chopped: This is a stand
alone episode, but a good one. Lothor send a new monster, General
Trayf, to attack the Rangers. He manages to capture the two Thunder
Rangers takes them to another dimension. The three Wind Rangers follow
him and battle in this strange area. (Favorite line on the DVD:
The Rangers follow Trayf through a dimensional portal and land on the hard
ground. They look around and one of them moans "Oh no, not another
Samurai's Journey part 1:
These next three episodes form a single story. (The entire story
is on this DVD...you won't have to buy another disc to see how it ends.)
Lothor's latest monster, Madtropolis, has a mystical sphere that drains
the energy from all five Power Rangers. Using the last of their powers,
they are able to regain the sphere, but are unable to open it.
Samurai's Journey part 2:
Cam travels back in time to gain a power source that no longer exists in
the present. With only a short period of time before the time travel
spell wears off, Cam must locate and obtain this great power.
Samurai's Journey part 3:
In the last episode, a new ranger appears, the Green Samurai Ranger.
Lothor has sent five monsters to attack the earth at the same time but
in different places. Can the rangers with the aid of their new comrade
defeat all these menaces?
The beginning and closing credits are shown once, at the beginning and
ending of the disc, and are not shown between the episodes. The title
of each show is left on, and, in any case, it's very easy to tell where
one episode ends and the next begins.
This is a good Power Ranger DVD. The stories are all very good,
and are filled with action. It is better than the Cyber Clash
released the same week. (Read
my review of Power Rangers Ninja Storm: Cyber Clash.) There
are secrets revealed, and new weapons. A new Ranger appears, and
there are a lot of monsters to fight. A great DVD for the young and
young at heart.
The show is presented in surround sound. It sounds fairly average
for a TV show. The levels of the rear speakers are pretty low, and
are not used much. The explosions are not loud or booming, but the
dialog is clear. There are English subtitles available.
Presented in full frame, as it was intended, the show looks alright.
The entire disc had a slight grain to it, but it is not a major defect.
The colors are not bright and vivid, nor are they muted. An average
This disc includes six of twelve Virtual Trading
Cards. The other six are found on the Cyber Clash
DVD. I have no idea how you are supposed to "trade" them.
When you select this option on the extras menu, you are brought to a menu
with the twelve cards, six of which are highlighted and can be selected.
Selecting a card enlarges it and shows you a looped scene of that
Ranger or monster fighting. There are buttons below the scene that
allow you to see their abilities, weapons and statistics. This text
portion is very sparse, often only a couple of words. I got the feeling
that they wanted to include a low cost extra, and this is what they came
There is also a masked person performing a kata as the Ninja
Moves extra. This is a different Kata than appears on
the Cyber Clash DVD. Sensei talks over it, and you can select
watching it in real time, or one move at a time. It didn't do much
for me, and I can't really see anyone trying to ape the moves, which are
There are also trailers to six movies and videos: Teacher's
Pet, Pokemon Heroes, MXP: Most Xtreme Primate, Lion King 1 ½,
Recess, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, and a spot for Disney on-line.
This DVD is a lot of fun. It is enhanced by the fact that three
of the episodes are part of the same story. Continuity wise, a lot
happens in the Samurai's Journey series too, not the least of which
is the introduction of a new Ranger. Significantly more entertaining
than the Cyber Clash DVD released at the same time, this is a DVD
that is sure to please Power Ranger fans. A disc that they will want
to watch again and again. Recommended.