Power Rangers MegaForce: The Complete Set brings together the 5 DVDs that were issued with all the episodes. Gosei must find another five kids to defend the world from the evil Warstar aliens. The action is rather good as the new kids quickly pick up how to battle strange monsters that are out to control humanity.
Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Season brings back the kids with a new Super element. Gosei discovers there’s a bigger attack force on the way. He has to upgrade the Rangers. This is best known as the nautical season as the Rangers wear psychedelic pirate outfits. There’s futuristic saber fighting. You quickly tell these episodes apart from the other entries with the sailor theme. They also have the added bonus that the Rangers can now summon older Power Rangers to help them in big battles. It’s over the top action. Both complete sets repackage the original single DVDs together.
Here’s Josie’s review of the three collections of Power Rangers goodness:
The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The transfers are fine enough for the action that blends English productions with the special effects from the Japanese productions. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The episodes are Closed Captioned.
All three sets come with Digital access via Ultraviolet.
No bonus features on Dino Charge.
Megaforce features “Power Rangers Morphs Through 20 Years” Video, Character Gallery and Zord Gallery.
Super Megaforce features “The Legendary Battle: Extended Movie Edition & “Power Rangers: A Legacy.”
Lionsgate presents Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout. Starring: Brennan Mejia, Camille Hyde, Yoshua Sudarso, Michael Taber, James Davies. Boxset Contents 4 Episodes on DVD. Released: July 12, 2016.
Lionsgate presents Power Rangers Megaforce: The Complete Season. Starring: Andrew Gray, John Mark Loudermilk, Ciara Hanna, Azim Rizk, Christina Masterson. Boxset Contents 20 Episodes on 5 DVDs. Released: August 16, 2016.
Lionsgate presents Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Season. Starring: Andrew M. Gray, Ciara Hanna, Christina Masterson, John Mark Loudermilk, Azim Rizk. Boxset Contents 18 Episodes on 5 DVDs. Released: August 16, 2016.]]>
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is the hot new import from France on Nickelodeon. How hot is it? Already saw two sets of folks at a local comic con dressed as Ladybug and Cat Noir. My daughter is already demanding her birthday cake feature the characters. What makes this animated series a sensation? Marinette Dupain-Cheng is a ninth grader with two secrets. First is that she uses an Miraculous to transform herself into Ladybug to fight crime. Her second secret is a crush on school boy Adrien Agreste. What she doesn’t know is that he also uses Miraculous to become the feline Cat Noir. The duo keep crossng paths in cleaning up Paris. This collection contains “The Bubbler,” “Mr. Pigeon,” “Stormy Weather,” “Timebreaker,” “Copycat,” “The Pharoah” and “Lady Wifi.” The bonus features include episode animatics, sing-alongs and interviews with cast & crew.
Albert Up, Up and Away! is a CGI feature film based on the children’s book about making up for mischief. Albert is too smart for his own good. After prank goes extremely wrong, he’s forced to come up with a scheme to get him on the good side of his town. Part of the plan involves being the captain of a hot air balloon. However this plan goes wrong when he’s conned by a crook into doing something really wrong. Can Albert smarten up and not be the patsy? It’s a fun film although my daughter has an issue with mischievous boys.
Power Rangers Wild Force: The Complete Series is the series that followed Power Rangers Time Force in 2002. Cole Evans arrives in Turtle Cove to discover an island floating in the sky. This mystical place is home to Princess Shyla and more Zords. Cole and a few others become the new version of the Power Rangers as they battle Master Org and his crew. The big episode of this season is a massive reunion of past Red Rangers. It’s an awe inspiring sight to see so much red on the screen. The 40 episodes keep the five Rangers extra busy.
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation brought the live action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies to the small screen. After three cinematic adventures, the box office was dipping so it made sense to use all the outfits to create a TV series. The animated version of TMNT was a hit. There was more to this series than showing the four brother reptiles battling and eating pizza. There was the introduction of a new turtle that made them more than a boys’ club. Venus De Milo arrives just in time to have them battle against Dragon Lord. Being live action has an added bonus with two crossover episodes from Power Rangers In Space. If you’re a fan of the original movies, the series is a fine continuation of the action although there’s no visit from Vanilla Ice. All 26 episodes are here along with a snappy music video.
Here’s Josie’s review of the sets:]]>
The opening story goes back 80,000 years when civilization had three tribes that for a while lived peacefully. Sadly the Gorma Tribe, reverted to their war-ish ways and attacked the Dai. This battle lastesd tens of thousands of years. It only came to an end when mythical Ch’i Beasts arrived on the scene. Over time, five Dai warriors have controlled these beasts. Now the Gorma are ready for another offensive. It’s up to Master Kaku to recruit five young kids with enough Ch’i to harness the power of the beasts. This crew of rangers includes Red, Yellow, Blue, Pink and Green.
The show ups the action especially with the amazing dragon beast that flies through the air with a robotic grace. The monster budget seems to be a little higher than the previous collection. The rubber suits are impressive and scary. The main villains from Gorma look like they were discovered at a fetish night party. They’re covered in leather and ready to get nasty. The kids are a lot less campy than the ones in the American version. This show rates up with Ultraman. For long time fans of Power Rangers, it remains a thrill to get to view the original version after decades of just repurposed clips.
The video is 1:33:1 full frame. The transfers bring out the detail in the rubber suits. The audio is Dolby Digital Mono Japanese. The episodes are subtitled in English so you can follow the action. You won’t get to hear Tommy’s voice come from the Green or White Ranger mask.
No bonus features.
Super Sentai: Gosei Sentai Dairanger: The Complete Series is the perfect holiday gift for that relative who wants to know the true secret of the Power Rangers.
Shout! Factory presents Super Sentai: Gosei Sentai Dairanger: The Complete Series. Starring: Ei Hamura, Keisuke Tsuchiya. Boxset Contents: 50 Episodes on 10 DVDs. Released: November 10, 2015
The difference between the two shows is immediately seen in the premise. Power Rangers is about of happy teenagers who get picked to get super powers. Zyuranger is majorly different on the origins story. Both series begin with the same premise that the Space Shuttle landing on what appears to be the Moon. The unwitting astronauts open up the cell that’s been containing an evil force for millions of year. What comes out is the same, but with different names. American audiences know the leader of the badness as Rita Repulsa. In the original version she is known as Bandora the Witch. She’s ready to cause mayhem on Earth. Who will defend us from her? That’s the big difference. Power Rangers has the semi-computer Zordon and the robot Alpha 5 locating five teens with attitude to morph into the Power Rangers. Any kid in Angel Grove could have been chosen. Things are a lot different when Bandora arrives on Earth in Zyuranger. There’s an old guy instead of the robot and Zordon. He has to revive five warriors from a time when Dinosaurs had merged with humans. Seems the Japanese version of the show lacked a scientific adviser. On top of it, sabertooth tigers and mammoths are not dinosaurs. Maybe this is just a lost in translation of prehistoric animals? They must battle to get back the crew of the Space shuttle. In Power Rangers, the space shuttle crew pretty much vanish from the storyline.
There are two startling differences in the Power Rangers discovered in Zyuranger. The Yellow Ranger isn’t a girl in the Japanese version. This explains why the costume doesn’t reflect the Pink Ranger’s female cut. Also when the Green Ranger arrives, his fate is different for what happened to Tommy in the American version. For dedicated fans of the original Power Rangers series, the Japanese episodes will be a revelation. There’s more to the action than the clips that were recycled in America. There’s more dinosaur and prehistorical animal elements. Plus an amazing theme song that’s as catchy as “Go go Power Rangers!” This is like discovering where a rapper lifted samples for their hit record. For casual fans, Zyuranger is a fun show on par with Japan’s Ultraman and Space Giants.
Super Sentai- Zyuranger: The Complete Series is a revelation as the source of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is completely exposed. There’s a lot of footage in the 50 episodes that were snipped and reshaped. But so much is brand new to the America. While it would be easy to mock the American remix of the show, Zyuranger must be appreciated as source. The action is dazzlingly over the top. Strange that it has taken over two decades for the uncut episodes to arrive, but it has been worth the wait.
The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers are OK. The action footage has a better resolution from it being used on Power Rangers. The audio is Dolby Digital mono Japanese. The episodes are subtitled in English.
Power Morphicon Panel (26:54) has three of the Zyurangers talking to the fans. It’s subtitled during the Japanese portions. They talk about the production and seeing themselves in Power Rangers without showing their faces.
Super Sentai- Zyuranger: The Complete Series is a revelation of what the original show was like before it was sampled into Power Rangers. It’s good to finally get the rest of the story.
Shout! Factory presents Super Sentai- Zyuranger: The Complete Series. Starring: Yuuta Mochizuki, Aohisa Takayasu & Hideki Fujiwara. Boxset Contents: 50 episodes on 10 DVDs. Rated: Unrated. Released: February 17, 2015.
Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture franchise, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 150 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. For 20 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide.
In celebration of this multi-generational pop culture phenomenon, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, is proud to announce the ultimate Power Rangers collection, Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Years. Spanning the first 20 seasons of the Power Rangers television series, this limited edition home entertainment collection features every Power Rangers episode, from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Megaforce, boasting over 270 hours of action-packed entertainment across 98 DVDs. Housed in a collectible Red Ranger helmet, Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Years includes six DVDs spotlighting hours of bonus content, including brand-new featurettes as well as special archival material.
A must-have for the most dedicated Power Ranger fans, Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Years will return to where the phenomenon began and re-live the thrill-packed adventures when released on December 3, 2013.
As excitement builds for this release, Shout! Factory and Saban Brands will announce additional news, including details on all-new bonus content in the coming months. Meanwhile, fans will have the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming collection by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@PowerRangerNews @shoutfactory).
For those wanting a Power Rangers fix right now, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Season 3 is out. This was pretty much the end of the original run. Pink Power Ranger Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) moves to Florida to pursue her gymnastics dream. This means Katherine (Catherine Sutherland) gets the pink identity. The big thing is that Bulk and Skull (Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy) want to be cops. They give up trying to unmask the Power Rangers. They’re gonna fight evil with a badge and gun. But does that matter since Rita Repulsa’s father Master Vile and brother Rito Revolto have arrived with more schemes for world domination. These would be the last 33 episodes of the series before it would morph into Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers.
Shout! Factory presents Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 3. Starring: Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Johnny Yong Bosch, Karan Ashley, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, Jason Narvy and Paul Schrier. Boxset contents: 33 episodes on 4 DVDs. Released: July 2, 2013. Available at Amazon.com.
Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. For 19 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide.
Now you can return to where the phenomenon began and re-live these thrill-packed adventures when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers : The Complete Series 19-DVD box set on November 20, 2012. Featuring all 145 original episodes from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Seasons One, Two and Three, plus the ten-episode series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alien Rangers and a payload of in-depth bonus content, this 19-DVD box set has long been anticipated by fans but has not been available in stores until now. The collectible Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series DVD box set is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $119.99 and is available for pre-order now from ShoutFactory.com or Amazon.com.
Also available to own on the same day is Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume Two 3-DVD set. Featuring the final 30 original episodes of Season One, this DVD set contains the action-packed adventures of five teens, who quickly learn the full impact and awesome responsibility of their new powers and weapons. The evil villain, Rita Repulsa and her henchmen prove to be very worthy adversaries for the young super heroes, and they are challenged at every turn. Poised to attract a new audience of kids as well as young adults who grew up with this popular series, this 3-DVD set is priced to own at a suggested retail price of $19.93 and is available for pre-order now from Amazon.com or ShoutFactory.com.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series 19-DVD Box Set
Exclusive Bonus Features
Morphin Time! – A look back at Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with members of the cast, crew and creative team.
A Morphenomenal Cast – Casting director Katy Wallin and the show’s stars recall what is took to become Power Rangers.
The Fans Power Up – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fans remember the series.
Lord Zedd’s Monster Heads
Alpha’s Magical Christmas
Rare Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Fan Club Video
MMPR Karate Club: The White Ranger Kata
Power Rangers Live: The World Tour
Even though Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III wasn’t a box office dud, the box office was barely half of the previous entry. Turning the Turtles into a live action show made sense during this period when Power Rangers were all the rage. Kids got excited seeing people in monster suits battling it out versus paint swapping punches. Next Mutation was a natural transition by bringing the movie action down to the small screen to replace the animation. “East Meets West” was basically a movie split up into five parts. After it aired, the producers spliced it together and put it out on home video as a movie.
“East Meets West” has Raphael frustrated at his life like any teen. He gets into a fight with Foot Ninjas. Luckily Spinter saves his shell. The rodent master needs to get his four wards focused for their ongoing battle with Shredder. But he’s not their only enemy as Splinter gets warned that dragons are coming into their realm. The Dragonlord is coming. The Turtles only hope rests in the arrival of Venus de Milo a female mutant turtle.
Venus is a very controversial character since she wasn’t in the comic books. There are plenty of purists that view her as a reptile Cousin Oliver. But the character makes sense since it made the show less of a boys club. There was the female reporter that tagged along, but what little girl wants to merely carry a microphone? They want to dress up as a turtle and swing a sword. A teen boy who hooked onto the Turtles back in 1987 just might be having a daughter when Next Mutation hit the air. No dad wants to say, “Only boys can be turtles for Halloween.” Venus might rile up purists, but it was a relief for families tired of having to explain gender roles.
The rest of the season plays well with the big monsters battling the Turtles all around New York City and especially the sewers. The production levels reflect the low budget movies. It’s not a cheap looking series. This is the first 13 episodes of the series that only lasted a single season. Volume 2 with the remaining episodes is scheduled for Dec. 4. Hard to say why it didn’t stick around as long as the animated version. It has the same fun and action as the movies and the animated cartoons. Perhaps it was just too expensive of a production for children’s programming? Ninja Turtles, The Next Mutation: Volume One is perfect for anyone with kids wondering what happened after the three feature films.
“East Meets West” (5 parts), “The Staff of Bu-Ki,” “All in the Family,” “Silver and Gold,” “Turtles’ Night Out,” “Meet Dr. Quease,” “Windfall,” “Truce or Consequences” and “Mutant Reflections.”
The video is 1.33:1 full frame. Even though the show was post produced on video, there’s a sharpness to the image. All the colors of life in the sewer glow on the screen. The audio is stereo. It sounds like there was no real audio recorded on the sets actors inside monster suits sound muffled. The levels are fine for fighting over.
There are no bonus features.
Ninja Turtles, The Next Mutation: Volume One brings the live action turtles of the movies to the small screen. The show brings a female turtle into the mix to make it less of a boy’s club. The production levels look so much better than Power Rangers. This is a fun series for those who enjoy the Heroes on a Half Shell.
Shout! Factory presents Ninja Turtles, The Next Mutation: Volume One. Starring: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Venus de Milo and Splinter. Boxset Contents: 13 Episodes on 2 DVDs. Released: September 4, 2012. Available at Amazon.com.
In a move to provide avid collectors of all things Power Rangers with an exclusive first-to-own experience, fans now have the opportunity to purchase box sets through a Time Life direct-response television and online campaign. Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, has teamed up with Time Life to make a 40-DVD collection of Power Rangers: Seasons One – Seven directly available to fans. Fans can pre-order now at PowerRangersonDVD.com or at 1-800-826-8545. The collections will be available beginning July 30, 2012 through Time Life’s direct-response, on-air TV campaign, as well as online.
The Power Rangers: Seasons One – Seven collection will include all 145 original episodes from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Seasons One, Two and Three, plus the ten-episode series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alien Rangers. It then continues on with Power Rangers: Seasons Four – Seven, featuring all of the original 183 episodes spanning the seasons entitled Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers In Space and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. In-depth bonus content includes a retrospective featurette on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers phenomenon, brand-new interviews with members of the cast and the creative team and much more!
Also, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One, 3-DVD set will arrive in stores and will be available through select digital entertainment platforms on August 21, 2012. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One features the first 30 original episodes from the first season and delivers over 10 hours of high-energy, family friendly entertainment. Sure to attract young fans of current Power Rangers as well as young adults who grew up with this popular series, this 3-DVD set is priced to own at a suggested retail price of $19.93. Pre-order is now availablavailable at Amazon.com.]]>
When a movie is based on a video game like Mortal Kombat you really can’t expect too much. If you’re a fan of the games all you can really hope for is that they do your favorite characters justice and that the fight scenes are really good. If you’re not a fan it’s just the latter. However, Annihilation, the 1997 sequel, offers neither of these things. The tagline on the case reads “Destroy all expectations” and that is exactly what this film does, though probably not in the way it was intended.
Picking up where the first movie left off, Liu Kang (Robin Shou) and crew are still celebrating their great victory over Shang Tsung. However that victory is short-lived as the portal (assumed to be closed until the next generation) suddenly reopens and the evil Shao Kahn (Brian Thompson) pops out with his Queen, Sindel (Musetta Vander), his generals and his army. Kahn kills one of the main characters right off the bat and vows that the Earth will be destroyed in six days. So now it’s up to Raiden (James Remar), Liu and the others to gather the forces of good and defeat the forces of evil.
Any semblance of plot is abandoned. What follows are boring useless scenes that serve only as filler between the endless barrage of fight scenes that fill up the bulk of this movie. Now, if these were the best fight scenes ever put on film, that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but these are the most lifeless and monotonous fight scenes ever put in a major motion picture.
There is zero character development. The characters on screen have about as much personality as they do in the video game. At one point Liu meets up with Nightwolf and is told he must pass three tests in order to master the power of Animality, turning into an animal to fight. He only faces two of the tests before the end of the film where he changes into a giant demon thing anyway to fight Shang. A fight which, by the way, has some of the worst CGI I’ve ever seen. Sure this was 1997, but come on!
That is the other big problem with this film. At best it looks like a bad episode of Power Rangers. In fact I think there are scenes from ‘63’s Jason and the Argonauts that look better than anything in this film. The whole things seems to be poorly shot on green screen and the costumes look like something you could buy at your local costume shop come Halloween.
The acting across the board is pretty bad, but I by no means blame the actors. Some of them were chosen for their fighting skills like Lynn Williams and Deron McBee who were both regulars on American Gladiators so you know acting isn’t going to be their strong suit, but they do the best they can, and Williams gives one of the better performances. Then there is James Remar who has proved on both Sex and the City and Dexter amongst many others that he can indeed act. No the script and director are purely to blame for the failure on this front. All the actors do the best they can with the drivel they’ve been given to say.
Mortal Kombat fans generally liked the first film. Hell even Gene Siskel gave it a thumbs up, but I don’t see how anyone, MK fan or not, could enjoy Annihilation. I will say it does have a few “so bad they’re good” moments so if you’re into that it might be worth a rental.
This film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound with English and Spanish subtitles. This was a terrible looking film to start with and I think putting it on blu-ray only highlights how truly poorly this film was made.
Mortal Kombat: The Video Game Trailer This is the trailer for the newest game that game out this year. Honestly, I don’t think they should have included this, because everything in it looks 100% better than anything found in Annihilation.
You also get a digital download of the film and a code to download the Jade Classic Character Costume for the new game on PS3.
The one thought that kept going through my head while watching this, outside the fact that it reminded me of Power Rangers, was that I’ve seen better special effects from random dudes on YouTube. Sure technology has changed by leaps and bounds in the last fourteen years, but with a $30 million budget, I think it could have looked a little better than a bad TV show.
New Line Cinema presents Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Directed by: John R. Leonetti. Starring: James Remar, Robin Shou and Talisa Soto. Written by: Brent V. Friedman & Bryce Zabel. Based on the video game series: Mortal Kombat. Running time: 95. Rating: PG-13 for nonstop martial arts violence. Released on Blu-ray: April 19, 2011.