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]]> http://insidepulse.com/2014/02/19/toy-fair-2014-coverage-power-rangers-legacy-collection/feed/ 0 Disc News: Power Rangers Legacy Boxed In December http://insidepulse.com/2013/07/19/disc-news-power-rangers-legacy-boxed-in-december/ http://insidepulse.com/2013/07/19/disc-news-power-rangers-legacy-boxed-in-december/#comments Sat, 20 Jul 2013 03:30:25 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=335868 Has it really been twenty years since the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers exploded on afternoon TV? The show became an instant hit. Parents spent small fortunes trying to get the dolls that became extremely rare for the Christmas of 1993. Many people felt they’d be a fad, but the series had extreme staying power. It’s still on the air. Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Years brings together all the goodness along with hours of bonus features. To make things more exciting the massive collection is inside a Power Ranger helmet. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:

Power Rangers Legacy

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.

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Disc News: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers come complete http://insidepulse.com/2012/10/30/disc-news-mighty-morphin-power-rangers-come-complete/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/10/30/disc-news-mighty-morphin-power-rangers-come-complete/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 02:00:51 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=316384 Right before Thanksgiving, fans of the Power Rangers are going to be grateful with the arrival of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers : The Complete Series. All 145 episodes of the original series will be brought together like the Power Rangers. Even more importantly will be two discs of extras fans have been craving for quite some time. The boxset arrives November 20. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:


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

…and More!
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DVD Review: Ninja Turtles, The Next Mutation (Volume One) http://insidepulse.com/2012/09/29/dvd-review-ninja-turtles-the-next-mutation-volume-one/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/09/29/dvd-review-ninja-turtles-the-next-mutation-volume-one/#comments Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:00:56 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=311495 Ninja Turtles, The Next Mutation: Volume One is perfect for anyone with kids wondering what happened after the three feature films.]]> After a successful 10 year run as an animated series on Saturday mornings and after school time slots, what would be next for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? How about an extra dimension and a new addition? Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation brought the live action movies to the small screen. The series used the costumes and sets from the last two movies. But this wasn’t a complete retread production since they spent money to create Venus De Milo. Ninja Turtles, The Next Mutation: Volume One shook up the comic book universe by introducing a female hero on the half shell.

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.


The Episodes

“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.
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Disc News: Power Rangers megaset morphin in July http://insidepulse.com/2012/06/12/disc-news-power-rangers-megaset-morphin-in-july/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/06/12/disc-news-power-rangers-megaset-morphin-in-july/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 03:00:57 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=301648 Earlier news had Shout! Factory putting out the first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One on July 30. Turns out that there’s a whole lot more available on that date. Shout! Factory has teamed up with Time Life to offer The Power Rangers: Seasons One – Seven. That’s 40 DVDs of Morphin excitement at once. Time Life is offering the megaset at $219.95 with no shipping and handling fee. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory and Time Life:

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.

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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – Blu-ray Review http://insidepulse.com/2011/05/03/mortal-kombat-annihilation-blu-ray-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/05/03/mortal-kombat-annihilation-blu-ray-review/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 02:00:08 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=245500

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.

Theatrical Trailer

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.



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TOY FAIR 2011: Power Rangers Samurai http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/16/toy-fair-2011-power-rangers-samurai/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/16/toy-fair-2011-power-rangers-samurai/#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:30:40 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=236257 Here are the images of Power Rangers Samurai. In the pictures you will see the first look at the new Gold Ranger. Also, it should be noted that there will be a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 4″ scale Rita Repulsa mixed in the line (although, on a Samurai card).


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Bad Movies Done Right — Slow Children Playing http://insidepulse.com/2010/02/09/bad-movies-done-right-%e2%80%94-slow-children-playing/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/02/09/bad-movies-done-right-%e2%80%94-slow-children-playing/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2010 06:00:24 +0000 http://movies.insidepulse.com/?p=185414 I’ve gotten a lot of flack from readers in the past for my cynical dismissing and more then occasional mocking of children’s movies.

I’ve been told that movies such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua are cute and harmless and should be appreciated for what they are — a momentary diversion made for children.

To that I say: Are we, as a nation, actively trying to make our children stupid? Showing them the putrid pieces of garbage that Hollywood continuously churns out is putting today’s youth on a one-way short bus to that stool they make you sit on in school while you wear the dunce cap.

Look at me for example — I watched Power Rangers as a kid and I constantly find myself pulling on push doors. Imagine what acts of random stupidity today’s toddlers will find themselves committing after a childhood spent watching Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. They’re going to misspell sequel, for one.

I can appreciate the need for movies designed for children.

Nothing steams my pot more then walking into a hyper-violent horror movie and seeing the temporarily innocent eyes of a child staring back at me. Parents who take their child to see rated R movies before the kids are ready to process that type of content will deserve it when their child eventually steals out of their wallet before unleashing a tsunami of swear words that would put a Turrets sufferer to shame.

I totally sympathize with parents’ plight. There just aren’t enough intelligent children’s movies being released on a yearly basis. With Pixar only making one movie a year, the rest of the calendar is more often then not filled with the kind of movies you wouldn’t show a terrorist child during torture.

I can also sympathize with filmmakers. Making movies isn’t exactly shooting wolves from a plane; it takes a lot of hard work and money.

With the risky nature of movie making, it’s all too all to tempting to release easy-to-market sludge like Aliens in the Attic.

If I had a choice between creating something intelligent and thought-provoking and releasing a series of toilet jokes that would be greeted with the approving “baaas” of the general public, I’d choose potty humor too. In fact, it’s a choice I make on a weekly basis with this column.

So what is the solution? How do we change our movie-going ways before our nation’s youth devolve into the hooting and chest-thumping primitives that are so easily mesmerized by the black, shiny obelisk that is G-Force?

How about handing them a book every now and then between crappy movies. It’s not a perfect solution, but maybe, just maybe, some good literature can counter-act the brain-melting side effects of modern children’s movies before its too late.

Bad Movie of the Week — Shorts

Shorts, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s latest children’s movie, is like Robert Altman’s Short Cuts for kids with ADD.

Ambitious in scope, it’s hard for me to say Rodriguez’s film is a bad movie — mainly due to the fact that I really, really like Robert Rodriguez.

I’m a fan of the man’s movies and, in general, I’m a fan of the man himself. He just seems like a cool guy and, to his credit, it honestly seems he tried to make what he thought would be a cool movie for kids.

And it could very well be. I haven’t talked to any children who’ve seen Shorts and, short (get it?) of hanging out in front of an elementary school playground and soliciting opinions, I’m not bound to find out what today’s youth think of the film anytime soon.

Shorts bills itself as a collection of vignettes about a town’s adventure with a mysterious wish-granting, rainbow colored rock. Told in non-chronological order (in a way that feels a bit too gimmicky at times), the film’s short stories hop through a collection of children as they find this magic rock and make wishes that, of course, cause nothing but mayhem and adventure.

The movie is really just an excuse for Robert Rodriguez to cut loose and showcase as much special effects-created giant crocodiles, booger monsters and alien invaders as he can in an 80+ minute movie.

There were a lot of pretty neat parts to the movie — especially the sub-plot dealing with James Spader as Steve Jobs-wannabe Carbon Black, the CEO of a company that invents and distributes a black box that can do everything from play music, make phone calls, toast bread and trim nose hairs.

It’s this desire to create the perfect all-in-one tool that drives Carbon Black to seek the magic rock himself in the hopes he can finally find the ultimate gadget.

Other recognizable cast members that make an appearance are Jon Cryer (forever Ducky), Leslie Mann, William H. Macy and Kat Dennings.

The real stars of the film, though, are the cast of children actors Rodriguez assembled for the movie — led by Jimmy Bennett.

Unlike most movies with a children-filled cast, Shorts doesn’t have an overabundance of annoying precocious child actors. The cast Rodriguez put together (of which, three are his sons) are all believable in their roles — never crossing that threshold of tolerance.

Plus you have a character named Helvetica Black! The former graphic designer in me approves.

The Blu-ray for Shorts looks amazing. While some of the more sloppy special effects don’t sizzle when presented in high-definition, the movie’s colorful palate works well with a crisp image. Special features in the package include, as usual on Robert Rodriguez’s films, a ten-minute cooking school and a ten-minute film school. Also include are a couple of short mini-documentaries about the film’s production and actors.

Seemingly designed to make kids cackle with enjoyment as they watch a pterodactyl poop on another child while simultaneously watching their parents shift uncomfortably in their seat at all the inappropriate humor, Shorts is not a children’s movie that attempts to be anything but one big dumb gross-out joke. It is a big one though.

Full of a ton of the special effects, neat camera tricks and all the zaniness one has come to expect from a Robert Rodriguez children’s movie, Shorts is a lot of fun — unfortunately most of that fun can only be enjoyed by the film’s very narrow target audience.

Unless you are an eight-year-old boy or have the maturity level of one, you are bound to be left a bit cold by Shorts. I’d be lying, though, if I said I wouldn’t have enjoyed the hell out of this movie as a kid.

Being a “glass-half-full” kind of guy at heart, I can see the positive in Robert Rodriguez’s constant need to make cheesy movies for kids. Tomorrow’s generation of young adults are bound to grow up with fond memories of Spy Kids and Shorts. Hopefully, this nostalgia will send them out in search of films like El Mariachi and Sin City.

After all, if there’s one thing Robert Rodriguez is good at delivering, it’s the promise that for every groan-worthy children’s movie, he has a bad-ass violent epic in the works.

Robert Saucedo may, in fact, have a man-crush on Robert Rodriguez. Visit him on the web at www.robsaucedo.com.

Feel free to check out Robert Rodriguez’s filmography on DVD and Blu-ray:




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Power Rangers RPM: Race for Corinth – DVD Review http://insidepulse.com/2009/11/12/power-rangers-rpm-race-for-corinth-dvd-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2009/11/12/power-rangers-rpm-race-for-corinth-dvd-review/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2009 18:59:53 +0000 http://movies.insidepulse.com/?p=180929 Race for Corinth made my mind (which often works on the level of toddlers) just completely shut down making me think that this series is not fit for adult nor child.]]> powerrangerscorinth

Seventeen. See that number right there? That is how many seasons that the Power Rangers have made it through. Kind of hard to believe isn’t it? Perhaps it’s hard to believe because the Power Rangers weren’t the show many of us watched unless we grew up in the nineties and started on them at a young age. The multi-colored heroes also kind of blended into the background after a while and so many people thought they were gone for good. Up until a friend of mine told me her son loved them, I surely thought they had been buried with the Go-Bots and My Little Ponies but alas that is not the case. They are alive and maybe not so well if Race For Corinth is what they’re showcasing now because it seems they are just on the decline but have long since passed the finish line.

I’m catching this season right in the middle so you’ll have to forgive me if my knowledge of the most recent exploits of the Power Rangers isn’t up to speed. What you’re getting from me in this review is exactly what I know and learn from the few episodes included here. That begs me to question why the season is split up into so many damn parts? Anyway, that’s a whole other discussion and we simply need to move onto the review of the actual DVD now.

The last remaining human survivors of Earth are now living in a domed city named Corinth but they aren’t alone. Together they must work against the evil and dangerous Attack Bots/Grinders that are controlled by the sinister Venjix Computer Network. Venjix is a virus that is able to virtually control all machines and hopefully get rid of all humans so that the world can be totally computerized. The Power Rangers must band their strengths together in order to keep humanity as the dominant force on Earth and not let Venjix put machines in charge of everything.

Each Power Ranger (varying in color from red to blue to green to gold and so on) have their own strengths and weaknesses, but that is to be expected for a hero that is still a human. Each episode pits them up against whatever Venjix may conjure up in order to eliminate them. Most of the episodes are pretty much identical and get old quickly. The fighting is lame, the villains look like they ran out of costumes and threw random pieces together, and the poor attempts of humor are out of place and ridiculous. I could have sworn the Power Rangers were much more enjoyable even when I’d flip through the channels as an older teenager and catch a few episodes on the air. Race for Corinth made my mind (which often works on the level of toddlers) just completely shut down making me think that this series is not fit for adult nor child.

Episodes

~ Ranger Green
~ Ranger Red
~ Yellow Ranger, Part 1
~ Yellow Ranger, Part 2
~ Ranger Blue

The film is shown in 1.33:1 Full Screen format has bright colors and a sharp picture making for an enjoyable viewing experience.

The film is heard in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound making for a nice sounding extravaganza, but Disney missed out here by not letting the Power Rangers have intergalactic battles in surround sound.

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Let me be the first to tell you that I was never a huge viewer of the original Power Rangers, but there had been a few episodes that crossed the airwaves of my television before. They were nothing like this because Race for Corinth was absolutely nothing. Every fight scene seemed as if they were phoning the punches in making me almost yawn at times while the whole thing just seem overly childish. Don’t start yelling at me and telling me it is a children’s show. I know that, but that doesn’t mean it needs to act like it now when none of its predecessors before did. With only trailers that play when you start the disc, the special features are null making this an absolute must-miss, and I doubt many kids would get much out of this one. Where’s Voltron when we need him?


Walt Disney Home Video presents Power Rangers RPM: Race For Corinth. Starring: Eka Darville, Ari Boyland, Rose McIver, Milo Cawthorne, Daniel Ewing, and more. Running time: 115 minutes. Rating: PG. Released on DVD: September 8, 2009. Available at Amazon.com

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