Almost 24 years ago, 20th Century Fox brought one of the most beloved kids’ series in television history to the big screen in the form of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. When it was originally released, the big-screen adaptation of the high-action sci-fi series was met with largely negative reviews, and with good reason. Even as bad as the movie was (and still is today), it is still a presentation that the most devoted Power Rangers fans will appreciate. As the 24th anniversary of the movie’s debut nears, Shout! Factory and Saban are celebrating the anniversary with a new Blu-ray re-issue of the movie complete with a new in-depth bonus featurette. While the movie is largely a failure, there are still certain elements of the movie that do work. This will be addressed shortly. The new bonus commentary, which runs approximately 44-minutes in length, is the re-issue’s most notable positive. It will be addressed a little bit later. The Blu-ray’s average price point is not a budget breaker for those MMPR devotees who want to add the movie to their collections.
Shout! Factory and Saban Brands have been doing quite a bit in recent years to make Power Rangers fans with lots of Power Rangers and Super Sentai box sets. On June 4, the companies will do something a little bit different for fans of both series when they re-issue the 1995 big screen adaptation of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers on Blu-ray. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie was resoundingly panned by viewers and critics alike in its initial release. Now almost 24 years later, it has not improved in its footing. That is due in part to the fact that its story completely breaks canon from the original series. Its look is also a far cry from that of the original series, right down to the over-the-top CG zords. For all of the negatives exhibited in the movie’s story, the story is not a total loss. It does present some positives, such as the camp elements that made the TV series so enjoyable (and that still do today). That includes the comic support from Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy – Bulk and Skull – and the ever-the-top cheesiness of Ivan Ooze (Paul Freema – Hot Fuzz, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Centurion) in terms of his personality. The work of the supporting cast that played the parents of Angel Grove also echoed the feel of the movie’s source material. Keeping in mind that overall feel of the movie, it makes up for the issue of the movie’s story, at least a little bit. That in itself makes the movie worth an occasional watch among Power Rangers’ most devoted fans now that it is being re-issued on Blu-ray. The movie’s throwback to the camp feeling of the MMPR TV series is just one of the most notable elements presented in the upcoming Blu-ray re-issue of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. The bonus content is just as notable as that feel.
The bonus content is notable because audiences get not only the relatively short original featurette included with the movie’s initial DVD release, but a new 44-minute featurette that takes audiences even deeper into the movie’s background and history. Audiences learn through the movie’s new bonus featurette – “A Look Back At Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie – lots of items not featured in the movie’s original bonus featerutte. Viewers learn, through discussions with the movie’s director Bryan Spicer, that there was lots of discussion on the script between himself and the heads at 20th Century Fox during the movie’s pre-production. Viewers also get an interesting anecdote from Spicer about how the newspapers in Australia allegedly mid-identified one of the movie’s Assistant Directors as the Director, thus incorrectly giving that AD the credit for helming the movie instead of Spicer. On a related note, Spicer also talks about filming in Australia during his interview segments and why the filming took place there instead of in the United States. That’s not all that audiences get. Viewers also receive a very interesting tidbit about a well-known actress who was initially wanted by Fox’s executives to fill the role of Dulcea and how she was replaced by the woman who ended up in the role. The movie’s cast members get plenty of their own time throughout the featurette, too. They talk about topics, such as the pace of shooting each scene for the movie versus shooting for the TV series, the stunts and the visual effects among other topics. Between everything noted here and the rest of the discussions featured in the movie’s new bonus featurette, said featurette proves to be the true foundation for the movie’s new Blu-ray re-issue. When it is considered along with the fact that the movie’s creative heads did at least try to give the story the same camp feel of the MMPR series, those two elements together give viewers even more reason to check out this latest presentation of MMPR: The Movie. Considering those elements, the average price point of the movie’s re-issue proves to be not too expensive.
The average price point of MMPR: The Movie – based on prices listed at Shout! Factory’s store, Walmart, Target and Amazon – is $15.52. At the time of this review’s posting, it was not listed at Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million. However, the movie’s original DVD release was listed at those sites. By comparison, the DVD’s average price point was $7.33. That includes prices listed not just at Books-A-Million, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, but also at Walmart and Amazon. While the original DVD release’s average price point is obviously less expensive than that of the movie’s new BD re-issue, the DVD does not boast the new bonus featurette that is featured in the new re-issue. To that end, the price for the movie’s re-issue is not too bad. Keeping all of this in mind, this new re-issue of MMPR: The Movie proves a piece that the most devoted MMPR fans will want to add to their libraries.
Shout! Factory’s upcoming Blu-ray re-issue of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie is a piece that the most devoted fans of the timeless sci-fi action series will appreciate. That is due in part to the fact that while the movie’s story clearly breaks from the series’ canon, it does at least maintain the campy feel of its source material. That alone makes the movie worth at least an occasional watch. The new 44-minute bonus featurette featured in this re-issue makes the presentation even more appealing for the noted fans. The re-issue’s average price point of less than $20 is relatively affordable, and not wasted, considering the movie’s primary and secondary content. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. All things considered, the movie’s upcoming Blu-ray re-issue is one that the most devoted MMPR fans will enjoy especially if they do not already own the movie on DVD. It will be available June 4. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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