Shout! Factory’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series DVD Box Set was available at San Diego Comic Con before the Time Life launch. You can pre-order the MMPR DVD Box Set on Shout! Factory. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers DVD Box Set is also a subset of the Power Rangers 40-DVD Box Set, which includes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. The Power Rangers 40-DVD Box Set will begin shipping on August 6th. More information on the Power Rangers 40-DVD Box Set is posted on Samurai Cast. You can also pre-order the Box Set at PowerRangersOnDVD.COM.
Here is my personal review of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers DVD Box Set and the bonus features. If you have any specific questions about the DVD Box Set, feel free to post them on RangerCrew. I would like to give special thanks to Shout! Factory for the review copy. Shout! Factory has requested that fans don’t upload any screen captures or video footage from the actual DVD product. Promotional materials are available to show off the video quality and the bonus features.
Here are promotional movie clips to show off the great video quality. These movie clips were provided by Shout! Factory and Saban Brands.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – Day of the Dumpster
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – A Pressing Engagement
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – Gung Ho
Unboxing the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers DVD Box Set
The only difference between the SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) and the final versions is the SDCC shrink wrap around the SDCC version and the fact that fans had the opportunity to purchase the SDCC version early. The beautiful box artwork is created by JC Alcantara. The above photos are nothing compared to seeing the box set in your hands. My hat goes off to JC for creating these masterpieces. The only minor rant with the box cover is the usage of the Green Ranger helmet from Power Rangers Dino Thunder’s Fighting Spirit episode. This wasn’t a deal breaker for me.
The promotional images used in the front covers are beautiful. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 has the Power Rangers Dino Thunder “Fighting Spirit” Green Ranger in the group shot. The colored lightning concept was properly executed in each of the boxes. This concept is also applied on the physical DVDs.
Individual Front Covers
Individual Back Covers
I’m not a big fan of traditional DVD booklets. Most booklets have minimal information, which is comprised of episode names, episode descriptions, and promotional photos. The MMPR DVD Booklet breaks that concept by providing you in-depth information about the show, episodes, and the characters. The first few pages are dedicated to introducing the audience to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers storyline. The character bios include the characters’ full name, photo, decent description, and the actor/voice actor’s name. All of the Rangers, the primary Villains, and a few of the Allies (Bulk, Skull, and Alien Rangers) have a character bio. Hardcore fans will recognize several of the promotional photos in the booklet. The “Fighting Spirit” Green Ranger makes his appearance in a few of the pages.
Click on the above images to view their full size. You can check out all of the Box Set and Booklet full resolution photos on Samurai Cast.
The DVD menu starts with a beautiful animation of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers logo with the classic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme song in the background. The animation is followed by a 3D rendering of the Command Center with scenes rendering in Zordon’s tube. I would’ve preferred the viewing globe rather than Zordon’s tube used for this purpose. The “Select Episodes” menu takes you to the specific episode which appears to be bland with the lack of music. It would’ve been nice to have either the MMPR Theme Song or Instrumental Song playing in the background. Each season has its own contents rendered in the Zordon’s tube. One minor rant about this concept was Season 2 had the Green Ranger rather than White Ranger. Shout! Factory has given permission to upload a video of the menu. Fans are not allowed to upload any video content (clips, episodes, and bonus features) from the actual DVDs.
Unlike the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers DVDs, The Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers DVD Menu starts with the Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers logo animation followed by the opening of the Power Morpher. Scenes from Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers’ first battle are rendered inside the Morpher.
Due to site updates, I have seen every single episode more times that I care to admit. One of the primary incentives for purchasing the Shout! Factory DVDs are the bonus features. I haven’t seen several of the VHS tapes that were released during the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers era. The only commercial VHS tapes that I own are the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Fan Club video and the Power Rangers Zeo: Zeo Quest video. You can check out the clips from my VHS encodes of the Fan Club at RangerCrew Media. This was the first video that I watched on the Shout! Factory DVDs for a personal comparison. The video and sound quality are freaking amazing compared to the VHS copy. This particular bonus feature brought back memories, especially with my favorite music video “I Will Win.”
Galaxy Rangers: The Easter Egg Bonus Feature
There is a special easter egg bonus feature in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Box Set. Last week, Chris Funaro confirmed the Easter Egg Bonus Feature is the original pitch for adapting Zyuranger. You can read his post on RangerCrew. This is one golden gem for hardcore collectors. Props goes to Shout! Factory and Bandai for working together on finding this feature. I will not spoil how to find this easter egg on the DVDs.
The original pitch video is two minutes of awesomeness! The background music and narrative voice is great for the 1990s. Most of the video is Zyuranger footage. The character bios were fun to watch. Victor Lee (Red Ranger) is an asian martial artist. Zack Taylor (Black Ranger) is a detective with an attitude. Kimberly Harte (Pink Ranger) is a clumsy aerobics instructor. Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger) is an athletic heartthrob with a body of steel. Trini Crystal (Yellow Ranger) is a struggling, white novelist. Together they are the Galaxy Rangers!
The “Morphin Time!” bonus feature is a must-see bonus feature for the hardcore fans who are interested in the “Power Rangers” production story. I got goosebumps when I saw David Yost and Haim Saban in the interviews. Karan Ashley, Catherine Sutherland, Jason David Frank, Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Walter Jones, and other cast members took part in the interviews. The interview starts with a great interview with Haim Saban and Elie Dekel as they reveal the history on how Power Rangers was born. As a long-time fan, this is a bonus feature that I can truly appreciate. Katy Wallin (Casting Director) was chosen to find an ethnically diverse cast for the first season. Tony Oliver mentions that the original show was coined as Phantoms rather than Dino Rangers. The interview continues with a few clips from the Lost Pilot episode. Tony goes into more details about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers process as an original story using Zyuranger footage. I enjoyed hearing the workflow process with their attention to subtle details in the Sentai footage. The cast members, including David Yost, talk about their daily routines in the episodes. The girls (and Jason David Frank) had to wake up earlier than the rest of the cast because of their hair and makeup. The cast members spent a lot of time in the ADR room. They were also well-versed in the production process and film equipment. Paul Schrier directed one of the Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers episodes. Jason Narvy mentioned that Power Rangers was a great mix of Voltron and teen shows like Saved by the Bell. The cast members talk about the world tours, mall visits, and live interviews that proved how popular Power Rangers was. Elie Dekel and Tony Oliver discuss the popular Live Tour and how it affected Los Angeles. The production quality of this bonus feature is fantastic with the chosen cast and crew members. This feature is approximately 32 minutes.
A Morphenomenal Cast
The Casting bonus feature is another fun one to watch. Katy and the cast members talk about the detailed casting process. The feature goes into details about the primary cast members, starting with Amy Jo Johnson. I’m rather bummed that she wasn’t part of the interview. Austin St. John was dared to audition for the show. Despite being the youngest actor, Austin took the role seriously. Walter Jones was one of my favorite Mighty Morphin actors. David Yost got callbacks for the Jason character and ended up getting Billy. I wasn’t a big Billy fan, but I loved David Yost’s acting and the great character development from Mighty Morphin to Power Rangers Zeo. Tony Oliver mentions Audrey in the original Pilot episode. I’m glad that they included her in the interview. The final callback had all of the executives, including Haim Saban. Thuy Trang filmed eight weeks of Power Rangers with a sprained ankle. It was a blessing to see the cast members share their moments with Thuy. Tony and Katy talk about Jason David Frank for the 6th Ranger character. Tony mentions about the original Bulk and Skull from the original Pilot episode. During Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2, Austin, Walter, and Thuy decided to leave the show. Steve Cardenas and Karan Ashley went into great details about the casting process and how they were chosen to be the Power Rangers. It would’ve been sweet to see Johnny Yong Bosch in this segment. One of my favorite parts of this feature was Steve’s story about wanting to meet the Power Rangers. Catherine Sutherland originally auditioned for Dulcea. I am very impressed to the interview content presented in both of the bonus features. It would’ve been nice to see the original audition footage that was shown at the first Power Morphicon. This feature is approximately 25 minutes.
The Fans Power Up
This bonus feature starts with Catherine Sutherland praising the Power Rangers followed by various clips at fans. I believe some of the footage is from Power Morphicon. The cast and crew members share their thoughts and appreciation to the dedicated fans. Bruno, Grace, and Chris indirectly promote Power Morphicon. As we all know, the 20th anniversary is right around the corner. This bonus feature gives an appropriate appreciation to the fans. When I first heard about this feature, I thought it was simply cool to watch the other fans talk about the show. The video editing between the fans and the cast members as they share their thoughts is an awesome touch. The term “Super Fans” is brought up during this video. Haim Saban briefly describes the meaning of a “Super Fan”. Bruno’s prop scene in the bonus feature was another great addition. This feature is approximately 13 minutes.
The VHS Tapes are another nice addition to the DVDs. Some of the VHS tapes are pretty rare and expensive if you decided to buy them online. Shout! Factory did a great job of finding these tapes. This was my first time watching Lord Zedd’s Monster Heads, Alpha’s Magical Christmas, and The Good, The Bad, and the Stupid. I don’t own these VHS tapes, so I can’t do a direct comparison. The video and quality of the tapes are fantastic. Lord Zedd’s Monster Heads reminds me of an improved version of Power Rangers: Samurai “Party Monsters” clip show. Alpha’s Magical Christmas is a beautiful holiday special with the usage of the Command Center set and the traditional Christmas songs. The special shows Tommy (Green Ranger), Billy, and Kimberly in their suits and Rocky, Adam, and Aisha in the viewing globe. The Bulk and Skull special is hilarious. This feature is a nice treat for Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy fans. There is a Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy P.S.A. following their feature. The White Ranger Kata video brings back memories of the Green and White Ranger training videos. This video ends up with great Jason David Frank / White Ranger music video.
MMPR: The Live Tour
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Live Tour was an epic addition to the original Saban era. This bonus feature shows the stage performance with combination of television footage. I didn’t attend the live event, but it looked like a great opportunity to check out. The live tour shows Rita in her purple outfits and new villain foot soliders. The Rangers’ introduction and initial fight with the putties was fun to watch. The Z-Putties performance were pretty decent. The storyline was better than most of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 plots. I’m not a big fan of the monster design. The environment and props designs were fantastic. The music and sound effects usage was spot on for the live experience. The zord fight was primarily video footage. The overall performance is something that I will gladly show my kids one day. This feature is approximately 1 hour and 12 minutes.
Day of the Dumpster
After watching the bonus features, I decided to check out Mighty Morphin Power Rangers “Day of the Dumpster” on my Samsung DLP. I loved the quality of the episode. The “Previously On” and “Next Time” would’ve been the icing on the cake for the episodes. To test out the video quality, I did a direct comparison of Shout! Factory against the Comic Con 2010 and the German International DVD versions. The Shout! version was almost identical to the Comic Con 2010 version except for the slightly improved colors in the Shout! version. The Shout! Factory had the same improved colors as well as a sharper image against the German International version.
Unlike the Netflix version, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers “Doomsday Part 1″ episode does have the missing Zordon’s lines (comparison video). The episode has the original Saban Entertainment logo after the end credits.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers “For Whom The Bell Trolls” has the credit as “Ronnie Sperling & Jeff Deckman and Stewart St. John (comparison video). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers “Dark Warrior” removes the Rita’s staff sound byte during the fade transition (comparison video). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers “A Star is Born” has the added line in the final scene (comparison video). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers “Green with Evil, Part 5″ has the extra line (comparison video).
In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 “Welcome to Venus Island” episode, the episode is missing a few lines, including the Red and Black Rangers’ lines from two different scenes (comparison video). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 “Beauty and the Beast” is another example when the original version was used because of the audio error in the Netflix version. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 “Missing Green” has the added line (comparison video). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 “The Ninja Encounter Part 3″ has the Bulk and Skull background music when they were changing Jacob’s diaper (comparison video). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 “White Light, Part 1″ has the Closed Caption icon in the Opening Theme sequence and the original Saban Entertainment logo after the end credits.
JeffBM (RangerCrew) posted that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 “A Friend in Need, Part 1″ was using the Domestic Version. I verified this on my version and he is correct. The episode has the TV-Y7 FV and Closed Caption icons in the Opening Theme sequence and the original Saban Entertainment logo after the end credits. I compared this episode to the Netflix version, which uses the new Saban Brands logo at the end of the episode. I did an image comparison of the TV-Y7 with the list of images provided by AFPR-Dragon Ranger. The TV-Y7 icon resembles the 1999 Fox Kids O.T.O. version.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 “Changing of the Zords, Part 1″ when Zordon coins the term “Zords of Zordnia” rather than “Shogun Zords.” Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 “Changing of the Zords, Parts 2 and 3″ has the TV-Y7 FV and Closed Caption icons in the Opening Theme sequence and the original Saban Entertainment logo after the end credits. “Changing of the Zords Part 2″ episode uses the term “Ancient Zords” is used. The episode has the correct monster name (comparison video). “Changing of the Zords Part 3″ has the original dialogue (comparison video).
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 “Ninja Quest Part 3″ has the extra Tommy line (comparison video). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers “Ninja Quest” episodes has the Saban Logo on the left side in the Opening Theme (comparison video). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 “I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger” is the standard 21 minute version (and not the 29 minute VHS version based on SirStack’s Episode Comparison). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 “A Brush with Destiny” has the full Ninja morph stance footage rather than the ninja morph screen (comparison video).
Special thanks goes to AFPR-Dragon Ranger for the comparison videos.
Every episode ends with the new Saban Brands logo animation (as shown at the end of every Power Rangers: Samurai episode) except for the few episodes mentioned above (Doomsday Part 1, White Light Part 1, A Friend in Need Part 1, Changing of the Zords Parts 2 and 3). I am pleased that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 kept the bloopers in the end credits.
When I first heard about the Shout! Factory announcement, I immediately know that I had to get the major Box Sets (MMPR-PRLG and PRLR-RPM). This is a must-have for all hardcore Power Rangers collectors. Shout! Factory will be releasing individual volumes for the seasons, but the Box Sets have the exclusive Bonus Features. As mentioned above, the Box Set has new exclusive bonus features, such as the recent interviews with the cast and crew members from Power Rangers, as well as rare VHS tapes. The MMPR DVD Box Set showed a subset of the bonus features, which included the extremely rare “Galaxy Rangers” pitch. In my opinion, this two minute bonus feature is worth the find. Pre-order your copy today! The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Lost Galaxy 40-DVD Box Set will begin shipping on August 6th. Thanks for taking the time to read this review. If you have any further questions, feel free to post them on RangerCrew.
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