With over 20 years of history in the United States, the Power Rangers have hit the big screen yet again in a complete re-imagining of the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
Despite the Power Rangers going through numerous iterations over the years, there is still a deep affection for the original five Rangers – Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trini and Zack – and many people still point to them as the ultimate team configuration.
This time the original five have undergone a few personality changes, and the basis of their relationship makes the film almost like an alternate universe version of the Breakfast Club where they suddenly end up in powered suits of armor. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. As someone who has watched more Power Rangers episodes over the years than he cares to admit, I found this to be entertaining and well worth the two-hour running time. I was engaged with the story and found myself at the end of it more than willing to watch another adventure of this version of the team.
By no means am I saying that this is great film, I'm saying you walk away at least a bit surprised by it and not regretting the time you spent with it.
The Saban's Power Rangers Blu-ray loads up the extra features making it a worthwhile investment for those with even a passing fandom for the series or film. It answers one of the biggest questions I had about the film – the makeup of the Megazord – as well as explaining a lot of the decisions that went into the changes made from the original series.
- Audio Commentary with Director Dean Israelite and Writer John Gatins
- "The Power of the Present" Documentary
- "Rangers Then to Now"
- "Building the Team"
- "Beyond the Rangers"
- "Suiting Up"
- "Rangers, Welcome to Training"
- "Rangers in the Wild"
- "It's Morphin Time"
- "Power Ballad: Music and Sound"
- "This is Your Destiny"
- Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer with Audio Commentary by Director Dean Israelite
My viewpoint on bonus features always comes down to whether they enhance the film in any way. Saban's Power Rangers does that handily and you can tell a lot of thought and care went into the selection of what made it onto the desk. Everything is well done and in some way explains a portion of the film.
I have always found audio commentaries of films a mixed bag. Quite often you can tell they are being done solely out of a contractual obligation and the person speaking can't wait for it to end. Director Dean Israelite and Writer John Gatins seem to be having a good time going back over their work and the film flies by as they speak. It was also intriguing to hear just how much the actors brought to their roles and the quirks and nuances they gave to their performances.
Overall, there really is nothing negative to say about Saban's Power Rangers so long as you go in knowing this is a popcorn film and nothing more. If you go in with the correct mindset you'll enjoy it, and the bonus features are just icing on the cake.
Disclaimer: Lionsgate provided us with a copy of the Blu-ray for the purposes of this review.
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