Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
In addition to the rather significant news that Power Rangers of all forms would be coming to Region–1 DVDs this year, several smaller pieces of “Samurai” related news also surfaced this week. These smaller stories aren’t really suitable for individual articles, but they’re perfect for a general all–encompassing article that we here at The Power Rangers Samurai Times like to refer to as “news slices” in keeping with our Samurai theme.
Our first news slice is actually an update to the announcement that Power Rangers Samurai would be coming to DVD this summer. According to TVShowsonDVD, Lionsgate Entertainment has officially confirmed that each DVD will contain a total of four episodes, as well as a slew of extras including “auditions, behind–the–scenes training, character and weapons galleries, bloopers, and more.” Furthermore, each disc will come with a foil O–ring slip cover around the packaging. Amazon.com has added both DVDs to their website; you can preorder Volume One: The Team Unites, and Volume Two: A New Enemy using the links provided. (The Power Rangers Samurai Times does not benefit financially from the use of these links.)
News slice number two comes in the form of an announcement that an extended remix of the Power Rangers Samurai theme song has been released via various digital distribution platforms. At present, the EP is currently available through Amazon, iTunes, and the Zune Marketplace. (As with the original Power Rangers Samurai EP, the author of this article highly recommends the iTunes version of the newly released EP.)
Next up, we have a news slice pertaining to Alex Heartman, the actor who portrays Jayden on Power Rangers Samurai. Rangerboard’s NightMere10 reports that Mr. Heartman will be making an appearance in an upcoming Temper Trap music video. A photo from this event can be seen here.
Finally, our last news slice was actually buried in the Lionsgate press release for the Power Rangers Samurai DVDs. Two additional unnamed specials have been produced for Power Rangers Super Samurai, hopefully putting an end to the discrepancy in the episode total once and for all. Power Rangers Samurai consisted of 22 episodes total; likewise Power Rangers Super Samurai will also consist of 22 episodes total for a grand total of 44 episodes. Clash of the Red Rangers: The Movie is not counted as an episode of Power Rangers Samurai or Power Rangers Super Samurai, but rather it is counted as a movie special. Major credit should go to Rangerboard‘s Fury Diamond for clearing this up for everyone, as well as for reporting on this bit of information before it made its way into the aforementioned press release.