For those of our stateside readers who may still be unaware, it is now possible to purchase the first seven seasons of Power Rangers on DVD. Shout! Factory and Brian Ward in particular are deserving of many thanks for putting together what are sure to be superb DVD sets. Releases of seasons eight through 17 will be dependent on the success of seasons one through seven, (Lionsgate controls seasons 18 onwards,) so if you’re hoping for additional seasons on DVD, you should really consider buying these sets.
Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
Rangerboard reports that NickToons has announced their next season of Power Rangers. Starting on August 17th, NickToons will be taking time for Power Rangers Time Force as they kick off their Mega Morphenomenon. At present, it is unknown whether or not the Mega Morphenomenon is a rebranded Morphenomenon, or if it is a different type of marathon that will include additional seasons. Furthermore, we currently have no idea what version of Power Rangers Time Force will be shown on NickToons.
Several episodes were altered after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and many episodes of this particular season have not been presented in their original format since then. (Fans colloquially refer to these episodes as “the pre–9/11 version” of the show.) When “Time Force” went into reruns, Disney ran altered episodes that had been modified to comply with broadcast standards, which went into affect after the aforementioned attacks. (Fans unsurprisingly refer to these episodes as “the post–9/11 version” of the show.”) Further complicating matters, the version of this season that’s currently on Netflix is actually a hodgepodge of “pre–9/11” and “post–9/11” episodes, as well as some hybrid cuts combining the post–9/11 opening with pre–9/11 footage, and in some cases even introducing alternate shots that were previously unseen.
Obviously the original cuts are preferable to any others, but we simply don’t know what NickToons has been provided with. For those who are curious about the differences between each version of the episodes, Rangerboard’s AFPR–DragonRanger put together these episode comparisons. The Mega Morphenomenon will take place during the same time as Power Morphicon, so fans in attendance of the convention will likely be unable to see the Mega Morphenomenon barring the use of a recording device for time–shifting.
The Mega Morphenomenon featuring “Time Force,” will be the fourth Morphenomenon to date; so far NickToons has shown “Jungle Fury,” “Dino Thunder,” and “Ninja Storm” in that order. When “Lost Galaxy” comes to Vortexx this fall, seasons 16, 12, 11, nine, and seven will have had some form of TV presence within the past year. For those who are eagerly awaiting this fan–favorite season’s NickToons debut, Rangercrew’s Samuraicast has posted the following promo for the Mega Morphenomenon.
Mega Morphenomenon Promo
Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
TVShowsonDVD reports that Lionsgate has announced Power Rangers Samurai Christmas Special #1 for release on October 16th. The disc’s feature is Power Rangers Samurai‘s Christmas special, Christmas Together, Friends Forever, which runs approximately 23 minutes. In addition to last year’s special, the disc will include two bonus Christmas specials from seasons past. A Season to Remember from Power Rangers Zeo will be included on this set, as well as Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers‘ I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger. It is currently unknown whether or not this DVD will feature the original “video version” of I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger, or if it will feature the same “broadcast version” that will be available on Shout! Factory’s DVDs. The original “video version” ran roughly 28 minutes, while the broadcast version ran roughly 24 minutes, making both versions desirable to certain fans.
Also, I should point out that Rangerboard’s AFPR–DragonRanger has informed me that the run times currently listed on these discs are inaccurate. Lionsgate has simply multipled 23 minutes three times; that rough approximation works for Power Rangers Samurai, but fails for the bonus material; earlier seasons had shorter run times with greater variations between episodes.
Additionally, Lionsgate has also provided additional information regarding Power Rangers Samurai‘s other holiday release. Monster Bash, the Halloween themed DVD will feature last year’s Halloween special, Party Monsters, as well as two Halloween themed episodes from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. According to DVDAF, those episodes will be Life’s A Masquerade, and Trick or Treat. Monster Bash will be released on September 11th.