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DVD Review: Power Rangers Super Samurai: Volume 1 “The Super Powered Black Box”

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

On The Disc

  • Super Samurai
  • Shell Game
  • Trading Places
  • Something Fishy
  • Extras
    • Everyday Fun Music Video
    • Character Gallery
  • Trailers
    • Power Rangers Super Samurai DVD and Direct Download Trailer
    • Wolverine and the X-Men DVD and Blu-Ray Trailer
    • Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow DVD and Blu-Ray Trailer
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) DVD Trailer
    • Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred Trailer
  • Audio
    • English 5.1 Surround Sound
    • Spanish 2.0 Stereo Sound
    • French 2.0 Stereo Sound


If you’ve read my previous reviews, you already know how I feel about the foil O–Card packaging. Likewise, you should also know that I can’t stand the actual DVD cases, because they don’t properly protect the discs. In any case, there’s no need to rehash this for a third time; just know that as soon as Lionsgate finishes releasing a season, I’ll be replacing all of their cases with more durable ones. The packaging earns yet another three out of five rating for reasons noted in the past two reviews.

Also of note is a reversible ad from Shout! Factory for Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Season 1 Volume 1 and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series set. This isn’t really a part of the actual release, but it is a nice cross–promotion.

This is yet another release with superb technical quality; Super Samurai, Shell Game, Trading Places, and Something Fishy are all free from alteration earning them a five out of five.

Quality matters, and the extras on The Super Powered Black Box are a clear example of quality over quantity. For starters, the Everyday Fun music video is included on the disc, which should be enjoyable for both children and adults alike. The other extra on this disc that I’m particularly fond of is the character gallery. It’s easy enough for children to comprehend, but older fans will likely appreciate it as well. As usual, trailers can be accessed from the extras menu.

Picture Quality:
Quality is on par with previous releases earning it an easy five out of five.

Sound Quality:
See my comments regarding Power Rangers Samurai‘s DVD releases; another easy five out of five here.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, Power Rangers Super Samurai Volume 1 “The Super Powered Black Box” is on par with Power Rangers Samurai Volume 2 “A New Enemy.” Lionsgate appears to have found there footing with these DVDs, although I’d still like to see them utilize more functional DVD cases under those awesome foil O–cards.

Final Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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