DVD Review: Power Rangers Super Samurai: Volume 2 “Super Showdown”

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
EDITORIAL

On The Disc

  • The Rescue
  • The Bullzord
  • He Ain’t Heavy Metal, He’s My Brother
  • Kevin’s Choice
  • Extras
    • Everyday Fun Music Video
    • Weapons 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

REVIEW

Packaging:
The packaging is identical to previous releases; if you’ve read my previous reviews, you already know how I feel about the foil O–Card packaging and the actual cases. The packaging earns yet another three out of five rating for reasons noted in the past three reviews, although I’m tempted to knock that down to a two out of five because the DVD is so loose in this particular case. (Of course, this could just be my disc, so we’ll stick to the three out of five rating.) Unlike the previous Power Rangers Super Samurai release, Super Showdown lacks a reversible ad from Shout! Factory for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers  Season 1 Volume 1 and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series set.

Episodes:
As with all “Super Samurai” releases, the technical quality of this release is simply outstanding. The Rescue, The Bullzord, He Ain’t Heavy Metal, He’s My Brother, and Kevin’s Choice are all free from alteration earning them a five out of five.

Extras:
Once again, the Everyday Fun music video is treated as one of the extras. Don’t get me wrong, I love the video, but this really feels like skimping on extras to me. I realize that this is probably to ensure that kids get the video no matter which disc their parents pick up, but it still seems like there could have been something different here.

The other extra on this disc is an updated weapons gallery. All of your old favorites are included once again, but new “Super Samurai” weaponry has been added to the gallery as well. On one hand, the new stuff is really nice to have, but on the other hand, the old stuff makes this feel like an extras section that was really trying to pinch pennies.

As usual, trailers can be accessed from the extras menu. Overall though, the level of recycled extras forces me to knock the rating for the extras section down to a four out of five rating.

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

Sound Quality:
See my comments regarding previous DVD releases; another easy five out of five here.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, Power Rangers Super Samurai Volume 2: “Super Showdown” is very good; the technical quality is outstanding as usual, but the duplicate extras and lousy cases hurt this release. Still, the updated weapons gallery is excellent, and I absolutely love the foil O–card packaging, even if I don’t like the case inside of it.

Final Rating: 4.4 out of 5

How The Power Rangers Samurai Times rates DVDs:
DVDs are rated on a scale of 1–5 with one being the lowest rating, and five being the highest rating. The rating is determined by averaging the rating of the packaging, episodes, extras, picture quality, and sound quality, all of which are rated on a scale of 1–5 with no decimal points, fractions, or negative numbers. If multiple contributors review a disc, their individual ratings will be posted followed by the final rating, which will be an average of the aforementioned individual ratings. (Obviously averages may contain decimal points.) Finally, when rating episodes, only the technical details of the episodes are rated; these include alterations, as well as sound and picture quality.

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