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DVD Review: Power Rangers Samurai: Volume 3 “A Team Divided”

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
EDITORIAL

On The Disc

  • I’ve Got a Spell on Blue
  • Forest for the Trees
  • Test of the Leader
  • Jayden’s Challenge
  • Extras
    • Cast Interviews
    • Power Rangers Dub–step
    • Character Galleries
  • Trailers
    • Power Rangers Samurai DVD and Direct Download Trailer
    • Power Rangers Super Samurai DVD and Direct Download Trailer
    • Fred 3: Camp Fred the Movie 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
  • Audio
    • English 5.1 Surround Sound
    • Spanish 2.0 Stereo Sound
    • French 2.0 Stereo Sound

REVIEW

Packaging:
The foil O–Cards are back; in fact, this packaging is identical to that of previously released four–episode volumes. As usual, it earns a four out of five for overall quality.

Episodes:
The technical quality is once again on par with Lionsgate’s previously released four–episode volumes. As with volumes one and two, volume three is presented properly in the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Although I haven’t gone over the episodes frame–by–frame, or even scene–by–scene, all except for Jayden’s Challenge appear to be presented in there original, unedited format. Jayden’s Challenge is missing the recap at the beginning of the episode, but appears to be otherwise unedited. This alteration is minor, but there’s still no excuse for it. All in all, the episodes earn a very solid four out of five, which would have been a five out of five if not for the aforementioned alteration.

Extras:
Lionsgate did a superb job with the extras on this disc. For starters, there are cast interviews, which are exactly what they sound like; a documentary style behind–the–scenes short that will likely be most appreciated by the older fans. Next up is the Power Rangers dub–step video, which originally premiered on YouTube. Enjoyment of this extra is entirely dependent on one’s enjoyment of dub–step, and younger and older fans alike will either love it or hate it regardless of age. Rounding things out, the character galleries from volume one have been included on this release as well; these are basically short biographies of each Ranger character, and will likely appeal to fans of all ages. Although the character galleries were included on volume one, it certainly doesn’t hurt to include them again on volume three, especially when one remembers that volume one was released nine months ago, and that some younger fans may not have it. All in all, the extras are well balanced, and earn a solid five out of five.

Picture Quality:
The quality that I’ve come to expect from these Lionsgate releases has returned. The video is once again in its proper 16:9 widescreen format, and the image quality itself is also once again top–notch. Lionsgate has earned another very strong five out of five here, after stumbling with the releases of the holiday specials.

Sound Quality:
See my comments above regarding the picture quality. The English 5.1 surround sound mix is consistent with previous releases that utilized surround sound, earning the sound quality a five out of five.

Final Thoughts:
Three words: Buy this disc! It’s a real shame that the holiday specials weren’t up to par with the standard releases, but that says more about the specials than that it does anything else. If you haven’t already, go ahead and pick up the first two Power Rangers Samurai volumes as well. Even with the missing recap, Lionsgate has delivered an excellent product.

Final Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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