Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
On The Disc
- Day Off
- Sticks & Stones
- A Fish Out of Water
- There Go The Brides
- Ask A Ranger
- Weapons Gallery
- 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
- English 5.1 Surround Sound
- Spanish 2.0 Stereo Sound
- French 2.0 Stereo Sound
Once again, the foil O–card looks absolutely gorgeous, and is worthy of special praise. Unfortunately, this also means that the packaging itself suffers from the same problems associated with the packaging for volume one. As I noted in the review of volume one, Lionsgate decided to use so-called eco–friendly packaging, which does a poor job of protecting the disc inside of it. Furthermore, as I also noted in the review of volume one, the eco–friendly packaging isn’t eco–friendly if I have to replace it in order for it to function properly. Thus, Lionsgate’s beautiful O–foil card counterbalances a lousy DVD case. Predictably, I’m once again forced to give the packaging a rather average three out of five.
As with pretty much everything pertaining to Power Rangers Samurai, the technical quality of this release is outstanding. Day Off, Sticks & Stones, A Fish Out of Water, and There Go the Brides are all free from alterations; this is in sharp contrast to volume one in which only one episode was presented exactly as it originally aired. Additionally, the 5.1 surround sound mix really comes through for these episodes making them sound even better than they did originally. Overall, this is a huge improvement over volume one, and it’s deserving of a five out of five rating.
First up are the bloopers, and much like the audition tapes on the previous DVD, these aren’t “pure” RAW bloopers; the Bulk and Spike theme has been added to make them more accessible to children. These are still an excellent, fun extra though, and are definitely worth one’s time.
Next up is a segment entitled Ask A Ranger, which is basically a nice little question and answer session with the cast. Like the Power Rangers Swarm video, the majority of these clips were posted on Saban Brands’ official YouTube channel, so if you’ve been following that and are familiar with the Power Rangers Swarm video, you’ll probably be familiar with these as well. Still they’re a nice extra, and one that I’m glad was included on this disc.
The last real extra is the Weapons Gallery. Basically, this could be described as the “Power Rangers Samurai Technical Manual,” and it’s definitely my kind of bonus feature. Although this is similar to the Character Gallery on volume one, it’s a much more comprehensive extra. This particular bonus feature includes reference material for weapons, Power Discs, individual Zords, and Megazords, broken down into various categories.
Once again, it’s possible to view the trailers from the extras menu, and once again, I have to give the extras a five out of five; Lionsgate really did make sure that there was something for everyone here.
As with volume one, volume two’s picture quality is simply superb; once again, it easily earns a five out of five.
Yet another easy five out of five for these DVDs. Power Rangers Samurai is known for exceeding technical expectations, but the DVDs take this feat to a whole new level. The 5.1 surround sound simply trounces the mix used on all Nick channels, and this is coming from someone whose watched the episodes in HD and SD, and from two different providers at that. Simply put, the audio is perfect.
This is an incredibly solid release, and one that I can highly recommend purchasing. If not for the so–called “eco–friendly” case, this would be an absolutely perfect release. Even with the poor quality case though, this release is still worth picking up; besides, a new high quality case can be had for just a few dollars. All in all though, I feel comfortable recommending this disc to even the most critical “Samurai” fan.
Final Rating: 4.6 out of 5
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