NickToons Takes Time for “Power Rangers Time Force”

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
NEWS

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

The Holidays Come Early with Two More “Power Rangers Samurai” DVDs from Lionsgate

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
NEWS

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 RangersI’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.

DVD Review: Power Rangers Samurai: Volume 2 “A New Enemy”

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
EDITORIAL

On The Disc

  • Day Off
  • Sticks & Stones
  • A Fish Out of Water
  • There Go The Brides
  • Extras
    • Bloopers
    • Ask A Ranger
    • 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:
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.

Episodes:
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.

Extras:
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.

Picture Quality:
As with volume one, volume two’s picture quality is simply superb; once again, it easily earns a five out of five.

Sound Quality:
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.

Final Thoughts:
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

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.

DVD Review: Power Rangers Samurai: Volume 1 “The Team Unites”

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
EDITORIAL

On The Disc

  • Origins – Part 1
  • Origins – Part 2
  • The Team Unites
  • Deal With A Nighlok
  • Extras
    • Auditions
    • Train Like A Ranger
    • Power Rangers Swarm
    • 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

REVIEW

Packaging:
The foil O–card looks absolutely gorgeous, and is worthy of special praise. Unfortunately, the actual case is an entirely different story; Lionsgate decided to use so-called eco–friendly packaging, which does a poor job of protecting the disc inside of it, and isn’t eco–friendly if I have to replace it in order to fix this. The O–card is worthy of a five out of five, but it’s cancelled out by the actual DVD case, which is only worth a one out of five, bringing the packaging’s rating to an average three out of five.

Episodes:
Origins – Part 1 is the first episode on the disc, so that should negate a lot of complaining from the get–go. With that in mind though, Origins – Part 1 is shown with the “wrong” credits; Antonio wasn’t in the original credits on Nick, and his addition to the credits on NickToons is annoying at best, and wildly inaccurate at worst. So much for negating complaining; the subject of the complaint has merely been modified. There really is no excuse for this though; Lionsgate had plenty of time to request the correct opening from Saban Brands. Having said that, the rest of the episode appears to be unaltered, with fades intact where they belong, and no other alterations to the footage. If Power Rangers Samurai is ever released in box set format though, I do want to see these credits corrected; given that the credits for Origins were unique to those two episodes, there exclusion is inexcusable.

Origins – Part 2 is no better than part one when it comes to the credits; once again, Antonio, Bulk, and Spike are credited before there introduction in the actual series. As I noted before, this is inexcusable. Likewise, the rest of the episode appears to be unaltered, at least at first glance. (I haven’t put these episodes “under the microscope,” so to speak, at least not yet anyway.)

The Team Unites is the third episode on the disc; I wish I could say that this episode was better than the previous two, but that would be a lie. This time it’s not the opening credits that are a problem, instead it’s the intro sequence. The Team Unites originally premiered with an extended intro sequence, which is absent from the current DVD release. I seriously hope that this is corrected before any potential box set release, because I honestly was expecting better from Lionsgate. Yet again, the rest of the episode appears to be unaltered.

Deal with A Nighlok: Finally, an episode that appears to be properly presented in its original format, without alterations to the intro or opening credits. All in all this is a step up from the previous three episodes, but then again, this episode lacked alteration’s from the get–go.

At the end of the day, I unfortunately have to give the episodes themselves a two out of five. Although the technical quality is superb, (see below,) the pointless content alterations are unforgivable, as is the fact that they occurred on three of the disc’s four episodes.

Extras:
There are short clips of each cast member auditioning for their Ranger roles, (sans Steve Skyler auditioning for Antonio,) as well as clips for Bulk and Spike. It’s worth noting however that these aren’t “pure” audition tapes; music has been added to make them more accessible to children. Each tape provides some insight into the show itself; for example, Alex’s audition tape shows that he’s a much more natural actor than we’re normally led to believe. Najee’s audition tape is taken verbatim (sans character names,) from The Blue and the Gold, while Erika’s tape appears to be a variation on the script from There Go the Brides. Hector’s tape is clearly meant to be read as a scene with the Red Ranger, and is the “second half” of Alex’s tape; the scene appears to be an early draft of Origins – Part 2, while Brittany’s tape looks like it was taken from an early version of Sticks & Stones. Finally, Paul and Felix’s tape appears to have been specific to the auditioning process.

Moving on, Train Like A Ranger is a series of short exercise warm–ups; I’m not going to lie, I appreciate what Saban is doing here to promote a healthy lifestyle among children, although there are plenty of adults who could benefit from this as well.

Power Rangers Swarm is Saban’s well–known YouTube video set to Ron Wasserman’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie theme song. Many of our readers have probably seen this, but it’s still an awesome extra.

The Character Gallery consists of Ranger bios, and is incredibly well done. This is definitely a nice extra for newcomers to the show, but one that long time fans can appreciate as well.

I’ve already mentioned the trailers, but they can be accessed from the extras menu for those who may want to view them again. Overall, I give the extras five out of five stars; they’re definitely solid, and there really is something for everyone in them.

Picture Quality:
Simply put, the picture quality on this disc is absolutely stunning. Even on my 42″ HDTV, this standard definition DVD looks amazing; the picture quality is crisp and clear, and not a spec of detail is missing. For standard definition content, this disc is beyond perfect, even rivaling my cable provider’s HD cablecast. The picture quality easily earns a five out of five.

Sound Quality:
Much like the picture quality, the sound quality is absolutely superb. Like the picture quality, it earns a five out of five.

Final Thoughts:
For $12.99 on Amazon, this is probably a worthwhile purchase, but don’t pay more than $15 dollars for this; it’s just not worth your money. I really wanted to give this release high praises, but in good conscience, I just can’t do so. Although the extras are excellent, as is the technical quality, I just can’t overlook the packaging flaws or the unforgivable episode alterations. The math may work out to a four out of five rating, but the episode content issues honestly make this feel like a three out of five release. As I stated previously, I sincerely hope that these issues are addressed in the event of a box set release.

Final Rating: 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.

Get Ready To Super–Charge Yourself With The Series That Started A Global Pop Culture Phenomenon: “Power Rangers”

PRESS RELEASE
Production Now Underway for Several Multi–Disc Box Set Collections to Be Made Available Directly to Fans Through Time Life

LOS ANGLES—Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live–action pop culture series, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long–running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. For 19 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike, and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide.

Now you can return to where the phenomenon began and re–live these thrill–packed adventures when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes a cornucopia of home entertainment offerings, many of which have never been released on DVD, from the original series Power Rangers. Through unprecedented access to Saban Brands’ vast archive of content, many of these DVD collections produced by Shout! Factory boast extensive bonus materials and collectible packaging, making them must–haves for loyal fans and collectors.

The first multi–disc set to be released will be the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One 3–DVD set, which will arrive in stores and will be available through select digital entertainment platforms on August 21, 2012. Marking the DVD debut of the original Power Rangers series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One features the first 30 original episodes from the first season and delivers over 10 hours of high–energy, family friendly entertainment. Poised to attract a new audience of kids as well as young adults who grew up with this popular series, this 3–DVD set is priced to own at a suggested retail price of $19.93. Pre–order is now available at Amazon.com and ShoutFactory.com.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume Two 3–DVD set is slated to arrive on store shelves Fall 2012. Featuring the subsequent 30 original episodes, this DVD set continues more action–packed adventures of five teens, who quickly learn the full impact and awesome responsibility of their new powers and weapons. The evil villain, Rita Repulsa and her henchmen prove to be very worthy adversaries for the young super heroes, and they are challenged at every turn.

In an effort to provide avid collectors with an exclusive first–to–own experience, fans will have the first opportunity to collect upcoming box sets through a Time Life direct–response television and online campaign. Shout! Factory has teamed up with Time Life to make Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season One 6–DVD set and the 40–DVD collection of Power Rangers: Seasons One — Seven directly available to fans starting July 30, 2012 through Time Life’s direct–response on–air TV campaign, as well as online.

The Power Rangers: Seasons One — Seven 40–DVD collection will include: All 145 original episodes from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Seasons One, Two and Three, plus the ten-episode series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alien Rangers. It then continues on with Power Rangers: Seasons Four — Seven, featuring all of the original 183 episodes spanning the seasons entitled Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers In Space and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. In–depth bonus content includes: a retrospective featurette on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers phenomenon, brand–new interviews with members of the cast and the creative team, and much more!

As excitement builds for these anticipated home entertainment releases, Shout! Factory, Saban Brands, and Time Life will announce additional news and activities for fans in the upcoming months. Meanwhile, fans will have the opportunity to learn more about upcoming collections by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@shoutfactory). Join the excitement and relive the action on DVDs!

About Saban Brands

Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world–class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands. SB applies a strategic transmedia management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full–service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct–to–consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in media, content creation, branding, licensing, marketing and finance. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY–nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” – “Power Rangers Lost Galaxy” DVD Box Set, Release Date, More Confirmed

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
NEWS

Earlier this year we reported that Shout! Factory would be bringing the first 17 seasons of Power Rangers to DVD, and we can now update that report with the details that our readers have been searching for. Amazon.com jumped the gun a little bit and “pre–announced” Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – Season 1, Volume 1, which consists of three ten–episode discs, and carries an SRP of $19.93. (Fans will quickly recognize that the SRP is a nod to the year that the show premiered.) This set, which will be released on August 21st, can be preordered from Amazon.com for $13.95—30% off of the SRP—using this link. (The Power Rangers Samurai Times does not financially benefit from the use of the aforementioned link, nor does its owner.)

The more significant news however comes from TVShowsonDVD. For starters, Volume Two of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Season 1 will follow in the fall. However, the more impressive announcement is that of The Power Rangers: Seasons One–Seven, which is, as it’s name implies, a seven season box set consisting of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – Seasons 1–3, Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers in Space, and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. In addition to 328 episodes, this 40–disc collection will contain a good deal of bonus material, including “a retrospective featurette on the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers phenomenon,” and “brand–new interviews with members of the cast and the creative team.” The Power Rangers: Seasons One–Seven will be available on July 30th; the set will be released by Shout! Factory in co–operation with Time Life. No SRP for this set is available at this time. As always, The Power Rangers Samurai Times will continue to follow this story as it continues to evolve.

More Slices of “Samurai” News

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
NEWS

Rangerboard reports that Hector David Jr. who portrays “Mike” on Power Rangers Samurai is involved in a new Sci–Fi/Action film. According to Hector David Jr.’s own Twitter feed, the film is known as Shadow War.

Last month we noted that Alex (“Jayden”) Heartman had stated that he would be involved in a Temper Trap music video. The production of the video is now complete and can be seen here.

Finally, Power Rangers Super Samurai will be making its way to comic book format via publisher NMB’s Papercutz division. The comics will feature new stories for the Samurai Rangers, and the first volume entitled “Memory Short” will be available on June 27th marking the first Power Rangers comic to be released in the states in over a decade. The 50 page graphic novel will be released in both hardcover and softcover formats simultaneously.