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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 1 Volume 1 DVD Review

The original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” has finally hit DVD in a non best of set.

In order to stop Rita and her evil minions from conquering Earth, the heroic Zordon and his stressed out robot pal Alpha 5 select 5 teens to give superpowers and Zords (dino robot vehicles). The 5 chosen? Angel Grove citizens Billy, Zack, Jason, Kimberly, and Trini (Tommy came later in the season). Together, these teens band together to stop whatever Rita has to throw at them.

In the first 30 episodes of season 1, expect to see plots about Rita’s Putty Patrollers, school or Youth Center events, the 5 heroes family and friends, ninja and martial arts competitions, the introduction of the Green Ranger, Bulk and Skull antics, the Radbug, a body swap, and tons of monsters like King Sphinx, Gnarly Gnome, Pudgy Pig, Chunky Chicken, Ticklesneezer, Nasty Knight, Pineoctopus, Terror Toad, Dark Warrior, Shellshock, Spit Flower, Titanus, and Mutitis. Note: This season features footage from the Japanese series Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger.

If you grew up in the 90’s, chances are high that you watched “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” After all, when it came to action children’s shows, nothing else could really compete with it. It had everything a kid could want- Explosions, robots, vehicles, swords, cool suits, monsters, humor, the list goes on. As a 90’s kid myself, I was guilty of getting caught up in this exciting and wacky kids show. So, how does this show hold up all these years later as an adult? The answer: does it really matter? Of course the series looks cheesy and dopey as an adult, but so what? If you’re willing to look past the many flaws and just be transported back to your childhood, then you will have a good time. I mean, how can you not hum the theme song to yourself or get swept up in the epic 5 part Green Ranger saga all over again?

Summary: If you’re nostalgic, a Power Rangers enthusiast, or a younger Power Rangers fan looking to check out the oldies, this is the DVD set for you. P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for Season 1 Volume 2 November 20th.

Video/Audio:

The series, which is presented in fullscreen, has sadly not been restored. It’s a little disappointing to see the series look like the original broadcast versions, but it’s still nice to see it on DVD finally. Perhaps one day the episodes can be cleaned up and restored for fans.

The unspecified audio track is satisfactory, but there’s no doubt a 5.1 track would have rocked for this action-packed show.

No extras have been included. If you want extras, you will have to get the 40 disc season 1-7 set which contains 3 discs of bonus features. That set is available on the Timelife website.

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August 20, 2012 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , ,

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