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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Blu-ray Review

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The first and still best Power Rangers movie.

In the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie,” Aisha (Yellow Ranger), Billy (Blue Ranger), Adam (Black Ranger), Rocky (Red Ranger), Tommy (White Ranger) and Kimberly (Pink Ranger) face off against a fearsome foe in Ivan Ooze. Ivan puts Zordon’s life in peril, causes the Rangers to lose their powers, enslaves the adults of Angel Grove and plots to resurrect his 2 deadly Ecto-Morphicons. In order to get their powers back, save Zordon AND stop Ivan, the Rangers must travel to the planet Phaedos in search of the Great Power. There’s also a subplot involving a heroic kid (Fred) who tries to help the parents in danger.

Fans of the ultra-popular “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” TV series got to see the beloved group of teen heroes on the big screen back in 1995 in their first theatrical movie outing with director Bryan Spicer’s “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.” The jump to the big screen did have its rewards as, well, everything is bigger including the budget, the action set pieces, the CGI (even though it is VERY rough looking in spots), the production values, and the sets. On top of that, plenty of characters from the show popped up such as Bulk and Skull, Rita, Goldar, and Zedd. There’s also a brand new warthog villainous henchman named Mordant who is essentially comedic relief.

The real scene-stealer (and arguably the best part of the movie) is the villain Ivan Ooze played by Paul Freeman. The actor is clearly having a blast as the personable and often comedic purple baddie. He also has the most character to work with.

Speaking of the characters, it’s rather a shame that the actual heroes have very little to do here. The script by Anne Olsen offers up next to no characterization for any one of the Rangers as the film is largely action heavy from start to finish. Also, while no disrespect to Karan Ashley (Aisha), Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam) and Steve Cardenas (Rocky), it’s a bummer that the original team of Rangers never got to be on screen together in this movie. Sure, three of the originals are here with Jason David Frank (Tommy), Amy Jo Johnson (Kimberly) and David Yost (Billy), but the presence of Austin St. John (original Red Ranger), Thuy Trang (original Yellow Ranger) and Walter Emanuel Jones (original Black Ranger) is missed.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Some shots look fuzzy or grainy while others appear crisp.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The sound fares better here as the 5.1 track offers up layered and loud audio.

Extras:
* Theatrical trailer
* “Featurette”- An old school 4 ½ minute featurette containing film clips, interviews, and story discussions.
* “The Mighty Leap To The Silver Screen”- A newly recorded 44 minute extra containing interviews with the cast members, behind-the-scenes stories, set stories, and more. A great bonus feature.

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June 2, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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