Saturday, 12 January 2013

Power Rangers Samurai Morphin Onto DVDs on Tuesday, January 15th!

Back in 1993 the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuted on television, which is the US version of the Japanese series Super Sentai. I was in the sixth grade at the time and I didn't even know that the show existed until I was part of a tutoring program for kindergartens, where I was assigned a five-year-old to tutor. All the kid wanted to talk about was the Power Rangers. Eventually I started watching it at 6:30 in the mornings so I could understand what the kid was talking about. I continued to occasionally watch it until the of Power Rangers in Space.

I only recently found out that there was a new incarnation on Nickelodeon. Out of curiosity, I recently reviewed two new DVDs - Power Rangers Samurai: Volume 3 A Team Divided and Power Rangers Super Samurai: Volume 3: Rise of the Bullzooka, which both will be coming out from LIONSGATE on January 15th at the list price of $14.95 each.

Volume 3: Team Divided consist of four episodes from the first season of Power Rangers Samurai, where four teens, Jayden, Kevin, Emily, Mia and Mike, have inherited the Symbol Powers (Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, & Earth) from their parents. Guided by Mentor Ji, the rangers battle Master Xandred's Nighlok monsters.

The 4 episodes are:
  • "I've Got a Spell on Blue"
  • "Forest for the Trees"
  • "Test of the Leader"
  • "Jayden's Challenge"

Special Features are:
  • Cast Interviews
  • "Power Rangers Dubstep" Video
  • Character Gallery
  • Widescreen Presentation
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
  • Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio

A Team Divided has the rangers almost splitting apart when the Green Ranger (Mike) and the Tiger Zord fall into the control of Nighlok Madimot. Things get worse for Mike as he is passed over to control the Beetle Disc. Decker returns to human form and plans on challenging the Red Ranger (Jayden) to a duel, leading Jayden to question his future as a ranger.

I've never seen an episode of Power Rangers Samurai before, but there is a twenty-second introduction that catches you up to what is going on at the beginning of each episode. The special effects are a major improvement from the older seasons, but the acting is average at best. It was nice to see Bulk retuning for some comedy relief by attempting to train Skull's son, Spike, to become a Samurai. Each episode has the rangers being challenged by either Decker or a Nighlok monster and they use their weapons and zords to defeat them. The episodes are silly and fun at the same time. I'm sure kids and adults will both enjoy watching each action-packed episode.

Volume 3: Rise of the Bullzooka takes place during the second season, retitled Power Rangers Super Samurai, and consists of four episodes.

The episodes are:
  • "Runaway Spike"
  • "The Strange Case of the Munchies"
  • "A Sticky Situation"
  • "Trust Me"

Special Features are:
  • Behind the Scenes of Power Rangers Super Samurai
  • Power Rangers "MEGA Flash Mob" Video
  • Weapons Gallery
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
  • Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio

Rise of the Bullzooka has the rangers battling a monster that can duplicate himself. Serrator puts the rangers under an eating spell. Kevin and Mike must work as a team when they are literally glued together. The Nighlok monsters attack an island and sets up a track for the rangers. The rangers must use their newest weapon the Bullzooka and their Super Samurai powers to win the battle. Meanwhile, Spike’s crush on the Pink Ranger continues.

This third volume of the final season has a sixth ranger, the Gold Ranger (Antonio), new powers, new weapons and new zords as the rangers continue to battle Master Xandred and his Nighlok monsters. The storyline is more intriguing in the Super Samuari season, adding a bit of mystery with Jayden's past. The special effects are decent considering the show's budget. I enjoyed watching Rise of the Bullzooka as each episode has action, humor, and monsters.

Disclaimer - I received these DVDs free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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