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For the 20th Anniversary, Shout! Factory – in collaboration with Saban and Time Life- are releasing all 338 Episodes from the first seven seasons (MMPR to Lost Galaxy) of the classic television series.
If you are a youngster, the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers came to TV and became a worldwide phenomenon almost overnight.
The joy of having your son or daughter be drawn into something that captured your imagination is a priceless moment. I had this the first time my sons watched the original “Get Smart” with me and guffawed, asking me if I ever used a phone booth and what the cold war was all about!
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Lost Galaxy 40-DVD Box Set is a fat chunk of holiday bliss, so make sure to have snacks, warm jammies and blankets at hand to savor the action.
Shout! and Time Life are rolling out two must-have for all hardcore Power Rangers fans, cult classic TV aficionados and genre lovers. Shout! Factory will be releasing individual volumes for the seasons, but the spiffy Box Sets have the exclusive Bonus Features.
The Box Set we recommend has new exclusive bonus features, such as the recent interviews with the cast and crew members from Power Rangers, as well as rare VHS tapes.
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.
It will also have a variety of unbelievable bonus content including a retrospective featurette on the MMPR phenomenon with brand-new interviews with members of the original cast and creative team. The full MMPR DVD Box Set includes the extremely rare “Galaxy Rangers” pitch.
The morphenomenal action, adventure, and life lessons are woven into thrill-packed adventures, and Shout! and Time Life have outdone themselves with exclusive in-depth bonus content, brand-new interviews with the cast and creative team, and much more!
The premise of this series was teaching the importance of teamwork, fitness, responsibility, inclusion, and helping others, as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers weekly featured humorous adventures of ordinary teens who “morph” into extraordinary superheroes over the course of three seasons.
The adventure continues with Power Rangers Zeo, as the team takes on a new member, new zords, and meets new challenges and enemies. Then shift into Power Rangers Turbo, with the fastest team yet! Next, “Let’s Rocket!” as we blast off for Power Rangers In Space, then we’ll “Go Galactic!” as we join a new team in unexplored territory with Power Rangers Lost Galaxy.
The Power Rangers: Seasons One is 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 more.
In total, 338 Episodes Across 40 DVDs, with hours of exclusive extras, featurettes, archival footage, interviews make this a top Holiday gift recommendation for families to enjoy together.
Like all Time Life and Shout! efforts, this is beautifully packaged by the television archivists in collaboration with Saban Brands.
You can order it here: www.POWERRANGERSONDVD.COM
Some of what you will find:
The DVD menu is a beautiful animation of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers logo with the classic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme song in the background. The animation then fades to a 3D rendering of the Command Center with scenes rendering in Zordon’s tube. The ”Select Episodes” menu takes you to the specific episode. Each season has its own contents rendered in the Zordon’s tube. Shout! Factory has previewed it:
The MMPR DVD Booklet is loaded with in-depth information about the show, episodes, and the characters. The first few pages reveal the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers storyline. The character biographies include all the Intel on the characters: Full name, photos, descriptions and the actor/voice actor’s name.
Galaxy Rangers: The Easter Egg Bonus Feature
The easter egg bonus feature in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Box Set is the original pitch for adapting Zyuranger. Have fun finding it!
The original pitch video is two minutes with background music and narrative voice along with Zyuranger footage. These are the revealed Galaxy Rangers: Zack Taylor (Black Ranger) is a detective with an attitude. Victor Lee (Red Ranger) is a martial artist. Kimberly Harte (Pink Ranger) is an aerobics instructor. Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger) is an athletic ranger. Trini Crystal (Yellow Ranger) is a struggling novelist.
The “Morphin Time!” bonus feature is the “Power Rangers” production story. Karan Ashley, Catherine Sutherland, Jason David Frank, Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Walter Jones, and other cast members took part in the interviews. Haim Saban and Elie Dekel reveal the history on how Power Rangers were born. Katy Wallin, the Casting Director, as tasked with amassing an ethnically diverse cast for the first season. The cast members talk about the world tours, mall visits, and interviews.
A Morphenomenal Cast
Katy and the cast members talk about the detailed casting process. The feature goes into details about the primary cast members and is fascinating for the hardcore fans.
MMPR: The Live Tour
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Live Tour was an epic addition to the original Saban era. This bonus feature shows the stage performance with combination of television footage.
The Fans Power Up
This bonus feature shows the cast and crew members share their thoughts and appreciation to the dedicated fans.
The extras include:
· Morphin Time! – A look back at Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with members of the cast, crew and creative team.
· A Morphenomenal Cast – Casting director Katy Wallin and the show’s stars recall what is took to become Power Rangers.
· The Fans Power Up – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fans remember the series.
· Lord Zedd’s Monster Heads
· Alpha’s Magical Christmas
· Rare Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Fan Club Video
· MMPR Karate Club: The White Ranger Kata
· Power Rangers Live: The World Tour
· Tales of The Giant Bonana – Paul Schrier and Jason narvy look back at the fun and chemistry behind fan-favorite characters “Bulk” and “Skull.”
· Behind The Mask: Celebrating The Stunt Team – Stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt and stunt team members Bridgett Riley and Sophia Crawford recall what it really took to be a Power Ranger.
· A Conversation with Attitude – An intimate look into Power Morphicon – a fan-created convention exclusively honoring Power Rangers!
· The Last Episode – hosted by Austin St. John and Walter Emmanuel Jones.
· Power Playback: Power Rangers’ Funniest Moments hosted by Johnny Young Bosch.
· … And More!