Blu-ray Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie was directed by Bryan Spicer from a screenplay by Arne Olsen and stars Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier and Paul Freeman.

Power up with six incredible teens who out-maneuver and defeat evil everywhere as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! But this time, the Power Rangers may have met their match when they face off with the most sinister monster the galaxy has ever seen – Ivan Ooze. Unleashed upon the good citizens of Angel Grove after six thousand years of imprisonment, Ivan Ooze strips the Power Rangers of their powers! Now they must journey to a distant planet to learn the secrets of the ancient Ninjetti. Only then will they become empowered with strength enough to restore their Morphin ability and defeat the evil Ivan Ooze. Join the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their new Ninja Megazord as they fight to save Angel Grove and the world from evil.

Lord Zed and Rita are out of options and monsters when it comes to taking over the Earth so they take a chance and free Ivan Ooze from his earthly prison and he instantly shows them who’s the boss. Ooze has a score to settle with Zordon and quickly pays him a visit at the Command Center leaving the Power Rangers’ alien mentor dying a slow death. These two had battled it out centuries earlier where Zordon and his ancient team of Power Rangers defeated Ivan Ooze and imprisoned him.

The teenagers with attitudes end up losing their powers and Zords because of Ivan Ooze but thanks to Alpha 5 they’re able to travel to Phaedos, a distant planet that holds the key to restoring them as Power Rangers. The team meets Dulcea who becomes a useful ally in their search for this new power. The odds are against them but the team is successful and is able to power up once again plus they get some hot new rides in the form of Zords. The Power Rangers travel back to their home planet so they can square off against Ivan Ooze and in the end they’re able to defeat him once and for all and restore Zordon to his good ol’ delightful self.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features mini posters of each cast member. The Blu-ray disc features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast revisiting Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and I remember going to the theater to watch it on the big screen like it was yesterday. I was a fan of this series from the moment it premiered back in 1993 and it didn’t take long for the Power Rangers to get their own big screen adventure because they took the world by storm. The movie used the same basic formula that the series used where the team goes up against a new villain but this time they’ve met their match with the arrival of Ivan Ooze. There were new suits, more gadgets, bigger sets and better stunts in this action-packed fantasy thriller which means a lot more special effects were used. CGI was still kind of in its infancy and unfortunately that’s the biggest flaw the movie has. The design of the Zords and the monsters they go up against look good but there wasn’t a lot of detail to them because of the visual effects. It was great to see the cast from the series return to do their thing and it looks like they had a lot of fun making the movie. This was actually a big budget studio movie so Bryan Spicer was brought in to direct and I thought he did a fantastic job being an outsider to the franchise. This movie is a cheesy good slice of 90’s nostalgia that kids who grew up with the Power Rangers can sit down and now watch with their own kids. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie will make its stand-alone Blu-ray debut on June 4th.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features:·The extras include an in-depth featurette that has interviews with some of the cast and crew, the original theatrical trailer and a vintage featurette.

  • The Mighty Leap to the Silver Screen: A look back at the movie with the cast and crew, including brand-new interviews with director Bryan Spicer and stars Johnny Yong Bosch and Paul Freeman (44:04)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:13)
  • Original Featurette (04:30)
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