Blu-ray Review: Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie was directed by David Winning and Shuki Levy who co-wrote the screenplay with Shell Danielson and stars Jason David Frank, Catherine Sutherland, Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise, Blake Foster, Steve Cardenas and Hilary Shepard Turner with Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Austin St. John and Amy Jo Johnson.

Time to shift into turbo. It’s the Power Rangers to the rescue in their all new high action motion picture adventure. With new turbo powers and racing Turbo Zords, the five superheroes battle a ruthless band of evil space aliens in order to save Earth from destruction.The evil space alien Divatox plans to unleash the dark forces of Maligore, a powerful, fiery creature imprisoned inside a volcano on the magical island of Muiranthias. She can reach the island only by traveling through the dangerous Nemesis Triangle, and for that she needs the special powers of the magician Lerigot. But Lerigot flees to Earth, to see the only people who can stand against Divatox and her evil plan — the Power Rangers. Along with the new Blue Ranger, their turbo-powered Zords, and the unexpected help of original Power Rangers Kimberly and Jason, the Power Rangers set out on their most thrilling and dangerous adventure yet!

This big screen sequel to the 1995 Power Rangers hit follows a new line up that helps Lerigot, an alien who’s on the run from Divatox (Hilary Shepard Turner) and her intergalactic good squad. Zordon and Alpha are aware of Lerigot’s arrival but he ends up lost on the other side of the planet so Tommy (Jason David Frank) and Kat (Catherine Sutherland) set out to find the alien refuge. The duo ends up locating the alien visitor but he’s in a weakened state because of the sun and heat so it’s a race against time to get Lerigot to safety. In the meatime, Divatox has also landed on Earth and decides to look for two human sacrifices so she can revive Maligore, the ultimate big nasty. Her goofy goons zap up Bulk (Paul Schrier) and Skull (Jason Narvy) for the sacrifice but their leader rejects the two dimwitted friends and she ends up kidnapping Jason (Austin St. John) and Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson), two of the original Power Rangers.

Now Divatox is able to make her demand to trade the Power Rangers’ friends for Lerigot, and the thing is, now she’s holding his family hostage as well. What happens is, the team agrees to make an exchange but they end up getting tricked so now Divatox has everyone as her prisoner but this is where Zordon and Alpha come into play because they let the Power Rangers know there are new Zords waiting to be activated. With the help of their new Turbo Zords, the new Power Rangers lineup come face-to-face with Divatox where she unleashes her goon squad on them while she attempts to sacrice Jason and Kimberly to resurrect Maligore. Even though the resurrection fails, Maligore is still revived so the Power Rangers have to use their new Turbo Zords (and a little magical help from Maligore and his family) to defeat Divatox and save the day.

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 an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork. 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, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie was a cheesy fun follow up to the first big screen adventure that came along in 1995 but this 1997 sequel seemed to fit in better with the series unlike its predecessor. Might Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie was pretty much a standalone film that featured a one-shot villain in Ivan Ooze that the team went up against where Turbo serves as a lead-in for a new team (mostly) that also featured a brand new villain in Divatox who kind of stole the show with her sex appeal and humor. Hey, she’s fun to watch! There’s also not as much CGI in this one. I don’t really think Turbo is as good as the first big screen adventure even though it does fit in with the series much better. The story was okay and the cast did a great job with their characters so where this movie fails is that it waited way too long to show off the new Turbo Zords and honestly they were all kind of a let down. This is coming from a life-long Power Rangers fan, too! Still, it’s an action-packed watch and part of the Power Rangers canon so it’s good to see the movie finally make its Blu-ray debut. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie will be available on Blu-ray on July 30th.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 99 Mminutes

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 the new documentary “Ranger Tales: A Look Back at Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” that has interviews with some of the new cast, a vintage featurette that also has interviews with some of the cast, a trailer and TV spot for the movie.

  • Ranger Tales: A Look Back at Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (23:21)
  • Original Featurette (04:21)
  • Trailer (01:06)
  • TV Spot (00:35)
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