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Subject: Shout Factory & Saban to release Power Rangers & more on DVD/Blu-ray

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 03/12/12 at 7:28 pm

"Ah, after 19 years, I'm free! It's time to conquer DVD!"

As if the 90s weren't already back (*cough*The 90s Are All That*cough* *cough*Beavis & Butthead*cough* *cough*120 Minutes*cough*), Shout Factory has more childhood classics from the 90s on their plate. While they're still busy releasing Nickelodeon gems such as Rocko's Modern Life, Hey Dude, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Catdog, The Angry Beavers, etc., Shout Factory has announced a partnership with Saban Brands to release DVDs and/or Blu-rays of Power Rangers (Mighty Morphin through RPM; 1993-2009), Big Bad Beetleborgs/Beetleborgs Metallix, VR Troopers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.

The deal oddly doesn't include the current season Power Rangers Samurai/Super Samurai, nor the two films released by 20th Century Fox (1995; 1997). These will reportedly be complete season sets/box sets or something of that sort. I'm also hoping somewhere down the line they add Masked Rider.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers WAS the 90s! It's as 90s as Nirvana, Clinton, Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats, Scream, Super Nintendo, Goosebumps, Sega Genesis, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and Michael Jordan/Chicago Bulls. It was one of the most popular show shows of the 90s and the toys were reportedly hard to find, because they sold like hotcakes. Power Rangers Mania sept the nation from 1993 up to maybe after the movie came out in 1995.

Who could forget Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, Billy, Zordon, Alpha, Rita, Goldar, Bulk & Skull -- and later Tommy, Lord Zedd, Rocky, Adam, Aisha, or Ivan Ooze? Who could forget the Zords and the MegaZords? Who could forget the DragonZord of the TigerZord? Who could forget Tommy's Green Ranger dagger or his speaking White Ranger dagger, Saba? This was my childhood.

The seasons I'm looking forward to are:
MMPR of course! :D) -- 1993-1996
Zeo -- 1996-1997
In Space -- 1998-1999
Lost Galaxy -- 1999-2000
Dino Thunder -- 2004
RPM -- 2009

I'm interested in Time Force, but I never got to see that season when it aired nor before my folks cancelled Netflix for a while; I had just started Lost Galaxy before we cancelled. I couldn't care less about Turbo (1997-1998) or its 1997 movie -- that season was quite the franchise killer. Why the hell was that little kid Justin the Blue Ranger? But, hey, at least that mistake of the past is behind us, and they more than made up for it with Power Rangers in Space, the best season since Turbo (that I've seen thus far).

I'm hoping these sets are packed with extras! I'd be excited to see:

1. Uncut as-originally-aired episodes
2. Promos, PSAs and commercials (Especially those iconic Bandai MMPR toy commercials from the 90s!)
3. Behind-the-scenes documentaries, interviews (past or present), and retrospectives
4. Commentaries
5. Closed Captions/English subtitles (Some people, like me, aren't  blessed with B&W speakers and are stuck with a Bose CineMate :()
6. History/Legacy of Power Rangers documentary
7. Where Are They Now?
8. All the episodes on Blu-ray if possible (Yes, the show was shot on film and then converted to VHS for broadcast; it's well documented. The Only problem would be the cost to scan them in 1080p HD.)
9. Ron Wasserman's soundtrack album Power Rangers: A Rock Adventure I used to own on cassette tape before I got into music/CDs. This is where Blu-ray's lossless audio (Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Linear PCM Uncompressed) would come in handy.
10. The 1994 or 1995 live show/tour they did across the nation.

Something like that would be nice. :)

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