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Don't worry - we won't tell anybody you're secretly kind of curious about this Mighty Morphin Power Rangers mega-set....
Shout! Factory / 3060 Minutes / 1993 - 2000 / Unrated / Street Date: November 20, 2012
The world may not necessarily need a comprehensive Mighty Morphin Power Rangers DVD box set, but kudos to Shout! Factory nevertheless for giving the iconically one-note action series the encyclopedic presentation it has here. We're all used to catching a glimpse of these masked leotard-wearing warriors as we scroll through Saturday afternoon TV listings, but even as someone who watched an episode or ten of the show back in the 90s, the act of accessing this doorstop of a TV-on-DVD box set truly allowed an investigation of Mighty Morphin in a new way.
Unfortunately, this turns out to be a mixed blessing, because as enormous and collector-geek fun as this box set it, it definitely proves that there wasn't really all that much to the Power Rangers universe. In the pilot episode (Day of the Dumpster), we learn that space-witch Rita Repulsa has been freed from her long, jailed exile, and she has her eyes on both global and galactic destruction. Thankfully, a quintet of spritely teens put on some stretch pants and converted motorcycle helmets, and under the moniker "Power Rangers", they save the day.
In the world of TV, the adage 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' is a veritable mantra, but even ingesting these Power Rangers episodes in full continuity doesn't do much in terms of offering anything more than basic establishment of a new baddie in every episode (there are a few multi-part installments, I'll give the show that), and a display of enthusiastically gymnastic battle - that's it. Again, when it comes to children's programming like this, that can be enough, but for those not fully versed in the Power Rangers universe, if you've seen one episode, you've seen them all.
But we at DVDFile are suckers for Complete Editions of anything, and while Mighty Morphin Power Rangers might not be exactly the kind of material we return to again and again throughout the years, this two-part box set makes for some serious fanboy catnip. In fact, we were able to get our hands on the MMPR set that you can only get from Time Life that includes not only the full series, but the four standalone seasons that followed: Power Rangers Zeo (1996-1997), Power Rangers Turbo (1997-1998), Power Rangers Space (1998-1999), and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999-2000) (and if you order there, you even get an action figure!).