It’s hard to believe that Power Ranger have been in the U.S. since 1993. I remember being so excited when the shows started, I was a big fan of the Japanese version that would play years before that would some time show up on TV heavily subtitled. The first season is especially dear to me since I was still at the age before I was too cool to pretend to fight and kick as Power Rangers with my friends. Unfortunately, those careless days are long gone, but at least I can get a bit of nostalgia of those times from watching the first full season on DVD for the first time ever.
Saban Brand and Shout Factory have partnered to release the 30 episode of the first season in a three DVD set on August 21, 2012. 30 episodes amount to almost 10 hours of content. When I sat down to watch a couple of the episode I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Honestly, it was like getting transported back to the future. I felt like I was watching a time capsule of the early 90’s (a more sterile and kid friendly version of the 90s). I would have loved if they kept the original commercials along with each of the episodes, it would have made it amazing.
If you aren’t familiar with the Original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the story follows a group of 5 teens who are chosen to become the Power Rangers to face off against the evil creatures of Rita Repulsa.
Overall, they were as fun as I remembered them, maybe for different reason. Rock who is very familiar with the more recent version had a great time with the action. Though I will have to say, that even though the bad guys are significantly toned down from the future version, they were still pretty freaky looking in a Japanese sort of way.
The first volume of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers First Season will retail for around $20. If you are really big fan, a 40 disc set of the first seven seasons along with bonus content is already available for order through Time Life.
Disclosure: We recieved a review copy of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 1 Volume 1. This post represent my unbiased opinion.