DVD Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Volume 1

Parents wishing to take their kids on a historical tour of the extravagant hairstyles of the early 1990s can do it in an economical way by picking up this 3-disc DVD set of one of the most influential kid shows of that decade. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Volume 1 includes the first 30 episodes from Season 1 with another 30 on deck for the next set Volume 2 to be released later this fall.

Sure the effects and stunts seem dated, but the overall message of how good trumps evil and the important lesson about teamwork is all there. That lasts through the decades for any generation to understand. The racially diverse set of young actors got plenty of global exposure from this gig, even if they had to wear some unfortunately colored costumes. Did they really have to make the black kid be the black Power Ranger? And the Asian girl the yellow Power Ranger? Really?

The Japanese origin of the brand comes across vividly in every episode, especially in the opening sequence. With numerous fights and battle sequences, it may not be suitable for the pre-school crowd. There are a lot more swords here than in Go Diego Go. And they use filthy language like "we're gonna kick your sorry buns!" But children 5 and up that are into martial arts and team fighting will take interest and it's good harmless fun. Just make sure they don't go jumping off the couch when your back is turned.

Young adults who grew up watching the show - and the 1995 box office hit movie which opened bigger than Stallone's Judge Dredd in head-to-head combat on the same summer weekend - should enjoy this trip down memory lane. And damn that theme song is catchy!

DVD Title: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Volume 1

Review by Gitesh Pandya

Run Time: 10 hours

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