Saban’s Power Rangers appears in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a pretty solid image.
Overall definition worked well. Some nighttime shots leaned a little soft, but the majority of the movie appeared concise and accurate.
I saw no shimmering or jagged edges. In addition, the image lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
Unsurprisingly, Rangers leaned toward a lot of teal and amber. I would’ve liked something that deviated from the norm, but within its parameters, the hues seemed positive.
Blacks were deep and dark, while shadows showed nice clarity and smoothness. Overall the movie looked very good.
I also felt consistently pleased with the excellent Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Rangers. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the soundscape used all the channels on a frequent basis, and this led us to an exciting sonic experience from start to finish.
The various speakers provided lots of information that filled out the movie and blended together in a seamless manner. Explosions, vehicles, fights – you name it and it blasted all around us. This formed a dynamic soundscape with a lot to offer.
In addition, audio quality seemed strong. Music was bold and full, and even with a lot of looped lines, dialogue remained crisp and natural.
Effects appeared lively and vivid, with clear highs and deep lows. I felt pleased with this impressive soundtrack.
As we head to extras, we get an audio commentary with director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, editing and cut scenes, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, various effects, stunts and action, costumes, and related domains.
Israelite and Gatins provide an engaging track that moves at a nice pace. They cover a solid array of subjects and make this an informative little chat.
A nine-part documentary called The Power of Present fills a total of two hours, 20 minutes, 12 seconds. It includes comments from Israelite, Gatins, creator/producer Haim Saban, producers Brian Casentini and Marty Bowen, makeup FX designer Toby Lindala, VFX supervisor Sean Faden, production designer Andrew Menzies, senior concept designer Paul Tobin, specialty costume supervisor Luke Hawker, stunt coordinator Larry Lam, costume designer Kelli Jones, technical director Tim Bobyk, composer Brian Tyler, and actors RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, and Bryan Cranston.
“Present” examines the history of Power Rangers and its path to a reboot, story/characters, cast and performances, various effects, costumes, stunts and action, sets and locations, music and audio, and the movie’s release.
With more than two hours at its disposal, one would expect a lot of insights from “Present”. And one would anticipate correctly – to a degree, as we get a fair amount of fluff along the way.
For instance, the final of the nine segments just shows the red carpet at the premiere and comes with nothing more than happy talk. Still, the overall package delivers more than enough useful content to make the program worth a look.
18 Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes span a total of 33 minutes, 39 seconds. Most of these focus on general character exposition.
Those don’t really add to the roles in meaningful ways. We get a few more fun clips, though, such as the way Jason convinces Billy to cover up the loss of his family’s van.
Outtakes go for three minutes, 41 seconds and mostly focus on bloopers. However, we find some improv material – mainly from Bill Hader – that adds value to the set.
The disc opens with ads for a videogame called Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, the Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection, The Divergent Series: Allegiant and Bow You See Me 2.
We also find the movie’s trailer, though oddly, we can view it only with commentary from Israelite and not on its own. He provides decent notes but it feels annoying we can’t see it on its own.
Power Rangers reboots the 1990s TV franchise with a thud. The movie takes itself far too seriously and feels slow and dull. The Blu-ray brings strong picture and audio as well as a solid roster of bonus materials. The film fails to make a positive impact.