Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie                       review by Bobby Blakey

For over 20 years the Power Rangers have been fighting the intergalactic threat of strange monsters with no signs of slowing down. While there have been many iterations of the series none are as popular as the original series The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. During the height of its popularity they released the first big screen adaptation in 1995 featuring the original cast from the TV series, but with some upgraded armor. After the success of the film they opted for a follow up with Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie that tied directly in with the series Power Rangers Turbo. Now Shout Factory is bringing Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie to Blu-ray for the first time with all-new bonus features.

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie follows the Power Rangers with new turbo powers and racing Turbo Zords, the five superheroes battle a ruthless band of evil space aliens in order to save Earth from destruction. The evil space alien Divatox plans to unleash the dark forces of Maligore, a powerful, fiery creature imprisoned inside a volcano on the magical island of Muiranthias. She can reach the island only by traveling through the dangerous Nemesis Triangle, and for that she needs the special powers of the magician Lerigot. But Lerigot flees to Earth, to see the only people who can stand against Divatox and her evil plan — the Power Rangers. Along with the new Blue Ranger, their turbo-powered Zords, and the unexpected help of original Power Rangers Kimberly and Jason, the Power Rangers set out on their most thrilling and dangerous adventure yet!

 

I still love all things Power Rangers and from time to time check out some of the newer shows, but none of them really live up to the Mighty Morphin gang. Outside of the change of the CGI on the Zords I think the first feature was great and stepped its game up to give fans something fresh and new while still familiar. With the second feature they decided to go back to the roots of the show and connect it directly in look, tone and in the upcoming season that was due out. This is where it kind of lost me as it felt more like a TV movie than a feature which was always disappointing. That being said it is still a great time for fans if you watch it for what it is. I did not like the update change of the younger kid being the blue ranger, but I am sure it was more to connect with the younger audiences than me anyway.

 

This feature is filled with all the fun and martial arts action that fans love from the franchise and they at least stepped up their game with some surprise cameos at the time that fans were stoked to see. Grab your copy of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie when it hits Blu-ray on July 30th from Shout Factory.

 

For more information or to order your copy head over to www.shoutfactory.com

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