It's hard to believe that the Power Rangers franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It is making me feel old as I remember when the original series aired. I watched the occasional episodes of the original series up to the In Space series, but I tuned out because the constant cast changes. I wasn't aware that there was a new series on television, until I reviewed two other DVD titles early this year. Lionsgate recently released Saban's Power Rangers: Clash of the Red Rangers: The Movie onto DVD this month and I was sent a complementary copy in exchange for my honest review.
Clash of Red Rangers originally aired in November 2011 on Nickelodeon as an hour special that teamed up the six Samurai Rangers with the RPM Ranger Red. The plot involves the RPM Ranger Red chasing the robotic villain Professor Cog from the RPM alternate universe into the real world, where the Samurai Rangers are fighting the newest Nighlok called Sharkjaw, who runs away in defeat. Cog finds an entrance to the Netherworld as he wants to use the water to destroy the humans in his own universe. To get the water he agrees to help Xandred's Nighlok army in defeating the Power Rangers.
Grinders attack the Samurai Rangers and the rangers only win because RPM Ranger Red used his nitro blaster to destroy the Grinders. The Samurai Rangers gladly accept their new friend, though Jayden has a few issues with him. Cog returns with several Grinders leading the Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink, and Gold rangers to be zapped to the RPM universe. The Nighlok are building a huge army to invade earth and only the two red rangers are left to stop them, but only if they can work out their differences.
After previously viewing the last two Power Ranger DVDs, I have been in the mood to watch more as it takes me back to my youth. The Clash of the Red Rangers is less of a movie and more of a two-part episode as it is only 45 minutes in length. The plot is a little thin, but most of us don't watch Power Rangers for the plot as we watch it for the fun Zords VS Monsters mash-up. Besides from the quick fight between the Sky Rev Megazord and Professor Cog at the opening, you have to wait until the very end for the even quicker fight between the Samurai Shark Megazord and General Gut. I've never seen the RPM series, so I'm not for sure if the Ranger Red is the same voice. He never takes off his helmet because he can't breathe the air. I also do not know why Antonio (the Gold Ranger) is barely in it. Considering the short running time, I would have thought there would have been a bonus episode or two, but there wasn't. The special features that are on it are: The Power Rangers MEGA Album Playlist Video, "Train Like a Ranger" video, "Bloopers" Featurette, and "Auditions" Featurette.
Overall, Clash of the Red Rangers is silly and fun, even though it is only 45 minutes. Sure, it could have been better written, but it is what is. I'm sure that younger kids will enjoy watching the movie.