For those of you who may not have heard yet, "Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive" will be the first Power Rangers series ever to have a full season DVD release across a total of five volumes. Many fans have written to Disney's marketing department complaining about the lack of full season releases in the past, and these complaints have been cited by Disney as a reason for doing a full season's worth of volumes.
That being said, the first (out of five) volume does not fail to deliver episodes on par with what fans and casual viewers of the show alike have come to expect. For the older fans, each episode has the original opening credits sequence, episode with chapter stops where commercials were, and end credits with no alterations to them. Okay, maybe I should say "minor alterations" to some of them to correct a typo in the "Adapted from" section, but this has also been corrected on episodes currently being broadcast. The quality of the DVD Transfer is on par with Power Rangers S.P.D. which up until now, has been considered the best set of five volumes to date, coming closest to a full DVD release.
For casual viewers and young fans there's a nice set of Ranger Bios which are a nice little extra, and the first level of an interactive DVD game which children will probably enjoy; future levels will be added to future discs.
Now for the few problems I have with this release. You'll notice I gave the disc four instead of five stars. This is because of the glaring typo on the episode title for the series premiere, "Kick Into Overdrive," which has been incorrectly marked on the packaging and menus as "Kick IT Into Overdrive," while this may seem like nothing, I would hope that an episode such as a premiere would be given extra scrutiny to avoid this type of mistake. The second pet peeve I have is that "Kick Into Overdrive" has been split into it's syndicated "parts 1 & 2" format, when it initially aired as a one-hour (45-minutes without commercials,) one-part episode special. This might not bother some fans, but to me, when I buy a DVD, I'm expecting the original airings unless otherwise marked on the package, not a potentially syndicated version of the show.
While some people may find the two-part 22-minute version(s) of "Kick Into Overdrive" acceptable, others will undoubtedly be annoyed that the original 44/45-minute version didn't receive a DVD release. However, despite this minor issue, for $15.00 dollars this disc is worth buying. Whether you're a parent, a child, a casual viewer, a die-hard fan, or just a DVD Collector, "Power Rangers Operation Overdrive" Volume 1 is well worth the money. There's a little something for everyone, and despite it's few minor flaws, none of which really detract from the overall viewing experience, it still delivers a little something for everyone. It's far superior to last years "Power Rangers Mystic Force: Volume 1" release, and it's on par with the first volume of "Power Rangers S.P.D." This is a must-own for Power Rangers fans, although casual viewers, children, and parents alike will find the first entry into the 15th Season of the show to be quite well done, and $15 well spent.
Included on the disc are the following six episodes:
1. Kick Into Overdrive
2. Kick Into Overdrive II
3. The Underwater World
4. Heart of Blue
5. Weather or Not
6. Pirate in Pink