Case Number 25526: Small Claims Court

POWER RANGERS: CLASH OF THE RED RANGERS

Lionsgate // 2011 // 45 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 7th, 2013

The Charge

Join the Samurai Rangers in their fight to save mankind against time-jumping intruders.

The Case

The Samurai Rangers have enough on their plate. When they aren't grappling with typical teen life issues like low self-esteem and anger management, they're incessantly waging war against a batch of antique freaks from old-school Japan Hell-bent on flooding the Earth with evil ocean-water and running rampant.

But now a whole new set of headaches are set to ignite.

Following some funky pyrotechnics, the RPM Ranger Red, a Red Power Ranger from an alternate dimension drops out of a dimensional rift, hot on the heels of another dimension-hopping being, a malevolent super robot with aims of unloading a world of hurt on our fair planet. Thrown together by necessity, RPM RR and our Samurai Ranger heroes must set aside their swagger and work together to blow the living hell out of the bad guys.

First warning: Despite the disc claiming to be Clash of the Red Rangers: The Movie, this is no feature-length production. Any Rangers fans angling for an evening's worth of robust runtime and chopsocky entertainment are sure to be disappointed at the mere 45-minutes of clock the story burns through. So right off the bat, you should know the value-add is small. There aren't even any bonus episodes to inflate the runtime.

What does that leave us with? Essentially a glorified Power Rangers Samurai two-part episode about a douchebag Red Ranger who rides a motorcycle and makes fun of horses. See that's where the central tension comes from in the "film": the RPM Ranger Red is used to all manner of dope tech from his dope dimension and is positively aghast at the quaint conveyances the Samurai traipse about with. Though, to be fair, it is sort of odd that the warriors entrusted with guarding our world against the creeping totalitarianism of a demon horde choose to get from place to place on horseback, despite the fact they have access to lasers and humongous robots.

Eventually, our Ranger pals get along to defeat the bad guy and the moral life lessons are about as subtle as one of the zillions of big-ass explosions that litter the production, but, hey, that's how the Power Rangers roll.

The DVD: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital, a selection of music videos, bloopers, audition footage and a lame fitness PSA.

The Verdict

Guilty of skimping on the content.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 60

Perp Profile
Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (French)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)

Subtitles:
* English (CC)

Running Time: 45 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Featurettes
* Music Videos

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1704503/combined