Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)
January 26, 2017 by Dennis Amith
For “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” fans who have been anticipating the release of this first season DVD will no doubt enjoy owning all 20 episodes and the two specials on DVD. Definitely recommended for the young fans and also the young at heart!
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DVD TITLE: Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season
TV SERIES (YEAR): 2015
DURATION: EPISODES 1-20 + 2 Specials (8 Hours)
DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English
RATED: Not Rated
AVAILABLE ON: February 7, 2017
Directed by Charlie Haskell, Peter Salmon, Mike Smith, Jonathan Brough, Peter Burger, Karl Zwicky, Michael Duignan
Written by Judd Lynn, Haim Saban, Becca Barnes, Alwyn Dale, Mark Litton, Jeffrey Newman, Peter Wiseman, James W. Bates, Tanya M. Wheeler, Marc Handler, Ann Knapp
Produced by Sally Campbell
Executive Produced by Judd Lynn, Brian Casentini, Haim Saban
Music by Noam Kaniel
Cinematography by Kevin Riley, D.J. Stipsen
Edited by Allanah Milne
Casting by Iris Hampton
Production Design by Tracey Collins
Art Direction by Davin Voot
Costume Design by Sarah Voon
Brennan Mejia as Tyler Navarro/Red Dino Charge Ranger
Camille Hyde as Shelby Watkins/Pink Dino Charge Ranger
Yoshua Sudarso as Koda/Blue Dino Charge Ranger
Michael Taber as Riley Griffin/Green Dino Charge Ranger
James Davies as Chase Randall/Black Dino Charge Ranger
Claire Blackwelder as Kendall Morgan/Purple Dino Charge Ranger
Campbell Cooley as the Mecha Voice
Davi Santos as Ivan
Estevez Gillespie as Wrench
Paul Harrop as Fury
Eve Gordon as Keeper
Adam Gardiner as Sledge
Jackie Clarke as Poisandra
Ryan Carter as Heckyl
Millions of years ago, an intergalactic bounty hunter named Sledge tried to capture the Energems – ten mysterious colored gems with incredible powers. Keeper, the guardian of the Energems, fled to Earth, where he entrusted the Energems to the dinosaurs for protection. After the dinosaurs went extinct, the Energems were lost. Now, Sledge is back, and it’s up to the Power Rangers Dino Charge to hunt down the missing Energems and defeat the vicious Sledge — once and for all!
In 2015, “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” debuted on television.
The 22nd season of the “Power Rangers” series, the series would star Brennan Mejia, Camille Hyde, Yoshua Sudarso, Michael Taber, James Davies, and Claire Blackwelder.
The storyline begins with the opening narration:
Millions of years ago, the evil Sledge tried to steal the greatest power in the universe. But an alien named Keeper entrusted them to dinosaurs. As for Sledge… He was blasted deep into space. Now the Energems have been found, and Sledge returns to battle a new team of heroes; they are…Power Rangers Dino Charge!”
As Sledge continues to look for the Energems, a team of Power Rangers form to find the the Energems first and fight various enemies.
As “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” features a total of 22 episodes, “Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season” DVD featuring all episodes including two specials will be available in a five-DVD collection.
Power Rangers Dino Charge consists of:
- Dino Charge Red Ranger – Tyler Navarro (portrayed by Brennan Mejia) – The leader of the team and works as the chef at Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum’s restaurant, the Dino Bite Cafe. He commands the T-Rex Zord. His father had gone missing when he was a child and Tyler hopes one day he can find him.
- Dino Charge Pink Ranger – Shelby Watkins (portrayed by Camille Hyde) – A waitress at the Dino Bite Cafe and knows a lot about Dinosaurs. She commands the Tricera Zord.
- Dino Charge Blue Ranger – Koda (portrayed by Yoshi Sudarso) – A Cro-Magnon caveman who found the Blue Energem a hundred thousand years ago in a Stegosaurus fossil. He was unfrozen by Kendall and Chase and becomes the Dino Charge Blue Ranger. He works as a dishwasher for Dino Bite Cafe and Amber Beach Museum digger. He commands the Stego Zord.
- Dino Charge Green Ranger – Riley Griffin (portrayed by Michael Taber) – Works as an intern at the Amber Beach Museum and as a waiter at Dino Bite Cafe. He is calm and very intelligent. He commands the Raptor Zord.
- Dino Charge Black Ranger – Chase Randall (portrayed by James Davies) – The flirtatious and laid-back member who likes to ride a skateboard. Works as a janitor at Amber Beach museum and is an expert paleontology digger. He commands the Para Zord.
- Dino Charge Gold Ranger – Sir Ivan of Zandar (portrayed by Davi Santos) – A Mideival knight who served the royal family of Zandar 800 years ago. He commands the Ptera Zord.
- Dino Charge Graphite Ranger – Prince Phillip III (portrayed by Jarred Blakiston) – The wealthy crown prince of Zandar and descendent of Prince Colin. He is helpful and cares about the environment and wants to become a Power Ranger. He commands the Pachy Zord.
- Kendall Morgan (portrayed by Claire Blackwelder) – A 26-year-old scientist who manages the Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum and heads the paleontology digging group.
Here is a spoilerless summary of “Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season”:
- Episode 1 – “Powers from the Past – The Keeper finds Tyler Navarro and Shelby Watkins and recruits them to find the red and pink energems. But a monster known as Iceage is looking for them as well.
- Episode 2 – “Past, Present and Fusion” – The group must summon the T-Rex Zord to fight against Iceage.
- Episode 3 – “A Fool’s Hour” – Sledge comes to Earth and confronts the Keeper and the Power Rangers.
- Episode 4 – “Return of the Caveman” – Chase, Koda and a young boy named Peter are trapped in a cave by Slammer.
- Episode 5 – “Breaking Black” – Chase falls under the spell of Spellbinder.
- Episode 6 – “The tooth Hurts!” – Riley thinks Chase doesn’t take the threat of Cavity seriously.
- Episode 7 – “Let Sleeping Zords Lie” – Sledge sends Akylo Zord to go against the Power Rangers. But can Shelby’s knowledge of advanced dinosaurs help the Power Rangers?
- Episode 8 – “Double Ranger, Double Danger” – Clone Rangers are created. Meanwhile Fury learns the location of the Ptera Zord.
- Episode 9 – “When Logic Falls” – Puzzler teams up with Fury and captures the Dino Charge Rangers. Can Riley save them?
- Episode 10 – “The Royal Rangers” – Fury tries to take control of the Ptera Zord.
- Episode 11 – “Breakout” – Prince Phillip III is attacked by Poisandra, Fury, Wrench, Curio and Vivix but discover a new ally.
- Episode 12 – “Knight After Knights” – With the discovery of the Gold Ranger, Fury sends out the criminal Bones of Fury to take on the Power Rangers.
- Episode 13 – “Sync or Swim” – One of Sledge’s monsters has planted a bomb and Ivan and Tyler must drop their rivalry to work together and stop the bomb.
- Episode 14 – “True Black” – A monster has left Shelby, Tyler and Ivan buried, Chase must save the day!
- Episode 15 – “Rise of a Ranger” – What happens when Prince Philip finds a Graphite Energem?
- Episode 16 – “No Matter How You Slice It” – A Monster has broke the Power Rangers bond of friendship, can Riley and Koda work together?
- Episode 17 – “World Famous (in New Zealand)” – The Power Rangers come in contact with a Purple Ranger.
- Episode 18 – “Deep Down Under” – Sledge is after the Plesio Zord…the Rangers must find it first!
- Episode 19 – “Wishing for a Hero” – Kendall and the Rangers must find one who can bond with the Purple Energem.
- Episode 20 – “One More Energem” – Sledge has two Energems and the Rangers and Kendall must find a way to defeat him.
- HALLOWEEN SPECIAL – “The Ghostest with the Mostest” – A Monster has kidnapped the Rangers and takes on their appearance during a Halloween Party. Kendall must discover which members are real and which are fake.
- Christmas Special – “Race to Rescue Christmas” – Poisandra steals Santa’s tablet and the Rangers must get it back to save Christmas.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
“Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season” is presented in 1:78:1 Widescreen and English 5.1 Dolby Digital and French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio. Picture quality is good, as one can expect on DVD and with most of the film shot outdoors, picture quality is good. Dialogue and music is clear and understandable.
Closed Captions are included.
“Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season” features no special features.
“Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season” comes with a slip cover.
For over 20-years, many people have grown up watching “Power Rangers”.
Sure, a lot of the stories are campy but for those who enjoyed the action, the costumes and the good old story of good vs. evil, that concept has remained consistent season after season.
“Power Rangers: Dino Charge” is rather interesting because of the dinosaur angle.
As one who has grown up watching the Japanese sentai series and also the original “Power Rangers” and now having a child and nephews that are interested in them, one thing that I am glad to see is that the series retains its action and family-oriented storylines.
Nothing too violent and nothing that would make parents wince. Granted, some may object to the fighting but personally, costumed heroes vs. monsters (people in rubber suits), it’s not exactly something that I worry about in terms of fighting action. As parents, it’s how we teach our children and to not practice Power Rangers moves on other people.
With this latest release, you get all 20 episodes + the two Halloween and Christmas specials.
From the early episodes of introducing the characters and stories that revolve around each of them and learning an important lesson. There are also episodes that revolve around who can be the Purple Ranger. And trying to stop Sledge, who has managed to get two Energems. You get episodes that deal with the introduction of the gold power ranger and whether or not the team will gain a new teammate.
Episode which focuses on the team having to work together despite whatever odds or differences they may have. And with Halloween around the corner, the Halloween special “The Ghostest with the Mostest”. The Christmas special which features scenes from past episodes, but most importantly, the Power Rangers trying to save Christmas by retrieving Santa’s stolen tablet.
The later episodes features Sir Ivan of Zandar now part of the team as the Power Rangers Dino Charge Gold Ranger.
As for the DVD, picture quality is as good as one can expect on DVD and there are no special features.
Overall, for “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” fans who have been anticipating the release of this first season DVD will no doubt enjoy owning all 20 episodes and the two specials on DVD. Definitely recommended for the young fans and also the young at heart!
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