The Power Rangers Ninja Steel Complete Season DVD Set delivers exactly what is name promises. It contains all 22 episodes of the explosive 24th season of the ultra long-running Power Rangers franchise This includes the two special episodes, “Grave Robber” and “Past, Present and Future”.
This DVD set is a fitting way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise. Like Power Rangers series of the past, Ninja Steel is a live-action superhero show that uses a combination of action footage from Japan’s Super Sentai franchise (in this season’s case, the show used is Shuriken Sentai Ninninger) and original footage shot by American directors to create a fascinating hybrid experience.
Ninja Steel stars a whole new cast of teenagers with attitude who battle the evil Galvanax in order to prevent him from getting his hands on the Ninja Nexus Prism, which will give him absolute power to destroy the earth. In a bit of a twist, Galvanax is actually the champion of an intergalactic game show. He sends “contestants” down to battle the Power Rangers and their battles are broadcast live for the universe to enjoy.
Ninja Steel definitely isn’t the strongest season the franchise has to offer, but it’s also certainly not without its charms. There are Zords and Megazords aplenty and the battles to save the world are as fun and campy as ever. Not to mention, those costumes are pretty killer.
This DVD set has some striking cover art by George Caltsoudas, who is known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series and the Star Trek graphic novels. The bold colors and intricate designs on this cover really make the set look snazzy. However, fans may be disappointed by the fact that the Gold Ranger is not present on this neat cover. He also can’t be found on the back of the box, which shows a live-action shot of the rangers preparing for battle.
Both the disc covers and the DVD menus reuse this cover art, but it's pretty cool that each of the five power rangers have their own individual special menu screens. These screens positively pop with color thanks to some well-done background designs.
A nice bonus included with the set is a preview of the BOOM! Studios Power Rangers Artist Tribute hardcover. The book was released earlier this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary. The preview includes art by Lucas Werneck and Jorge Monlongo.
Sadly, there are no bonus features to be found on the DVD itself, which is a bit of a disappointment for fans wanting something extra. The over 8 hours of content on this set is simply the episodes that were aired on Nickelodean in 2017.
Still, a 3-disc set isn’t a bad deal for only $19.98, especially with the art included. Why, some might even say that this Ninja Steel set is a…ninja steal! The season will be released on August 14th of this year and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.