Saban's Power Rangers is coming to Blu-ray and Digital HD next month, as a new trailer for the film confirms. Power Rangers proved itself to be a worthwhile reboot of the franchise, and has, to date, grossed $134 million worldwide. The movie still has two major markets to release in; China and Japan, so that figure should rise pretty decently when all is done. With further movies lined up for the franchise, this new, diverse cast of Rangers aren't going anywhere, and soon Power Rangers will be available for home release.
Power Rangers served as a new origin story for the franchise, and has made stars of its young cast of unknowns; Dacre Montgomery as Jason (Red Ranger), RJ Cyler as Billy (Blue Ranger), Naomi Scott as Kimberly (Pink Ranger), Becky G as Trini (Yellow Ranger), and Ludi Lin as Zack (Black Ranger). The movie also features the voices of Brian Cranston as Zordon, and Bill Hader as Alpha 5. Elizabeth Banks stars as Rita Repulsa; a villain that's every bit as repulsive as her name would suggest.
In a new trailer, the date for 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray release date for Power Rangers is confirmed as June 27th, with a Digital HD release coming a week earlier, on June 13th. There's no word yet on what bonus features we can expect, but hopefully details on that will come soon enough. You can watch said trailer, above.
Power Rangers earned mixed reviews, but has become a firm fan-favorite already. Though Rita Repulsa was a campy, comic-book pastiche, she was hugely entertaining and enjoyable to watch on screen. Meanwhile, the cast of Rangers proved themselves to be capable of leading a superhero franchise, and screenplay writer John Gatins and director Dean Israelite have been praised for delivering the first movie with a superhero who has autism. In particular, Cyler's performance as Billy really added a new dimension to the movie.
Going forward, and while there is no official announcement regarding a sequel, it does look likely this will happen. Certainly the ending of Power Rangers was nicely set up for a sequel, and the arrival of another Ranger in the form of Tommy Oliver (Green Ranger). When Tommy's name was called during Saturday detention, the final mid-credits shot was of an empty desk with a green jacket over a chair. This paves the way for Tommy to arrive in Power Rangers 2, but whether Tommy is going to be male or female, remains to be seen. While traditionally, the Green Ranger is male, the main Power Rangers cast is calling for Tommy to be female, to even out the gender balance within the Ranger team.
Given that Saban's Power Rangers was all about diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, it seems as though casting a female Tommy Oliver could well be a move they decide to make. We won't know anything for a while yet, though. In the meantime, we have Power Rangers to watch at home, starting June 13th.
- Power Rangers (2017) release date: Mar 24, 2017