Saban’s Power Rangers movie is now out on home video – on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
And among the film’s many re-imaginings, one that particularly struck a chord with fans was the newly designed Goldar.
Goldar was best known as being the tough, but also bumbling general, to Rita Repulsa on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show. Strong with his sword, Goldar was a beast ape who wrestled many ferocious duels with the Power Rangers.
But in Saban’s Power Rangers movie, Goldar became a massive gold creature with no face or voice – just a gigantic endgame beast hellbent on destroying Angel Grove.
In the home video’s Audio Commentary featuring Director Dean Israelite and Writer John Gatkins, the duo explained their thinking behind re-imagining Goldar like never seen before.
“I love how massive we made Goldar. And Goldar is the one thing that’s being re-imagined the most from the original show. He’s the biggest departure from the original show…Why did we do that? The honest answer is we’ve seen monsters like the original Goldar over and over in movies like this. And we needed to fill this with something that we felt was original and taking the idea that [Rita Repulsa] manipulates matter and he’s made of gold – he should be pure gold, and not a demon as well. He should be a gold creature, this flowing chocolate fountain almost of gold with all this negative space so he feels almost soulless in a way that makes him really eerie.” – Director Dean Israelite
Israelite didn’t offer any examples of a modern-day superhero villain that he felt bared too strong of a resemblance to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ Goldar. But still, in a world currently over-saturated with superhero movies, the villains of Power Rangers were always in an originality competition with the evildoers from Marvel, DC, and beyond.
Israelite also went on to note that the team put an incredible amount of focus on Goldar’s relationship with Rita Repulsa, and the idea that the character would be the sick creation of the former Green Ranger.
“But what I love is that Rita loves [Goldar]. It’s almost as if he’s her child. And they have this symbiotic relationship where they each save each other, and she ultimately goes inside him. And for a long time I remember, we hadn’t figured this moment out – we didn’t know what Rita would be doing while Goldar and the Megazord were fighting each other. And then we came to this idea that she’ll be able to enter him in this very sensual and sexual way, which I like. Obviously that’s a part of the movie, this kind of sensuality that Rita brings. Because the movie is about teenagers, and adolescence, and puberty. And that’s a big part of it.” – Director Dean Israelite