Saban’s Power Rangers movie is now out on home video – on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
And for long time fans, one of the film’s more controversial scenes was the transformation of the teens’ powerful Megazord. As the Power Rangers’ descended to their death at the hands of Goldar, the team’s Zords came together to form one united structure known as the Megazord.
But unlike the Power Rangers TV show fans have become accustomed to for 24 years, the team didn’t summon or call upon their Megazord. The transformation simply took place in a fiery pit, hidden behind a shield of bright red and orange.
It was a deviation from the normal, and one explained by Director Dean Israelite in the home video’s Audio Commentary with Writer John Gatkins.
“I think we [formed the Megazord] through character. The [Rangers] aren’t being smashed apart, they’re in some ways being smashed together. Because they’re holding on to one another, and the force of their love for each other, and their desire and willingness to die for each other – the ultimate sacrifice, allows them to create this energy that then puts the Zords together.” – Director Dean Israelite
The idea bears resemblances to what allowed the team to morph in the first place – by coming together as a unit to unlock the powers of the Morphing Grid. It would appear Israelite and Gatkins unlocked the Rangers’ Megazord powers under a similar concept.
Still, in Power Rangers’ 24-year history, the Megazord being formed by the power of love, and life, is certainly new. And one that didn’t come easily to the movie’s brain trust according to Gatkins.
“This was a big discussion – about how do you form the Megazord?” – Writer John Gatkins
Saban’s Power Rangers movie, in numerous ways, predicates itself on the message of coming together as one, and fans will have to live with that same moral ultimately being the reason behind the formation of the Rangers’ ultimate weapon – the Megazord.