Saban has just anounced they are teaming with Shout Factory in a multi-year deal to bring Classic and current Power Rangers to DVD and Blu-Ray. Further details below.
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Shout! Factory has signed a multiyear agreement with Saban to distribute several Saban Brands properties. This deal gives Shout! Factory exclusive DVD, Blu-ray and select digital rights to more than 700 episodes of the various Power Rangers shows that ran between 1993 and 2009,MMPR up to RPM. As well as 92 episodes of VR Troopers (1994-96), 26 episodes of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997-98) and 88 episodes of Big Bad Beatleborgs (1996-98). The agreement does not extend to the ‘Power Rangers’ theatrical movies though.
“We look forward to bringing these highly entertaining series with great packaging and extras to fans and on family home entertainment shelves,” Shout! Factory founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos said in a joint statement. Initial rollout plans for the Saban are slated to begin in summer 2012, according to Shout! Factory, with single-season sets to start and potentially complete-series sets in the future.
“Shout! Factory will provide unequaled access to archived content from Saban Brands,” said Elie Dekel, president of Saban Brands. “Fans can enjoy past episodes they haven’t seen, relive some of the exciting entertainment in these episodes, or even share them with a new generation of fans.” So at the least we can hope to be picking up seasons of our favorite ranger, TMNT and Metal Hero adaptions starting this summer.
Saban, Shout! Factory… just go ahead and take my cash right now. I am 100% serious, This is amazing news, finally we will get a crack at the Power Rangers most of us grew up on in a legit format in full. If absolutely nothing else i will be looking to get MMPR through In Space and VR Troopers. No doubt the future of this endeavor will hinge on how the sales of the initial batch go so people i urge you to start saving up and be ready to support this effort.
Frankly this news makes my week, Kris.