While the Rangers had control of their Zords in the recent live-action film, including the powerful Megazord, fans might have noticed they did not have their power weapons at their side.
As Power Rangers director Dean Israelite reveals to ComicBook.com though, that was not always the case. When asked if they were included originally, Israelite said, "Yeah, totally. That was, we went back and forth on that a lot. And ... that again the honest answer is that I had to cut that stuff for budget."
You might not think that weapons would be that expensive, but the Power Ranger weapons aren't just swords and bows. They can transform into several different modes, and that's where the CGI expense kicks in.
"It became very hard," said Israelite. "Because each weapon even Jason, Jason has his weapon but is a mixture of the physical prop and the CG enhancement. And sometimes it's always fully CG. So that would have to hold true for all other unique designs."
It would be one thing if all five weapons were uniform, but with each Ranger having their own customized assortment, it became too big of a project.
"And each element you design is its own thing. So it becomes very difficult, you know multiplying the same pattern a million times is much easier than creating 5 unique different things. So we just had too many elements, we had too many assets, and I thought we could hold off for another movie."
That's not even counting the fact that all five can combine to form the Power Blaster, but hopefully, fans will see the new gear in the sequel.
The action-packed, coming of age feature film Saban's Power Rangers will morph onto Digital HD June 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand June 27 from Lionsgate. As part of the 24-year-old global phenomenon and based on the five Rangers from the original TV series, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,", the reimagined movie features a modern generation of Rangers including Dacre Montgomery (TV's "Stranger Things") as Jason the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Becky G. (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, as they attempt to stop the evil and unpredictable Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games Franchise) from destroying their city…and ultimately the world. Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as Zordon, and Bill Hader (Finding Dory) as Alpha 5 train the Rangers to morph and master their powers as a united team.
The Saban's Power Rangers DVD will include exclusive audio commentary with director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins, and deleted/alternate/extended scenes and outtakes. Saban's Power Rangers will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
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