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MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby takenoko » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:43 am

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http://wiki.tvnihon.com/wiki/Denji_Sent ... _CarRanger

Well, CarRanger certainly looks like a series. So that guy is DekaPink's ex-husband?

Always fun to see the MegaRanger crew again.
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby ViRGE » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:02 am

Well this should be interesting...
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby midorininger » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:06 am

i loved it. the gold tectors were a nice touch. and the chasing the carranges in their old ass car while mega ranger uses the cyber slider.
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Postby HowlingSnail » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:37 am

I watched a version of this eons ago on Youtube, so I'll look forward to re-watching it when it eventually watch Megaranger! Thanks!
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby Gallus Faberge » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:31 am

I liked it too, the Carrangers seems to be a lovely bunch. I want to see more of them *wink, wink, hint, hint*
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby Lunagel » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:51 am

Gallus Faberge wrote:I liked it too, the Carrangers seems to be a lovely bunch. I want to see more of them *wink, wink, hint, hint*


Been licensed, please support the official release.
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby Catastrophe » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:24 am

CarRanger is fantastic series and it's great to see this special.
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby Monkeyjb1988 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:44 pm

I have seen this teamup several times and must say it's one of the greatest ever. Very funny and even a bit heart warming (no spoilers, but I'm referring to the Carrangers' wish they have). Very action packed too. Highly recommended unless you absolutely can't stand Megaranger or Carranger (Megaranger is my favorite).

I've watched Pocket Universe's encode and I must say it looks great in HD. Obvious this was one of the films Toei went back to the film for. I'm sure TV-Nihon's subs are better, I'm just saying that, if you've only seen copies of the film taken from the DVD, you're in for a treat. Heck, if TV-Nihon used the Blu-ray for the SD copy, even THAT will look better than any copy before.

What I'm saying is download this film now... or at least as soon as you can :)

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Gallus Faberge wrote:I liked it too, the Carrangers seems to be a lovely bunch. I want to see more of them *wink, wink, hint, hint*


Been licensed, please support the official release.


To those outside the US, sorry about that. It stinks for you, not gonna argue that. It's just TV-Nihon's head if they do Carranger other than its two teamups (don't forget Ohranger. No hurry on TV-Nihon's part, just saying Carranger has two, both unlikely to be on Shout's set)
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby takenoko » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:56 pm

I've got the modern sentai movie Blu-ray set, which is what this is from. So we could, but it's super unlikely that we'll have the staffing to do them.
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby ViRGE » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:03 am

Well that was fun. It suffered from some of the usual VS movie forced plot contrivances (someone always gets mind controlled, it seems) and the McGuffin was annoying, but it still worked in the end. It was a one-off adventure without feeling irrelevant. And it's definitely better than most of the VS movies as of late, if only because it doesn't try to be so over-the-top.

Meanwhile the Megatector was neat as a plot device. This is the first Sentai team power-up, isn't it? I can't think of anything coming before that. However putting gold chest pieces on the Megarangers looks rather garish, aesthetically speaking, especially over MegaPink.

As for the CarRangers, I see why it gets called a silly Sentai. As a group they're certainly space cadets in every sense of the word. I do however approve of Red Racer's taste in wishes/food.:p

And holy cow, an English OP! I didn't realize they even did those. Did that used to be a VS movie tradition or something? Not that I could make out half of the lyrics due to background noise and the soft annunciation of so many syllables, but that's still really neat.

Monkeyjb1988 wrote: I must say it looks great in HD. Obvious this was one of the films Toei went back to the film for.
Completely agreed. Megaranger looks great in HD. The DVDs have always been kind of crap due to Toei's bad mixing of 30fps and 24fps material, which makes both static and moving shots rather blurry. With a proper 24fps HD presentation you can really see the details on the various suits and props. Color quality is improved as well; it's still a bit dull, but there's more color contrast/intensity than in the series itself and it definitely looks closer to real life. It really goes to show that the poor image quality of the series wasn't due to how it was filmed, but rather how it edited for TV. The one downside here is that since it's such a high quality transfer, the lower quality stock footage stands out, and you can see wires and gaffer's tape that wouldn't have shown up on TV.

On that note, I'm surprised there's such a high quality version of this available. Weren't VS movies direct-to-video back in the day? I was under the impression that releasing them as actual movies was a relatively recent change. In which case I'm pleasantly surprised Toei didn't edit and store it like any other episode of the TV series.

takenoko wrote:I've got the modern sentai movie Blu-ray set, which is what this is from. So we could, but it's super unlikely that we'll have the staffing to do them.
While we're on that subject, does Megaranger have a summer movie? And if so, will you be doing that as well? :)
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby takenoko » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:27 am

Sadly, Mega and Time don't have summer movies. Don't think that was brought back till Gao?
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby ViRGE » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:25 am

takenoko wrote:Sadly, Mega and Time don't have summer movies. Don't think that was brought back till Gao?
D'oh. :?

In that case will we be getting Giga vs. Mega and the relevant Timeranger VS movies?
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby TypicalStandUser » Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:17 am

Kinda nice to see Yuji Kishi in his younger days before he became Ken, as well as Motohashi Yuki before she became a flesh-eating monster.
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby takenoko » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:21 pm

ViRGE wrote:In that case will we be getting Giga vs. Mega and the relevant Timeranger VS movies?


Yup. Just need the pretime for ginga and Xiilia just asked me about time vs last night. She'll probably do it more around when the episodes came out.
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Re: MegaRanger VS CarRanger released

Postby Monkeyjb1988 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:23 pm

takenoko wrote:I've got the modern sentai movie Blu-ray set, which is what this is from. So we could, but it's super unlikely that we'll have the staffing to do them.


Yeah, no hurries. I was just saying, Car vs Oh was fair game, the episodes are not. I know you guys are busy. No worries :D

ViRGE wrote: I must say it looks great in HD. Obvious this was one of the films Toei went back to the film for. Completely agreed. Megaranger looks great in HD. The DVDs have always been kind of crap due to Toei's bad mixing of 30fps and 24fps material, which makes both static and moving shots rather blurry. With a proper 24fps HD presentation you can really see the details on the various suits and props. Color quality is improved as well; it's still a bit dull, but there's more color contrast/intensity than in the series itself and it definitely looks closer to real life. It really goes to show that the poor image quality of the series wasn't due to how it was filmed, but rather how it edited for TV. The one downside here is that since it's such a high quality transfer, the lower quality stock footage stands out, and you can see wires and gaffer's tape that wouldn't have shown up on TV.

On that note, I'm surprised there's such a high quality version of this available. Weren't VS movies direct-to-video back in the day? I was under the impression that releasing them as actual movies was a relatively recent change. In which case I'm pleasantly surprised Toei didn't edit and store it like any other episode of the TV series.


Yeah, I just rewatched Mega vs Car on Blu-Ray (have the set :D) and then watched the trailer. Night and day is an understatement. I was actually surprised: the stock footage sticks out a little, but there were shots I were sure were done on 90s SD video but they looked as good or almost as good as the rest of the movie. Of course, I did see wires for when one grunt went soaring but hey, there's only so much Toei can do without using time travel and giving the Megaranger production more money/modern film technology.

As for your surprise as to why it looked so good, from what I understand, the series from Carranger to Timeranger still had stuff done on film, like visual effects (laser beams, static composites, but possibly also major composites considering my surprise at how good some looked), titles, and maybe even pre-editing, and did the final edit on video. All 2016-Toei had to do was rescan that film and boom: gorgeous Mega vs. Car. That is likely why all the V-Cinemas from Time vs. GogoV to Geki vs. Bouken were upconverted: EVERYTHING other than shooting the film was done at the video stage and THAT would have involved redoing the composites and edit.

Don't get me wrong, the later team-ups did look good. I saw some of them then watched the (not upscaled) trailers and there are SMALL improvements caused by the upscaling and some shots look almost as good as HD. However, pit one of them against Mega vs Car, or any of the films before Time vs GogoV, and the true HD ones win.

So yeah, Toei (seemingly) only had to do a rescan and slight re-edit and that is why we have a great looking Mega vs. Car. If you see the trailer also on the disc and still made of the blurry video, you can imagine Toei deciding it was worth the effort for the pre-2001 team-up. Going just by the trailers, the younger films looked presentable. Upscaled Mega vs. Car: Nope.

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ViRGE wrote:In that case will we be getting Giga vs. Mega and the relevant Timeranger VS movies?


Yup. Just need the pretime for ginga and Xiilia just asked me about time vs last night. She'll probably do it more around when the episodes came out.


Just a heads up: Time vs GogoV is an upscaled team-up but it does look WAY better than any encode of the Timeranger DVDs.

One last thing: got the 1st volume of Gorenger on Blu-Ray: looks great. Not perfect, but a huge improvement. Looked almost like it was filmed a few weeks before the remastered Mega vs Car, not over 20 years. :)

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