Continuing their individual season set releases of the first team on DVD, Shout! Factory has scheduled a July 2nd
release date for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Season 3
. This according to Amazon's pre-order listing (see button link below), which also shows a $19.93 SRP for a 4-disc set.
Wait, four discs? Yes, that Amazon entry says four discs. The previously-available Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - The Complete Series
package with all three seasons included FIVE discs with the third season's disc case, so what's going on? As we've often mentioned in the past, the big-name retailers prefer smaller sets of "retro" titles like this one. Packages with lower disc counts, so the titles on their shelves have a price point that they feel will sell faster. That typically means 4 discs or less, so we're inferring from Amazon's information - assuming that it's correct and not a typo (we're pretty sure it's accurate) - that what you'll get is a 4-disc set with the 33 episodes from the main third season (from "A Friend in Need, Part 1" to "Rangers in Reverse").
In the big set, what's on the fifth disc? It's the 10-episode Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers
arc, a mini-series which the official production paperwork at the time those episodes were created had formally labeled as "Season 3.5" (and so the DVD for these episodes calls it that). So will that be released separately, for folks collecting the individual season sets? Our guess is that it probably will be (but Shout! Factory hasn't announced such a thing yet, so we admit that we're just guessing for now).
Stay tuned for updates about all of this, when we get the official studio information. In the meantime, here's an Amazon pre-order link for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Season 3
, and a scan of the front cover art featuring the Rangers in their post-"Ninja Quest" outfits: