DVD REVIEW: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Season One, Volume 1

I... HAVE... THE POWWWWER! And now YOU can have the He-Man cartoon series--season one! 1983 is back with the 6-disc DVD release of the overly-muscled master of the universe...
This is a must own set for fans of the show, or anyone who may be thinking of taking steroids. Even if you purchased the previous "Best of" collections you won't want to miss out on this high-quality 6-disc set. The DVD's include the first 33 episodes from the shows first season. The packaging is masterfully done in a bright neon green, reminiscent of the bright coloring of the toons themselves. Each colorful disc is adorned with artwork of characters from the series. Discs 1-5 feature the fully restored episodes in story continuity order. All of your favorite masters and villains are there: He-Man, Ram-Man, Man-at-Arms, Orko, Teela, Beastman, Evil-Lyn, and Skeletor--and more! The episodes are as fun and cheesy as you remember.

The bonus disc is worth the price alone. What you get in the extras are a blast:

  • The Secret Origins of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: This bonus feature goes into great depth about the "behind the scenes" struggles of the He-Man series. He-Man was the first television cartoon show to launch from a toy. The story is an interesting one for any student of marketing. They also discuss some of the controversy surrounding the creation of the show. It seems using the name "Masters of the Universe" in the show's title was an early arguement issue because it was not clear if the masters were the good guys or the bad guys. The show premiered in September of 1983 in syndication. The show had an order for 65 episodes which was rare for a animated series. A lot of fun details are divulged, including stories from the numerous freelance writers used on the show, and a story about auditioning the live actors to promote the show across the country.

  • The Stories of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: This feature details the writing for the series. One interesting piece relates how much consideration was put into the moral lessons featured in the show every episode--including how He-Man dealt with evil even though he wasn't allowed to kill anybody.

  • Character Profiles: Now this feature is very cool. Character descriptions are provided for 50 characters on the show. The interface is very well done, and shows the time and effort involved in putting together this set. Example: This feature is done not simply with scrolling text but viewable clips of the particular character.

And finally, included are two 4x6 art cards from master comics artists Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz!

The Toonado Grade for this set: A+

Product Details
Title:He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Season One, Volume 1 (Collector's Edition)
Format: Animated, Collectors edition, Closed-captioned, Box set
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 6
Studio: Bci Eclipse Company
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
DVD Features:
-Contains the first 33 episodes
-Two brand-new documentaries
-Full length animated storyboard for selected episode
-Deleted Scenes
-Two 4X6 art cards by Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz

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