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He-Man And The Master Of The Universe: The Complete Collection

 
 
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Plot: When Prince Adam holds the Sword of Power aloft and proclaims “By the Power of Grayskull” he is gifted with "fabulous secret powers," and the humble prince transforms into the super-strong barbarian He-Man, defending his home planet of Eternia from the evil forces of the skull-faced villain Skeletor.
Release Date: 25th April.
Format: DVD.
Cast: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, Lou Scheimer, Erik Gunden, Erika Scheimer.
BBFC Certificate: U.
Running Time: 2795 mins.
Country Of Origin: USA.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
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Film Rating
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


 

Bottom Line


Binge-watchable nostalgia


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Posted April 22, 2022 by

 
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With Netflix currently airing Kevin Smith’s Masters Of The Universe: Revelation, Fabulous Films’ He-Man Complete Collection couldn’t come at a better time. Yes—Smith’s reboot may have lush production values and big-name voice actors, but it has none of the charm, wit or camp on-liners that made the original the highest-rated kids’ show in America—and was ultimately broadcast in 37 countries around the world. Let’s face it, if you’re a certain age, and someone says “By the Power of Grayskull!” anyone who doesn’t mime holding a giant sword over their head, probably spent the ‘80s in a coma. 

Inspired by the wildly-popular toys, the original He-Man series became a cultural phenomenon with character such as Orko, Skeletor, Man-at-Arms, and Fisto (you may snicker now) making its debut on TV in 1983. By 1984 the He-Man franchise had earned over a billion dollars for Mattel. 

The cartoons feature early script-writing work from J. Michael Straczynski, later the creator of Babylon 5, Paul Dini, and Brynne Stephens, who went on to write acclaimed episodes of Batman: The Animated Series,; Beast Wars story editor Larry DiTillio, and David Wise, later the head-writer of the TV version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Featuring 130 action-packed episodes, He-Man And The Master of the Universe: The Complete Collection has everything you need for an evening of binge-watchable nostalgia.

Extras include:
He-Man & She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword Full-Length Movie.
He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special.
Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Saturday Morning Legacy of Filmation.
Hope, Honor, Heart: The Origins of She-Ra, Early Concepts and Illustrations.

She-Ra: Princess Of Power – The Complete Series is also being released by Fabulous Films on 25th April. This spin off from He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe was aimed primarily at young girls, and followed the story of He-Man’s twin sister Princess Adora/She-Ra.


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

 
Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com


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