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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Season One, Vol. 1

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Excitement and adventure a wait those who enter the magical land of Eternia! Join He-Man and the Masters of the Universe as they battle against Skeletor and his crew of dastardly villains in the greatest adventures ever told!These first 33 episodes are only the beginning of the most phenomenal stories ever created in animation! Relive the excitement as you enjoy the adventures of the universe s greatest warriors. The power has returned!System Requirements: Running Time 710 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: NR UPC: 787364649495

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe makes its debut on DVD in a robust collector's set, filled with extras any fan would enjoy. Part one of season one contains a whopping 33 episodes, following the hulky, well-tanned muscleman who masquerades as the irresponsible, goofy Prince Adam by day. The secret of He-Man's dual identity is only shared by The Sorceress (who's only powerful so long as she remains near Castle Greyskull, where she lives), Man-At-Arms (the king's gadget specialist) and Orko, a floating creature whose backwards magic spells often leave everyone with egg on their face (literally). He-Man's legacy was also its focus on family values, illustrated at the end of each episode through a moral lesson given by one of the characters. They range from the useful (Don't judge people by their looks) to the somewhat trite (When you're sad, sing a song). He-Man's nemesis, the wizard Skeletor, remains a fan favorite, accompanied by his motley crew of sidekicks: Beastman, Evil-Lyn, Merman, and Tri-Clops. There's even a little room for romance, though any flirtation between Adam/He-Man and the overeager captain of the guard, Teela, is usually restricted to jealous looks when the other receives the attentions of an outsider.

Memorable episodes include "Teela's Quest," in which she discovers her real mother is The Sorceress; "A Friend in Need," a drugs allegory where an insecure (and very scantily-clad) woman becomes addicted to a potion that makes her confident; "Song of Celice," where a woman's powerful singing voice is exploited by Skeletor to conquer Greyskull; and "Prince Adam No More," in which Adam struggles with seeking approval from his father, King Randor. A new behind-the-scenes documentary reveals insight into the series's launch as the inaugural first-run syndicated cartoon; the creators's encounter with a fresh-off-Conan-the-Barbarian star Arnold Schwarzenegger at a convention ("He looked at our drawings … and was ticked off," recalls creator Lou Scheimer). There's also a featurette in which producers and animators discuss individual episodes, animated storyboards, and scripts. Best of all, the spine of the DVD box (along with seven other He-Man and She-Ra related DVDs) creates a mural of Castle Greyskull and the Crystal Castle. --Ellen A. Kim

Special Features

  • Contains the first 33 episodes of the 1983-84 season
  • Two brand-new documentaries
  • Full length animated storyboard for selected episode
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Two 4X6 art cards by Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz
  • 50 detailed profiles of various characters, creatures and artifacts
  • Fun trivia facts
  • DVD ROM feature: 5 complete episode scripts

Product Details

  • Actors: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, Lou Scheimer, Erika Scheimer
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 710 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ALM4GW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Season One, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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132 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Troy S. Fernandes on August 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Season 1 - Volume 1: He-man & the Masters of the Universe! The classic 80s cartoon FINALLY arrives with all its memorable characters, stories & fantasy, digitally remastered with extras! This fall - mark the date! October 18th! Part 1 of 2, Season 1, this set is chock-a-block with amazing extras. The hit cartoon adventure series brought to life the adventures of Prince Adam & his alter-ego, the mighty He-Man battling the evil Skeletor to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull. Son of King Randor and Queen Marlena of Eternia, his faithful sidekick was the cowardly green & orange pet tiger, Cringer. "By the power of Grayskull!" Adam's cry in times of danger, together with his magical 'Sword Of Power' transformed them into the mighty He-Man and the ferocious tiger, Battle Cat. Aided by Man-At-Arms, Duncan (the slightly older scientist and Adam's mentor), his adopted daughter Teela (Captain of the Guards and Prince Adam's aide), the quirky & comic Orko (the little floating magician) & Ram Man (kind hearted, but slow "human battering ram") with his winged ally Stratos, the team faced the forces of evil. The Sorceress of Castle Grayskull entrusted Prince Adam with the Sword of Power to defend the magnificent kingdom of Eternia and Grayskull - said to hold the powers to rule the entire universe.
Heading the forces of darkness was Skeletor, the evil hooded skull face, residing on the dark side of the planet in his powerful fortress, Snake Mountain. While the savage, dim-witted Beast Man, who possessed telepathic control over many animals was his right hand; it was Evil-Lyn, the incredibly shrewd witch who played on Skeletor's troop for sheer convenience, only to assume power for herself at the right moment.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R. Cook on October 10, 2005
Format: DVD
Why this outrageous statement??? Originally cartoons were shown on Saturday morning only. He-Man was the first show to be syndicated through a network other than the big 3 (ABC, NBC and CBS). What this meant was that an episode was shown every afternoon instead of just on Saturday mornings. Wow... 65 episodes were made per year instead of only 13 that were normally produced for a typical Saturday show and this made for an incredible following. Who didn't watch this show? Even parents would comment about it when they asked what I did for a living and I mentioned I was an animator on He-Man. This was one of the last shows done entirely in the U.S. as most of the animation work was being sent overseas by the early 80's. Lou Scheimer was the founder of Filmation Studios and made a vow to keep the work in the U.S. and was true to his word until it became impossible to compete with the wages being paid overseas and, sadly, the studio closed in '86 but not until after the successful runs of He-Man, She-Ra, Ghostbusters and the final series Bravestar. My memories working at Filmation are some of the best I have of my 25+ years in the animation industry. He-Man changed the way cartoons would be viewed forever... this is a must have set!!!! Lets hope they decide to release some of the other memorable animated shows created at Filmation Studios.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Bennett on August 8, 2006
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When I saw this on my computer screen that He-Man had finally come out on DVD, I couldn't believe it. Finally the original was out to be seen again. I was one of those kids who had all the He-Man figures, and Castle Grayskull. My cousins and I loved playing with these toys and watching the cartoon. I was upset when it went off the air, and even more upset when they tried to replace it with sub-standard forms. I still have all those figures stashed away to hopefully play with my son someday, and now I have the show I loved as boy to also share. Oh the cartoons I watched as a boy, this is the only one I thought was worth putting in my DVD collection. Thanks for finally allowing me to once again enjoy a part of my childhood.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ONENEO VINE VOICE on May 5, 2008
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It is said even the best memories fade in time. Thankfully, BCI (under its impressive Ink & Paint label) has been making it their mission to keep classic animation alive in the minds of nostalgic viewers while introducing the magic to a whole new generation of fans through their beautiful DVD box sets.

I recently spent a few straight weeks traveling back through time to my own 1980s youth through their animated He-Man and the Masters of the Universe collection and in response to the readers who have been eagerly awaiting my review, I am pleased to report my thorough praise. I will break up my review of the entire collection (including the She-Ra sets) into a multi-part series throughout the following weeks.

For those who are unclear on the many iterations of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe source material, Season One/ Volume 1 is the 33 episodes of the Filmation debut season from 1983. Surprisingly, the entire Filmation He-Man series (not counting She-Ra) only ran for 2 seasons. However, these were no mere 13-episode seasons, which is standard fair for animation; rather Filmation worked tirelessly to produce back to back 65 episode seasons! BCI Eclipse wisely broke the two seasons down into four box sets (each of either 33 or 32 episodes). The sheer volume of material included on each set is mind boggling as in addition to the 33 digitally remastered episodes themselves, we are treated to a whole host of special features and bonus material that puts rival animation sets to shame.
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If you have a defective disk/s
The "He-man and the masters of the universe" season 1 volume 1 that I own doesnt contain episodes 1-33. Most of them are from season 1 volume 2. Plus, the episodes themselves are not in broadcast order. I wish "He-man" was re-released with the correct episodes in order by... Read More
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