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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Volume One (2008)

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  • Actors: voice cast - Cam Clarke - Kathleen Barr - Lisa Ann Beley - Gary Chalk - Brian Dobson - Paul Dobson - Michael Donovan - Scott McNeil
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Navarre Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VD7JO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Volume One" on IMDb

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This was a revival of the classic 80's cartoon He-man and the Masters of the Universe for the modern age, it focused on the early adventures of Prince Adam, who, having just become Eternia's most powerful guardian He-Man, had to learn how to handle his new powers, and lead his allies into battle against the evil Skeletor. With the aid of his own Evil Warrior henchmen, Skeletor schemes to blanket Eternia in chaos, and rule over the planet in dominion. Only He-Man, guided and advised by the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull, stands in his way.

With the aid of his trusted friends and Masters, he vows to end Skeletor's evil and the other evils that plague Eternia. The battle is joined as Good and Evil collide in a fight for Eternia's fate!

This unique take on the retro fan favorite delighted and entertained the children of this decade as it did to those living in the 80's.

After the runaway success of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in 1983 led to a spate of toy-based series that were broadcast in syndication in America, He-Man returned in 2002, after the toys had been redesigned. Adam lost his Dutch boy hair cut and his body looked even more overdeveloped. The premise remained the unchanged: With the aid of the enchanted Sword of Power, Adam, the slacker-dude Prince of Eternia, becomes He-Man, the heroic defender of the realm against the evil machinations of Skeletor and his minions. Like Superman, Adam has to keep his alter-identity secret. But instead of spunky newswoman Lois Lane, his love interest is Teela, who insults and belittles him. From Snake Mountain, Skeletor hatches schemes to conquer Eternia, only to be thwarted by He-Man, with some help from Teela, Man-at-Arms, et al. With the possible exception of Evil-Lyn, Skeletor's henchmen are such doofuses, they don't feel like much of a threat. The battle between good against evil is so simplistic, it makes Dragon Ball look nuanced. The filmmakers try to capture some of the excitement of anime fantasy-adventures, but they pull their punches--literally and figuratively. Although the combatants twirl swords and pole arms like martial artists, no blood is shed and no one gets seriously injured. He-Man only uses his Sword of Power to deflect energy blasts: he slugs bad guys and monsters. The disc of extras includes video commentaries and animatics for three episodes, audio commentaries on five episodes and an extensive image gallery. (Rated TV Y7: violence) --Charles Solomon

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series recaptured the feel of the original. January 3, 2008
While it was short-lived Masters of the Universe (2,002) series was a great show. It was begining to hit it's stride when it was cancelled. Thus so many children did not get to see the world of He-man. But with this DVD set they still can. And it is well worth the $16 pre-order for Volume One. As always the people at BCI will do a top notch job. The episodes had morals that were not aired in the US, moral similar to those on the '80s cartoon. These are included in these releases and so much more.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tradition Revisited On DVD At Last January 30, 2008
At long last, fans are treated to what many consider the most accurate and exciting rendition of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe saga. Debuting in 2002 under the Mike Young Productions umbrella, this latest rendition of the He-Man source material closely follows the original Filmation standard set in the early 1980s with modernized animation quality and in-depth stories that further built upon the original characters and environments.

While the show lasted for 2 full seasons (26 first/ 13 second) it looks like the good folks at BCI (based on the 286 minute run time) have decided to break the show into three 13 episode sets. Keeping that in mind, it appears as though the first volume will contain the following season 1 episodes across 3 discs:

The Beginning Part 1
The Beginning Part 2
The Beginning Part 3
The Courage of Adam
Sky War
The Deep End
Siren's Song
The Ties That Bind
Dragon's Brood
Mekaneck's Lament
Night of the Shadowbeasts

If it is anything like prior BCI/ Ink & Paint releases, there is a strong chance these sets will be absolutely loaded with extra features including writer commentary and director/ producer interviews. These are the same individuals who released the entire He-Man/ She-Ra DVD sets, which are generally regarded as beautifully packaged and digitally remastered to perfection. This is a must-buy collection for any fan of the He-Man Animated Universe.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great interpretation of a classic! March 13, 2008
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I'm a big fan of the original He-Man and She-Ra shows. When I heard Cartoon Network was doing a remake of He-Man, I was very skeptical. Especially after that "New Adventures of He-Man" series. It was just TOO different from the original. I never felt connected to it and I hated the design. When I finally caught an episode of this series, I was happily surprised. This new series is very well done, and it's a shame it didn't get more seasons!

I think the animation is better than the original. Skeletor now looks like a scary villain, instead of a bumbling nemesis, and He-Man actually looks powerful. I think it's an edgier style of art, that is more in the line with the Batman Animated series and other more recent animated shows without straying into anime-land. I also appreciated the update of the characters as well. I know they weren't supposed to suspect Adam was He-Man, but the foppish boy from the original was too over the top. I like this spoiled prince better. And it's nice to see Teela as an active member of the guard instead of always whining, "wait for me" and chasing after the men. The original series was aimed at young boys. This series is aimed at adult animated fans. Though the stories aren't as good as the original (partly because I carry a lot of nostalgia for them), they aren't silly either. A lot of action seems to be the theme.

Unfortunately, I only managed to see a few episodes on tv since networks are notorious for moving animated shows around with no rhyme or reason. I gave up trying to find X-Men Evolution. When I saw this DVD set, I immediately pre-ordered it. It has the same high quality the original series sets have, with lots of artwork, great extras and a visually stunning package. Die-hard fans of He-Man will surely love this, even purists may find it worthwhile, and the rest of can just enjoy it for what it is - a good adventure. I only wish they had remade She-Ra as well. I'd love to see that with an edge.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Defect in the 1st disc February 22, 2008
BCI Guy has passed along some official information with regards to the February 13 news entry, about the replacement discs for the Volume 1 MOTU DVD set:

"The replacement disc for Mattel's He Man Volume 1, Disc One can be ordered by either sending an email to or calling 866-641-3472. Please include your name, your address, a daytime telephone number and the store name and location where you purchased your DVD.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Defect Found on Upcoming Vol. 1 Set; BCI to Replace Disc via Toll-Free Number

Victims Will Also Reportedly Receive A Free 'Gift' For Their Troubles
Posted by David Lambert

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) - Volume 1 won't arrive on DVD until this coming Tuesday, February 19th for most fans. But one fan managed to snag a copy very early at a local shop, who sold it to him before street date. This turns out to be good for publisher BCI, because the fan - who goes by the name "Aran" on the message boards at, soon posted a message letting them know that there was an issue with one of the episodes on these discs:

Houston, we have a problem ....

I'm missing a scene episode 4 "The Courage of Adam". The problem starts at the end of chapter 3 (ends at 15:30): Adam had been captured by Skeletor, Orko and Cringer are in Snake Mountain and Gringer[sic] has just found Adam, but is scared away by Tri-Klops's doomseeker, leaving Adam in chains.

The next scene shows Prince Adam, Teela, Man-at-Arms & Ram Man exiting Snake Mountain about to be attacked by Skeletor and his new bone monster.

The battle between the Faker-He-Man & the Evil warriors and the rescue of Prince Adam by Teela, Man-at-Arms & Ram Man is completely missing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Volume One
This Volume is the best Volume of the Three Masters of the Universe 2002 Dvd's a must for any MOTU Fan
Published on January 9, 2010 by Thomas Challis
After watching THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HE-MAN, I kinda expected this series to be a continuation. & for my surprise it wasn't. It was a more thorough & complete storyline. Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by F. CRUZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Still has defect in first disc
I would give this product 5 stars except for the defect in Adam's Courage where it skips several scenes. Otherwise excellent cartoon.
Published on August 20, 2009 by Momof2
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Kott..uh, Eternia
I grew up in the 80s, and I loved watching both He-Man and She-Ra everyday. When I read in 2002 that Cartoon Network was going to start showing He-Man, I was thinking "FINALLY! Read more
Published on February 8, 2009 by John C. Fenner
3.0 out of 5 stars No more replacements
I loved this update of the classic series, however for those who buy this in 2009 or later, there are no more replacement discs mentioned in some of the reviews below, so we are... Read more
Published on January 5, 2009 by C. Harwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd
This cartoon is a great revamp of the classic he man cartoons. The best thing about this version of he man is that we actually see Adam being told why he needs to become he man and... Read more
Published on July 26, 2008 by Mr. S. Loizou
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cartoon ever made!
A big fan of the whole series. You can't go wrong with this one, besides you own one you gotta own them all.
Published on July 14, 2008 by L. Cambio
4.0 out of 5 stars I could not believe me eyes
First, 4 stars because of the problem in disc 1 (courage of adam), that you have to ask for a replacement (visit he-man. Read more
Published on July 2, 2008 by Phoenix2870
2.0 out of 5 stars Episode Error?
One thing I have noticed is in the episode "Courage of Adam" on Disc 1, at about the 15 min mark there seems to be an entire section the episode missing. Read more
Published on May 29, 2008 by Enjoyment!
5.0 out of 5 stars Better animation - a cartoon that grew up with the audience
Much better than the original series or even the cartoon series that came out in the 90's. I suspect that the cartoon did not do as well because of marketing and because the... Read more
Published on April 23, 2008 by bandazar
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No, only about a third of the episodes as the series will be released as a series of three volumes. Now how many episodes in this set, I don't know. But with three discs, it'll probably be around 18 or so. Nope, I'm wrong...just checked and they say 13. 3rd disc must be for... Read More
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