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2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars for the blu ray transfer and 5 for the movie, October 2, 2012
This review is from: Masters of the Universe (25th Anniversary) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Warner Bros was able to put just enough effort into this release to get the film onto a bluray disc and nothing more. There is a perfunctory commentary track from director Gary Goddard and a well preserved theatrical trailer and that is it. The lack of extensive extra material might be excusable if this was a first rate high def transfer but unfortunately it never manages to look very good. I suspect this is the same transfer used for the previous DVD release. The colors are bright and well saturated but there is an enormous amount of grain and noise throughout the film (and not just in the effects shots where you might expect it) and there is a fair amount of wobble and instability in the print. They have not even bothered to put art on the disc itself, just plain black (a more and more frequent occurence with major studio releases). The disc comes in a thin, ultra cheap eco case. Warner did nothing special whatsoever for this disapointing "25th Anniversary" edition and if you already have the DVD you might want to save your money. This disc IS a bit of an improvement but it is definitely not the dream edition fans of the film have probably been hoping for. They didn't even bother with a 5.1 mix for the soundtrack. You get stereo and thats it. It seems the major studios have lost all interest in putting out quality editions of catalog titles on bluray disc. This one is about as ho hum as they get. A great fun film, with a cult following deserved better treatment than this for its (barely) high def debut. At least the retail price is cheap. It should be because this is a very shoddy cheap release. Sad.
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2013 1:48:37 PM PST
MacJunegrand says:
I hear you. This movie is terribly misunderstood because people can't seem to understand it's based on the toy line and not the cartoon. The same that happened later with Transformers and G.I. Joe: people give bad reviews because they claim it's a bad adaptation of the source material, but they're wrong. What happens is that what they think it's the source material (the cartoons/comics) happen to be other adaptations of the real source material (the toy lines).

Anyway, a shame that this movie hasn't got a good transfer, specially since it doesn't even have the excuse of being an early Blu Ray release. Let's hope it gets a proper release in the not too distant future.
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