Masters of the Universe - 30th Anniversary Limited Edition
Collector's Edition, Limited Edition
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(Dec 18, 2012)
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He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe® Collection Offers Fans 189 Episodes on 22 DVDs of the Three Television Series
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Masters of the Universe® brand, Mill Creek Entertainment announces the release of the 30th Anniversary Commemorative Collection of He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe® DVD. This epic 22-DVD set chronicles all three Masters of the Universe series, and also includes a bonus DVD containing new and unreleased documentary features, a bonus audio CD with the classic Filmation series soundtrack, an exclusive MOTUC sword accessory and an extensive episode guide booklet all contained in a deluxe display-worthy package complete with a sculpted Castle Grayskull facade.
This epic, limited-edition DVD collection celebrates the adventures of The Most Powerful Man in the UniverseTM with three animated series that encompass the legacy of He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe®. The collection relives the excitement of the most phenomenal stories ever created in animation across 189 captivating episodes along with hours of ancillary footage and exclusive bonus items that comprise this definitive Masters of the Universe® collector s set.
He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe®
- Aired on television from 1983-1985
- All 130 Episodes are featured in the collection on 16 DVDs
- Six Documentary Featurettes
- 100 Character Profiles
- English & Spanish Audio Tracks
The New Adventures of He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe®
- Aired on television from 1990-1991
- The top 20 Fan-Favorite Episodes on 2 DVDs
- Bonus Documentary Featurette
He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe®
- Aired on television from 2002-2004
- All 39 Episodes on 4 DVDs
- Interviews with Toyline Artists from Mattel and The Four Horsemen
- 12 Audio Commentaries
- A PDF Comic Book for Unproduced Episode #40
Additional Collectible Bonus Items
- Exclusive Power Sword® This MOTUC accessory represents the Sword of He-Man® and is offered in the Eternian gold color for this commemorative anniversary edition.
- Audio Soundtrack An 11-Track CD featuring selections from the Filmation He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe® series by Shuki Levy
- All-New Documentary A bonus DVD containing a brand new FANS OF MOTU documentary featurette in addition to ten previously unreleased documentary programs
- Episode Guide A 48-page commemorative booklet and episode guide for all 189 episodes
Top customer reviews
As many may have noticed, DISC 3 of SEASON 2 in the collections that were sent out does not play properly. Many disatisfied customers have contacted MillCreekEntertainment and received replacement discs (the replacement disc does resemble DISC 7 of SEASON 1 but it is, in fact, the defective disc, just from its individual release). The replacement disc does play perfectly but the fact that so many collections have the same defective disc suggests a major oversight on Mill Creek's part that could have been avoided with attention to detail. Hopefully, Mill Creek understands the problem in future releases and will correct it. Anyway, on to the original review...
I bought this in honor of the 30th Anniversary of Filmation's most successful project (and because my BTC-BCI discs are starting to show signs of scratching).
Anyway, the film and sound on these discs are CRISP and CLEAR! Weighed against my BTC/BCI sets , these seem to be IMPROVEMENTS on what was already pretty impressive several years ago (believe me; this is saying something since these discs cram more material on a single disc than the original company did. Therefore, of importance to note is that the episodes are in widescreen format). True, the BTC/BCI sets contain twice as many of those entertaining Character Profiles on their discs as these do (four separate sets with 50 Profiles per rather than two to complete the original series).
Anyway, there are a few minor drawbacks even to the collection honoring the Thirtieth Anniversary of MOTU. About a minute of the "Diamond Ray of Disappearance" is missing from these and the original sets and is, therefore, probably gone forever (it has been rumored that the master film for the "Diamond Ray..." episode was damaged). It's not missing much but it creates an awkward transition in the episode (watch carefully and you'll know what I mean). Also, the "New Adventures..." is in "fan favorite" format here and the complete sets have been out of print for long enough that a working copy now would cost quite a bit of money for two sets of 32-33 episodes. This collection's treatment of the "New Adventures..." is, unfortunately, reflexive of how MOTU fans treated the "New Adventures..." back when they were first run.
Of additional note is the fact that Disc 3 of Season 2 (the 11th of 22 Discs I think) has a glaring issue in which only seven of ten episodes will play properly (the problem begins around midway through "Three on a Dare" for a lot of people and is pervasive through "Just a Little Lie" and "One For All.") In a collection of 189 episodes, this costs us at least three but, since the problem has occurred on many peoples' discs, it is a problem with how the discs were pressed and, therefore, should be addressed. Until such a time, I have deducted one star since I originally typed this.
Anyway, in terms of the original "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" and the 2002 series, this collection is great for those who didn't invest in the BTC/BCI sets. For those who still have working copies of the original sets, if you wish to purchase at all (there is no REAL new material here), I would recommend purchasing this collection at a reasonable price (it is available NEW for $55.00 just twenty-four hours after its release) and once Mill Creek has had time to address the problems in these sets. While the BTC-BCI sets retain the advantage of including a more impressive library of CHARACTER PROFILES, again I say, the production value of the episodes appear to be slightly improved on this collection.
The only drawbacks for this set (aside from being a limited, numbered edition) is that all the DVD discs are packed tightly in the box in individual cardboard sleeves, which may be a turnoff for some; and does not contain the ENTIRETY of the NEW adventures series.
In our country (Netherlands) there is non of these DVD collection to be found (so far as I can tell), so I was happely suprised to see that this item was availlable for ordering.
I'm very happy to own this beautiful limited edition set with the Gray Skull cover, lots of DVD's, CD and the he-man miniature sword.
Also very satisfied with video and audio quality of the DVD set.
I HAVE THE POWER!!!!!!
ALTHOUGH TWO CARTOON SERIES HE-MAN AND SHE-RA I WAS ALWAYS BOTH PROUD AND HAPPY THAT BOTH SHOWS HAD A GREAT TALENT FROM TELLING SOMETIMES SEMI ADULT SUBJECT MATTER WITHING THEIR PLOTLINES WITHOUT CONFUSING THE YOUNGER FANS OF BOTH SHOWS IN WAYS THAT WOULD NIETHER TALK DOWN TO THEM FEEL STUPID. FILMATION SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THEIR WORK IN CREATING IT. I AM VERY PROUD TO NOW OWN IT AT LAST!!!!
Contrasting the three series included here, there is a significant difference between the 200X series and the predecessors. I would let a younger audience watch the original series and the New Adventures. As an adult, however, the newly remade series is a lot more interesting. Maybe that's just what children expect these days.