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Masters of the Universe

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Planet Eternia and the Castle of Greyskull are under threat from the evil Skeletor who wants to take over the planet. A group of freedom fighters, led by the heroic He-Man are accidentally transported to Earth by a mysterious Cosmic Key which holds the power to make Skeletor all-powerful. Once on Earth, He-Man joins alliances with two teenagers as they attempt to find the key and return home.

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  • Audio Commentary by Director Gary Goddard

Product Details

  • Actors: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty, Courteney Cox
  • Directors: Gary Goddard
  • Writers: Gary Goddard, David Odell, Stephen Tolkin
  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Elliot Schick, Evzen Kolar, Menahem Golan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MHOD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of the Universe" on IMDb

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By Adam J. Wishman on June 17, 2004
Format: DVD
While I was reading the other customer reviews of "Masters of the Universe" on this page, I was shocked at how many negative reviews there were. I absolutely love this movie! It is one the most fun movies you could ever see, and has been one of my favorites ever since I was a kid. When I was little, I had all of the toys, and watched the cartoon series religiously. Now I know that the movie doesn't stay true to the cartoon series, but you have to think of it as a seperate entity of a central idea. The makers of this film were trying to appeal to hardcore fans of the series, and also to attract new viewers to the series. In one review by Access Hollywood in the 80's this movie was hailed as "The Star Wars of the 80's" I believe that this movie is as good as Star Wars when you compare them as fantasy films. The special effects are great in this movie, when you consider the time that this movie was made. And they make a stunning transfer to DVD! This movie looks as gorgeous as it did when I first saw it in the theatre as a kid. I also love the acting in this movie. Frank Langella as Skeletor is simply fantastic. He gives a very theatrical quality to the character, and has just the right amount of sinister evil, and operatic intensity that he captures the character perfectly, without going over the top. In my opinion Langella deserved an Oscar nomination for his role, he was brilliant. As far as casting He-Man, the film makers had a quite a task on their hands, because He-Man is the ultimate super hero. Dolph Lundgren was a great choice. He had the ripped, muscular body, but could also do the fight scenes, and act as well. Other great casting was Courtney Cox, now Courtney Cox-Arquette from "Friends" where her character Monica Gellar is my favorite!Read more ›
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Format: 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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Format: DVD
Ok, so the movie did not stay true to the cartoon. This is still a kickin' movie. He-Man, the strongest man in the universe, and hero to all who live on the mystical planet of Eternia, comes to the big screen. He-Man comes from one of Mattel Toys biggest sellers in their history, and toy history. The line was called 'Masters of the Universe'. Mattel spun off the line into a cartoon for the small screen that was produced by animation group, Filmation. The cartoon and toys was so popular amoung youngsters and even adults, that a live action movie came about.
Now, I have read the original script for the movie. Much better than what actually made it to screen. The only fault of the movie is too much Earth. People want to see it on Eternia. But, the movie is still cool, with great effects and a nice score by Bill Conti.
The true highlight of the movie is Frank Langella as Skeletor. He was made to play the role. He is very scarey and at most very evil in the movie.
Also, Friends fans of Courtney Cox will love the movie too, she is in it as Earth girl Julie who finds the Cosmic Key and aids the Eternians on Earth.
I give the movie 5 stars because that is what it should get. I am a huge He-Man and She-Ra fan and this movie is part of He-Man's history.
By the power of grayskull.... YOU have the power!
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I often watched the He-Man cartoon series with my kids as they were growing up, and I fell in love with the characters and the wonderful stories, some of which had some strong adult truths buried just beneath the surface. Unlike "Transformers", He-Man and She-Ra were about fighting evil for a higher purpose, without getting preachy about it. The movie takes the main characters from the series - He-Man, the loyal Man-at-Arms and his warrior daughter, Skeletor and Evil-Lynne - and brings them to 20th-Century Earth in a very convincing way. The dwarf-gnome character in the movie serves as a stand-in for Orko, but is obviously based more on the Hobbits from "Lord of the Rings." This bit of artistic license grounds the movie in our reality by providing a character that the human teenagers can interact with as the story unfolds to its obvious, but very exciting conclusion.
Dolph Lundgren looks the part of He-Man and he swings a mean sword, but it's obvious that his dialogue was kept to a bare minimum. Still, the other characters pick up the slack, and Frank Langella is marvelous as Skeletor - as in many of the animated shows, he's the one who drives the action. The opening scene where Skeletor marches triumphantly into Castle Greyskull (which is rendered very authentically) sends a genuine chill down your spine, and the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor is worth the wait. One touch I really appreciated was the theme of music as the key to the universe. The film's music score is top-notch and paces the storyline very well. Kudos also to Meg Foster (is that right? you'll know her when you see her) who gives Evil-Lynne some real depth and a truly sharp edge not seen in the series. The entire cast was wonderful; it's a shame they could not put together a sequel using the same people. It's not quite Star Wars, but you'll enjoy this fun adventure film for many years to come.
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