He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Season 1 Volume 1
By the Power of Grayskull, the original
He-Man series finally arrives on DVD that unleashed a whole wealth
of happy childhood memories from this 80's "retro" cartoon series. This
was the time of the Go-Bots and the Transformers plus a wide myriad of
other memorable cartoons that also created some great spinoff series
such as She-Ra Princess of Power.
For those of this era, He-Man revolved
around Prince Adam, a humble and clumsy Prince who was almost a
Superman/Clark Kent archetype. There was even a comic that had Superman
vs He-Man that of course ended as them being friends.
Unfortunately in Prince Adam's world, that
of Eternia, an endless war has been fought between the forces of Castle
Grayskull and the villainous Skeletor. The star of the series was the
magical sword of Grayskull that when Prince Adam spoke the words "By the
Power of Grayskull", he was magically transformed into the hero He-Man.
This power would also transform his
cowardly tiger into the ferocious Battlecat and together they would
venture into battle. The companions of Prince Adam or He-Man included
Man-at-Arms, his daughter Teela and the beautiful Sorceress plus the imp
Orko who provided comedy relief.
Episode after episode, He-Man would always
be defeating the mad plans of Skeletor and his lackeys that included
Evil Lyn, Trapjaw, Beast-Man and Mer-Man to name a few. Each of
Skeletor's motley crew had various special powers and they would
constantly be attempting to take over the world.
The series featured everything from action,
adventure and classic sword and sorcery characters but ironically, no
one ever got killed, even with all these sharp weapons flying around.
The series proved so popular that it
produced a variety of He-Man action figures and even a great spinoff
series called She-Ra Princess of Power who was He-man's long lost
sister and was a far superior series in terms of writing and animation.
Needless to say, He-Man and the Masters of
the Universe Season 1 is a very satisfying DVD that I could recommend to
all fans of the character or if you're an adult and wish to let your
kids in on some of the television shows that you watched. Sure, the
animation is bad when compared to today, however, it's still an
entertaining experience that children will adore.
Season 1 Collection 1 includes:
33 Digitally Remastered Episodes
6 DVDs in a delxue Mad-Pack package
2 New Documentary Features
2 New original Art Cards
The first of four volumes collecting all 130 episodes.
DVD Special Features
Two documentary features
Two NEW collectible art cards