She-Ra Princess of Power Season One Collection One DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.8
Video 7.0
Audio 6.5
Special Features 8.5
Total 8.7
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 800 minutes
Classification: G
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

8.7


She-Ra Princess of Power Season One
Collection One

She-Ra Princess of Power Season One Collection One flies its way onto DVD in Australia, courtesy of our favourite providers of niche 80's cartoons, Madman. She-Ra Princess of Power revolves around Princess Adora, a beautiful blonde princess that with her magic sword is transformed into the ass-kicking girl power heroine She-Ra who battles the nefarious Evil Horde. For the uninitiated, this 80's cartoon is actually a spin-off from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, however is a far superior cartoon from not only the animation but also the characters and stories. Dare I admit it, probably the first "girl power" cartoon series of the time that was enjoyed by both females and males alike.

The first season of She-Ra Princess of Power is basically an origin story which explains the relationship between Princess Adora and her twin brother Prince Adam and how she becomes She-Ra Princess of Power. As Prince Adam visits Eternia, the land where Adora she lives, she is given part of his power as the keeper of the legendary sword of Grayskull and by raising her sword, just like Adam who becomes He-Man, Adora is magically transformed into the blonde heroine. These early episodes also introduce her supporting cast members such as Madame Razz and Glimmer and of course, the villainous Horde led by Hordak.

After about 5 or so episodes, the series begins to come into its own and is quite distinct from He-Man, however there is a common link in terms of story and foes. Seeing this series again brought a plethora of great childhood memories back, especially the theme song which I'm still hearing in my head as I write this review. This cartoon was loved both by sexes due to the fantasy content and of course every episode ended with a classic fun fact moral for viewers. No wonder we turned out so good!

Collection One of Season One features 32 episodes that include writers Larry DiTillio and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) which features a plethora or exciting 80's clichéd stories from the issue of the Red Knight to the return of Sea Hawk which was actually one of my favourite episodes and is the "love" interest for Princess Adora. Although the episodes feature a main theme which is the rebellion again Hordak, a colleague of Skeletor who was responsible for taking our heroine to Eternia and causing all the grief for these innocent people. Thankfully She-Ra and her friends are ready to fight for freedom with swords and sorcery.

When it comes to special features, this is the one box set to have, thanks to the great documentary on the characters and even better, two episode commentaries by writers Larry DiTillo and J. Michael Straczynski, editor Rick Gehr and storyboard artist Michael Swanigan. No wonder the stories were so good with J. Michael Straczynski onboard.

Although the video and audio quality is a little lacking in terms of today's animation and DVD quality, She-Ra Princess of Power Season One Collection One is a brilliant trip down memory lane and what better way to show your kids what you grew up with. Best of all, She-Ra has hardly aged and the stories are as fresh and entertaining as yesterday.

Bravo!

DVD Special Features

Packed with DVD Extras including:

  • Documentary

  • Storyboard-to-episode comparison

  • Art cards by Dave Johnson and Humberto Ramos

  • Audio commentaries feat. creator of BABYLON 5, J. Michael Straczynski

  • Profiles, Easter Eggs, DVD-ROM content and more!

[detailed list]

  • The documentary "The Stories of She-Ra, Part 1"

  • Storyboard-to-episode comparison for Episode One: Into Etheria

  • Art cards by Dave Johnson and Humberto Ramos

  • Commentary tracks for episodes "The Sea Hawk" and "King Miro's Journey with writers Larry DiTillio and J. Michael Straczynski, editor Rick Geher and storyboard creator Michael Swanigan. Hosted by Andy Mangels

  • 50 Character Profiles

  • Interactive "Where's Loo-Kee" Game

  • Easter Eggs

  • DVD-ROM features (including scripts for five episodes, series bible and the "Secret of the Sword" comic book)

  • Coloring Book

  • "Loo-Kee's Fun Facts" and Trivia

  •  Booklet with Episode Guide






 
 



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