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The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Two brand-new documentary features, bringing viewers a comprehensive look inside this groundbreaking action-adventure series, featuring interviews with the show's producer, artists, writers, fans, and more
  • Two collectible 4" x 6" exclusive He-Man and the Masters of the Universe art cards by acclaimed comic artists Bruce Timm and Adam Hughes
  • Trivia and "fun facts" about the creation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • Trailers for upcoming He-Man releases
  • DVD-ROM feature -- Scripts for featured episodes (PC/Mac compatible)


Undoubtedly the makers of Mattel Toys were as thrilled as the younger cartoon fans when the daily, half-hour animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was renewed for a second syndicated season of 65 episodes. Things haven't changed much on the planet Eternia: Prince Adam continues using a magic sword and incantation to transform himself into the superheroic He-Man, the sinister Skeletor persists in his efforts to steal the accumulated wisdom and power of the Council of Elders, and the various supporting characters--comic magician Orko, timid tiger Cringer, noble shaman Man-at-Arms et. al.--show up at the end of each episode to deliver a vital prosocial message, thereby satisfying the powers-that-be at the FCC who might otherwise look askance at what is essentially a 30-minute toy commercial. This season offers some intriguing storylines, notably the episode in which He-Man must rescue sworn enemy Skeletor from Sh'Gora, a hideous creature from another dimension. Also, we're treated to a few "origins" episodes, in which we find out how the Sorceress came to be the Sorceress, and how Cringer's alter ego BattleCat was born. But we still haven't met He-Man's twin sister She-Ra yet--and wouldn't until the five-part story "Secret of the Sword", which though advertised as a part of the He-Man series is actually the pilot for the spinoff show She-Ra, Princess of Power. In addition to the aforementioned 65 episodes, this second and final He-Man season also yielded a charming Christmas episode, which initially aired January 1, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson
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