Masters of the Universe [DVD] [1987]

  • SKU: 4734078
  • Release Date: 09/08/2009
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (85 out of 91)

    Special Features


    • Feature-length commentary by director Gary Goddard
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Masters of the Universe
    Dolph Lundgren stars in this live-action film version of the popular television cartoon series (based on a collection of Mattel action figures). Lundgren is He-Man, a well-muscled super-hero, battling the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) for control of the universe. Skeletor has designs on conquering the planet Eternia, a ravaged utopia ruled over by the Sorceress of Greyskull Castle (Christina Pickles). He-Man is summoned to stop Skeletor's plans. But when the wily dwarf Gwildor (Billy Barty) utilizes his Cosmic Key, He-Man and Skeletor finds themselves transported to California. There, a waitress named Julie (Courteney Cox) and her boyfriend Kevin (Robert Duncan Mitchell) come across the Cosmic Key and become embroiled in the intergalactic battle between He-Man and Skeletor. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Dolph Lundgren
      Dolph Lundgren - He-Man
    • Frank Langella
      Frank Langella - Skeletor
    • Meg Foster
      Meg Foster - Evillyn
    • Billy Barty
      Billy Barty - Gwildor
    • Courteney Cox
      Courteney Cox - Julie Winston



    Customer rating

    4.2
    94%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      'Kneel before your master!'

      Posted
      Enigma1969
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      This film in a way is a guilty pleasure of mine. But it is so much fun. Despite the tight budget, director Gary Goodard managed to make something quite entertaining. You come to watch He-Man, but you stay for Skeletor. That is one of the best things about this movie; Frank Langella’s performance as the megalomaniacal arch villain, Skeletor. He owns each and every scene. Out acting the lead himself, Dolph Lundgren. The video quality is pretty solid, and the audio is decent. Sadly this is short on extras; with only a Feature Length Commentary and Trailer. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Stargate, or even Flash Gordon, then Masters of the Universe deserves to be on your shelf. Recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Masters... movie - too many changes.

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      Buccaneer
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      This movie had been made at the end of the run of the original Masters toy line (Mattel is currently on the 4th version) but looks much like a Star Wars sidestory. Many characters are new and of the familiar ones from the animated series and toy line, only the Teela character is a great improvement as she has had her skimpy outfit replaced with a much more believable one. Of the existing characters, I feel the movie versions of the Sorceress and Evil-lyn are the most disappointing. This movie was made several years too late as the original toy line's time was running out. Seriously, though, the movie looked much like they had substituted Masters characters in Star Wars roles. I have to give credit, though, to Skeletor (Frank Langella) for his Emperor Palpatine impression.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Bargin Bin nostalgia romp

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      eerian
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      This movie suffers from a lot of the tropes common to 1980s tie-in films. It was designed to sell toys, but barely resembles Mattel's iconic toy line or cartoon. It's supposed to be a sci-fi flick, but falls flat by getting too tangled up in mundane "real world" issues. It desperately wants to be a man-tastic action flick, but only does a medicore job of that thanks to the experience of Dolph Lundgren. This is not to say it's a bad movie. It's just not good. What this movie manages with flying colors (at least with time and distance from the original source material) is to be a fun-filled nostalgia romp. It's a blast to sit down and watch, and remember how FANTASTIC it was when we were younger.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Cult classic

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      Dave83
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      The 1987 film Masters of the universe is in my opinion a highly underrated movie that still holds up fairly well today. Unfortunately the transfer from DVD to Blu-ray leaves alot to be desired. Visually it's a decent upgrade but it's basically just a bare bones Blu-ray. No special features except for the trailer & commentry. A classic Dolph Lundgren movie for sure but a sub par Blu-ray. Worth picking up if you don't already own the DVD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      So Bad It's Good

      Posted
      kevman79

      Based off the popular children's cartoon of the same name, 'Masters of the Universe' is an incredibly poor film, but it's one of those movies that is so bad you can't help but love it. After all, what's not to love about a film where the heroes, who are time-crunched in their quest to save the universe from complete destruction, actually spend 5 minutes of screen time stealing and eating a bucket of fried chicken from a local fast food restaurant. An absolute riot of a film, full of bad acting led beautifully by, surprise surprise...Dolph Lundgren.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Nostalgia of Yesteryear

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      HipHopLives
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      I have been looking to add this movie to my collection for the sheer nostalgia of 1980's filmmaking. This actually wasn't as bad as many may claim! Dolph Lundgren may have been a little stiff, but overall, the movie epitomizes what the 80's were about-- fantasy, fun, and some semi-cheesy special effects and one-liners! Don't sleep on Frank Langella as "Skeletor"....this has been the best cinematic incarnation of that character to date!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Nothing special

      Posted
      CaptainMorgan
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      Sadly, this release adds nothing to the previous DVD release and it really makes you want Mattel to get off their butts and get a new film, one that captures the true essence of He-Man, out to the fans. We, and Eternia, deserve a better interpretation of the most epic struggle for power in the universe.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      terrible

      Posted
      prlwctd

      Yes, the makeup on Skeletor was cool. Yes, Monica Geller & Tom Paris made a cute couple. Yes, the guy who played Strickland in the Back to the Future films is always worth watching. However, none of these good points disguises the fact that this film didn't do anything the cartoon didn't do better. And where were Orko & Battle Cat, anyway?

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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