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DVD Review: He-man has the power

Peter W | Interrobang | Lifestyles | November 7th, 2005



“I HAVE THE POWER!” I may be dating myself here, but I'm sure those who are higher up than me who have the power at Fanshawe or the Interrobang know exactly what I'm talking about when they read those magic words. After years of waiting, those fine folks at BCI entertainment took Mattel and Filmation's brilliant early 80's TV show did a fantastic job at converting the old shows onto our favourite entertainment format; He-Man is finally on DVD.

He ManTo commemorate the license, BCI partnered up with the best He-Man site on the net (www.heman.org) and asked the fans to chose their five favourite episodes from season one and season two. After a few weeks of voting, the fans' voices were heard and the 10 episodes on this two disc set were worked on and cleaned up.

As with each TV show, everyone has their own favourites and not everyone is going to be happy with compilations. But I have to say that after watching these classics once again, I think the fans truly did an excellent job in narrowing down some top-notch episodes. You get to see He-Man and Skeletor join forces in “Evilseed;” the origin of the Sorceress in the appropriately titled “Origin of the Sorceress;” and He-Man question his own responsibility of power in “The Problem with Power.”

When you watch these great shows as an adult with more understanding of the world around you, you realize that this show wasn't just a plug for Mattel's toy line (which it did very well…hell, I had the majority of the toys released thanks to a very generous mother) but the show tackled issues that most kids really couldn't understand. I link this understanding to those kids who are in grade school who watch “The Simpsons” or “Family Guy” and don't understand 70 per cent of the humor, inside jokes or references that are included in the show.

The picture and sound quality are to die for. I can't believe that the BCI group could get a picture this phenomenal from old 80s masters. Although the animation is not up to par with today's cartoons, if you didn't know any better, you'd think that the cartoons were created only a few years ago. I'm very impressed with the colours and the crispness of the picture.

Another great thing about this compilation is you get two 4x6 art cards by the comic artists as well as two documentaries with the writers and producers of the show about the episodes the fans picked. To have this kind of insight from those who worked on a show that was mainly created to sell toys is really informative. You hear the writers and producers talk about the series as being more of a educational/moral/thought provoking show than it was originally intended to be.

For those who are obsessed with the show, you can now own season one on DVD. It features 33 episodes and other bonuses. I haven't yet been able to get my hands on it, so a review will be hopefully done soon. If you just want a little bit of He-Man and Eternia in your life, you won't be disappointed if you're picking up this set. I give it a perfect 10 out of 10.
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