The Finale To A Season and a Supreme Show
Thomas Krider | Poultney, Vermont USA | 08/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well the time has come. He-Man Season Two Volume Two has finally hit stores. Which means that the complete He-Man series is out. Episodes like The Problem with Power, Visitors from Earth, Teela's Triumph, Orko's Return, and Not So Blind have power and potentcy with fans. The final documentary of the Stories of He-Man and a documentary called Animating He-Man round out the special features as well as a much anticipated preview of The New Adventures of He-Man due out in near future. Two excellent art cards finalize the He-Man set for this version.
Keep an eye out for She-Ra Princess of Power Season One Volume One due out in November, for He-Man crossovers as well as the Princess of Power herself, She-Ra. Let the power of He-Man return one final time!"
The Power of Grayskull Will Never Die!
N. Montelongo | CA, USA | 08/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I regret to inform you that this is the last dvd set to the original Masters of the Universe series. When I look back to the time as I kid until now, I can officially say that Masters of the Universe is my favorite cartoon ever. The seemingly eternal battle between He-man and Skeletor continues. . . however, do we really want it to ever end? Anyways, we will come to expect great things with this finale.
In this set, there will be Episodes 98-130. Here, we will see some of the best storylines. Episodes such as "The Secret of Grayskull", "The Problem With Power", and "Teela's Triumph" are worth watching over and over again.
As with every set so far, there will be several featurettes about the making of the series. Along with that, there will also be character bios. Let's not forget that with every box set comes two art cards by some of the best contemporary artists. (These cards will be numbers 11 & 12 out of 16, which means that we can expect to have at least two more dvd sets containing the episodes of either the "New Adventures of He-man" or the new "Masters of the Universe" series that came out in 2002, so our adventure isn't over yet!)
For a lifelong fan, it's been a long wait to see something like this happen, which makes me very excited, as I hope that you are as well."
Great Series Comes To An End
ONENEO | Buffalo, NY | 05/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Whoever coined the term "all good things must come to an end" was surely influenced by Filmation's epic fantasy show, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. As hard as it is to imagine, the second volume of the second season represents the grand finale of the entire 130-show run. Coming from a fan of the show since its days in syndication, it was with great interest that I set off on a voyage of blissful nostalgia in reviewing the entire He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD series from BCI. When presented with the notion of 130 episodes spanning across 4 box sets of 6 discs each, it is easy to get into the false notion that the good times will never end. Unfortunately, here we are at the final installment of the classic series.
Despite the fact that there is an unmistakable sadness that taints the viewing experience (after all, we realize that this is goodbye), the show's writers managed to break out of the slight slump that they apparently fallen into during the first half of the season. Unlike the first half, where additions to Mattel's corresponding toy line meant the introduction to several new characters (save Roboto), the second half works more closely with the formula discovered in the first season: the plots are bit more lesson-oriented but with slightly richer animation quality.
At this point in time, the Filmation creative machine was changing gears for the upcoming She-Ra: Princess of Power series but their efforts in closing out He-Man were a worthy farewell. Those expecting some kind of closure or finale may be disappointed to learn that each and every episode of the 130 was designed to be a stand-alone plot (with resolve) and # 130 is no different. Interestingly, Larry Ditillio (one of the show's staff writers) went on to say that had Filmation decided to write multi-part episodes, it is likely that they would have had no shortage of material to work from for future seasons. As it stands, the reason for the show's demise was based not only on a lack of financial backing but also because the writers were basically tapped out as far as developing an additional 65 (or more) stand-alone plots was concerned.
Preventing this experience from being ridden with sadness, fans can take solace in the fact that BCI has gone the extra mile to continue releasing their excellent He-Man related DVD sets to enjoy. Directly following this incarnation of the show are three 6-disc She-Ra: Princess of Power DVD sets, two 6-disc New Adventures of He-Man sets, and at present, the first (of three) 3-disc sets has been released celebrating the impressive 2002 Mike Young Productions version of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: About the best thing that can happen to a series is discovering that BCI is the company bringing it to DVD release. This installment is no exception!
Included on this 6-disc compilation are the following episodes:
Hunt For He-Man
The Greatest Show On Eternia
Not So Blind
Revenge Is Never Sweet
The Good Shall Survive
The Secret Of Grayskull
No Job Too Small
The Bitter Rose
Orko's New Friend
The Problem With Power
The Eternia Flower
Happy Birthday Roboto
Battle Of The Dragons
Time Doesn't Fly
Here, There, Skeletors Everywhere
Beauty And The Beast
Visitors From Earth
Monster On The Mountain
The Magic Falls
Search For A Son
The Toy Maker
Bargin With Evil
Capture The Comet Keeper
The Ancient Mirror Of Avathar
To Save The Creatures
The Cold Zone
Extras are once again abounding. The sixth disc contains inspiration for some of the various episodes between numbers 99-130, facts and trivia, scripts etc. Also noteworthy is the fantastic conclusion to the multi-part Filmation history called Animating He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Very interesting stuff! 3 episodes contain full audio commentary and like always, BCI packs in a pair of 4x6" collectible art cards, this time from artists: Dan Brereton and Mike McKone.
SimbasGuard's Review of He-Man and the Masters of the Uniner
SimbasGuard | Minnesota, U.S.A. | 02/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Final volume of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, has the same type of action, adventure, humor, and well written stories as the previous volumes of this series. A must have for any He-Man fan, as well as being very enjoyable to fans of the sword and sorcery or superhero genres."