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Masters of the Universe
Masters of the Universe
Actors: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty, Courteney Cox
Director: Gary Goddard
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2001     1hr 46min

Planet Eternia and the Castle of Greyskull are under threat from the evil Skeletor who wants to take over the planet. A group of freedom fighters, led by the heroic He-Man are accidentally transported to Earth by a myster...  more »


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Actors: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty, Courteney Cox
Director: Gary Goddard
Creators: Edward R. Pressman, Elliot Schick, Evzen Kolar, Menahem Golan, David Odell, Donald F. Glut, Stephen Tolkin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Superheroes, Dolph Lundgren, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/23/2001
Original Release Date: 08/07/1987
Theatrical Release Date: 08/07/1987
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Margaret S. (morgan2010) from GLENVIEW, IL
Reviewed on 10/28/2010...
So is camp a bad thing? Not to me. Here is Demi Moore as a teenager, before all the plastic surgeries, Dolf Lungren in his youth (right after Rocky IV), and Billy Barty, the older drawf from Willow, and a great story line and bad guys (Skeletor), and good guys, Dolf... I love this movie. It hasn't grown too old yet to watch.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

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By the power of grayskull!
J. Kallis | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA | 07/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ok, so the movie did not stay true to the cartoon. This is still a kickin' movie. He-Man, the strongest man in the universe, and hero to all who live on the mystical planet of Eternia, comes to the big screen. He-Man comes from one of Mattel Toys biggest sellers in their history, and toy history. The line was called 'Masters of the Universe'. Mattel spun off the line into a cartoon for the small screen that was produced by animation group, Filmation. The cartoon and toys was so popular amoung youngsters and even adults, that a live action movie came about.Now, I have read the original script for the movie. Much better than what actually made it to screen. The only fault of the movie is too much Earth. People want to see it on Eternia. But, the movie is still cool, with great effects and a nice score by Bill Conti.The true highlight of the movie is Frank Langella as Skeletor. He was made to play the role. He is very scarey and at most very evil in the movie.Also, Friends fans of Courtney Cox will love the movie too, she is in it as Earth girl Julie who finds the Cosmic Key and aids the Eternians on Earth.I give the movie 5 stars because that is what it should get. I am a huge He-Man and She-Ra fan and this movie is part of He-Man's history.By the power of grayskull.... YOU have the power!"
Pure Fun For Fans Of The Series, Or Fans Of Fantasy!
Adam J. Wishman | IA | 06/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While I was reading the other customer reviews of "Masters of the Universe" on this page, I was shocked at how many negative reviews there were. I absolutely love this movie! It is one the most fun movies you could ever see, and has been one of my favorites ever since I was a kid. When I was little, I had all of the toys, and watched the cartoon series religiously. Now I know that the movie doesn't stay true to the cartoon series, but you have to think of it as a seperate entity of a central idea. The makers of this film were trying to appeal to hardcore fans of the series, and also to attract new viewers to the series. In one review by Access Hollywood in the 80's this movie was hailed as "The Star Wars of the 80's" I believe that this movie is as good as Star Wars when you compare them as fantasy films. The special effects are great in this movie, when you consider the time that this movie was made. And they make a stunning transfer to DVD! This movie looks as gorgeous as it did when I first saw it in the theatre as a kid. I also love the acting in this movie. Frank Langella as Skeletor is simply fantastic. He gives a very theatrical quality to the character, and has just the right amount of sinister evil, and operatic intensity that he captures the character perfectly, without going over the top. In my opinion Langella deserved an Oscar nomination for his role, he was brilliant. As far as casting He-Man, the film makers had a quite a task on their hands, because He-Man is the ultimate super hero. Dolph Lundgren was a great choice. He had the ripped, muscular body, but could also do the fight scenes, and act as well. Other great casting was Courtney Cox, now Courtney Cox-Arquette from "Friends" where her character Monica Gellar is my favorite! Cox plays the Earth girl Julie, who becomes entangled in this battle of the cosmos. Also Meg Foster was brilliant as the evil warrior goddess Evil-Lyn. She was absolutely spellbinding. She captured the icy wickedness, and also sultry, seductive, evil beauty of the character. If I were a member of the Academy, I would have also given Cox and Foster nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Unfortunately until the recent 11 Oscar wins for the most deserving "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" the Academy did not honor fantasy films. "Masters of the Universe" was just a little ahead of its time. Don't pay attention to the negative reviews on this sight, this is truly one of the greatest fantasy films of our time!"
This is actually... Jack Kirby's Fourth World: The Movie
Adam J. Wishman | 04/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't get me wrong, Masters is a great movie, but it's not Masters of the Universe. This isn't the He-Man "By the Power of Greyskull" that we all know and love. That war-mongering dictator ain't Skeletor.Ever wonder why, with such a plethora of characters in the MotU line, why they made NEW characters like Blade?This movie is actually more derivative of the comic book series "Jack Kirby's Fourth World", featuring characters from the DC Comics Universe, Orion (He-Man), Kalibak (Beast Man), Kanto (Blade), and Darkseid (Skeletor). There are much more parallels to be drawn from the 4th World source material to the characters in the film than from the He-Man material. [The follwing are comments made by Comic Book Legend "John Byrne" in issue #497 of 'Comic Shop News']"The *best* New Gods movie, IMHO, is 'Masters of the Universe'. I even corresponded with the director, who told me this was his intent, and that he had tried to get [Jack] Kirby to do the production designs, but the studio nixed it. "Check it out. It requires some bending and an occasional sex change (Metron becomes an ugly dwarf, The Highfather becomes the Sorceress), but it's an amazingly close analog, otherwise. And Frank Langella's Skeletor is a *dandy* Darkseid!""