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The Best Of She-Ra – Princess Of Power (animated/with “Secret Of The Sword” theatrical feature film)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Film/Episodes: C+



It had been so long since I had seen what little I had seen of She-Ra – Princess Of Power that I could not remember if she was just a hardened clone of He-Man like Xena to the Kevin Sorbo Hercules.  Instead, she was more in the Isis/Wonder Woman mode of retaining all her femininity while still being more than formidable in battle.  The Best Of She-Ra – Princess Of Power is a clever new set that combines a feature film release with five fan favorite episodes.


After the live-action He-Man feature two years away, Secret Of The Sword was released in 1985 as pretty much the last TV show (animated or otherwise) ever cut form a TV show’s episodes and released theatrically.  The now-defunct VHS and Beta videotape formats went to war by then and that practice that had been going on since the early 1950s was rendered impractical, even for TV shows having their episodes turned into artificial TV movies.


In many ways, the show had a little more latitude than He-Man because it was not so interested in the next mystical wrestling battle, so the writers had to be cleverer and not isolate the more feminine female audience.  “My, how times change.”  The artwork is certainly the equal, again like its male counterpart, looking better than this critic remembered.  Male viewers should not write this off as if it were fluff with swords, because this is better than you might think or remember if you were their in its first broadcasts.


The 1.33 X 1 image is in decent shape for its age, though it is just a tad off in the feature film print and a tad better in the episodes, but not quite as impressive (for whatever reason) as compared to the He-Man set we looked at.  The feature print is obviously a generation down by simply being a cutting together of a few shows, but it is not bad considering that.  Filmation was determined to compete in the 1980s and they succeeded well enough, especially against the influx of Animé.


The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is not bad for its age, has no surrounds, but is pretty clean and clear.  Unlike the episodes, the feature film was issued with old analog Dolby A-type noise reduction, but again, no real surrounds.  Either way, the show was recorded well enough that one could see how it would be just fine at the time for a simple Dolby A release.


Extras include a nicely-illustrated episode guide & two collectible art cards inside the DVD case, five episode teleplays in the PDF format for DVD-ROM, Music Video section, 20 minutes-long making of documentary, trivia/fun facts section and a feature film audio commentary track with Filmation co-founder Lou Scheimer, writer Larry DiTullio, Gwen Wetzler and the great actor/voice artist Alan Oppenheimer.  Good extras for an interesting set.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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