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The New Adventures Of He-Man – Volume Two

 

Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B+     Episodes: C+

 

 

Grab your tight pants and magic sword and gear up for the Volume Two release of the 1991 Season of The New Adventures of He-Man.  For those unfamiliar with the He-Man series, refer to previous reviews on this site.  He-man premiered from Filmation Studios in 1983 and ran until 1985 under the title He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, running for a total of 130 classic and epic episodes.  In a way to pull fans back into the He-Man universe, in 1989 the production of a new series continuing the He-Man storyline went underway with the updated title The New Adventures of He-Man.  Volume Two of the series wraps up the He-Man universe.  Will the planet Primus be saved from the invading mutants of the neighboring planet Denebria?  Will Skeletor finally pay?  Will He-Man fulfill his destiny?  This reviewer must admit that the second half series (32 episodes) were much more interesting and better written than the first half.  The series has a constant flowing continuity that holds the series together, and makes for a great action packed atmosphere.  In the end, a great season.

 

The technical aspects of this 6 Disc, 32 episode collection are not great but suitable.  The picture again is presented in an adequate 1.33 X 1 Full Screen.  The picture quality varies at points, definitely showing wear and tear and to some degree debris particles.  It seems that the original animation masters were used for this transfer, but as is seen with many cartoons of the 1980s not great care was always taken in storing them.  The picture quality by no means is horrible, but just a slight reminder of that if not careful these animated classics can be easily damaged.  The picture quality, outside of the slight debris, does seem light and fuzzy at times but overall the colors remain vibrant.  The sound again is presented in a simple Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that does have some issues with occasionally sounding distant but on the whole nice.

 

The extras are not quite as large as they were on Volume 1 but the extras on Volume 2 are still some of the best this reviewer has seen on an animated television series set.  Fans of the series are in for a huge treat with not one but two brand new documentaries on the series (different from those found on Volume 1), featuring a documentary on ‘The Fans of He-Man and Masters of the Universe’ in which fans get to finally discuss, in good depth, the action heroes that they have spent their lives devoting websites and conventions to.  The other documentary entitled ‘The Power of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,’ takes viewers on an epic tale through the years that He-Man has conquered the universe, with tons of professionals exhaustively covering the legacy of He-Man.

 

The 6-Disc set also comes with 2 new collectible 4” X 6” exclusive He-Man art cards, presented on thick cardboard.  The list of extras goes on to include such great elements as 50 detailed character profiles, Trivia and Fun Facts, and Ink and Paint trailers.  The creators of this series and DVD Set truly took the fans into consideration on this last He-man set to hit shelves (for now), and the best part… the spine of this DVD Set slipcase continues the He-Man mural started in 2005 with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season One-Volume One.  Look to finish the mural by picking up the three She-Ra DVD sets.

 

Though this reviewer feels this series does not live up to Masters of the Universe, it definitely has its own unique qualities and moments of greatness.  For fans of He-Man this series will pull you right back in, having ageless feel and allows viewers to be a kid again; though I could still have done without the end public service announcements.  This final half of The New Adventures of He-Man is fantastic, finally finding its place in the He-Man universe. Finish off your salute to He-Man with this fabulous set, and for one last time…BY THE POWER OF ETERNIA!

 

 

-   Michael P Dougherty II


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