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She-Ra Princess of Power: Season One Volumes 1 and 2


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



Where there is a Ying there is a Yang.  In the mid 1980s, He-Man was God to a huge group of young boys; but how could the studio possibly capitalize on the other gender that was still left out?  BUT OFCOURSE!   The answer is by making a female version of the hugely popular He-Man.  New to DVD is She-Ra Princess of Power: Season One Volumes 1 and 2 [each Volume a separate box set].  BCI Studios does it again by releasing an immensely popular, animated, 1980s series for everyone to add to their DVD collection.  She-Ra was never as good as the original He-Man series but it does come from the same vein with its own individuality and merits.  The main premise of the She-Ra series is that Princess Adora (sister of Prince Adam, AKA He-Man) has just realized her life’s purpose as well as the special powers that lie within her with some help from her brother.


With her new secret identity Princess Adora, now She-Ra, sets out on a mission to protect the lands of Etheria (a magical land) from the evil Hordak and his Evil Horde.  The big difference between the He-Man series and the She-Ra series is that unlike the science fiction edge He-Man embodied She-Ra used magic and mysticism to fuel the animated action and drama.  Whereas He-Man was always more of a protector to the King, She-Ra is the leader of a rebellion on Eheria (a neighboring planet to Ethernia, if you were wondering) against the evil Hordak.  Though He-Man and She-Ra are very similar She-Ra is also unique, though a tad more simplistic than He-Man.


Unlike He-Man, She-Ra could magically transform her sword into a multitude of creative devices such as a helmet, lasso, shield, etc to help her on her epic missions.  Also unlike He-Man, She-Ra used a mostly a female cast to fight the evil Hordak and his Evil [male] Horde in the rebellion.  The females included such classic greats like Princess Glimmer, Queen Angella, Mermista, Madame Razz, and many more.  This was most likely another great marketing attempt by the animation studio to pull in the female audience.  Along with the differences She-Ra exhibited it also contained an array of similarities to its male counterpart, He-Man.  Like the magical tiger He-Man rode, She-Ra rode a horse that she magically transformed into a flying Unicorn with her Sword of Power.  Overall, the uniqueness of the series set it apart to make it a 1980’s classic, while the similarities of the series let the series find popularity among an already He-Man intoxicated culture.


The episodes are fun and magical, but can get a bit tedious if the viewer watches many episodes one after the other.  Where She-Ra is interesting it just does not demonstrate the same charm He-Man did; maybe because this reviewer is male?  Between both Volumes 1 and 2 there is not much difference and/or advancement to the series; most likely because they are both the same Season.  The first five episodes of the series are actually broken up from the She-Ra/He-Man movie (He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword) that sparked the series creation.  The First Season, which is completed with these two Volumes, contains a total of 65 episodes of the series total 93 episode run.  She-Ra is a sure buy for all fans of the series and definitely a good addition to any 1980’s collection.


The set is very nicely presented with each set being a 6-Disc fold out Digi-Pack with excellent cover art that captures the heart and soul of the series.  The picture for this 1985 series is presented in a nice 1.33 X 1 Full Screen that is a bit rough, but as said many times on this site many of the 1980s animated series were just simply not taken care of for some unknown reason.  The colors are somewhat off and maybe an anamorphic Widescreen treatment could have highlighted some of the stylish He-Manish artwork, but not bad at all.  The sound is presented in a simple but clear Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that at times definitely sounds distant, but not to the point of distracting by any means.  The extras as on most BCI sets are a gem.  Between both sets there are over 16 specially designed extras.


Extras include The Stories of She-Ra Parts I and II (one part per Volume) which delves into the creation of the series, the inspiration for the series, special interviews with writers and directors, in the end shaping up to a hell of a series inspired montage.  The other extras include insightful commentaries, full storyboards, character profiles (over 50 per set), fun facts and trivia, and 2 collectable 4” X 6” She-Ra art cards per volume set.  One of this reviewer’s favorite trivial features included on these sets is the fact that it continues and almost finishes the side panel art started by the He-Man Series, continued by The New Adventures of He-Man, and now slowly being finished by the She-Ra series.  BCI does a wonderful job with all these sets making them a must have for all fans.


In the end, She-Ra may have just been a shameless jab at a target female audience, but this reviewer finds the series to hold great class and nostalgia.  Not only did the series give girls a chance to fight with their brother’s action figures, but gave a valuable contribution to 1980’s pop culture.  FOR THE HONOR OF GRAY SKULL…  I AM SHE-RA!  Actually I am Mike Dougherty…  but this has all been fun none the less.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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