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She-Ra: Princess of Power – Season Two (BCI Eclipse DVD-Video)

 

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

 

 

Around for one final and epic go is She-Ra: Princess of Power- Season Two.  For fans of the series, this is the last 28 episodes of the series that were ever produced.  The 1985 series ran for a total of 93 episodes [the other 65 episodes available on two previous volumes reviewed elsewhere on this site] and was immensely popular.  Acting as a strong counterpart to the He-Man series, though never quite as successful, She-Ra is a 1980’s pop culture icon.

 

The She-Ra series between Season One and Two did not change a great deal as far as design or style, but did advance greatly on storyline by interconnecting episodic events and characters.  The He-Man and She-Ra universes were intertwined to grab an audience from both sides of the spectrum and most certainly boost merchandise sales.  The story arches are solid and have aged well.  She-Ra is most definitely a cartoon of the 1980’s there is no doubt of that when viewing, but inevitably still holds a great deal of classic charm and creativity.  In this final 28 episode season She-Ra becomes closer and closer to ridding Etheria of the Evil Hoard and Hordak’s rule, but will her goal ever be realized?  Only one way to find out!

 

The set is very nicely presented with the set again being a 6-Disc fold out Digi-Pack with excellent cover art that captures the heart and soul of the series.  The picture again for this 1985 series is presented in a nice 1.33 X 1 Full Screen that is a better looking than the last two volumes, 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 again 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 again 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 amazing and powerful.

 

Extras this time around include a final chapter in the She-Ra biography with ‘The Stories of She-Ra: Part 3’ featurette that through brand new interviews with writers, producers, and experts explains the power the series held, especially in the final episodes.  Also included are 2 interesting and insightful commentaries on two of the She-Ra episodes with the creators of the series, an extensive photo gallery of promotional spots, character profiles, and model cell galleries of the villains.  Some trivia facts are also included, many DVD-ROM extras, Ink and Paint Trailers, and two collectible 4 X 6 She-Ra art cards.  The extras are fantastic; other studios could take a lesson from BCI.

 

This is a nice set to finish off any She-Ra or He-Man collection. The set is nicely presented and BCI put a great deal of time into remembering the fans.  She-Ra can be my princess of power any day.

 

 

-    Michael P Dougherty II


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