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He-Man & The Masters Of The Universe – Volume 3 (2002/BCI DVD)


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



Back for one last romp around Castle Gray Skull; He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Volume 3 contains the final episodes of the latest He-Man series.  The series has not changed much in three volumes, but to some degree has gotten more detailed as far as action and storyline.  The series (if followed from the beginning) does get the viewer hooked with its interlocking storylines and ability to amp of the suspense with time.  Overall, the 2002 edition of He-Man was a great and highly detailed series that this reviewer is sad to see end.  Who knows what the future holds for our sword swinging, loincloth touting hero…only time will tell.


The technical features on this final round of the 2002 remake are adequate, but have yet to dawn the title of masters of the DVD universe.  The picture once again is in good shape for a newer series in its 1.78 X 1 Anamorphic Widescreen and maintains solid, bright colors throughout with a crisp, clean image.  It has a certain cinematic quality about it.  The sound is presented in a nice Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and this reviewer continues to wish they would have utilized a more booming surround presentation as He-Man shouted out his battle cries.  The sound does have a better power behind it this time, but not by much.


The extras on He-Man Volume 3 are comparable to the previous season set releases in that it is full of solid, interesting features.  The extras this time around contain:


  • End of Episode Morals
  • 2 Video Commentaries (1 extended)
  • 5 Audio Commentaries
  • Interviews with Toyline Artists from Mattel and The Four Horsemen
  • Digital Comic Book of Unproduced 40TH Episode
  • 3 Image Galleries
  • 3 Full Episode Animatics
  • Scripts for Episodes 27-40 (DVD-ROM)
  • 2 Art Cards by acclaimed comic book artists Jason Shawn Alexander and Chris Bahalo 



The extras are pretty self explanatory, but the one extra that stands out on this set is the interviews with the Toyline Artists at Mattel and Four Horsemen.  After years of television series and films being released on DVD, one series FINALLY puts an extra feature that describes the marketing aspect of the feature in terms of toys.  The Star Wars Special Editions briefly touched on George Lucas’s great marketing skills, but did little in actually discussing the toys.  Here on this set, fans get a first hand look at the creative process as action figures and other collectables are created for the newest He-Man incarnation.  If no other special feature was included but the Toyline interview, it would still be a great set; thankfully BCI rightfully gave fans a ton of other extras to sift through as well.  Plus you get some neat art cards!

The last 13 episodes of the 2002 He-Man series really explodes with everything the series has to offer when all chaos breaks loose throughout the kingdom.  The Snake Men and evil Hordak seek to rule the world, but as the evil grows closer He-Man unlocks a power and a legendary link with King Grayskull that will change the lands forever.  The series was epic from beginning to end and now is not the time to miss out.


BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!  This reviewer is out…



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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