He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season 2, Vol. 2
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The eternal battle between good and evil reaches its climactic conclusion as He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe® face exciting challenges and incredible adventures against Skeletor and his dastardly villains. Join in the fight for power with the greatest adventures ever told!The final 32 episodes of the original animated adventure series feature thrilling new stories and outstanding characters. Enjoy all the adventure the drama the humor and the man important lessons from the universe's greatest warriors. YOU have the power!Features:2 brand new documentary features bringing viewers a comprehensive look inside the creation of this landmark children's animation program:* The Stories of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe* Animating He-Man and the Masters of the Universe2 Collectible 4" x 6" Exclusive He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® Art Cards by acclaimed artists Dan Brereton and Mike McKone Full-Episode Commentary Tracks by Lou & Erika Scheimer Larry DiTillio Tom Sito Tom Tataranowicz and Dave Teague2 Full Length Animated Storyboards with Interactive Episode Comparison for Episode #102 "Revenge is Never Sweet" and #110 "The Problem with Power"50 Detailed Profiles of Various Characters Creatures and ArtifactsFun Trivia FactsDVD-ROM Feature - 5 Complete Episode Scripts (PC/Mac Compatible) Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY UPC: 787364671793
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The final 32 episodes include some of the best written episodes and well loved episodes of the series. Fans of the series can look forward to owning the episodes "Not So Blind," "Teela's Triumph," and "The Greatest Show On Eternia" on DVD for the first time among other fantastic season two episodes.
Ink and Paint once again held back nothing when it came to a He-Man release. This final installment of episodes from the original series is of the highest quality. The set includes two collectible cards, one drawn by Dan Brereton and the other by Mike McKone. In addition to the cards, the set includes plentiful bonus features.
Believe it or not, they managed to produce more brand new documentaries. The first documentary is titled "The Stories of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe." It's an interesting documentary where various people involved with the show speak about the final 32 episodes. Much of the conversations are about the episodes "The Greatest Show in Eternia" and "Not So Blind." It is mentioned that the writers and people involved with the show knew before production started that despite good ratings this would be the last season due to decisions from financial backers. It was also mentioned by one writer that the show had pretty much run it's course. By the show being episodic in nature, everything had to be wrapped up by the end of each episode. If they could have had continuing storylines the show may have had potential to last longer.
He Man and the Masters of the Universe Season Two Volume 2 is a must purchase to complete your He-Man DVD collection.
Keep an eye out for She-Ra Princess of Power Season One Volume One due out in November, for He-Man crossovers as well as the Princess of Power herself, She-Ra. Let the power of He-Man return one final time!
I forego the conclusion that if 2 of 2 is out then all previous volumes must also be...How Nice! I had found the last, first! The following day I watched the entire volume in 12 hours. Then within 3 weeks I had the entire collection. Thereafter, I disciplined myself to watch one episode a day, it was not easy.
I would have been happy if the dvds were less than perfect, but I could not believe how much meticulous attention each episode got, with pristine quality due to BCI Eclipse. It was more than I wanted. Thereafter that, it just did not stop. Some of the most landmark cartoons of the 80's are in retail!...YES!!!
Despite the fact that there is an unmistakable sadness that taints the viewing experience (after all, we realize that this is goodbye), the show's writers managed to break out of the slight slump that they apparently fallen into during the first half of the season. Unlike the first half, where additions to Mattel's corresponding toy line meant the introduction to several new characters (save Roboto), the second half works more closely with the formula discovered in the first season: the plots are bit more lesson-oriented but with slightly richer animation quality.
At this point in time, the Filmation creative machine was changing gears for the upcoming She-Ra: Princess of Power series but their efforts in closing out He-Man were a worthy farewell. Those expecting some kind of closure or finale may be disappointed to learn that each and every episode of the 130 was designed to be a stand-alone plot (with resolve) and # 130 is no different. Interestingly, Larry Ditillio (one of the show's staff writers) went on to say that had Filmation decided to write multi-part episodes, it is likely that they would have had no shortage of material to work from for future seasons. As it stands, the reason for the show's demise was based not only on a lack of financial backing but also because the writers were basically tapped out as far as developing an additional 65 (or more) stand-alone plots was concerned.
Preventing this experience from being ridden with sadness, fans can take solace in the fact that BCI has gone the extra mile to continue releasing their excellent He-Man related DVD sets to enjoy. Directly following this incarnation of the show are three 6-disc She-Ra: Princess of Power DVD sets, two 6-disc New Adventures of He-Man sets, and at present, the first (of three) 3-disc sets has been released celebrating the impressive 2002 Mike Young Productions version of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: About the best thing that can happen to a series is discovering that BCI is the company bringing it to DVD release. This installment is no exception!
Included on this 6-disc compilation are the following episodes:
Hunt For He-Man
The Greatest Show On Eternia
Not So Blind
Revenge Is Never Sweet
The Good Shall Survive
The Secret Of Grayskull
No Job Too Small
The Bitter Rose
Orko's New Friend
The Problem With Power
The Eternia Flower
Happy Birthday Roboto
Battle Of The Dragons
Time Doesn't Fly
Here, There, Skeletors Everywhere
Beauty And The Beast
Visitors From Earth
Monster On The Mountain
The Magic Falls
Search For A Son
The Toy Maker
Bargin With Evil
Capture The Comet Keeper
The Ancient Mirror Of Avathar
To Save The Creatures
The Cold Zone
Extras are once again abounding. The sixth disc contains inspiration for some of the various episodes between numbers 99-130, facts and trivia, scripts etc. Also noteworthy is the fantastic conclusion to the multi-part Filmation history called Animating He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Very interesting stuff! 3 episodes contain full audio commentary and like always, BCI packs in a pair of 4x6" collectible art cards, this time from artists: Dan Brereton and Mike McKone.
The animation is high quality, produced by Filmation in the 1980s. The packaging is well designed. If you buy all four volumes of seasons 1&2, the DVD boxes will sit side by side on your shelves making up a nice pictorial display on the covers.
Now I anxiously hope for She-Ra season 2 as well. If they release that, the entire He-Man and She-Ra output from Filmation in the 1980s will be available on DVD.
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