I'm extremely disappointed with the packaging of this item. At least the older version, each disc had it's own page to hold the disc, but this is just a case with multiple sleeves holding each disc. They're all loose, just kept together in a square pen in the middle of the case.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
He-Man, the Mill Crrek VersionFeb. 16 2011
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There has been some confusion about the contents and quality of this set. Let me assure you most of the BCI goodness is here.
What it has:
- The picture and sound are very good for an 80s show and I would be shocked if its anything other than the BCI masters (I used to own them but sold them, wish I hadn't).
- There are 5 scripts, 50 profiles and 2 documentaries.
- The episodes are presented in storyline order, not air date order, for better or worse.
- The moral segment ("Safety first") at the end is included (Retro TV cuts those out, at least when I watched it).
- The DVDs themselves have the art the BCI series did. They are not double sided discs.
- The set even has the episode guide slip that I believe came with the BCI boxes.
What it does not have is the packaging and physical goodies of the BCI set. Its a double size Mill Creek case with the DVDs in protective envelopes and stacked in the case "square". Just like other Mill Creek releases, only bigger. Actually I like this mode of packaging, protective and easy to get to. But your mileage may vary. I wish it had the cards or whatever it was the BCI sets came with but not that big a deal.
With a $19.99 - $29.99 price tag if you don't have the BCI releases (and the physical goodies) and want the original He - Man serires buy this set. It's got all the content. Four and a half stars.
Note: Some of this was from memory (the BCI set I owned and sold :( ) so please correct me about the BCI set if I made any mistakes. I just wanted to clear the record about what was in the set and what wasn't there in this hastily written review.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I agree with most sentiments on here - the packaging, typical of Mill Creek, is pretty bad, considering that if you want to replace the default paper sleeves with something else, the case that houses the 8 dvd's is essentially useless. I wound up taking an empty 25 disc spindle and putting the He - Man dvd's in that just to make sure I wouldn't scratch the DVD's with the frequent removal of the dvd's from their cases.
With that said, the picture quality and sound is surprisingly pretty good (albeit there are on average about 10 episodes crammed up per dvd). I have a Denon receiver, a Sony HD TV, and some old school SONY dvd players but the episodes on the series look pretty crisp. At the time, I got this set for just under 13 dollars and to be quite frank, having 65 episodes of the first season for that price is a steal. Mind you, I've never owned the sets made available by BCI, although I did check them out from the library at one point. BCI sets are packed with more features but the Mill Creek version definitely has some interesting add ons.
As a person on a budget, I do not mind missing out on some added features that were made available by the BCI sets and what mattered to me the most is that what I originally bought this set for, the 65 episodes, did not disappoint. This one of the most cherished animated series that I've ever watched (Gargoyles, Batman the Animated Series, Justice League, Transformers, Voltron, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Scooby Doo, etc. being others) and as being a father of a 3 year old, this is definitely a series I would like to have my son watch. The fact that the violence is pretty minimal and that there's an importance piece of advice from He Man at the end of every episode (i.e. stealing, being cognizant of others, etc) is what makes this series ageless.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Your Childhood comes back! He-man & The Masters of the UniverseMarch 20 2011
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He-Man & The Masters of the Universe: Season One
When some of us were kids, we couldn't wait to get home from school and turn on the TV. A lot of our fondest memories were the great cartoons of the 80s and one that definitely stands out is He-man & The Masters of the Universe. As a child of the 80's, I had tons of He-man toys including Castle Grayskull. If you were also a child of the 80's, then you remember He-man on TV. Now that we've grown up, we can enjoy brief moments of our childhood on DVD with this boxed set.
This DVD set is the complete season 1 which consisted of 65 episodes. Mill Creek has recently gone out and started producing old TV show DVD sets which have gotten mixed reviews. They have received praises for selling relatively low priced DVDs, but the quality of some of their past DVDs have caused some consumers to worry.
I had the same worries as I went through the entire set. It took me almost a week watching a few episodes here and there. As I finished the entire set, I was glad to report that I had no problems with the DVDs. All the episodes played in its entirety. The DVD transfers were decent enough, but you do notice some quick pixels in sudden movements. Mill Creek did not spend much times in the transfer process, chances are they simply bought up the previous DVD rights release.
The last DVD had some decent documentaries with creators and writers. It was interesting hearing the story of how they got the series on air. Some parts got tedious because you can tell some of the writers just didn't remember much.
Now, I'm not going to cover all 65 episodes. There are some good episodes and there are some not so good ones. It's fun watching then again.
Overall, if you love He-man from your childhood. You'll enjoy this DVD. The price is reasonable for a boxed set and you get the entire season 1. It's a good buy.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Masters of the Universe Mill Creek.May 4 2011
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I honestly do not understand why this product is getting such low ratings.
First off. Masters of the Universe was previously released by BCI. The first season was split in two volumes. The episodes are put in produciton order rather then story order. (for example 'Return of Orkos uncle' is set before 'Orkos Favorite Uncle'). These two dvd sets are now very pricy and hard to find.
This Mill Creek version in my opinon is much better. (which is why I dont understand the low rattings). First off you get the FULL season in one box set. thats 65, count them 65, full episodes in one set! Not split up in two sets. plus its all for a rather good price here on Amazon. The storys are also put in story order not production order. so 'Dimond Ray of Dissaperance' the first episode put on the first disc is in fact the pilot episode. (thats why the story takes time to introduce the council of Evil). Just as here 'Orkos uncle' is placed before 'Return of Orkos Unlce" just as it should be. So in other words you get the full season all in order, every episode, storys set in the correct cronilogical order, plus its all for a good price.
I have only ONE complaint and one reason for with holding the fifth star. the packaging. The box set has a small box compartment with the dics placed in paper sleeves within. not the most effeciant of ways to have a series set. this is my only complaint.
Everything else is top notch. so seriously people stop complaining and get this set while you still can!!!
As for the story itself. He man and the Masters of the Universe is very much a part of my childhood. He-man with his friends Man-at-Arms, Teela, the Sorceress, Orko, and all the rest battle Skeltor, Evil-lyn, Beastman, and various other foes. this perhaps the preimer series for Filmation. even now after all this time this series still has its mark in history. its been made into a live aciton movie, its spawned two spin offs; one about She-ra one is the New Adventures, and it has been rebooted for a new generation in 2002. If your a fan of this series I would say get this set while you can. Top notch work from Mill creek. scoring higher then the previous volume. agian my only complaint is packaging, but everything else is good.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Another Mill Creek Entertainmen quality productFeb. 19 2011
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These series include:
* 5 Complete Episode Scripts * 50 detailed profiles of various characters, creatures and artifacts with video * Documentary - The Secret Origins of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe * Documentary - The Stories of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Season 1 Part 1 * Documentary - The Stories of He-man and the Masters of the Universe Season 1 Part 2 * English & Spanish audio tracks
For the price you can't complain about these set, if you do want to complain about the lack of more bonus features then go ahead and spent hundreds of dollars on the BCI release, for the average fan who only needs to see the series and perhaps some good bonus features these is the set to go for.