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'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Vol. 2'
(Animation / 3-Disc DVD / G / (2003) 2008 / BCI Eclipse)

Overview: This was a revival of the classic 80's cartoon He-man and the Masters of the Universe for the modern age it focused on the early adventures of Prince Adam who having just become Eternia's most powerful guardian He-Man had to learn how to handle his new powers and lead his allies into battle against the evil Skeletor. With the aid of his own Evil Warrior henchmen Skeletor schemes to blanket Eternia in chaos and rule over the planet in dominion. Only He-Man guided and advised by the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull stands in his way.

DVD Verdict: Debuting on Cartoon Network in 2002 from Mike Young Productions, the first season of 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' ran for 26 episodes (the first 13 were released on Feb 19). This collection represents volume 2 (there will be 3 total), but many people like to compare the Cartoon Network version of He-man with the classic Filmation version. I think they both stand up on their own legs for equal greatness. What I like about this version is the rich history they give practically all not just a few of the characters. Especially the episode The Power of Greyskull that finally gives the history of the castle itself which I had expected The Secret of the Sword to do when I was a kid.

While many people I guess didn't like the fact that Cringer didn't talk in the cartoon network version I would like to remind people that in all of the Filmation He-man's flashbacks with kitten Cringer he also didn't talk and his ability to do so was probably brought about by one of Orko's spells. Since CN had planned to do a chapter on Hordak if they had lasted another season the only disappointment I had would be the fact they never talked about the queen's earth history.

Anyway, 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Vol. 2' is very well animated and super cool. I recommend this to anyone. The only thing I don't get as an adult is that Teela never realized Adam was He-man. What a dumb chick! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:

End of Episode Morals
Audio Commentaries
Video Commentaries
Behind The Scenes Footage With The Voice Actors
Image Galleries
Full Episode Animatics
Scripts For Episodes 14-26 (DVD-ROM Only)

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