Blu Review: Masters of the Universe

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He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) and his band of warriors are accidentally transported to Earth by a powerful key which will give Skeletor (Frank Langella) the ultimate power to rule Eternia. Skeletor sends his evil henchmen and army to find the key before He-Man does. Things get more complicated when the key is found by two teenagers (Courteney Cox and Robert Duncan McNeill) who think it’s a musical instrument. They soon find themselves in the middle of a universal battle between good and evil.

The high-definition transfer of Masters of the Universe cleans the film up and guarantees an easier viewing experience on Blu-ray. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do anything for the limited special effects used. They don’t look too bad, but “Star Wars” this isn’t. A clearer picture also makes the less-than-stellar makeup, prosthetics, and costumes used more evident.

masters-2Warner Bros. Home Entertainment cut corners when it comes to the audio presentation for this 25th Anniversary Blu-ray edition. They didn’t even give the movie a proper 5.1 surround sound upgrade. Instead we’re left with a 2.0 stereo mix which sounds fine but doesn’t deliver the same sort of dynamics fans with home theaters are going to want when looking to trade in their old DVD or VHS copies of the movie for the newest format.

He-Man enthusiasts aren’t going to be very happy with the special features included. There’s rather interesting audio commentary by director Gary Goddard and a theatrical trailer. That’s all you get with this edition. Where’s a making of featurette or any sort of reflection by the cast or crew about the production of the film? Surely a few of the filmmakers and cast members from the film would sit down with an interviewer and talk about the experience.

masters-6The 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition of Masters of the Universe gives consumers the best visual version of the film ever seen but drops the ball when it comes to the audio. A lack of more special features also depreciates the release. If you’re intent on converting your home entertainment library to Blu-ray this is your only hope. If you already have it on DVD and aren’t too concerned about picture quality, this probably isn’t going to convince anyone to buy it again.