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Oliver retro-reviews Masters of the Universe (video)

June 13th, 2012 by Marc 2 Comments


Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Masters of the Universe… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

“The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”

This week’s review is Masters of the Universe

1987 saw the release of Masters of the Universe at the tail end of He-Man’s popularity. Cannon films were still attempting to produce big budget movies, 1987 saw two big films for them. He-Man and Superman IV. Both had their budgets cut and tightened and both flopped. This was only Dolph Lundgren’s second feature and he doesn’t do a very good job, but the star of this film is Frank Langella as Skeletor! His performance puts him in my top 5 list of best villain’s on screen!
This movie upset fans at the time due to changes in its style and many missing characters from the cartoon but it’s a charming movie and is still a lot of fun!

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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    The movie was never made to be an adaptation from the cartoon, but from the toy line! Ed Pressman licensed the rights before the Filmation show even aired. I did an interview with Gary Goddard last year and he could not confirm to me that some of the SUPERMAN IV budget went into MASTERS (rumor he had never heard of before).

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