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Au même titre que "Flash Gordon"(1980) avec son blond et son Ming, "M of the U" possède son blond et son Skeletor.
2 univers, 2 films kitch mais incontournables et surtout des souvenirs plein la tête et les yeux. Commençons par Musclor (He-Man en anglais) joué par le body-buildé Dolph et magnifiquement mis en valeur tout au long de cette version live. Quel bonheur de voir ce personnage mythique prendre vie sous les traits du sculptural suédois. Il mérite les louanges des fans car il prend son rôle très au sérieux. Très 1er degré! Bon à savoir également: le film est bourré d'action, d'effets spéciaux réussis et de personnages intrigants (Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, la sorcière du château des ombres, Teela... tout droits sortis du dessin animé), ce pop-corn movie est à revoir juste pour le plaisir. J'adore le nain Gwildor que je trouve particulièrement drôle et décalé. Je me souviens aussi d'une excellente BO.
Allez, à vos lecteurs et excellente séance nostalgie!
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MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE [1987] [25th Anniversary] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Only the Universe Could Hold Adventure This Big!

Planet Eternia and the Castle of Greyskull are under threat from the evil Skeletor who wants to take over the planet. A group of freedom fighters, led by the heroic He-Man are accidentally transported to Earth by a mysterious Cosmic Key which holds the power to make Skeletor all-powerful. Once on Earth, He-Man joins alliances with two teenagers as they attempt to find the key and return home.

Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Chelsea Field, Jon Cypher, Billy Barty, Courteney Cox, Robert Duncan McNeill, James Tolkan, Christina Pickles, Anthony De Longis, Tony Carroll, Pons Maar, Robert Towers and Peter Brooks [Narrator]

Director: Gary Goddard

Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus

Screenplay: David Odell

Composer: Bill Conti

Cinematography: Hanania Baer

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Running Time: 105 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Warner Home Video

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: It's no coincidence that Dolph Lundgren took on the role of a franchise action hero character like He-Man directly after he starred in 'Rocky IV' with Sylvester Stallone. His enormous physique and menacing demeanour were truly awe-inspiring. Sylvester Stallone was ripped, but Lundgren towered over him in that movie featuring a body with muscles in places I didn't think muscles could be found. It's natural that Hollywood thought Dolph Lundgren might end up being the town's new action star.

'Masters of the Universe' came out in cinemas in 1987, at the height of He-Man's popularity. The cartoon and toys were extremely popular, and a movie seemed like a logical next step for the franchise. Lundgren fit He-Man's impossible body structure and mirrored his Scandinavian appearance. It was a perfect fit. It's too bad that Gary Goddard's film turned into a cheesy B-movie right from the outset and became more of a laugh-at-it-with-a-bunch-of-friends cult classic film than a respected fantasy action film.

To Gary Goddard's credit, he creates a fairly kid-friendly universe in which He-Man and Skeletor [Frank Langella] appear as giant action figures duelling for the universe's ultimate power. The whole movie feels like something imagined by a child in the 1980s as he plays with his He-Man toys in his room. The problem with this approach is that the movie never has any real sense of dread. It's a live-action cartoon and plays out as such.

He-Man lives on a planet called Eternia where Skeletor's forces of evil-doers are plotting to take control. They've already entombed the planet's sorceress in an impenetrable force field and are now seeking to harness the power of Grayskull in order to rule the universe. Because when you're big, evil and look like a giant skeleton, why wouldn't you want to rule the universe? He-Man battles back against Skeletor with the help of his ragamuffin group of renegades which includes an ugly little dwarf named Gwildor, a headstrong soldier [Jon Cypher] and the soldier's even more headstrong daughter [Chelsea Field]. Skeletor has legions of Storm trooper looking troops and He-Man has these three allies. He's grossly outnumbered, but when you're sporting what I assume is a sixteen-pack (Dolph Lundgren is insanely ripped in this film) then maybe numbers don't matter much.

The battle soon finds its way to Earth as He-Man and his crew are accidentally transported there. On Earth they meet a young teenage couple. Julie [Courtney Cox] and Kevin [Robert Duncan McNeill] soon become embroiled in the scuffle for universal power, as the movie checks another cliché off its growing list. Looking back on 'Masters of the Universe' it's glaringly obvious that it's a product of the 80s. The only way it could've been any more 1980s is if there was a slap wrap included in the purchase of this Blu-ray. This isn't a bad thing per se, but it's almost too hard to get over the movie's era-related corniness. Especially the key that opens interstellar doorways by playing synthesised musical notes.

Personally, I found it great fun to watch 'Masters of the Universe' having a good laugh all way throughout the film, as it is very tongue in cheek humour. Lundgren's acting flat lines, giving us a glimpse of what his future starring roles would be like. He was great in 'Rocky IV' because he simply had to stand there and look menacing as hell. Here, not so much. Most of the time it feels like Goddard is directly off screen telling him exactly what facial expressions to make ("Okay, now you're happy, so smile!" "Now He-Man is angry. Grimace!"). Frank Langella is great as Skeletor though. Buried underneath that dated make-up, Frank Langella provides a perfectly threatening voice for the villainous action figure that he is. The story is a hodge-podge of sci-fi/fantasy ideas and never feels like it really nails down who He-Man really is. However, it's a nostalgia thing, right? If you grew up loving He-Man and therefore loving 'Masters of the Universe' then you'll most likely be chomping at the bit to own this on Blu-ray. It's one of those movies that people remember fondly even though the corniness factor is off the charts.

Blu-ray Video Quality – As with most lower-tier catalogue titles from the 1980s, 'Masters of the Universe' definitely shows its age. It's predominately soft in the mid- and long-range shots. It has some errant noise here and there. The colours seem a tad faded, but fans need not fear though. Even though the Blu-ray has some issues that should've been expected given its age, the film has never looked better. I was actually very pleased with the amount of detail provided in the movie's many close-ups. I don't remember the DVD of the movie offering nearly as much visible facial hair, pores, freckles, and intricate smile lines. Sure the added detail betrays the make-up that was used on Frank Langella's face more than once, but overall the effect is accurate detail when the camera closes in. When the camera pans back is when the picture gets expectedly hazy. Hair becomes less detailed and clumpier. Skin tones appear a little washed out. Whites become fuzzy and bleed past their edges as softness takes its toll. Edges aren't nearly as crisply defined as they are in close-ups. Blacks seem deep enough, but nothing that should really detract from viewing. It isn't a flawless presentation by any means; however it's definitely worth the visual upgrade if you are a fan of this film.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – A new sound mix hasn't been provided here. This time around it has a stereo presentation. We get a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track this time around. I must admit that as a fan I was hoping for a surround sound remix for this movie. The stereo does produce quite a bit more resonance than its DVD counterpart. For one thing in the mix, it seems to be quite a bit clearer. Explosions and laser blasts have a bit more heft than they did with the inferior NTSC DVD sound mix. Dialogue still sounds tinny though, along with the musical soundtrack. That's really all I can say about the audio here. Dialogue is clear and that's about it. It's a mix that will get you through the movie, but if you were hoping for Warner Home Video to do a little more with this release you'll probably end up disappointed.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary: Commentary with Director Gary Goddard: Goddard is an energetic commentator, but it had been almost fifteen years since he'd directed the film, and he hadn't directed another one since. He moved from film directing into producing and directing major theme park attractions such as Jurassic Park: The Ride and Six Flags' Monster Mansion, though his company, Landmark Productions. Re-watching the film is like revisiting an old scrapbook for him, and Goddard shares many memories from the shoot, but one can sense the distance and the shift in perspective that comes with a career change. Many of Gary Goddard's items have been excerpted and listed in the film's "trivia" section at IMDb.

Theatrical Trailer [1987] [1080i] [1.78:1] [1:42] The theatrical trailer is a bit hokey and overdone narration which is almost laughably solemn and a too-darn-serious-for-its-own-good.

Finally, 'Masters of the Universe' what else is there to say, as it's a perfect example of just how corny many 1980s sci-fi films were at the time. Not only that, but we're able to witness Dolph Lundgren's movie career in a flawless microcosm, which fits the character perfectly. It starts out with a whole lot of promise and then slowly fizzles away into appreciative cult obscurity. 'Masters of the Universe' is fun to remember. It isn't a popcorn sort of film by any means, nevertheless nostalgic attachment is reason enough to enjoy, which I can vouch for. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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