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RE: HOW CAN U SAY ITS SHIT???? - 5/5/2010 7:13:27 PM   

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I'm not going to feign perspective, since this is one of the defining films of my life - for better or worse Saw it as a kid, loved it to pieces. I've seen it again recently. A couple of times, in fact. And it still holds up pretty well. Still entertaining and emotional. The art direction also deserves a nod.

A biased 4/5



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RE: HOW CAN U SAY ITS SHIT???? - 6/5/2010 9:31:53 AM   

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Lazy review is right, and the reviewer obviously knows it by the absence of their name.  All I remember is loving this as a kid, Dolph was He-Man - must go and buy it now for some solid non-blurry cgi  nostalgic 80's action! 


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RE: HOW CAN U SAY ITS SHIT???? - 6/5/2010 9:39:19 AM   

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Forget this tired review, check out my thread in Favorite Films instead.


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RE: HOW CAN U SAY ITS SHIT???? - 6/5/2010 11:59:05 AM   


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Check out the Nostalgia Critic's review on That Guy With The Glasses - now he really tears this a new one!

I picked this up on DVD a while ago for nostalgic purposes and while it's pretty bad I see it as a total guilty pleasure. Loved it when I was a kid and still think it's better than it's rep would have you think. That said I probably couldn't give it more than two stars - and one of those is for Frank Langella alone.


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RE: HOW CAN U SAY ITS SHIT???? - 6/5/2010 12:03:50 PM   
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Rancorpuppet, I dig the line about Nathan Barleys at Empire. It isn't a great film by any stretch of the imagination but it's great fun. To paraphrase Die Hard 2: Die Harder it's shit, but it's my kind of shit.


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RE: HOW CAN U SAY ITS SHIT???? - 7/5/2010 10:47:26 AM   


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Watched this the other day, for the first time in... ooooh, years.

Is it flawed?  Yes, most definitely.  But do you know what?  It still made me smile.  Certain moments still sent chills down my spine.  Frank Langella is unfiltered awesome sauce as Skeletor, Dolph is the embodiment of He-Man (even though he would have looked better without that damn cape), and Billy Barty is far less annoying as Gwildor than Orco was in the cartoon.

This film is one of the many reasons why the 80s rock.


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RE: HOW CAN U SAY ITS SHIT???? - 7/5/2010 11:05:32 AM   
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The score was magnificent and it has some iconic scenes, not least the introduction of He-Man as he looks out over Eternia with Skeletor's giant hologram in the background.


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RE: HOW CAN U SAY ITS SHIT???? - 2/5/2012 5:33:16 PM   

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Masters of the Universe (1987)

Oh my how delicious is this piece of 80's panto, some of the best badly adapted hokey nonsense I've seen yet somehow its so damn good

Where to start! this really is your typical fantasy film of the era, every cliche every funny little niche is here as you would expect and the funny thing is it was actually meant to be a blockbuster. I have since found out there were many problems in creating this film and it does show some what, the film is really nothing like the original He-Man cartoon in any way.

Effects wise this sorta stumbles through with some interesting ideas, some of the makeup is actually quite good, 'Skeletor', 'Beast Man' and 'Saurod' all have pretty nice makeup appliances and costumes which fit the He-Man universe. Other effects are laughably terrible with some awful bluescreen work, nasty models of which most seem ripped straight outta 'Star Wars', faded poor laser blast effects and some of the most hilariously bad stunts and fight choreography you will see. Most kicks and punches clearly (and I mean CLEARLY) don't make their intended contacts lol!

The cast are actually a mix of decent character actors which is the funny thing, some of these performances saved the film and gave it cult status. Of course Langella as 'Skeletor' is the co de gra of cheesy villains with his snarling voice and bellowing cries lusting for power. For me the best and most amusing performance was James Tolkan as the no nonsense cop 'Lubic' with his sharp tongue, gotta love that guy and his baldness.
Along for the ride is steady character actor Jon Cypher, fantasy actor regular Billy Barty, Meg Foster as the quite sexual 'Evil-Lyn' in her lovely tight barbarian-esq outfit with luscious lips (oh yeah!) and last of all Courtney Cox, yes THAT Courtney Cox of 'Friends' fame and as you would expect she's still annoying as hell even back then.

So yes the film is practically a joke with its Punch n Judy style and completely awful effects, fights etc...but it has gained allot of notoriety for just that. Even when I saw this back as a kid I knew the film bared no resemblance to the original material, it always bewildered me why the creators thought to create new bad guys when there were so many rich villains to use, who the hell was 'Blade', 'Karg' and 'Saurod' suppose to be!? where was 'Trap Jaw' 'Tri-Klops' 'Mer-Man' or 'Man-E-Faces'? the same could be said for the heroes also. Then there was the question of who on earth were all these stormtrooper type foot soldiers clad in black armour that were an idea rip from so many films!?.

I have since found out they were stuck in so 'He-Man' could kill things without becoming too violent for the kids as He-Man wasn't suppose to kill. I can see that now but it still doesn't work right does it, I can't believe Lucas never sued frankly haha even with the almost identical ending to 'ROTJ'.

Its funny to look back and laugh, even more so to think films like this actually made it to the cinema and were meant to be big money spinners hehe. I actually love how the film just goes off on its own tangent completely ignoring the source material, its so far gone its brilliant in such a bad way. Gotta love 'Skeletor's' golden coloured horned silver foil battle mask getup when he transforms at the end which seems to be a rip off from 'Big Trouble in Little China'!, the way Tolkan swears oh and the fact 'Teela' seems to be wearing a thin thong if you look closely as well kids film?.

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I agree this is Shit - 9/6/2012 6:57:04 PM   


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I do not remember the film that well from when I was a child but recall being disappointed as it was not proper He-Man. This video beats it:

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i have the power!!!!!!! - 3/8/2012 9:30:22 PM   


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i treat this film as it should be. a tonge in cheek nonsense b-movie. and i actually quite like it, its not going to win awards but very easy to watch

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- 2/2/2013 10:44:12 PM   


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it's pretty bad but not one star bad. i've certainly seen a lot worse films that get more stars. like cloverfield for example. i'd say a solid 3 star movie this.

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