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Masters of the Universe Blu-ray

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25th Anniversary Edition Warner Bros. | 1987 | 106 min | Rated PG | Oct 02, 2012

Masters of the Universe (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

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English SDH, French, Spanish

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 1.8 of 51.8
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Masters of the Universe

 (1987)

Masters of the Universe Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

The world of Eternia in the aftermath of Skeletor's war on Castle Grayskull, which he has won after seizing Grayskull and the surrounding city using a cosmic key developed by the Thenorian locksmith Gwildor. The Sorceress is now Skeletor's prisoner and he begins to drain her life-force as he waits for the moon of Eternia to align with the Great Eye of the Universe that will bestow god-like power upon him.

For more about Masters of the Universe and the Masters of the Universe Blu-ray release, see Masters of the Universe Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Courteney Cox, Robert Duncan McNeill, Chelsea Field
Director: Gary Goddard

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Masters of the Universe Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Israeli cinematographer Hanania Baer, who is now Henry Jaglom's regular DP, shot Masters of the Universe. As director Goddard repeatedly notes in his commentary, he and Baer took several weeks to find common ground on the look of the film, with Baer pushing for a flatter, more naturalistic look and Goddard insisting on something glossier and more stylized. Goddard's view prevailed, but he points out a few sequences that reflect Baer's preference. Regardless of which photographic style is on display, Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray does a fine job of presenting this effects-laden comic book translation in an accurate fashion, which isn't to say that eyes accustomed to CGI, digital post production and digital cinema will necessarily be pleased with the result. Masters of the Universe was an FX-heavy film, but the effects were done by optical compositing, which produces a softer image than we're used to now, even when the FX plates are shot on 65mm, as they were here by ILM alumnus Richard Edlund. Also, much of the film was shot at night on the streets of Whittier, California, and the entire film was finished photochemically. "Grain" wasn't yet a dirty word, and the film's grain is generally visible, often obviously so, because it's been left intact by the technical crew that created this Blu-ray. Viewers should applaud their efforts, but we know from experience that some will not.

Colors are varied and nicely saturated. In the scenes on Eternia, they never create a sense of a fully realized environment, but I think that was a deliberate effect of Goddard's effort to evoke the graphic world of Jack Kirby's art. Blacks, which are essential for Skeletor's face and costume, are mostly dark and solid; they waver somewhat in multi-layered composites like Skeletor's "holosphere" addresses to the people of Eternia, where everything is fainter and weaker (including detail), due to the compositing process. In general, though, the film's transition to hi-def reveals levels of detail in costumes, make-up and production design that haven't been seen since the film played in theaters.


Masters of the Universe Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The film's original stereo soundtrack is presented as DTS-HD MA 2.0. It's solid and serviceable and has very good fidelity, but little in the way of surround activity, even when played through an advanced matrix decoder. The dialogue is always clear, which is hardly surprising when you consider that most of the characters are Eternians, nearly all of whom speak in a ripely theatrical style that seems to be standard issue for all non-terrestrial life forms speaking English. Composer Bill Conti wrote a truly fine score that manages to evoke the spirit of an otherworldly conflict as effectively as John Williams in Star Wars and Jerry Goldsmith in the pre-Abrams Star Trek films, but without sounding like either one. On the Blu-ray's lossless track, the score sounds as good as I've ever heard it.



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