This WAS going to be the actual movie. Paramount has a YouTube page that had some of their acquired movies, including stuff from Canon, for free with advertisements. However, they’ve moved it to YouTube’s seldom-promoted rental section. It’s not that I have a problem paying $2.99 for the rental, although I’d rather get the whole movie (partly so I can do a proper review) and I still have no income, but that I obviously can’t embed it here. At least I don’t think I can, but I’m not making you pay to see it here. Here’s the link if you want to watch it though, since I support the official release when it exists. I’m sure it’s out at least on DVD as well.
So consider this the consolation prize. One of my fellow Reviewers Unknown refugees and friend, Suzie McGinney…sorry, Suzie Beyor now since she was recently married, did a review in years past of Masters Of The Universe, the 1987 live-action adaptation of the toy and cartoon. It should still push a few nostalgia buttons for you, so at least I can bring you something. There’s some swearing near the end though.
You know, I kind of enjoy this movie as well. Sure none of the costumes or Castle Grayskull match the original (Skeletor’s is probably the closest), but it’s a fun little number. Fun fact: in the old He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe magazine there was a contest where the winner would get to have a walk-on role in the movie. Darned if the kid shows up because I’ve never seen him. It would suck if his scene got cut.
As for that final battle, there’s actually a reason why it was filmed so badly. Canon has actually halted filming due to being overbudget…AND THIS WAS THE ONLY SCENE LEFT TO SHOOT! No wonder this company went under. So the director, actors/stuntmen, and a small crew actually snuck onto the set and filmed the final scene of the movie. Also, the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Cyborg was originally going to be a sequel to this movie, with Skeletor having pretty much wasted Earth. So I’m glad we missed that one.
Suzie also brought up He-Man lacking both his Prince Adam identity and Earth heritage (Marlena being an Earth astronaut who crashed on Eternia). I wonder if this was based on the early minicomics where there was no secret identity (it was added by DC Comics for some reason, as readers may recall, and Filmation just made it better when they decided to keep it). An early draft would also give Beast Man a speaking role, Evil-Lyn an attraction to Skeletor (which she actually had to Keldor, the pre-bone face, in the re-imagined series), and would have featured Snake Mountain as well. Brian Cronin of Comics Legends Revealed also noted that Jack Kirby’s work was an influence on this movie, which is kind of dumb considering Kirby never worked on this property. (He did create a similar blond muscle man with a magic sword, Thundarr The Barbarian, though.)
At the very least it’s worth a look, with talk popping up now and then about a new live-action movie, despite any evidence of it that I’ve seen. It’s off in many places but a fun little curiosity. My thanks again to Suzie Beyor, the Blockbuster Chick, for allowing me to post this. It is available on Amazon and holy crap there’s actually a blu-ray version.