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    MotU Region 1 DVD FAQ (North America) Updated 26/January/06

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    • What's being released on DVD/UMD?

      At this time, the following has been announced for release on DVD:


      • "The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" -- Two disc set with ten of the best episodes, five from season #1 and five from season #2. These episodes were voted on by the fans on He-Man.org. This set includes:


        • "Evilseed"

        • "Quest for He-Man"

        • "Prince Adam No More"

        • "Diamond Ray of Disappearance"

        • "Teela's Quest"

        • "Into the Abyss"

        • "Teela's Triumph"

        • "To Save Skeletor"

        • "The Problem with Power"

        • "Origin of the Sorceress"

        • Exclusive extra features and art cards



      • All 130 episodes of the classic Filmation "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" animated series divided into four box sets. These will be released as "Season 1, Part 1", "Season 1, Part 2", "Season 2, Part 1", and "Season 2, Part 2". These sets will include exclusive extra features and art cards.


      • All 65 episodes of "The New Adventures of He-Man" produced by Dic Entertainment divided into two box sets with exclusive extra features and art cards.


      • "The He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special" with exclusive extra features and art cards.



      The following has been announced for release on UMD, (discs playable by your Sony Playstation Portable):


      • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - The Best Top 5 Episodes: Season 1 (contains contents of "Ten Best" DVD collection's disc #1)

      • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - The Best Top 5 Episodes: Season 2 (contains contents of "Ten Best" DVD collection's disc #2)


      UMD releases do not include extras.



    • When is it coming?

      • The "Best of" compilation went to mass market on Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, and should be available at most retailers including Amazon.com. The "Best of" also got a special premier at the 2005 San Diego Comic Con International. The first season box set is slated for fall of 2005, with the rest of the releases to follow over the next 18 months.

      • The first two UMD releases, corresponding to each disc in the "Ten Best" DVD release, were released on 23/August/2005.

      • Season #1, Part #1 was released on 18/October/2005.

      • The "Christmas Special" was released on Tuesday, December 6th, 2005.


      • Season #1, Part #2 will be released on 14/February/2006.


    • Who is releasing it?

      All of the region 1 DVD sets discussed in this FAQ are being released by BCI Eclipse.



    • Who owns the rights?

      BCI Eclipse licensed the series for region 1 DVD release in North America from the current rights holder Entertainment Rights, a UK based company specializing in family entertainment programming.



    • Where can I see the cover art?

      You can see the cover art for the "Best of" compilation right here.


    • Where can I read the press releases?

      You can read the initial press release Right here.



    • Where can I buy all this great stuff?

      These sets are a mass market release. Such retailers as Target and Wal-Mart are stocking at least some of these releases. Amazon.com is a great place to get them, too.



    • How much will it cost?

      The Suggested Retail Price for the "Best of" is $24.99, but most retailers will have it for less. The suggested retail on the first two UMD releases will be $19.99 each. Season sets should have a SRP of $49.95.



    • Will "The Greatest Adventures of All" or "Skeletor's Revenge" specials be released?

      We do not know yet. No information on those has been released.





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    Quality and Presentation








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    Extra Features






    • What extras are included with the "Best Of" release?

      • Two brand-new documentary featurettes with a variety of talent involved in the making of the original series, including voice-over actors, artists, and those working behind the scenes.

      • Two 4" x 6" exclusive He-Man art cards, by Bruce Timm and Adam Hughes.

      • Trivia and "fun facts" about the creation of He-Man

      • Upcoming releases trailer



    • What extras are included with the season sets?

      The box sets include the most comprehensive set of extras ever produced for an animated series on DVD, according to the press release. Each release, including the "Best of" and "Christmas Special" includes art cards from world renound comic book artists and fans of the property, as well as featurettes, which are part of a 16 part documentary series.


      "Season 1, Part 1" includes:



      • Additional one-of-a-kind renderings by some of the world's most famous comic book artists.

      • Character bios & artwork

      • Complete storyboards from selected episodes

      • Gallery of original animation cells and never-before-seen character sketches

      • Much, much more!


    • Who is providing/coordinating extras material and/or art cards?

      The featurettes are being produced and directed by best-selling author Andy Mangels. Val Staples, Emiliano Santalucia, James "Busta Toons" Eatock and Adam Tyner of He-Man.org are also providing extras content.


      The only four confirmed artists contributing the collectable art cards included in each set are:



      • Bruce Timm -- An Emmy-award winning animator, responsible for building the modern DC Comics cartoon franchise. He landed his first animation job in 1981 with Filmation where he worked on He-Man.

      • Adam Hughes -- A multiple Harvey and Eisner Award winner, and one of the most popular comic book creators working today. He was recently chosen to illustrate Warner Bros. Wonder Woman film poster.

      • Alex Ross

      • Jae Lee



    • What Filmation personnel have been interviewed for the extras?

      At this time, only Lou Scheimer and J. Michael Stracynzski have been confirmed.



    • Will the background music be included as a bonus?

      Many fans have been asking for this, and those involved are aware of the demand. We do not know if such a bonus is possible or planned at this time.






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