The Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man – USA, 2017 – reviews

 
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The Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is a 2017 American feature-film documentary that chronicles the beginnings and blockbuster-success of ‘80s toy sensation He-Man.

Written and directed by Randall Lobb and Robert McCallum (Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), the documentary features Dolph Lundgren (Don’t Kill It; Shark Lake; Battle of the Damned), Frank Langella (The Ninth Gate; Brainscan; Dracula), Richard Edlund, J. Michael Straczynski, Alan Oppenheimer and many others.

“In the early 1980s, He-Man arrived on the scene and hit the world with a punch as powerful as the character himself. Designed in the wake of Conan the Barbarian and under the shadow of Star Wars, He-Man’s surprising popularity spawned a multi-billion dollar empire that included toys, comic books, cartoons, live-action movies and a literal sister spinoff show – She-Ra – and continues to appeal to a ravenous fan-base today.

Watch as artists, creators and collaborators dig deep, tell tales and share the surprising developments of an unlikely, unparalleled pop culture success in this Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Do you have the power?”

Release:

The documentary premiered on Netflix. Now, The Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is unleashed by High Octane Pictures on September 3, 2019, on DVD and Digital.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s not quite as definitive as promised in the title, but for fans and those curious about how a non-Star Wars toy could conquer the industry in the 1980s, Lobb and McCallum have prepared a slick and stocked documentary to answer most questions, all the while conjuring a picture that does well riding the line between nostalgia and journalism.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

“Someone who hasn’t seen anything about He-Man before might enjoy this.  The main advantage for me was getting to see the artwork, but I don’t know if that’s going to be enough for everyone.  If you only have a passing interest in He-Man, I’d recommend watching The Toys That Made Us, instead.  You get about the same detail at a third the time.” Brian Kuhl’s Blog

” …a detailed exploration of the vast, iconic brand that is as rewarding for long-time fans as it is for the casually nerdy. It is highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed the He-Man centric The Toys That Made Us episode but wanted to learn more.” John Atkin, HeMan World

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