MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 26 Feb 2020, 13:24

When you think the movie is getting more love, think again and ask for a very mainstream social media (850K followers) to post about it and you get not "criticism" (as mature adults should do and that's fine) but just pure trashing and bashing (kind of like when one person is getting harassed or beat up and everybody is participating or encouraging)...
https://www.facebook.com/80sTees/videos ... 861611397/

In my recent reflexions I was wondering if the trolling/trashing culture was more extreme in the US?

I mean we have that in France but the American culture seems to have encouraged that even more (and I'm not talking about the president)...
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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jamesflavell on 27 Feb 2020, 00:38

I think, on balance, that trolling and trashing culture is more prevalent - and can be much more vicious - in the US than elsewhere; certainly it is rarely as bad in Canada right next door. It's partly a facet of the ongoing 'culture wars' where the shrill wrath of self-styled 'Social Justice Warriors' (sic..) knows no bounds and who view those who oppose them as not merely wrong but actually evil. This has debased almost all debate across the US internet - and the virus is spreading globally.

But in this particular case, there is the distinct air of a feeding frenzy among trolls - all lining up to bash the '87 movie - because it shows how cool and sophisticated and superior in taste they are: virtue-signalling is a way of life among these people; broad-minded appreciation is not. And keyboard warriors have rarely if ever taken part in an actual fight.....
And, alas, the negative reports on Gary Goddard of late - though unsubstantiated at law - have done little to change outlook towards greater constructive criticism and enlightenment with regard to the film.

That said, there are hundreds of thousands of posts out there praising it and stating open enjoyment of it and in the opinion of significant numbers of reviewers and film-afficionados, the '87 movie is more popular now than it has ever been, achieving enduring cult - almost mythical - status.

What are a few trolls, each in danger of falling off their egos and landing on their IQs, to set against that..?
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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jamesflavell on 27 Feb 2020, 03:26

To prove the point - at least in a small way - I selected a review at random from the Google listings for this week. And in this case I'd say that the writer got his critique about right.

https://www.backtothemovies.com/masters ... 87-review/
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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 04 Mar 2020, 02:12

Cannes festival, May 1987, posing with what seems to be a giant MOTU cardboard marquee in front of the Carlton or Martinez hotels (more likely the Carlton) - Photo by Swedish photographer Stig Svedfelt
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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 05 Mar 2020, 23:22

Cult French magazine Starfix had two yearly specials on SFX in late 1987 and 1988. This one covered MASTERS based on the in-depth behind the scenes article from Cinefex.

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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 02 Apr 2020, 21:13

Super7 figures unboxing by Oliver Harper (IN SEARCH OF THE LAST ACTION HEROES)

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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 19 Apr 2020, 18:07

Remember the TOY MASTERS documentary that never got officially released?






Since it seems to be held "hostage" preventing it from being properly mastered for a release, co-director Corey Landis decided to make it an audio podcast and here is the first episode:
https://anchor.fm/toymasters/episodes/T ... -it-ecusk9

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Postby Jox on 20 Apr 2020, 20:53

Gary Goddard's teaser trailer in a better resolution than we've seen before
https://www.starz.com/us/en/play/30247

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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 22 Apr 2020, 18:52

Super7 cardback line art (by Axel Gimenez)
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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 27 Apr 2020, 22:22

CF3 Podcast: Masters of the Universe (1987) w/ Anthony De Longis
http://cf3pod.com/065-masters-of-the-un ... -de-longis
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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 03 May 2020, 20:17

TOY MASTERS podcast episode 4
(on the sales decline and over-shippment, the motion picture, and the futuristic "He-Man" reboot)
https://anchor.fm/toymasters/episodes/T ... ork-edhtsq
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/t ... 0473400643
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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 06 May 2020, 21:19

The now famous Mattel contest-winner Richard Szponder who got to appear as "Pigboy" tells all about his experience in this podcast hosted by He-Manologist Eamon O'Donoghue
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/b ... 0473703224

Here's the vintage He-Man magazine report:

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Postby Jox on 10 May 2020, 20:51

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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 24 May 2020, 20:03

A fantastic, in-depth interview with composer Bill Conti, sadly when asked about it he admits not to remember that much about MOTU...
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s ... 1343066471

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Re: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Gary Goddard, 1987)

Postby Jox on 29 May 2020, 11:03

From Simon Phipps who did graphics for the Atari ST video game:
https://www.simonphipps.com/games/mastersoftheuniverse/
Masters of the Universe – The Movie

PUBLISHED
January 1988

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Gremlin Graphics

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Gremlin Graphics (Derby)

MY ROLE
Graphics (Atari ST)

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My first full-time job in the industry was helping out with the graphics for Gremlin’s Masters of the Universe – The Movie. My job was originally going to be freelance work but having shown the guys at Gremlin my ‘portfolio’ I was offered a full-time job with them. And so my career in the Games Industry proper began.

Masters of the Universe had been in development for some months when I came on board so my job was to join in and produce backgrounds and some sprites for the Atari ST version.

Based upon the movie with Dolph Lundgren in the role of He-Man, the game comprised a number of different mini-games that were connected together by a scrolling shoot ’em up section that saw the player running around the streets of 1987 America blasting the evil Skeletor’s henchmen. As He-Man made his way around the streets, his friends contacted him and ordered them to go to various locations to engage in the mini-games.

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These were an Operation Wolf-style shootout outside an electrical store, a beat ’em up against ‘Blade’ and ‘Beast Man’ and a vertically scrolling shooter with He-Man on board a flying disk blasting yet more of Skeletor’s minions. With all eight ‘Chords’ collected the player activated the ‘Cosmic Key’ and returned to He-Man’s home planet of Eternia for one final beat ’em up against Skeletor himself.


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(Bit of ridiculous trivia – in the days before affordable flatbed scanners, the title screen graphics were created by overlaying a piece of tracing paper with a grid on it over a copy of the movie poster and by hand laying down the image a pixel at a time…it took me two solid days, but it seemed to work! )

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More information on the various formats of the game can be found on Moby Games’ Masters of the Universe: The Movie page.
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