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The Secret of the Sword

"I've got that flying horsey in my sight" He-Man & the Masters of the Universe was a massive hit toy line and a massive hit animated TV series. He-Man ruled the airwaves in the 80s and it would only make sense to not only make a feature length theatrical film but also a new spin-off series with a new character! The film follows Price Adam/He-Man as he embarks on the search for his twin sister. Turns out that a new villain by the name of Hordak had kidnapped He-Man's twin sister shortly after birth and taken here to another dimension on a planet called Etherea. No one knows what happened to the little girl, Adora. But, with this information and with a magical sword, He-Man is on his way to find Princess Adora.  What much can be said of "The Secret of the Sword", it's not necessarily a film for cinemas as there is nothing special enough about the movie for it to warrant a theatrical release, other than the length of the film. The animation remains the

Man's Best Friend (Scream Factory) Blu-ray Review + Screenshots

Studio: Scream Factory

Release Date: November 19th, 1993 (theatrical) / March 12th, 2019 (blu-ray)

Run Time: 87 mins

Region Code: A (locked)

Picture: 1080p (1.85:1 aspect ratio)

Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English

Slipcover: No

Digital Copy: No

Starring: Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen, Robert Costanzo, Fredric Lehne, John Cassini, and William Sanderson

Written by John Lafia

Directed by John Lafia

Rating: R (terror and violence involving a household pet)


I reviewed the film a while back. You can find the review HERE.


Featuring a brand new 2K scan from original film elements and presented in the film’s original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, Man’s Best Friend looks really good. Blacks are inky and deep. Colors and skin tones look great and the transfer has a film like feel to it.

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track sounds nice with dialogue sounding great while the film’s score comes through nicely.

English subtitles are there for those who need them.


The default cover is one of the film’s original posters. I actually like this poster better than the reverse as it sells to the film better (at least to me it does).

The reverse cover is the one that New Line used when the film was released on VHS and Laserdisc. This cover is more generic, but it does do a pretty decent job selling the film. For some reason, this version of the poster has the word “protector” spelled wrong.

The disc features the art as the default cover art and is REGION A (locked)


Audio Commentary with writer/director John Lafia

Trailers (2m 38s, HD)

TV Spots (50s, SD)

Not the greatest set of features, but for a title like this, they are half bad either. Would have loved an interview with Henriksen or Sheedy, but the commentary does a good job at being the best of everything.


Man’s Best Friend was a staple in the video store days, but the film hasn’t aged all that well. That being said, there is still some fun to be had with this killer dog film. The blu-ray gives us a nice picture to look at, some pretty nice sound, but the special features are lacking. It really isn’t Scream Factory’s fault as most who were involved in the film apparently, outside of the director, don’t want to talk about the film. That is a shame as I am sure there are some good stories. If you want some 90’s horror thrills then this disc will serve those needs.



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