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Daphne And Velma Blu-ray Review

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“Daphne And Velma” never lives up to its potential.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.”

In this live-action “Scooby-Doo” prequel direct-to-DVD film, viewers get to learn the origin of how Daphne and Velma first meet. The plot is simple. Daphne and Velma start out as Internet friends but soon become friends in real life when Daphne moves to Ridge Valley. Although there is some friction between the two at first, they soon overcome their differences. The two eventually team up to investigate weird circumstances going on at their technologically advanced school which is sponsored by Bloom Innovative. You see, certain students are not acting like themselves and this may or may not have something to do with Bloom technology. Can the two crack the case?

On paper, “Daphne And Velma” sounds like a good idea. A new and modern take on the two heroic female characters could not only be a refreshing change for the franchise, but it could also set-up the potential of having the characters be role models for young girls. Unfortunately, the execution of this first film leaves much to be desired. The script by Kyle Mack and Caitilin Meares falls flat from the get go. Not only do they try way too hard to be hip, but the script includes some truly weird plot choices involving Daphne’s weird dad and the technologically advanced school. Granted, the story does have a theme that shows the dangers of technology, but it comes across as clunky and even embarrassing at times. The mystery itself is also lacking in intrigue. You can’t help but shake the feeling that they could have come up with something more thrilling.

On the plus side, actress Sarah Jeffrey is fantastic as Daphne. She gives the character much more depth than she usually has while also making the role her own. Sarah Gilman (who plays the brainy Velma) doesn’t fare quite as well in terms of her acting ability, but she at least has fairly good chemistry with Sarah Jeffrey and manages to embody the character.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The film is presented with a bright and shiny hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? While not the most dynamic track, it does the job.

Extras: * DVD copy * Digital copy * WB trailers * A 5 1/2 minute gag reel * “Daphne And Velma: A New Ambition”- A featurette that includes interviews, set footage and discussions about the movie and characters. * “An Updated Classic Mystery”- Another featurette that sells the movie basically * “Iconic Styles Of Daphne And Velma Reimagined”- This extra centers around the costumes.

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May 15, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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