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The Best Of The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The Lost Episodes DVD Review

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“The Best Of The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The Lost Episodes” offers up a dose of classic Scooby-Doo episodes.

With “The Best Of The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The Lost Episodes,” viewers get 8 episodes from the 1972-1973 animated series (a soon to be reviewed almost complete collection containing 23 episodes will be released the same day as this set). The 8 episodes in this set include “A Good Medium Is Rare,” “Sandy Duncan’s Jekyll And Hyde,” “The Secret Of Shark Island,” “The Haunted Horseman Of Hagglethorn Hall,” “The Phantom Of The Country Music Hall,” “Scooby-Doo Meets Jeannie (Mystery In Persia),” “The Haunted Showboat,” and “The Spirited Spooked Sports Show.” For those that aren’t aware, this is the second series in the Scooby-Doo franchise which featured hour-long episodes that contained celebrity guests. Star appearances in this batch of episodes include Phyllis Diller, Sandy Duncan, Sonny and Cher, Davy Jones, Jerry Reed, Jeannie and Babu, Josie and the Pussycats, and Tim Conway. The plots of the above mentioned episodes involve someone (or something) after Phyllis Diller’s jewels, monsters disrupting a Sandy Duncan movie, a hotel visit plagued by Pescado Diabolico and his shark men, Davy Jones’ haunted fortress, Jerry Reed missing at his own concert, Mystery Inc. bumping into Josie and the Pussycats at an old haunted showboat, a time travel trip, and a ghost athlete haunting school students.

Despite the title “The New Scooby-Doo Movies,” the episodes aren’t actually movies although they are essentially double-sized episodes that contain movie and TV stars. Regardless, this is a classic animated series which contains everything you love about the franchise. The Mystery Inc. gang (Shaggy, Fred, Velma, Scooby-Doo and Daphne) hop in the Mystery Machine and investigate spooky occurrences that aren’t what they seem, Scoob and Shaggy get freaked out (and get hungry) celebs make appearances, villains are unmasked and their plans are foiled, you know the drill.

While all of the episodes have their moments, 2 stand out to me personally. “Sandy Duncan’s Jekyll And Hyde” finds the Mystery Inc. team in a Hollywood backlot filled with classic monster appearances and an ending that is actually different than the norm. The real selling point with this set, however, has to be “The Haunted Showboat” which is a crossover episode with “Josie And The Pusycats.” Just seeing the characters interact with one another will surely please fans of both beloved toons. It’s also quite fun to see Casey Kasem voicing characters from both franchises!

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Matted Widescreen. How does it look? The episodes look super clean and contain rich colors. I imagine the Blu-ray release will be even more impressive.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital Mono. How does it sound? A surprisingly lively Mono track all around.

No extras.

May 25, 2019 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , ,

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