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The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection Blu-ray Review

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“The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection” will satisfy fans of the long-running franchise.

“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.”

“The New Scooby-Doo Movies” (the second animated series of the franchise) has been given a brand new Blu-ray release containing 23 of the 24 episodes made. Due to rights issues, there is one missing episode here with The Addams Family centric “Wednesday Is Missing.”

In terms of the 23 episodes, each one features celebrity guest stars that include The 3 Stooges (twice), Batman and Robin (twice), Jonathan Winters, Don Knotts (twice), Phyllis Diller, Sandy Duncan, Sonny and Cher, Laurel and Hardy, The Harlem Globetrotters (three times), Davy Jones, Jerry Reed, Jeannie and Babu, Josie and the Pussycats, Tim Conway, Don Adams, “Speed Buggy” cast, Cass Elliot and Dick Van Dyke.. The plots of the above mentioned episodes involve the 3 Stooges ghost town theme park, counterfeit money, a giant chicken secret formula, mistaken identity, someone (or something) after Phyllis Diller’s jewels, monsters disrupting a Sandy Duncan movie, mysterious fog, a bigfoot ghost, the ghost of the Red Baron, ghost pirates, a hotel visit plagued by Pescado Diabolico and his shark men, Davy Jones’ haunted fortress, Jerry Reed missing at his own concert, the Joker and Penguin kidnapping someone, a sea serpent, a haunted island, Mystery Inc. bumping into Josie and the Pussycats at an old haunted showboat, a time travel trip, a ghost athlete haunting school students, exterminating bugs, a town’s decreasing population, candy factory troubles and Dick Van Dyke’s haunted carnival.

If you’re familiar with the adventures of Mystery Inc. (comprised of beloved characters Daphne, Velma, Fred, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy), there’s no reason you won’t get swept up in these hour-long episodes featuring everything you love about Scooby-Doo such as ghosts, fake-outs, humor, investigations, and, in the case of this series, neat guest stars and crossovers. Sure, the celeb guests can be seen as gimmicks, but it does live up the formulaic plot structures by seeing the Scooby gang interact with cartoon versions of iconic stars in various entertainment mediums. For example, my two personal favorite episodes involve Mystery Inc. teaming up with Batman and Robin. I’m a sucker for worlds colliding and it’s just flat-out fun to see iconic crime solvers in the same space together (Scooby and Co. are even in the Bat cave!).

Superheroes aren’t the only guests here, however, as plenty of comedic legends are also front and center including personal favorites such as Laurel and Hardy. The animated versions of the legendary duo are captured shockingly well here and provide actual laughs (as opposed to the frequent canned laughter).

Whether you are young or old or know who the guest stars are or not, “The New Scooby-Doo Movies” has something for every fan. Times have changed, trends have changed, and pop culture has changed, but Scooby-Doo still manages to endure in any iteration.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Print defects do pop up but I’m amazed by the transfers given the age of the episodes. The colors are so bright and sharp.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Expect clear and crisp audio.

Extras:
* “The Hanna-Barbera Kennel Club Roasts Scooby-Doo”- Huckleberry Hound hosts this 5 minute roast special which contains a lot of clips.
* “Uptown With Scooby-Doo And The Harlem Globetrotters”- A nearly 9 minute extra with real life Harlem Globetrotters showing off some basketball tricks.
* “Girls Rock!”- A featurette and tribute to Daphne and Velma.

May 31, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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