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"Scooby Doo 1 & 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Laughs and scares aplenty are unleashed in these two popular live-action/computer-animation romps featuring Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), Velma (Linda Cardellini) and that canine you-know-doo. The Mystery Inc. gang reunites to find out what's behind the jinky-jittery goings-on at Spooky Island, the spring break hot spot run by Emile Mondavarious (Rowan Atkinson). Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed finds our heroes with their hands and paws full trying to find out why Coolsville is overrun with monsters they thought they'd defeated years earlier...but now the beastly beings are b-a-a-ack. ZOINKS!

Specifications

  • Warner Home Video
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 2 Hr 38 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Codec: Not Specifie
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DD/ DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini
  • Directed by Raja Gosnell
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  • Violence: Comic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Both of these movies are geared for the 6-12 year old crowd. Though I grew up on the original Hanna-Barbera cartoons, I found the live action counter-parts to be less "fun". The CGI effects were pretty good, but you’ll never mistake Scooby for being a “living” creature. Both movies had convoluted plots but should maintain the interests of the targeted age groups with lots of action and use of  vibrant color. Lillard was born to play Shaggy and nails the character both in mannerisms and voice. Cameos abound with Alicia Silverstone, Rowan Atkinson and the late Peter Boyle. If you have young kids, this 2 disc set should keep them amused on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I should mention that Shaggy and Scooby have a flatulence contest and other “low brow” scenes pop up from time to time. Ah, to be a seven year old again!

Technical

Both films have remarkable detail with strong colors that really pop and look…well…cartoonish. A few of the dark scenes exhibit crush, but in general, any youngster will be impressed with the image quality. Oddly, the first film is in DD 5.1 and the second comes with DTS-HD master audio; the latter exhibiting very deep bass and very active surrounds.

Extras

Additional scenes, commentaries, "making of", trailers, Mystery Van, Dancing dog music video and more.