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Mainstream - Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2 Blu-ray Family Double Feature

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Scooby-Doo 1 & 2 Collection Blu-ray
Scooby-Doo, Matthew Lillard, Sarah-Michelle Gellar
Directed by Rajah Gosnell
Warner Home Video 2011

If you expect anything more than a live action cartoon in the Scooby-Doo movie you are barking up the wrong tree. For what it is this movie is entertaining. Scooby-Doo Blu-ray and Scooby-Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed Blu-ray are now available together in a Family Double feature. If you do not already have these titles in your collection and are a Scooby fan this is a good deal.

What makes Scooby-Doo work is Matthew Lillard as Shaggy. The rest of the actors do a pretty good job but Shaggy and Scooby are the real stars of the series. The CGI Scooby is pretty decent but not much more than that.

The movie begins with the Mystery Inc. breaking up after everybody complains about how they are always put in the same situation (Velma is always the geek, Daphne is always captured and needs rescue, and so on). A few years later the owner of Spooky Island, a horror-themed island part attraction, manages to get the gang together to solve a mystery. At first they are reluctant but circumstances force their hand.

If you are not familiar with the Scooby franchise a lot of the humor is wasted as much of it is self-referential and based on the cartoon’s stereotypes. The rest of the jokes are slapstick stuff and a couple of gross-out scenes such as when Scooby and Shaggy have a burp and fart competition.

The story itself is standard issue. Rowan Atkinson is decent as the island owner but mostly phones it in.

Special features on the Scooby-Doo Blu-ray include 2 commentary tracks and behind the scenes features. The various games available on the DVD version are not included here.

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