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Four Upcoming Scooby-Doo! Blu-rays
Posted November 28, 2012 10:09 PM by Webmaster
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of four 2003-2009 Warner Bros. Animation Scooby-Doo! movies: Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire, Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico, Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster and Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword. All four mysteries are set to arrive on Blu-ray on March 12, 2013.
Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire (2003) - On vacation in Australia, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang attend a music festival held at Vampire Rock. But the music goes flat when the gang learns that a legendary Australian creature called the Yowie Yahoo is kidnapping the musical acts and turning them into vampires! Masquerading as a heavy metal band, Scooby-Doo and the gang must survive a trio of rock-and-roll vampires if they want to crack the outlandish Outback mystery surrounding The Legend of the Vampire!
Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico (2003) - Scooby-Doo and the gang visit a friend in Mexico to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Unfortunately, a monster appears and begins terrorizing the town. Looks like a job for Scoob, Shag, Fred, Daphne and Velma, your favorite meddling kids!
Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster (2004) - Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the Mystery Inc. crew travel to Scotland on vacation and find themselves unexpectedly tackling their biggest monstrosity ever: the Loch Ness Monster. Does it really exist? Early evidence suggests a scary "yes" when something gigantic appears outside the window of Daphne's ancestral family castle. Will Scooby-Doo and crew solve one of history's longest-running mysteries?
Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword (2009) - The gang of Mystery Inc. take a trip to Japan and find themselves circling Asia and the Pacific in a treasure hunt, racing against the vengeful Black Samurai and his Ninja warriors to find the legendary Sword of Fate, an ancient blade fabled to possess extraordinary supernatural powers.
I liked the direction "Zombie Island" tried to take the franchise, but the few followups I watched seemed timid in comparison, and I'm afraid they've probably further slipped toward overly kid-friendly irrelevance, leaving little for nostalgic adults to appreciate. (Might I note that kid-friendly content now isn't nearly what kid-friendly was at the time of the original series.)
If anything more recent than "Witch's Ghost" even approaches the quality of "Zombie Island" (in writing quality, story line, creepiness, multi-age-friendliness, etc.), I'd love to be corrected and directed to the best titles to pick up.
The older series and movies wouldn't benefit much from Blu-Ray, they don't look that good on DVD, and I doubt Warner Bros would want to spend money on a decent restoration. The earliest DTV movies (Zombie Island / Witch's Ghost / Alien Invaders) aren't HD, so unlikely to be released on Blu-Ray anytime soon either.
Only the more recent series (What's New Scooby Doo?, Shaggy & Scooby Get a Clue and Mystery Inc.) and DTVs would get benefits from Blu-Ray, since they were produced for widescreen, and in high definition.
@Shawn Watson: Actually Cyber Chase was the first Scooby Doo DTV produced in HD in 2001, all Scooby Doo DTV after that date were produced in HD, and have been available in HD via iTunes for a long time now.