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The latest original Scooby-Doo movie finds Scooby and Mystery, Inc. heading to Chicago for an American Idol-style talent show called Talent Star to investigate the mysterious reappearance of the hosting opera house’s phantom. Ooh, spooky. The phantom is wreaking havoc with most of the contestants and seems to be working in favor of one contestant in particular.
The movie is a fantastical and humorous re-imagining of The Phantom of the Opera, though most of the younger viewers in the audience will probably not get that reference at all. They will still, however, be able to enjoy the best friends for life with the ravenous appetites, “Scoob” and Shaggy, the hijinks, and thrills. As always, Scooby-Doo might be a little on the scary side for the really young ones, but should be okay for kids ages 6 and up.
Of course, the animation is without question top notch, from the opening title sequence that offers up a contemporary musical number so perfect for today’s youth, just as the “Scooby-Doo, where are you?” song was. All of this things make for a satisfying, family-friendly romp with these familiar friends.
There is a little bit of an out of focus softness that occurs in the image from time to time, but otherwise this AVC 1080p encodement of Stage Fright is another winning transfer from Warner Animation that offers up rich colors, little in the way of anomalies and detailed line art.
This is a fantastic English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) soundtrack supplied with this Scooby-Doo! movie. From the opening scene as the Scooby Gang are riding in their van during a rainstorm, we are surrounded in a beautifully balanced and natural soundscape. As the action picks up, sounds are panned all around us, and lows are deep while the higher end of the audio spectrum is natural and airy.
Warner provides two episodes from the classic Scooby-Doo! TV series as extras.
- Never Ape an Ape Man (1.33:1; SD; 00:22:04)
- Don’t Fool with a Phantom (1.33:1; SD; 00:22:04)
The Definitive Word
Parents, pick this one up for your kids. It will bring back memories and they will love the hijinks of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, and the rest of the gang.
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