Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Scooby-Doo DVD (2002)

Just like a Scooby-snack, the DVD of "Scooby-Doo" is packed with ingredients. Most of these are quite pedestrian but the low price of the disc reflects that and technically the DVD is good.

TECHNICAL FEATURES

Picture The psychedelic colour scheme of the movie transfers to disc with vibrant flair without smearing into anything scary.

Sound A lively 5.1 mix lashes plenty of fun, spooky effects around the speakers, and there's plenty of bass for the music.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Audio Commentary One Director Raja Gosnell and producers Richard Suckle and Charles Roven are your commentators for track one. They offer up a few amusing anecdotes along with breakdowns of the sets and movie structure.

Both Richard and Charles have been working on bringing the film to screen since 1994, so they can offer the real long-haul view. Perhaps that explains why, when Rowan Atkinson said no to a role five times, they just kept at him.

Meanwhile on the gossip front - poor old Freddie Prinze Jr's hair started to fall out because of all the bleaching, he had to shave his face twice a day, and Sarah Michelle Gellar had to keep shaving his swarthy arms. Wait, that last bit is quite good isn't it? Lucky furball.

Audio Commentary Two Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, and Linda Cardellini make up the gigglesome cast for commentary track two, and what a silly affair it is. It's fun to listen to and they do seem to have a good rapport, but you won't learn much about the production.

Additional Scenes Here you'll find the alternate opening which was to have been cartoon-style, like the original TV series. There's an optional commentary for all the footage here, which breaks down into six extra scenes including a bikini dance that had to be cut because people objected. Quite right too as it's reeeeeally naughty!

Making of There's plenty of good behind-the-scenes footage here - the impressive sets along with a look at the CGI effects and some suitably flimsy interviews.

Scary Places This four-minute quickie takes a look at the CGI for Scooby and has some quick set tours.

The Mystery Van Running at just over a minute, you get the briefest of glimpses at the 55 designs considered for the Mystery Van.

Daphne Fight Scene Another brief featurette, this time focused on a dangling Sarah Michelle Gellar as she works her way through the wire stunts in the movie.

Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD is a music video, an advert for the soundtrack, and an Easter Egg (look out for the 'Zoinks!' sign).

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Region: 2
Chapters: 12
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Tracks: English and multiple languages
Subtitles: English and multiple languages
Captions: English and Italian
Menus: Animated, with music, and a nervous Scoob that may or may not need the toilet judging by his cross-legged dancing around the menu.
Special Features Subtitles: All the special features come with subtitles apart from the commentary tracks and the music video.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Raja Gosnell

Writer: Craig Titley, James Gunn

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Rowan Atkinson

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Length: 87 minutes

Cinema: 12 July 2002

DVD: 25 November 2002

Country: USA