Scooby-Doo-What's New, Scooby-Doo?-Volume 2: Safari, So Goodi! (2002)

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Released 27-Apr-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Trailer-Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Featurette-Learn The Lingo
Featurette-Road Trip
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 81:00
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Russell Calabrese
Scott Jeralds
Tim Maltby
Tom Mazzocco
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Casey Kasem
Frank Welker
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $19.95 Music Rich Dickerson
Gigi Meroni
Simple Plan


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Italian
Hungarian
Polish
Czech
Romanian
Slovenian
Croatian
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    What's New Scooby Doo? Vol 2 Safari, So Goodi contains another four episodes from the refurbished 2002 animated series. As a young fella growing up in the early 1970s I used to enjoy the original series, but quickly grew out of it as adolescence approached. 30 years later I am now getting to revisit the Scooby Doo phenomenon through the eyes of my four year old son. He absolutely loves the show and plays it endlessly. The animation is equal to, and sometimes slightly better in quality than, the original series that debuted in 1969. What's New Scooby Doo? is very entertaining for the G rated crowd and doesn't contain anything overtly violent or horrific for young eyes. As usual, the monsters, ghouls, and ghosts et al are always unmasked as impostors. The episodes contained in volume 2 are:

It's Mean, it's Green, it's the Mystery Machine - The gang's conveyance of choice, the Mystery Machine, appears to have a mind of its own.

Riva Ras Regas - Scooby and the gang travel to Las Vegas and take in a concert that also happens to be menaced by a mysterious phantom.

Roller Ghoster Ride - After winning a roller coaster design competition the gang is invited to an extreme rides fun park to christen the recently constructed coaster. All is not well when a vengeful goblin harasses the clientele.

Safari So Good - On a trip to Africa, Scooby and his cohorts are menaced by shape shifting jungle demons.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    What's New Scooby Doo Volume 2 is presented full frame at 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced for widescreen viewing.

    The episodes are pretty flawless in their transfers, as you would expect for a brand new animated series. Sharpness levels are spot on with no grain or low level noise inconsistencies.

    Colours are vibrant with no image bleeding.

    There are no video artefacts visible.

    Warner Home Video has supplied a first rate transfer for Scooby and the gang.

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Audio

    There are 4 Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded audio tracks for this film. The tracks are in English, Italian, Hungarian, and Polish. The English track is reviewed here.

    Dialogue is clear and consistent.

    The show's music is excellent and adds the appropriate atmosphere to the on-screen proceedings.

    Surround channel use is minimal, with few really noticeable directional effects, but for a 2.0 surround track it is still fairly lively and won't disappoint.

    The subwoofer contributes well during each episode.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio

Trailer - Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

Featurette - Learn The Lingo

    This short featurette runs for 4:00 and attempts to explain the teenage lingo used in the episodes located on the disc. There are subtitles and helpful tips from Velma.

Featurette - Road Trip

    Running 7:00 minutes, this fact-finding guided tour of the locations in the 4 episodes is filled with nonsensical trivia and other fun anecdotes.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    All versions of Volume 2 available are the same.

Summary

   What's New Scooby Doo Volume 2 is better than average entertainment for the young ones. The disc has a fine presentation with a few bonus special features.

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using Component output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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