Scooby-Doo-What's New, Scooby-Doo?-Volume 5: Homeward Bound (2002)

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Released 4-Oct-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 110:00
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
Kim Shattuck


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Dutch 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
French
German
Dutch
Hebrew
Arabic
English for the Hearing Impaired
German 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 5: Homeward Bound contains another five episodes from the popular 2002 animated series. Debuting in 1969, the longevity of this Hanna-Barbera property is quite astonishing, and arguably more successful than either of Hanna-Barbera's other classics of the genre like The Flintstones and The Jetsons. Personally I prefer the Flintstones (not the films - they were quite dire), but there is no denying the popularity of Scooby especially with the younger crowd. The episodes contained on the disc are as follows:

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Transfer Quality

Video

    What's New Scooby-Doo Volume 5 is presented full frame as it was broadcast and is not 16x9 enhanced for widescreen viewing.

    The episodes are pretty flawless in their transfers. The images are sharp, with no grain or low level noise inconsistencies. Mind you, I wouldn't expect anything less for a brand new animated series.

    Colours are vibrant with no image bleeding.

    There are no video artefacts visible.

    Warner Home Video has again delivered a first rate transfer for this 5th disc in the new series.

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Audio

    There are 4 Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded audio tracks available on this DVD. The tracks are in English, French, German and Dutch. The English track is reviewed here.

    Dialogue levels remain strong and clear throughout the transfer.

    The series music is fun and the updated theme song is a welcome addition. The individual episodes have solid scores which add the appropriate atmosphere to the show.

    Surround channel use is minimal, with few really noticeable directional effects, but for an animated kids show the track is still fairly lively.

    The subwoofer supports the 2.0 surround sound adequately.

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Extras

Main Menu Introduction

    New version of the Scooby-Doo theme song with screen captures from the various episodes.

Main Menu Audio & Animation

    Animated screen captures from the show.

R4 vs R1

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

    Regional comparisons are impossible to make as the Volume 5 R1 and R4 discs contain different episodes:

    The R1 disc contains the following 4 episodes:

Summary

   What's New Scooby-Doo Vol 5: Homeward Bound contains another five entertaining episodes from the popular 2002 animated series. I find these new shows more entertaining than the original series as I believe the animation has improved and the stories are more varied. Anyway, my kids love it which is always a good sign. The disc has a well presented transfer with no extras, however there are five episodes on this disc so I consider that a bonus.

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Monday, January 16, 2006
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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