Scooby-Doo-What's New, Scooby-Doo?-Volume 5: Homeward Bound (2002)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||
Warner Home Video
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
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:
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
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:
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.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using Component output|
|Display||LG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie|