'Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Season 1, Vol. 3'
(DVD / NR / 2009 /Warner Home Video)
Overview: A ghost clown, a cursed mummy and a mysterious puppet master are some of the strange and spooky villains the Mystery Inc. gang encounters on 'Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Vol. 3 Hello Mummy,' a collection of classic Scooby-Doo cartoons available on DVD September 1, 2009.
DVD Verdict: I'm gonna be honest with you folks - I've never really liked "Scooby-Doo" much. Maybe it was the unappealing character designs, maybe it was the fact that they somehow managed to make 400 episodes out of the same basic plot, or maybe it's the fact that Warner Bros. has been forcing it down our throats in the past decade while ignoring their own creations. Yeah, it was probably that last reason, as evidenced by the existence of this DVD here!
The point is, even if I was a "Scooby-Doo" fan, I still wouldn't recommend buying this DVD. It's a completely pointless single-disc release containing the THIRD four episodes of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" ... and there are supposedly more in the series of volumed single-disc releases of these episodes due out before the end of the year!
But, to be sure to give both sides of the fence here, I felt obliged to track some back story for those interested parties still out there. 'Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!' first made its debut more than thirty years ago during CBS’ Saturday morning lineup and became an instant hit. The series follows the adventures of Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, Velma and Scooby-Doo as they travel in their van “The Mystery Machine” and solve cases typically involving ghosts, monsters or other supernatural forces. Hi-jinks always ensue, with their investigations resulting in entertaining chase scenes mixed with catchy musical numbers and comedic antics.
There, I did it! That all said, sure it’s material the whole family can enjoy, and it's a program that always delivers that perfect balance of mystery and intrigue, mixed with just the right amount of fun and comedic antics ... it's just, well, it's been the same old same old for soooo many years now formula-wise, that's all! [The Backstage Rage, Bedlam in the Big Top, A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts, and Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.