‘Scooby-Doo’ Goes Medieval in New Movie

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the new animated movie Scooby-Doo! — The Sword and the Scoob on DVD and through digital retailers Feb. 23, 2021.

The latest direct-to-video “Scooby-Doo!” adventure finds the Mystery Inc. gang transported to Camelot during the Middle Ages, where they meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. When an evil sorceress tries to seize power, King Arthur turns to the super-sleuth team for help to save his throne.

Voices include Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley. The film also features Jason Isaacs as King Arthur Pendragon and Nick Frost as Merlin.

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‘After We Collided,’ ‘Back to the Future’ Collection Top Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

After We Collided, a romantic drama from Open Road Films, topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Oct. 24.

The film, a sequel to 2019’s After and based on the best-selling book of the same name, stars Josephine Langford as a college girl, Tessa Young, dealing with the aftermath of an intense breakup. The film was released Oct. 23 in select theaters and digitally (for rental and purchase) and will be issued on DVD on Nov. 24. The cast also includes Hero Fiennes Tiffin (as Tessa’s ex, Hardin Scott), Dylan Sprouse, Shane Paul McGhie, Candice King, Khadijha Red Thunder, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel Larsen and Selma Blair.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy debuted at No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy, containing all three movies in the series, was released Oct. 20 on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the first film.

In 1985, Director Robert Zemeckis, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer/screenwriter Bob Gale began the three-part journey with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time-traveling DeLorean to the past, present and future. The collection, featuring discbook packing, comes with a bonus disc with more than an hour of new content, such as rare audition footage from actors Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell; a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by Gale; a sneak peek at the new musical show; and a special episode of the YouTube series “Could You Survive The Movies?” Exclusives include the 4K trilogy with levitating hoverboard replica at Amazon, the Blu-ray trilogy with levitating hoverboard replica at Target, and steelbook editions at Best Buy.

Vertical Entertainment’s Ava finished the week at No. 3, the same spot it held the previous week, while Warner Bros.’ eight-film collection of “Harry Potter” movies slipped to No. 4 from No. 2.

Rounding out the top five on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Oct. 24 was the Walt Disney Co.’s Hocus Pocus, a perennial Halloween favorite, down from No. 4 the prior week.

Other newcomers to the chart are Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!, from Warner Bros; the World War II drama  A Call to Spy (No. 18), from IFC Films; and Universal Pictures’ Tremors: Shrieker Island (No. 19).

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! is the 31st direct-to-video movie based on the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon classic. It was released on DVD and through digital retailers on Oct. 6, although it was available previously (since Sept. 15) as a Walmart exclusive.

A Call to Spy is a historical drama  written and produced by Sarah Megan Thomas and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher. Based on the true stories of three women who worked as spies in British war leader Winston Churchill’s Secret Army, the film stars Sarah Megan Thomas, Radhika Apte and Stana Katic. A Call to Spy was released domestically Oct. 2 in theaters and through digital retailers.

Tremors: Shrieker Island, the seventh film in the long-running “Tremors” thriller franchise, was released Oct. 20 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD as well as through digital retailers. The film finds Michael Gross returning as Graboid hunter Burt Gummer, joined by Jon Heder as his potential protégé as they take on a batch of genetically modified Graboids terrorizing a tropical island. Also on Oct. 20 Universal issued all seven “Tremors” movies in a five-DVD set.

  1. After We Collided (Open Road)
  2. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy (Universal)
  3. Ava (Vertical)
  4. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  5. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  10. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  11. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  12. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  13. The Phenomenon (1091)
  14. Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo (Warner)
  15. Halloween (2018, Universal)
  16. Then Came You (Vertical)
  17. Batman: Death in the Family (Warner)
  18. A Call to Spy (IFC)
  19. Tremors: Shrieker Island (Universal)
  20. Trolls World Tour (Universal)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Oct. 24.

New ‘Scooby-Doo’ Halloween Movie Coming Oct. 6 for DVD and Digital Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Oct. 6 will release the new animated film Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! on DVD and for digital sellthrough. The DVD is available for sale now at Walmart and for rent at Redbox kiosks.

When Crystal Cove is terrorized by a swarm of feisty flying jack-o-lanterns, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang team up with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve the case.

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred, Grey Griffin as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Kate Micucci as Velma.

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‘Scoob!’ Arrives on Disc July 21

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Scoob! on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 21. The film is already available through digital retailers.

The film recounts the meeting of Scooby-Doo and his best pal Shaggy, and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form Mystery Inc. Now, after hundreds of adventures, Scooby and the gang encounter the larger world of the Hanna-Barbera universe, teaming with Blue Falcon and Dynomutt to stop Dick Dasterdly from unleashing the legendary ghost dog Cerberus upon the world.

The voice cast includes Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell and Frank Welker.

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Scoob! was set to be the first “Scooby-Doo!” animated feature film released theatrically May 15, but with the coronavirus pandemic shutting down theaters it was instead released through premium VOD and digital sellthrough.

The discs will include a digital copy and bonus materials previously released with the digital version. The DVD and Blu-ray versions will include a “How to Draw Scooby-Doo” featurette. The Blu-ray editions will also include bloopers, deleted scenes, and the featurettes “New Friends, Newer Villains” and “Puppies!!”

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The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Scoob! will feature HDR10+, HDR technology that optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene, making bright areas brighter and dark areas darker to deliver a lifelike viewing experience.

Scoob!

DIGITAL REVIEW:

Warner;
Animated;
$19.99 VOD, $24.99 EST;
Rated ‘PG’ for some action, language and rude/suggestive humor.
Voices of Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Frank Welker, Iain Armitage, Mckenna Grace, Simon Cowell.

In upscaling “Scooby-Doo!” for what would have been the long-running franchise’s first big-screen outing, the filmmakers behind Scoob! have sent the Mystery Inc. gang far beyond the trappings of their typical adventures.

Instead of a mere ghost story to unravel, the team finds itself entangled in an Indiana Jones-style globetrotting adventure that involves unlocking the gates of hell to uncover vast treasures left behind by Alexander the Great. Along the way they encounter enough characters from other classic cartoons to make this seem less like a “Scooby-Doo!” movie and more like phase one of a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe.

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It begins simply enough, with a flashback of young Shaggy meeting his talking-dog pal Scooby for the first time — and the pair in turn joining forces with the junior versions of Fred, Daphne and Velma to conquer a haunted house on Halloween. Cut to the present, and the fully fledged mystery-solving team we all know and love is looking for their next case. The client turns out to be none other than Simon Cowell, voicing himself in the grand tradition of the Scooby celebrity crossover, though things hit a snag when he questions the value of Shaggy and Scoob to the team, causing the pair to sulk off.

Once on their own, the pair are attacked by an army of robots and rescued by famed HB superheroes Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, who reveal the villain is none other than Dick Dastardly of HB’s “Wacky Races” fame.

Since Scooby is descended from the trusted dog of Alexander, Dasterdly needs his DNA to unlock the gates, and kidnaps the rest of Mystery Inc. to set a trap. But to unveil the gates, he must retrieve the three skulls of the guardian Cerberus from their hiding spots around the world.

The bizarre story beats, while putting a spin on timeless Scooby tropes, offer an excuse for some wild, colorful animation, as the classic characters are modernized through CGI, while Dasterdly and his army of diminutive robots are no doubt meant to evoke the flavor of Gru and the Minions from Despicable Me. It’s a splashy distraction for the little ones that delivers a warm message about friendship as it brings a touch of nostalgia for older viewers.

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The home video presentation offers 20 minutes of deleted sequences (featuring even more Hanna-Barbera characters) with introductions by director Tony Cervone.

Additional extras include a 10-minute “How to Draw Scooby-Doo” instructional video with Cervone, a four-minute voice-cast blooper reel and a one-minute promotional video in which the cast plays with puppies.

Apple TV offers a six-minute “New Friends, Newer Villains” featurette about all the Hanna-Barbera characters in the film. Vudu has an additional one-minute “Welcome Aboard the Falcon Fury” video, which is just a clip from the film.

Warner Plans Digital Release for ‘Scoob!’; Was Set to Be First Big-Screen Animated Scooby-Doo Movie

With movie theaters still closed, Warner Bros. is releasing the upcoming animated feature film Scoob! directly to home viewers.

The film — the first full-length animated Scooby-Doo adventure intended for the big screen — becomes available May 15 for premium digital ownership and premium video-on-demand (PVOD) in the United States and Canada.

Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of Warner Bros., said in a statement, “While we’re all eager to be able to once again show our films in theaters, we’re navigating new, unprecedented times which call for creative thinking and adaptability in how we distribute our content.

“We know fans are eager to see Scoob! and we’re delighted we can deliver this feel-good movie for families to enjoy while they’re home together.”

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Scoob! will be available for a 48-hour PVOD rental for $19.99 or premium digital ownership for $24.99 beginning May 15, The title will be available on participating digital platforms.

Scoob! reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc.

“Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world,” according to a Warner Bros. press release. “As they race to stop this global ‘dogpocalypse,’ the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.”

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 9/3/19;
Warner;
Animated;
$89.99 Blu-ray;
Not rated;
Voices of Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Stefanianna Christopherson, Heather North, Nicole Jaffe, Pat Stevens.

Warner Bros. is celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Scooby-Doo” in fine fashion with a gorgeous high-def presentation of the series that started it all.

The Blu-ray set includes all 41 episodes on four discs, comprising the first two seasons that ran from 1969-70, and a third season from 1978, when the “Where Are You” branding was revived after Scooby had spent most of the ’70s airing under different banners.

The episodes look remarkably clean for 50-year-old animation, with vibrant colors that pop off the screen, bringing new life and clarity to the adventures of the Mystery Inc. gang.

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The set includes three new featurettes and a preview of the upcoming live stage musical Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold, which looks to uphold the bizarre and trippy tradition of the franchise at its wackiest.

The best of the new extras is a 17-minute interview with voice actor Frank Welker, who has been with the show since the beginning. He chronicles how he ended up on the show, working with other castmates through the years, and how he approaches the characters, primarily Fred and Scooby.

The seven-minute “A Scooby-Doo for Everyone” is a fun index of all the various versions of “Scooby-Doo” cartoons that have been created over the years, from modern reboots to Lego parodies.

The nine-minute “50 Years of Scooby Snacks” looks at the cultural history of the show and some of the merchandising it has generated over the years.

The extras are included on the fourth disc, which also contains a trove of legacy extras, including retrospective featurettes from previous DVD releases.

The discs come in a nifty little replica of a mansion that includes a Funko Pop Scooby keychain cleverly integrated to show the character looking out one of the windows. The numbered set, from a run of 50,000, also comes with an abridged version of the Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia, which in addition to fun profiles of the main characters also takes a look at some related Hanna-Barbera characters as well.

50th Anniversary ‘Scooby-Doo’ Blu-ray Set Due Sept. 3

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! — The Complete Series: Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 3.

The four-disc collection includes all 41 episodes from the 1969-78 series, packaged in a collectible Mystery Mansion gift set that includes an exclusive Scooby-Doo Funko keychain and a mini Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia, as well as a digital copy of the series.

New bonus content includes the featurettes “My Life with Scooby – Frank Welker’s Animated Journey,” a profile of the voice actor; “A Scooby-Doo for Everyone,” a look at the different versions of Scooby-Doo that have appeared throughout the years; “50 Years of Scooby Snacks,” a look at the show’s cultural impact; and a preview of Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold, the new Scooby-Doo stage production.

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Previously released extras include:

  • “Scooby-Doo’s Ultimate Fans: Hail the Gang’s Followers and Memorabilia Collectors”;
  • “Get the Picture,” how to draw Scooby-Doo and the gang;
  • “Funky Fashion”;
  • “America Loves Scooby-Doo” music video;
  • “Scooby-Doo Street Smarts: Favorite Cases of Scooby-Doo Fans”;
  • “Take the Scooby-Doo Challenge”;
  • “Hanna-Barbera: From H to B,” a look at how the studio’s artists and animators collaborate internally and connect with fans externally;
  • “Scooby-Doo The Whole World Loves You!,” a fun-filled exploration of the world’s on-going love affair with all things “Scooby-Doo.”
  • “The Eerie Mystery of the Scooby-Doo History,” a  featurette about the beginnings of “Scooby-Doo” and how the show came to exist from the point of view of the executives and creative team behind the show;
  • “The Scooby-Doo Gang: In Their Own Words,” a featurette about the original voice cast of “Scooby-Doo” and how they originated the characters’ distinctive voices.

 

Warner Unveils Huge Home Entertainment Presence for Comic-Con 2019

The Warner Bros. studio home entertainment divisions are planning a major presence at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International, with premieres of new animated and horror movies, celebrations of iconic character anniversaries, and immersive fan experiences for major theatrical releases heading to home video.

This year’s Comic-Con takes place July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center and other locations throughout downtown San Diego.

Popeye’s 90th Birthday Party will take place at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, July 18, in room 6DE, featuring a panel discussion and a look at footage from Warner Archive’s new and upcoming Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Blu-rays.

A Birthday Bash for the 50th anniversary of “Scooby-Doo” is slated for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20 in Room 6A. A panel including Grey Griffin and Kate Micucci will preview the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! — The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion boxed set due in stores Sept. 3 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The new movie Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, a sequel to Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, will have its world premiere at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, July 21, in room 6BCF. The film will arrive on home video this fall from WBHE.

A “Batman Beyond” 20th anniversary panel is set for 12:15 p.m. Thursday, July 18 in Hall H. The retrospective of the futuristic animated series will include producers Bruce Timm and Glen Murakami, casting director Andrea Romano, director James Tucker, writers Bob Goodman and Stan Berkowitz, and voice actors Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle.

The Warner Bros./DC Booth will hold an autograph signing for both Critters Attack! and The Banana Splits Movie at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, followed by a panel discussion for both films at 4:30 p.m. in room 6DE.

Critters Attack! will debut on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally July 23 from WBHE.

The world premiere of The Banana Splits Movie will take place at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Horton Grand Theatre. A horror-movie version of the classic kids show, The Banana Splits Movie will be available digitally Aug. 13, and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 27 from WBHE.

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Warner Archive will hold a panel to promote the upcoming Blu-ray of V: The Original Mini-Series, at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, in room 6DE. On hand to celebrate the landmark 1983 sci-fi miniseries will be creator Kenneth Johnson and star Marc Singer, along with the Warner Archive Podcast team of D.W. Ferranti and Matthew Patterson, and moderator Gary Miereanu.

The world premiere of the DC animated movie Batman: Hush will take place at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, July 19, in Ballroom 20, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and cast. An encore screening will follow at 9:30 p.m. WBHE’s Batman: Hush arrives digitally July 20; on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 6; and on the DC Universe streaming service Aug. 13.

Batman: Hush

Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. in room 6A will be a panel celebrating Hanna-Barbera in honor of the recent “Jonny Quest” complete-series Blu-ray and Warner Archive’s upcoming Blu-ray of The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series. The panel will preview the new releases with a look at the remastering process.

The new animated movie Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans will have its world premiere at noon on Sunday, July 21, in room 6BCF, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s stars and creators. The movie will be available on home video this fall from WBHE.

The world premiere of Lego DC: Batman — Family Matters will take place at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in room 6BCF, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and cast. The animated movie will be available Aug. 6 on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally from WBHE.

In addition, Warner will offer fan experiences for the films Shazam! and Pokémon Detective Pikachu adjacent to the Omni Hotel across the railroad tracks from the convention center.

The Pikachu activation will offer guests a chance to explore an immersive walkthrough pop-up of the film’s Ryme City, including photo opps featuring a neon cityscape, the marketplace, film prop displays, an infinity room and characters from the film. WBHE releases the film digitally July 23, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 6.

Fans can also visit the Chilladelphia Winter Carnival from the superhero film Shazam!, which will be available digitally and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from WBHE before the convention begins.

The world premiere of DC Spotlight: Shazam! will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Horton Grand Theatre. The documentary, which chronicles the history of the character, will be introduced by Asher Angel, one of the stars of the recent Shazam! live-action film. The documentary will stream later this summer on the DC Universe service.

Warner Releasing ‘Daphne & Velma’ Movie

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the “Scooby-Doo” prequel spinoff Daphne & Velma on Blu-ray, DVD and digital May 22. The live-action movie stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney’s “Descendants: Wicked World”) as Daphne and Sarah Gilman (ABC’s “Last Man Standing”) as Velma on their first adventure together to solve the mystery of students disappearing at their high school.

“Young girls will be delighted to discover how these clever heroines come together for their very first mystery,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE VP of TV marketing, family and animation.

Daphne & Velma is produced by Blue Ribbon Content, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group that develops and produces live-action content for digital platforms, in conjunction with Blondie Girl Productions.

Bonus materials include a gag reel and the featurettes “Daphne & Velma: A New Ambition,” “An Updated Classic Mystery” and “Iconic Styles of Daphne & Velma Reimagined.”