Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Volume 3: Hello Mummy (1969)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy / Mystery
Warner Brothers || NR - 88 minutes - $14.98 || September 1, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-08-22


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Frank Welker


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Episode from 'Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue'


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Mono), French (Dolby Mono), Spanish (Dolby Mono)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

If you would like to know my thoughts on “Scooby-Doo”, you can check out my reviews of: Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King and Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword.

Now Warner is releasing (or I should say, re-releasing) the original “Scooby-Doo” animated series in sections since, as far as I can tell, these are already available in the seasons one and two pack released in 2004 (and currently available for $26 on Amazon). This “Volume 3” set entitled ‘Hello Mummy’ contains four episodes from the first season:

‘The Rage Backstage’ – When a stash of cash is found inside a violin case, Scooby-Doo helps Mystery, Inc. “string up” the counterfeiting puppeteers.

‘Bedlam in the Bigtop’ – The Scooby Gang investigate the haunting of a clown with magical powers to hypnotize his victims into doing whatever he commands.

‘A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts’ – More ghouls await – including Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankstein’s Monster – when Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo take on these classic monsters.

‘Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too’ – People start turning into stone statues and our heroes must find three mystical coins that unlock an ancient tomb...before the mummy spells doom!

I’m unsure exactly why Warner is releasing the series in small pieces (well, obviously it comes down to one thing: money) like this as it is more fiscally reasonable to just purchase the seasons one and two sets already out. There’s nothing new here and the stories themselves, while nostalgic, can be fairly dull especially since the jokes are lame and the so-called “mystery” is obvious from the get-go.

With a $14.98 SRP, you’re better off just skipping this release (like volumes 1 and 2). If it were far cheaper, then it might be worth it for the little ones to take on a road trip or something (easier to carry around and not too high of a price if the disc gets damaged), but if you’re an older fan of Scooby-Doo, don’t bother with this.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only feature on the disc is an episode of “Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue” called ‘High Society Scooby’ plus some trailers. That is it. I wouldn’t continue watching that show if I had 10 Scooby Snacks...

Oh, and adding insult to injury, these come in those cheap-arsed eco-cases.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This third volume is presented in full frame (1.33) and looks like a 40+ year old animated series to go along with your basic Dolby Mono track that is adequate given the source material but certainly does not sound that good.



.::OVERALL::.

I don’t have much to say other than skip these volume releases and just invest the (slightly) extra money to get the season sets instead. In the long-run you will be saving money.