Like most of kids in the 80’s, I grew up with the Scooby-Doo series being a big part of my childhood, as the famous Great Dane and his human buddies would solve mysteries and crimes with plenty of slapstick and campy humor in tow. Just when it looked like the show couldn’t get any better, it reached out to all sorts of celebrities at the time to join the Scooby gang for nearly hour-long “movies” that took the normally half-hour series to new heights. Now after some lengthy legal battles with the celebrity rights and other things, Warner Bros. finally releases most of these “lost” episodes to the movie series with The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies: The Lost Episodes DVD. Fans will be happy to see the series again, but die-hard ones won’t be too happy about the one episode that got away.
In addition to Warner Bros. releasing this DVD, they’ve also released a bigger, and better Blu-ray collection that includes these episodes and 23 other ones. Getting back to this though, this DVD features eight out of the nine “lost” episodes for fans to check out. I learned that the reason these episodes were deemed lost is due to copyright issues with some of the celebrities or their estates involved. Sadly one of the episodes missing is the famous Addams Family one “Wednesday is Missing”, due to the rights still being held up for a home video release. Hopefully one day this will be resolved, but at least the rest of the episodes are in tact.
There’s crazy ones such as “A Good Medium is Rare” with the always fun Phyllis Diller joining the gang, or “Sandy Duncan’s Jekyll and Hyde” guest starring (you guessed it!) Sandy Duncan. I remember seeing “The Secret of Shark Island” with Sonny and Cher numerous times as a kid, along with the late and always great Tim Conway guest starring in “The Spirited Spooked Sport Show”. No matter which episode you watch, there’s always something fun and funny going on, and the celebrity guest stars just make things even better.
With this being a DVD release, the episodes look and sound good for the medium, but if you’re true fan with up-to-date video players, you’ll want to check out the Blu-ray set for the best picture and sound quality. Sadly there isn’t any special features included, but these eight episodes should keep you busy for some time.
Fans will want to track down The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies: The Lost Episodes DVD, though they’ll also want to seek out the much better Blu-ray set as well since it includes the episodes here with most of the series. It would’ve been nice to have had some special features on this release, and have the famous Addams Family episode, but this DVD is still a nice treat for fans and newcomers to the Scooby gang.