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Scooby-Doo, a review by addicted2dvd


     Scooby-Doo (2002/United States)

Warner Home Video
Director:Raja Gosnell
Writing:James Gunn (Screenwriter), Craig Titley (Writer), James Gunn (Writer), Joseph Barbera (Original Characters By), William Hanna (Original Characters By)
Length:86 min.
Rating:Rated PG : Some Rude Humor, Language and Some Scary Action
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Fred
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne
Matthew Lillard as Shaggy
Linda Cardellini as Velma
Rowan Atkinson as Mondavarious
Isla Fisher as Mary Jane

Plot:
Zoinks! Two years after a clash of egos forced Mystery Inc. to close its doors, Scooby-Doo and his clever crime-solving cohorts Fred (FREDDIE PRONZE JR.), Daphne (SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR), Shaggy (MATTHEW LILLARD) and Thelma (LINDA CARDELLINI) are individually summoned to Spooky Island to investigate a series of paranormal incidents at the ultra-hip Spring Break hot spot.

Concerned that his way cool theme park might truly be haunted, Spooky Island owner Emile Mondavarious (ROWAN ATKINSON) tries to reunite those notoriously meddling detectives to solve the mystery before his supernatural secret scares away the college crowds.

Scooby and the gang still have to overcome their personal deffierences and forget everything thay think they know about fake ghouls and phony creatures to crack the case, save themselves and possibly...the world. RUH-ROH!

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Production Notes
  • Interactive Games
  • Music Videos
  • DVD-ROM Content
  • Closed Captioned


My Thoughts:
I haven't watched this movie since it was originally released on DVD. That was back in late 2002. I can't believe it is going on 10 years already. I use to watch the Scooby Doo cartoons all the time when I was a kid. I think they did a fine job bringing it to live action. While it is live action, it didn't loose the cartoon feel. I think they did a good job casting the characters.  I especially liked Sarah Michelle Geller as Daphne. Sure, the movie is geared more for the kids... but I think any adult that watched Scooby and the gang during their childhood will enjoy it too. I know I enjoyed it. It is something that brought me back to my childhood, but at the same time something that is modern.

This DVD was in the package I got yesterday. And was glad to be able to watch it again. Unfortunately it is the full screen edition. But I hope to upgrade to the widescreen eventually.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From What Movies I Been Watching on January 29th, 2012)

Member's Reviews

X-Men: First Class, a review by Achim


X-Men: First Class [2011]

Synopsis:
The film follows the origins of D. X and Magneto (and Mystique and Beast, if you will). Where they come from, how they meet and originally work together all the way to their split.

My Thoughts:
First off, I am not attached to the comics in any way, never even read a single one; I am only judging this film in relation to the other three films by Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner.

In my opinion this is a great prequel. While the film of course has it's own story arc (and some seem to argue even too much crammed into that) it gives us the backstory for Dr. X. and Magneto. While some other muitants from the other films appear we get a bunch of new ones to keep things fresh. It's been a while since I have seen the others, but it appeared as if everything fits together with them very well (I guess Bryan Singer producing was helpful here).

I don't think Kevin Bacon was a good choice for the villain. I am not exactly sure what it was, but it just didn't come together. Bacon does the best he can, but he is just not the man for the job :shrug: In general acting is good, with especially the two leads (McAvoy and Fassbender) being a joy to watch.

Beast looks rather terrible. It seems they went with prostetics and simply did a shotty job on those. Other than that the mutants come across sufficently believable.

If they leave it alone here, the film ends so it can lead right into X-Men. However, I wouldn't mind if they would use this cast to have another go at the story, again with the setting in the 60s or 70s...



(From The Movies from Within My Lifetime on June 10th, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd



Life on Mars


Out Here in the Fields
After an accident, NYPD detective Sam Tyler inexplicably finds himself back in 1973, where he must help solve a murder that is eerily similar to a case he was investigating in 2008.

My Thoughts:
I know this series is an American version of a series from the UK... but I never seen the original UK version so I can not compare this one to that. What I can do is tell you about this show as it stands on it's own. This pilot epiosde is a very good introduction to the characters. It has a very good, entertaining story that keeps your intrest throughout the entire episode. I like that his 2008 partner is played by Lisa Bonet (Denise on The Cosby Show)... and they made it clear how important she is to him. I also like how they do not make it clear if he is crazy, in the hospital in a coma dreaming it all or if he really somehow traveled through time. Even though the evidence points in a certain way you don't know for sure. This is the first time I seen this show since it originally aired in 2008... so it is fun watching this again now... as there is so much I forgotten about this show since then!

My Rating:
NOTE: This review was taken from my marathon thread from a while back.

(From Pete's Pilots on February 24th, 2010)