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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins

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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (DVD)

What brings best friends together? For Daphne, Velma, Fred, Shaggy and Shaggy's spunky pup, Scooby-Doo, it's a mystery! The feature-length original live-action movie Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins takes fans back to when four teenage sleuths (plus one dog detective) first met. Unjustly accused of staging a practical joke complete with ghosts, the kids are suspended from Coolsville High. To clear their names, they team up to solve the supernatural mystery ... and end up heading straight into nonstop laughs and adventure. Special fun, special friends and extra-special effects make this "how-it-all-began" story - from boy-meets-dog to the first trip of the Mystery Machine and more - a doggone great time!

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Special Features

SPECIAL FEATURES: SCOOBY-DOO COOLSVILLE HIGH VIDEO YEARBOOK Take a look inside the Coolsville Yearbook where you'll find video messages from Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy talking about what they do in their spare time, their favorite foods, heroes, what they want to do when they grow up, and a message for the future! 5 mins SCOOBY-DOO THE MYSTERY INC. PERSONALITY QUIZ Are you most like VELMA, DAPHNE, FRED OR SHAGGY? By navigating a series of questions, you can decide which member of the Mystery Inc gang you are most like. 2 min Cast Time Capsule: Fun On the Set Go behind the scenes on the set with the cast and see what happens when the camera's rolling... and when it's not! 5 mins Gag Reel 5 mins "You and I" Music Video by Anarbor 2:49 mins

Product Details

  • Actors: Nick Palatas, Robbie Amell, Hayley Kiyoko, Kate Melton, Garry Chalk
  • Directors: Brian Levant
  • Writers: Daniel Altiere, Steven Altiere
  • Producers: Brian Levant, Brian Gilbert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027CT65E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins" on IMDb

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First, I want everyone to know that I love the first two Scooby-Doo live action films. I thought the casting was done well, the stories were fine, and they looked good. I thought the second one was a little cooler because it had a lot of the "monsters" from the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? series coming to life.

With that being said, I was a little concerned with this third entry in the series. Usually a movie with this many red flags spells absolute disaster and almost guarantees a turd of a film. Let's spell out the red flags: its direct-to-DVD, it's a prequel, it's totally recast, and it's got a new director. Wow. That's a lot to have going against a movie. Interestingly enough, it didn't prove to be true for this flick.

Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins somehow rises up above the crowded direct-to-DVD sequel / prequel cesspool and actually is successful at being entertaining and not completely cheap-looking. You can tell that director Brian Levant really wanted to escape the stereotype that these types of movies get and show that he was serious about the subject matter and franchise. Warner definitely played it smart with Levant, being that he is responsible for bringing to the big screen some very successful family movies and iconic animated TV shows like Beethoven, The Flintstones feature films, Jingle All The Way, and Are We There Yet?

The casting was done pretty well. All the actors fit the parts, although not without a few minor problems. Robbie Arnell would have completely been convincing in the part of Fred, except that for some reason he wasn't made to bleach his hair blond for the film. What was the reasoning behind that? I mean, he did take the part of an iconic blond character.
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I really liked this movie! It tells the story of how Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby met and how they formed Mystery Inc. After a misunderstanding on the bus, they all receive detention and get to know each other. Soon, some ghosts pop up and ruin the school pep rally and the gang are accused of doing it, so they are expelled. They try to disguise themselves and go back into school to figure out who is behind bringing the ghosts to life. (I think Daphne looks incredibly hot disguised as a goth girl!) When they figure out what the ghost is after, he kidnaps Scooby and forces the gang to look for a time capsule. I highly recommend SCOOBY DOO: THE MYSTERY BEGINS!!!
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Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins has it's cheesy moments, yet it's surprisingly much better than the other 2 live action films. Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini were the only good casting as Shaggy and Velma in those movies. While here Nick Palatas and Hayley Kiyoko are also good as Shaggy and Velma. But Robbie Amell at least is a much better Fred than Freddie Prinze Jr. who over-acted and tried too hard to look cool when he just came off dorky. While I liked how Kate Melton doesn't act as dimwitted as Daphne as Sarah Michelle Gellar. Her Daphne is actually pretty smart and uses her brain just as much as Velma.

They all bond Breakfast Club style in detention while reading mystery novels. I doubt Sarah Michelle Gellar's Daphne could even read. Daphne isn't meant to be stupid, while Fred was simply just played awful by Freddie Prinze Jr. This movie took a much better approach that's more like the show, well the way the characters act anyway. It didn't really need the scene where Shaggy is testing a gas mask by having Scooby fart lol. I still actually found the movie to be fun and I think they should make a live action show with this cast.
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First, I want everyone to know that I love the first two Scooby-Doo live action films. I thought the casting was done well, the stories were fine, and they looked good. I thought the second one was a little cooler because it had a lot of the "monsters" from the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? series coming to life.

With that being said, I was a little concerned with this third entry in the series. Usually a movie with this many red flags spells absolute disaster and almost guarantees a turd of a film. Let's spell out the red flags: its direct-to-DVD, it's a prequel, it's totally recast, and it's got a new director. Wow. That's a lot to have going against a movie. Interestingly enough, it didn't prove to be true for this flick.

Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins somehow rises up above the crowded direct-to-DVD sequel / prequel cesspool and actually is successful at being entertaining and not completely cheap-looking. You can tell that director Brian Levant really wanted to escape the stereotype that these types of movies get and show that he was serious about the subject matter and franchise. Warner definitely played it smart with Levant, being that he is responsible for bringing to the big screen some very successful family movies and iconic animated TV shows like Beethoven, The Flintstones feature films, Jingle All The Way, and Are We There Yet?

The casting was done pretty well. All the actors fit the parts, although not without a few minor problems. Robbie Arnell would have completely been convincing in the part of Fred, except that for some reason he wasn't made to bleach his hair blond for the film. What was the reasoning behind that? I mean, he did take the part of an iconic blond character.
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