'Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated: Season 1 Part 2'
(Animation / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2012 / Warner Home Video)
Overview: The adventures of a talking dog and his four human pals as they try to unravel the strange and haunted history of their hometown.
DVD Verdict: Well, as many (oh so many!) loyal Scooby-Doo fans have voiced over the years, the fact that this release isn't like the first three DVD releases is s blessing to them! For, as if they had been heard loud and clear by Warner Bros., the first three releases had basically ripped customers off with only 4 episodes and no special features. All for a full retail price!
But now this second half of the 'Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated - Season 1, Part 2' is released as a 2-disc DVD set with (all) the final 14 episodes included! OK, sure there are still now Special Features included, but hey, at least the fans got more episodes - which is the important thing, is it now?
OK, as for the info, this eleventh version of the series began airing on cable's Cartoon Network in July 2010. It brought back the entire gang of Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred and Velma, but this time utilized a unique serial format that continued an ongoing adventure from one episode to the next, in lieu of starting fresh with each new half hour installment.
In truth, the various plot elements are continually darker and less lighthearted than previous Scooby-Doo adventures. But, you kinda get used to them and see through that into the cartoony elements - as you should! Some of my favorite episodes include THE DRAGON'S SECRET, THE MENACE OF MAN, THE SIREN'S SONG and WHERE WALKS APHRODITE. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.