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Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders
Warner Bros./Warner Home Video . R4 . COLOR . 70 mins . G . PAL


Imagine Scooby Doo meets the X-Files, and that is what you get on this DVD. Running for just under 70 minutes, this cartoon spectacular sees the old Scooby gang chasing down aliens, but with some new twists and turns. Being a mystery adventure movie the storyline is best left unrevealed, however it is well written and includes the introduction of girlfriends for both Shaggy and Scooby.

The storyline is pretty basic and similar to the traditional Scooby episodes, but with a few new transitions that make this movie a real pleasure to watch. There are, of course, a few laughs and the movie is generally intriguing enough to keep you guessing what really is going down right up to the end. It is good to see that even after thirty years the Scooby gang and the Mystery Machine are still going strong, cracking the most mysterious cases around.

Although this is not the greatest Scooby Doo episode, Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders is still a great watch, and contains some great on-screen moments. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby are all here and are all working hard together to crack the truth and reveal what is really behind all the alien abductions.


Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders is presented in full screen 1.33:1 and is not widescreen enhanced. This appears to have been a television production and thus has an aspect ratio to suit. The colours are all vibrant and clean and film artefacts are basically non-existent. The animation is true to the old form of Scooby and thus is a basic 2D presentation without too many special effects. There are no MPEG artefacts and the movie is very nicely presented. The colours are great, the animation is what we would expect, and the transfer is faultless.

The audio is also of a similar standard. Although nothing special, it is about as good as this film can sound and has been transferred to DVD without any problems. Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 with a bit-rate of 192Kb/s, the dialogue is always clear and there are no audio-sync problems. The surround channels get a fairly interesting workout, even though the subwoofer is never really challenged. The musical score by Louis Febre is pleasant and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s rendition of the Scooby Doo theme song is amusing if nothing else.

The extras again only include a featurette, but unlike Scooby Doo on Zombie Island this featurette includes some interviews with the stars behind the voices. Only running for six minutes, this featurette is hardly anything to get excited about and is disappointing compared to the slew of features that the region 1 disc received.

Overall this is another good addition to the Scooby-Doo collection. The video and audio transfers are fine and the movie itself will bring a few laughs to children and parents alike. The intention for the timely release of these Scooby Doo movies is probably only to draw up hype before the live action movie comes out, but if you wantto see the Scooby gang sans Freddie Prince Jnr. then this will be your best bet.

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