Velma's Past Comes Back to Haunt Her in "Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy"

Everyone’s favorite canine mystery solver returns for his 22nd direct-to-video adventure with “Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy.” You’d think he and the Mystery Incorporated Gang would be ready to retire after such a long and satisfying career. However, they continue to make their way around the world in their trusty Mystery Machine seeking out one crime caper after the next.

Velma discovers she’s inherited a cursed castle from her great-great uncle Doctor Von Dinkenstein. After much coaxing, the team talks her into claiming her birthright in Transylvania… Pennsylvania. They arrive and discover the dark secret Velma has kept hidden from them all these years.

 “Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy” is presented in 1080p High-Definition (1.78:1) with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio. We’re provided with a clear and colorful picture that pops thanks to great digital quality. The surround sound puts us in the center of the action with all the quirky noise effects we’ve come to expect from these movies.

Special features for “Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy” consists of two bonus classic cartoons. “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts” is from “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” “To Switch a Witch” is included from “The Scooby-Doo Show.”

I was surprised at the new tone Director Paul McEvoy and Writer Jim Krieg took “Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy” in. Most of the direct-to-video entries in the franchise have the same feeling and look to them. Here we have very different “camera” angles (or whatever you call cinematography when it’s referred to in animation) being explored. Whether or not you like them, it’s still refreshing that the producers and filmmakers are trying to change things up a little.

 “Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.