DVD Review: Scooby-Doo! And the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Scooby-Doo! And the Curse of the 13th Ghost is based on the classic animated television series “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo” that originally aired in 1985. This all-new animated feature was directed by Cecilia Aranovich from a story by Tim Sheridan and features the voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers, Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley and Maurice LaMarche as Vincent Van Ghoul. The movie was produced by Sam Register.

After the Mystery Inc. gang goofed up a case and nabbed an innocent man, they’re forced into early retirement from crime solving. It’s not long however, before their old friend Vincent Van Ghoul needs help and pulls the team right back into action. The gang has unfinished business they must tend to, which involves catching a ghost that previously got away. It all happened one summer while Velma and Freddy were away at camp. Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Daphne secretly hunted down 12 of the world’s spookiest ghosts but failed to catch the most evil one of them all…the 13thghost.

Now the elusive spook is wreaking havoc. Vincent needs help having him captured and confined to the chest of demons, a box that contains the other 12 captured ghosts. With the 13th ghost still on the loose, the gang will have to come out of retirement and finish the job once and for all. The chest however, is now located somewhere in a remote village in the Himalayas. Determined to help Vincent, the gang sets out on one of their most thrilling adventures yet! Bundle up and get ready for the icy slopes of the Himalayan mountains, chilling car chases, crystal balls and spine-tingling spells in this terrifyingly fun original movie!

The Mystery Inc. gang is nearly forced into an early retirement after making a serious mistake but they’re summoned by their old friend Vincent Van Ghoul who needs their help because the 13th ghost (aka the one that got away) is back and causing Vincent some problems. The gang takes the case which takes them deep in the Himalayas and it doesn’t take long for things to get super spooky as they meet up with their old friend and end up bumping into another familiar face, Flim-Flam. What they learn is that the 13th Ghost is after the infamous chest of demons for its own devious plans but Vincent isn’t going down without a fight and now he has his friends their to help him. Vincent and Mystery Inc. go head-to-head with their spooky adversary and ultimately unmask the 13th Ghost for what, or in this case, who he really is. In the end, not only does Mystery Inc. solve another case but they finally put this old unsolved mystery to rest.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some etched artwork and movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Scooby-Doo! And the Curse of the 13th Ghost because not only is it a brand new animated feature but it’s also a continuation of the 13 episode animated series that aired back in 1985. I really enjoyed the all-new story for this one because it’s connected to the classic storyline that I watched as a kid. Oh yeah, I totally remember Vincent Van Ghoul and thankfully the annoying Scrappy-Doo didn’t make his return even though they did give him a little nod in the movie. Actually, there’s quite a few nods given to the classic series and lots of comedy and mystery to go with it. The gang reunites with two old friends from back in the day as they go up against the elusive 13th Ghost and tackle the one unsolved mystery that has come back to haunt them. I really like this classic style of animation and the voice cast does a great job with these fan favorite characters. This family friendly animated adventure is one of the better mysteries that Scooby-Doo and the gang have gone on in a long time. Scooby-Doo! And the Curse of the 13th Ghost will be available on DVD on February 5th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include two classic episodes of “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo” and trailers for upcoming releases.

  • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, “To All the Ghouls I’ve Loved Before” (23:41)
  • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, “Horror-Scope Scoob” (23:44)
  • Trailers (04:!6)
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