Movie Review: DAPHNE & VELMA (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

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.

 DAPHNE & VELMA was directed by Suzi Yoonessi from a script written by Kyle Mack & Caitlin Meares and stars Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Gilman, Vanessa Marano, Brian Stepanek, Nadine Ellis, Brooks Forester and Arden Myrin.

Jeepers! Your favorite mystery solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature length movie! State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state – lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the next victims? Get ready for thrills and laughs as we follow the first adventures of Mystery Inc.’s fierce female duo.

Jinkies! Daphne & Velma follows the adventurous rich girl who meets the reclusive genious online and the two become cyber BFFs. What happens is, Daphne moves to the same town that Velma lives in and the two quickly become real-life besties as they go on their very first mystery solving case together. Some of the students in their high school are becoming zombiefied (and a few are also missing) so it’s up to the two girls to figure out why this is happening and who’s behind it all. They go through several obstacles as they comb the highschool hallways but each clue leads them closer to solving the mystery and in the end they reveal who the culprit actually is and ultimately save the day with a little catchy music and innocent humor to go along with it.

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, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, there have been numerous live-action entries in the Scooby-Doo Universe over the years and Daphne & Velma is the latest to come along which gives the two heroines their very first adventure together way before Mystery, Inc. gets formed. This prequel shows how the two mystery solving teenagers meet and become BFFs and it’s geard towards a younger audience with young girls in mind. The story was fairly interesting and the movie itself ended up being an okay watch but it’s nothing that really stands out among the previous Mystery, Inc. live-action entries. There’s a little humor and tech used to compliment the performances that’s highlighted by the two female leads who do a good job with their characters. All in all, it’s a cute movie that features these two fan favorite characters who go on their first mystery solving adventure together. Daphne & Velma will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on May 22nd.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 75 Minutes

Rated: G

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include three “making of” featurettes, a gag reel and digital copy of the movie.

  • Daphne & Velma: A New Ambition (04:58)
  • An Updated Classic Mystery (05:22)
  • Iconic Styles of Daphne & Velma Reimagined (06:11)
  • Gag Reel (05:39)
  • Digital Copy

 

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