(June 29, 2009 – Burbank, CA) – Zoinks! Everyone’s favorite mystery-solving gang joins forces for the first time in the all-new, live-action/CGI film “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins” available on DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def Combo Pack on September 22, 2009 from Warner Home Video (WHV). The highly-anticipated movie reveals the never-before-told tale of how the Mystery Inc. crew originally came together along with the world’s most famous Great Dane. A co-production of Warner Premiere and Cartoon Network, “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins” video also features an array of enhanced content including behind-the-scenes yearbook footage, a Mystery Inc. personality quiz, pop-up facts and even Scooby ring ‘rones! SRP $27.95 (SD); $35.99 (BD Combo Pack). Order due date is August 18, 2009. Directed by Brian Levant (“Beethoven,” “Snow Dogs”) and produced by Brian Gilbert (“Wrong Turn,” “Skinwalkers”), “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins” uses adventurous storytelling and stylized visuals of both live-action and CGI technology to entertain fans of all ages. “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins” follows the Mystery Inc. gang, a mismatched quartet of unlikely teenage pals, uniting for the first time to solve the haunting of their high school. Along the way, fans will discover the back story of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. The live-action cast features Robbie Amell (“Life With Derek,” “True Jackson”) as Fred along with Kate Melton as Daphne, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma and Nick Palatas as Shaggy. Frank Welker, a member of the original “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” voice-cast, provides the voice of Scooby-Doo. Since the debut of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” in 1969, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon has entertained generations of fans and spawned 10 televisions series (spanning nearly 300 episodes), seven TV specials/telefilms, two live-action films and a dozen made-for-video animated movies. A new animated TV series and additional animated direct-to-consumer DVDs are now in production. The hit franchise follows the adventures of the Mystery Inc. quintet as they solve cases typically involving ghosts, monsters or other supernatural forces. Hi-jinks always ensue, with their investigations resulting in entertaining chase scenes mixed with catchy musical numbers and comedic antics. “This is another milestone in the Scooby-Doo franchise and an exciting opportunity for fans to get the inside scoop on the origins of characters that we have all come to know and love over the past 40 years,” said Diane Nelson, President, Warner Premiere. “Nearly four decades of strong box office, DVD sales and television ratings is proof positive that this franchise has enchanted generations, and Warner Home Video is proud to release ‘Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins’ on DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def Combo Pack,” said Jeff Brown, WHV Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Family & Animation. “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins” DVD Enhanced Content includes: • Coolsville Yearbook - The actors who play Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy reveal even more of their character’s back-story including what they do in their spare time, their favorite foods, what they want to do when they grow up, and a secret time capsule message for the future that can be solved by finding clues hidden within the DVD enhanced content. • Velma, Daphne, Fred or Shaggy? Personality Quiz - Are you a brain, a drama queen, a jock or a loveable nerd? By navigating a series of questions, you can decide which member of the Mystery Inc. gang you are most like. • Character Pop Up Factoid Track - Velma gives scientific and trivia factoids, Daphne gives stylish and dramatic interpretations, Fred flexes his muscles and Shaggy, well everything reminds Shaggy of food. Available on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def only. • Extras – Behind-the-Scenes, Shout-Outs and Out-Takes The Credits Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment’s direct-to-consumer production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content, as well as short form digital content for the growing home entertainment market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business and the digital space, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known. With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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