Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

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Director: Raja Gosnell

Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard

     
 

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The live-action sequel Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes, a pairSee more details below

Overview

The live-action sequel Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes, a pair of interactive mysteries, two music videos, a look at how they make the animated dog dance, and additional featurettes about the film's production. Those with a DVD-ROM drive can access addition Scooby-Doo related materials. This is a fine release for what it is, but the same extras area available on a different disc that also boasts a widescreen transfer of the film. That version is preferable to this one.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The first Scooby-Doo feature film went against the spirit of the cartoon franchise by giving us a dysfunctional Mysteries, Inc. But in the much better sequel, Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Velma (Linda Cardinelli), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), and the computer-generated Scooby are reunited as Coolsville's hottest detectives, busting ghosts and supernatural beasts and unmasking villains, just like in their Hanna-Barbera heyday. This sequel also smartly resurrects some fondly remembered poltergeists from the original cartoons, including Captain Cutler's Ghost, the Pterodactyl Ghost, and the Black Knight Ghost. Why have they risen to transform Coolsville into Ghoulsville? That's the mystery for the gang to solve. Hounding them and sullying the reputation of the "once-great gang" is a TV reporter (Alicia Silvertone), while the craggy old Mr. Wickles (a brilliantly cast Peter Boyle) lurks in the shadows. Monsters Unleashed tweaks Scooby-Doo mythology while honoring its set-in-stone conventions, such as when Shaggy and Scooby realize, after 35 years, that every time the gang makes a plan, they do "something to screw it up somehow." Shaggy vows to "prove we belong in the gang" and "no longer be our goofy selves." The formerly "don't ask, don't tell" Velma is given a suspect love interest in a museum curator (Seth Green) and, in one amusing scene, a way-extreme makeover courtesy of Daphne. There is also a hangout for all the old criminals foiled by Mysteries, Inc. in the past. It all ends with the requisite unmasking, followed by the apprehended villain's denunciation of "those meddling kids." Supernatural special effects make this eye-popping film a Scooby snack for the eyes.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
While this film's antecedent disappointed long-time Scooby-Doo fans, the film did play well to children. The sequel feels aimed at a slightly older crowd -- ten-year-olds rather than seven-year-olds. Thematically speaking, James Gunn's script is rather fairly well thought out. The recurring lesson, that people must be confident enough to be who they are, works well considering that Mystery Inc. is forever exposing bad guys pretending to be ghosts and ghouls. This thematic structure also allows Shaggy and Scooby to be heroes, seeing as they are always nothing but themselves. The film starts strong with a funny, and smarter than one might expect, opening sequence that includes a very humorous exchange between the nerdy Velma (Linda Cardellini) and the equally awkward Patrick Wisely, played by the reliable Seth Green. Thanks to Cardellini's fine work and the deepening of her character, their tentative romance provides some of the film's most enjoyable moments. Once again, this film belongs to Matthew Lillard, who so unselfconsciously becomes a manifestation of the cartoon Shaggy that it is easy to forget that one isn't watching the old animated figure. While Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar can never completely shed the appearance that they think this material is beneath them, Lillard once again embraces the challenge of playing a cartoon and once again pulls it off with welcome aplomb. Better-written, funnier, scarier, and containing a better mystery than the first film, Scooby-Doo 2 still falls just short of actually being a good film. But those who found elements to admire in the first film will not be disappointed by this follow-up.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
UPC:
0085392839827
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
36,915

Special Features

Closed Caption; Seven minutes of delicious additional scenes; Two music videos: Big Brovaz's "Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)" and Simple Plan's "Don't Wanna Think About You"; Two audio-visual puzzles to solve: The Scooby-Doo Monsters Unleashed Challenge and The Mystery of the Missing Pants; Dancing Dog: How they made Scooby-Doo dance - and how you can dance just like him; Triple Threat featurette: Scooby-Doo gives you an insider tour of the moviemaking process; True Ghoul Hollywood Story; DVD-Rom PC web links to cool Scooby-Doo stuff; Languages: English, Français, and Español; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Freddie Prinze Fred Jones
Sarah Michelle Gellar Daphne Blake
Matthew Lillard Shaggy
Linda Cardellini Velma Dinkley
Seth Green Patrick Wisely
Peter Boyle Old Man Wickles
Tim Blake Nelson Dr. Jonathan Jacobo
Alicia Silverstone Heather Jasper-Howe
Neil Fanning Scooby-Doo
Ruben Studdard Himself
Bill Meilen Chauffeur
Zahf Paroo Ned
Alan C. Peterson Harry Lang
Andrew Jackson Road Rage Man
C. Ernst Harth Miner 49er
Scott McNeil Evil Masked Figure
Kevin Durand Black Knight Ghost
Christopher Gauthier Daphne's tattooed fan #1
Peter New Daphne's tattooed fan #2
Morgan Brayton Mullet nerdette #1
Lisa Ann Beley Mullet nerdette #2
Tara Fynn Mullet nerdette #3
Joe MacLeod skater dude #1
Brandon Jay McLaren skater dude #2
Aaron Ydenberg skater dude #3
Lou Bollo flashback security guard #1
John Ulmer flashback security guard #2
Bradley Gosnell kid on bike #1
Calum Worthy kid on bike #2
Brenna O'Brien buttercup scout
Mark Burgess men in suit
Kwesi Ameyaw men in suit
Ted Kozma museum guard
Darrell Izeard museum guard
Stephen E. Miller C.L. Magnus
Karin Konoval Aggie Wilkins
Paul Jamieson scared man
Andrew McIlroy investor
Colin Foo investor
Nazanin Afshin-Jam shaggy chick
Cascy Beddow young Shaggy
Emily Tennant young Daphne
Ryan Vrba young Fred
Laurence Kennedy young Velma
Jeff Tanner Harry Lang
Dan Joffre Faux Ghost Patron
Richard "Bo" Dietl pickle man/Faux Ghost Patron
Bill Mondy vomit reporter
Kimani Ray Smith reporter #1
Catherine Lough Haggquist reporter #2
Ingrid Torrance reporter #3
Tiffani Timms reporter #4
Tazmanian Devil himself
Christopher Sumpton Zombie
Dee Bradley Baker 10,000 Volt Ghost/Zombie/Red Eye Skeleton [Voice]
Bob Papenbrook Black Knight
Michael Sorich Tar Monster/Cotton Candy Glob [Voice]
Terrence Stone 10,000 Volt Ghost [Voice]
J.P. Manoux Scooby Brainiac [Voice]
Wally Wingert Green Eye Skeleton
Breanna English dancer
Chantel Hunt dancer
Harj Rai dancer
Angie Bell dancer
Andrea Loftus dancer
Ferdinand Tocol dancer
Mary Lou Brien dancer
Leigh Hilary dancer
Alex Pesusich dancer
Hayley Oakes dancer
Michael Brown Big Brovas band member
Cherise Roberts Big Brovas band member
Nadia Shepherd Big Brovas band member
Dion Howell Big Brovas band member
Temi Tayo Aisida Big Brovas band member
John Paul Horsley Big Brovas band member
Everick Golding bass player
Aaron Clyke guitar player
Karen Holness keyboard player
Doron Bell drum player
Alex Lee Dancer
Richard O'Sullivan Dancer

Technical Credits
Raja Gosnell Director
Nick Allen Stunts
Charles Andre Stunts
Joseph Barbera Executive Producer
Melissa Barker Stunts
Elizabeth Beauchamp Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Bentley Stunts
Kent Beyda Editor
Bill Boes Production Designer
Claude Bouchard Stunts
Dustin Brooks Stunts
Richard Brooks Stunts
Leanne Buchanan Stunts
Gavin Buhr Stunts
Nesta Chapman Stunts
Doug Chapman Stunts
Brent Connolly Stunts
Cotton Mather Stunts
Richard Cowan Asst. Director
Peter Cowan Asst. Director
Crystal Dalman Stunts
Jim Dunn Stunts
Ashlea Earl Stunts
Bill Edwards Stunts
John M. Elliott Makeup
Leesa Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Alette Falle Stunts
Tom Farr Stunts
Carolyn Field Stunts
Alan Glazer Co-producer
Alex Green Stunts
James Gunn Co-producer,Screenwriter
Greg Hanson Stunts
Nick Harrison Stunts
Darren Higman Musical Direction/Supervision
Dave Hospes Stunts
Gasto Howard Stunts
Debbie Humphreys Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg Jamrok Musical Arrangement
Andrew Kinney Musical Arrangement
Bev Knight Stunts
Brad Loree Stunts
Brian Lydiatt Stunts
Deborah Macatumpag Stunts
Don Macauley Art Director
David Mylrea Stunts
David Newman Score Composer
Scott Nicholson Stunts
Todd W. Nobles Stunts
Brent O'Connor Executive Producer
Susan O'Hara Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Rizzuto Stunts
Charles Roven Producer
Rosalina Da Silva Makeup
Kelley Smith-Wait Executive Producer
Heath Stevenson Stunts
Melissa R. Stubbs Stunts
Richard Suckle Producer
Cody Thomson Stunts
Brad Timmis Stunts
Angela Uyeda Stunts
Mary Vernieu Casting
Michelle Waitman Stunts
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Wolf Sound Editor
Michael Norman Wong Art Director
James Norman Wong Art Director
Oliver Wood Cinematographer
Mitchell Lee Yuen Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Guests of Honor.
2. Mystery Is My Mistress.
3. The Ones Unmasked.
4. Like Real Detectives.
5. Wickles Manor.
6. Good Night, Black Knight.
7. The Same With Dating.
8. The Faux Ghost.
9. Dancing Fools.
10. Who Are You Kidding?
11. Tough Guys.
12. Coolsville Mining Company.
13. Caught Red-Handed.
14. Transformers.
15. Monsters Unleashed.
16. Going Downhill.
17. Clubhouse Memories.
18. Shifting Gears.
19. Who's Driving?
20. Jousting Mismatch.
21. Heroes All Along.
22. Trust Me.
23. Big-Time Frostbite.
24. True Identities.
25. End Credits.

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