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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone
Cast:
Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Matthew Lillard, Grey Griffin
Writing Credits:
Kevin Shinick

Synopsis:
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure!

MPAA:
Not Rated.

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Latin Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English
French
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
French
Castillian Spanish

Runtime: 79 min.
Price: $24.98
Release Date: 7/21/2015

Bonus:
• Two Bonus Cartoons
• “Are You A Scooby Or a Shaggy?” Featurette
&bull: Blooper Reel
• Trailers
• Previews
• DVD Copy


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Scooby-Doo and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery [Blu-Ray] (2015)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (July 12, 2015)

Two legends from the 1970s join forces for a 2015 animated film called Scooby-Doo and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery. At a band-themed amusement park called Kiss World, the scary Crimson Witch (voiced by Pauley Perrette) demands “give me rock!”

The park’s authorities call in Mystery Inc. to work on this problem – or so most of the gang thinks. Daphne (Grey Griffin) wants to attend Kiss’s Halloween concert, so she lies to the others about the nature of their mission.

Given the presence of the Crimson Witch, though, the Mystery Inc. members come in handy. Along with the musicians of Kiss themselves, Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) and his pals attempt to figure out the secret of the park’s haunting.

When I heard of the existence of Rock and Roll Mystery, I thought it was a joke. Sure, Kiss leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley always seem eager and willing to sell any form of Kiss-related product they can imagine, but Kiss as part of a kid-oriented Scooby-Doo cartoon – that couldn’t be real, could it?

As this review attests, it could, and it is. The bizarre nature of the program meant that I just had to give it a look.

Back in their respective heydays, I loved Kiss but I just sort of liked Scooby-Doo. Even during my Saturday morning cartoon-loving childhood in the 70s, Scooby just wasn’t a big favorite of mine. I watched it – crud, I’d have watched a cartoon about mulch if it showed up on Saturday AM – but I never felt especially enchanted by Scooby and the gang.

The characters on display in Mystery owe a lot more to their incarnations in the 2002 live-action movie, though. Mystery presents the personalities and situations in a winking/self-aware manner that echoes the film, so it seems more ironic and witty than the original series. Heck, it even brings back the movie’s Matthew Lillard to play Shaggy.

The various forms of self-mockery become the most amusing aspects of Mystery, and these moments aren’t limited to the Mystery Inc. gang. Kiss pokes fun of themselves, especially their tendency to do anything for a buck. Via their manager (Doc McGhee), we see running gags about Kiss merchandise run amok, and a few other similar gags crop up as well. Fans will notice a mix of Kiss-related inside jokes, such as a character named “Shandi Strutter”, a moniker that combines the titles of two Kiss tunes.

Intellectually, I know Mystery exists for no reason other than as product, but doggone it, I think it’s moderately likable product. Does it provide an interesting plot? Nope. Is there anything especially creative about it? Nope. Does it often feel like 79 minutes of promotion for Kiss? Yup.

And the animation bites, too! Despite all those flaws, Mystery still comes with some entertainment value, mainly due to the way in which it never takes itself seriously. In particular, moments unrelated to the titular narrative work best. We never care about the Crimson Witch, but the goofy way in which Mystery Inc. and Kiss interact becomes amusing.

Mystery also comes with a surprisingly strong roster of cameos. Some make sense – like actual Kiss manager McGhee as their cartoon leader – but others come out of left field. Who’d expect both Penny and Garry Marshall in a Scooby-Doo cartoon? Or Darius Rucker?

The movie gives us goofy fun that pokes fun at all involved. Rock and Roll Mystery might be cheap promotion, but it’s still entertaining.


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B-/ Bonus C-

Rock and Roll Mystery appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image consistently looked solid.

Sharpness worked well. The movie always came across as tight and well-defined, so don’t expect any signs of softness. Jaggies and moiré effects also remained absent, and the image lacked edge haloes or artifacts. In addition, print flaws were a non-factor and didn’t appear at any point.

In terms of colors, Mystery went with a pretty cartoony, peppy palette. The tones looked solid, as they showed positive richness and vivacity. Blacks were deep and tight, while shadows showed nice clarity. Across the board, the image worked well.

I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Mystery opened up the comic book material in a moderate manner The forward channels brought out the majority of the material and became the focal point. Music presented strong stereo imaging, while effects cropped up in logical spots and blended well.

The surrounds threw in occasional elements, but they didn’t do a whole lot. Action gave us a smattering of involving components and periodically brought the material to life. However, much of the movie emphasized the forward channels and didn’t create a particularly involving mix.

Audio quality always satisfied. Speech was warm and natural, without edginess or other issues. Music sounded lively and full, while effects displayed good definition. Those elements seemed accurate and dynamic. The soundtrack merited a “B-”.

A few minor extras fill out the disc. We get two bonus cartoons: “To Switch a Witch” (22:35) and “The Diabolical Disc Demon” (22:35). Both offer episodes of Scooby-Doo TV shows. As I mentioned in the body of my review, I wasn’t a big Scooby fan as a kid, and these programs don’t change my mind. They don’t do much for me, but they’re a nice bonus for fans.

A featurette called Are You a Scooby or a Shaggy? runs two minutes and features Kiss members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer along with actors Darius Rucker, Pauley Perrette, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. The participants tell us which of those characters they identify with the most. It’s insubstantial but it has some funny moments, mostly from Smith.

Next we get a blooper reel. Kiss Cut-Ups lasts one minute, 10 seconds and presents goofing around among the members of Kiss. It seems pretty forgettable.

The disc opens with ads for DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Attack of the Legion of Doom and Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest. We also find trailers for Lego: Dimensions and Scooby-Doo: Wrestlemania Mystery. No promo for Rock and Roll Mystery shows up here.

A second disc provides a DVD copy of Mystery. It includes the blooper reel and the featurette but lacks the bonus cartoons.

No one will ever mistake Scooby-Doo and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery for inspired filmmaking, but it manages decent entertainment. It may be tacky product at its heart, but it’s tacky product that manages a bit of wit and fun in spite of itself. The Blu-ray boasts excellent visuals with acceptable audio and minor bonus materials. Fans of both Scooby-Doo and Kiss will probably get a kick out of this goofy romp.

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