What's New Scooby-Doo?
Volume 7 - Ready to Scare

Starring: Scooby-Doo
Warner Home Video
RRP: 12.99
Certificate: U
Available 10 April 2006

Still the grooviest crime-fighting quintet around, Scooby, Shaggy and the gang are back and this time they are armed with an arsenal of Internet-age gizmos and gadgets, from laptop computers and Personal Digital Assistants to mobile communicators and Global Positioning Systems. Now, ghouls and the goons behind them face a tougher time than ever trying to get away with their ghastly goings on. Join the crew as they battle giant gargoyles in Paris, uncover spooky ghosts at the international world cup hockey event in Moscow and solve the mystery of the wrestler's ghost. as well as Valentine's Day in Coolsville...

In Wrestle Maniacs, Freddie, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby enter the world of pro wrestling, with colourfully costumed wrestlers who are reluctant to wrestle, due to the fact that their arena is being haunted by a ghost. Along the way they encounter a shady promoter who wants the matches to continue at any cost, but in the end, with a little ingenuity, the gang manages to prevail and restore order.

Diamonds are a Ghoul's Best Friend sees the gang travel to Moscow to a championship hockey match. This episode features the Frozen Fiend, who apparently froze to death in Siberia and takes it out on everyone by pelting officials with hockey pucks and stealing the Grand Emperor's Cup out of its case. With so much at stake, it is up to the gang to make sure that the USA and Russia get to the final match

In Ready to Scare, the gang goes to Paris to see Daphne's cousin become model of the year. But they find she's been abducted by a giant gargoyle.

In A Scooby-Doo Valentine, Scooby and the gang are excited to return to Coolsville for Valentines Day until they learn about teenagers being kidnapped at the Lovers Lane and they are the prime suspects. And while investigating, Shaggy discovers his ex-girlfriend is dating JC Chasez.

This collection of episodes gives us another healthy slice of action with Scooby and the gang. Each of the four episodes is 20 minutes in length, and bringing the characters into the 21st century helps to keep the series alive. While their costumes remain relatively the same, the gang now use the latest technology to help them solve the crimes - although these four episodes seemed to lack the usual gadgets that have been seen in the majority of What's New episodes - I didn't even spot a mobile phone.

This volume was a first for me too. I actually worked out who the ghost was before the end in Wrestle Maniacs. And I feel quite proud of myself too. Bit sad for a man in his 30's, but still...

There are no extras, but to be quite honest who needs any when you have one hour and twenty minutes of fun mysteries for £13?

Pete Boomer

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