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New to Blu-ray: Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery

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Now here’s a combination I thought I’d never see: Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma teaming up with The Demon, The Starchild, The Catman, and The Spaceman. Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery is a kooky blast of animated fun that probably shouldn’t work, but it somehow does. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has issued the 79-minute rockin’ romp on Blu-ray and DVD and it’s a treat for fans of Mystery Inc. as well as KISS.

The premise is simple: there’s a specter haunting the KISS World theme park and someone needs to come in and do a little ghostbusting. Turns out Mystery Inc. are members of KISS Nation and happen to be heading out to the theme park—in full KISS drag, I might add. Yes, even Scooby-Doo! is glammed out. The only defector is square-jawed Fred, who’d rather be going to see his number one band, The Ascot Five. When the KISS World administrators worry the so-called Crimson Witch will scare away too much business, Mystery Inc. is enlisted to get to the bottom of it.

There’s plenty of KISS music once the boys in black-and-white get involved in their own ghost story. Some of it you won’t even recognize, since KISS themselves perform the hilarious Ascot Five anthem “Don’t Touch My Ascot.” Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer voice their own characters. Directors Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone make the most of their direct-to-video budget by continually upping the ante of inventiveness. The whole affair turns into a sci-fi action extravaganza as a portal to another dimension is opened. The alternate dimension is called Kissteria (naturally) and our headbanging heroes must battle The Destroyer (voiced by a celebrity guest; best to find out for yourself who).

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a standard DVD and downloadable Digital HD Copy. There are a couple of witch-oriented vintage Scooby-Doo! episodes includes as bonuses, plus a couple of short featurettes: "Are You a Scooby or a Shaggy?" and “KISS Cut-Ups.”

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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