Fun Fact of the Week #408
We're doing a bit of a deep dive for this week's fun fact! There were a number of series that had different DVD release strategies in the UK as compared to the US. After the release of The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies DVD in 2006, the UK released a stand-alone "The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies volume 1" DVD in 2007 featuring only "Ghastly Ghost Town," "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair," "The Frickert Fracas" and "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?" As a random aside, you can also currently buy it on Amazon UK for less than a euro!
The international volume sets also had different covers for Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated than the US versions, although oddly season 1 volume 3 is the same, besides a minor difference in the placement and design of the logo. Moreover, season 2 was split into four subtitled volumes, rather than two parts. Volumes one and three are Danger in the Deep and Spooky Stampede respectively and have the same covers, but Season Two Volume Two: Bad News Baby, and Season Two Volume Four: Mayan Monster Madness are different. It's probable that the season 2 covers might be from Australia, because of the logos on the front being different from the ones used in the UK. I have to say, I kind of like these designs a little better. You can view the differences below.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! also had some unique covers in the UK (note: the second cover might be from Australia due to the logos being different), and season 1 was divided into four volumes rather than two parts. While volume 1 had the same cover as Spooky Kooky Fun and volume 3 had the same cover as Teamwork Screamwork in the US, volumes 2 and 4 had completely new covers never before released in the US.
I briefly covered back in fun fact #118 way back on January 9, 2017 that What's New, Scooby-Doo? had a completely different release strategy in the UK. Instead of having unique names, the volumes were simply named after episodes. Not only that, but the episode arrangement was completely different. Volumes 1-6 included all season 1 and 2 episodes in order (excluding holiday specials, which appeared in later volumes), with four to five episodes in each volume. Starting with volume 7, season three episodes were released in a random order, more closely aligning with how they were released in the US. Here's how the episodes were released in the UK by volume:
Volume 1: Space Ape at the Cape
There's No Creature Like Snow Creature
Space Ape at the Cape
Big Scare in the Big Easy
Volume 2: Safari So Goodi!
It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine
Riva Ras Regas
Roller Ghoster Ride
Safari So Goodi!
Volume 3: Lights, Camera, Mayhem!
She Sees Sea Monsters by the Sea Shore
Toy Scary Boo
Lights, Camera, Mayhem!
Pompeii and Circumstance
Volume 4: Mummy Scares Best
Big Appetite in Little Tokyo
Mummy Scares Best
The Fast and the Wormious
Volume 5: Homeward Hound
High-Tech House of Horrors
The Vampire Strikes Back
The San Franpsycho
Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman
Volume 6: Recipe for Disaster
Recipe for Disaster
Large Dragon at Large
Uncle Scooby and Antarctica
New Mexico, Old Monster
It's All Greek to Scooby
Volume 7: Ready to Scare
A Scooby-Doo Valentine
Ready to Scare
Diamonds are a Ghoul's Best Friend
Volume 8: E-Scream
Block-Long Hong Kong Terror
Volume 9: Fright House of a Lighthouse
Fright House of a Lighthouse
Go West, Young Scoob
Farmed and Dangerous
Volume 10: Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters!
A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown
Gentleman, Start Your Monsters!
A Scooby-Doo Christmas
A Scooby-Doo Halloween
Here are the UK volume covers. I particularly like the cover for volume 9; the Creepy Keeper looks terrifying without any pupils in its eyes.
Moreover, five "double feature" volumes were made, combining a set of two volumes into one DVD. Volumes 1 and 2 were combined and titled "Scary Space and a Swinging Safari"; volumes 3 and 4 were titled "Movie Monsters and a Magic Mummy;" volumes 5 and 6 became "Top Dog and a Hot Dog; volumes 7 and 8 were titled "Ghouls, Fools and a Grief on a Reef; and finally the amalgamation of volumes 9 and 10 was called "A Spooky Case and a Mad Race." The only images I could find have a watermark over it, but you can still see the volumes.
I hope you enjoyed reading this fun fact! It definitely took quite a bit of research, but it was a lot of fun doing all of it and writing this up.
7/4/2022 09:11:57 am
When I was younger I was very interested to see that the UK had their own WNSD dvd covers. Ready To Scare looks the same as Ghost On The Go and The Creepy Keeper look different on The Fright House Of A Lightshouse dvd
7/4/2022 10:16:04 pm
Nice! Your suggestion about them about a year ago is actually what inspired me to do research into these :)
7/4/2022 11:45:46 am
Less than a pound (shipping not included). Yeah, UK releases suck, I got most of mine from the States along with hacking a dvd player to make it region 0/free. Anyway, here's mine for this.
7/4/2022 10:18:17 pm
I actually wasn't aware you could hack players to make them region-free, that's interesting.
7/5/2022 02:17:27 am
My (extremely limited) understanding is that DVD and BluRay players are ALL region free at the physical level, it's just a layer of programming that region locks the player.
7/5/2022 10:38:42 am
That's super interesting! My understanding of what makes a player region-bound is also pretty limited, so I didn't know it was just a matter of programming.
7/5/2022 01:40:16 pm
Yes, there was a website that provided codes for such things that then allowed you to change regions. Certain DVD players were often easier to hack than others.
7/5/2022 07:26:32 pm
Oh wow, I didn't realize it was an easy as hacking it with a code. That's really interesting!
7/5/2022 01:58:43 am
The What's New volumes came to Greece in their UK DVDs and honestly they're my whole childhood! I especially love the "Mummy Scares Best" cover, since it's my favorite episode of the series.
7/5/2022 10:31:35 am
I was so surprised about how much better the UK covers were compared to the US ones, in my opinion. The artwork is so much more detailed in the UK ones IMO. The "Mummy Scares Best" cover looks amazing and is one of my faves too, but I'd have to pick the "Fright House of a Light House" cover as my favorite. The Creepy Keeper looks so terrifying with no pupils in his eyes!
7/5/2022 06:30:29 am
The season 2 covers of SDMI look Australian to me. The second cover of Be Cool also doesn't look completely UK, cause it has logos that you wouldn't find on a UK DVD cover.
7/5/2022 10:34:51 am
I hadn't noticed those different logos, but I think you're right. It was actually a bit difficult researching these, because a lot of sites seemed to incorrectly list covers as being from the UK that clearly weren't (i.e. the covers were in Spanish). It's been a few weeks since I wrote this up, but I believe those had listings on Amazon UK so I just presumed they were UK and didn't think about the logos being different. I just updated the post mentioned they're probably from Australia. Thanks for pointing that out!
7/5/2022 01:00:53 pm
I’ve always considered getting some dvds from other regions, but don’t actually have the means to watch them LOL
7/5/2022 07:25:40 pm
Same haha, although I guess there really isn't any DVD from another region that has content I couldn't already get in the US. It's one of the few things I might be kinda cool to collect (I'm not a collector), but I haven't really prioritized it.
7/16/2022 11:22:35 pm
They always clump Fred, Daphne and Velma together in the background on these covers lol
7/17/2022 12:47:46 pm
I've noticed that too haha.
7/21/2022 07:28:37 pm
Last year I shared with you guys The Scooby Doo Show episode in WNSDs volume set dvds: Halloween Boos and Clues, Merry Scary Holiday, Sports Spooktacular, Monster Matinee, Ghosts On The Go, Zoinks, Camera, Action, Route Scary Six and Monstrous Tails.
7/21/2022 10:33:46 pm
Thank you so much for sharing all of these! I hadn't noticed a lot of these, but it's cool to see there were so many similarities!
7/21/2022 07:34:56 pm
Halloween Boos and Clues:
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Merry Scary Holiday:
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Ghosts On The Go:
7/22/2022 04:54:43 am
Zoinks Camera Action:
7/22/2022 05:07:33 am
Route Scary Six:
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7/22/2022 01:26:12 pm
The Beast Is Awake In Bottomless Lake and Uncle Scooby and Antarctica feature fish monsters. The opening of Bottomless Lake is kind of like Uncle Scooby. Like it’s shows the lake and the beast coming out of it and roaring. In Uncle Scooby, it shows the way station and the water, the fish fiend comes out of the water. The Beast grabs Scooby by the tail. The Fish Fiend pulled Scooby on his leg and pulled him into the water. Velma’s takes of the costume of the Beast. She also takes off the costume of the Fish Fiend.
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