It was a busy week for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on the announcement front … a trio of golden musicals heading to Blu-ray, a new Shaggy and Scooby-Doo! animated feature film and more, so let’s get to it.
Arriving on Mar. 3 will be newly-minted Blu-ray editions of director David Butler’s 1953 Oscar-winner for Best Song (“Secret Love”), Calamity Jane, starring Doris Day and Howard Keel; filmmaker Vincente Minnelli’s masterpiece of dance and music, The Band Wagon, teaming Cyd Charisse with Fred Astaire; and — saving the best for last — a 3D presentation of the musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” Kiss Me Kate … directed by George Sidney and starring Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and Ann Miller.
These three musical treasures will be available as individual Blu-ray SKUs or as elements in a four-film set that includes the recently released Blu-ray edition of Singin’ in the Rain. It’s actually a pretty good deal … the SRP for the individual Blu-ray editions of Calamity Jane, The Band Wagon and Kiss Me Kate are $19.98 each, while the boxed set is just $34.99 (and you get Singin’ in the Rain as a bonus).
On Feb. 10 the latest direct-to-video animated feature film starring Shaggy (voiced by Matthew Lillard) and everyone’s favorite K9 sleuth, Scooby-Doo! (voiced by Frank Welker), Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness, will be heading to DVD.
Mindy Cohn returns as the voice of Velma and Grey DeLisle-Griffin will reprise the voice of Daphne, while former storyboard artist and storyboard director Paul McEvoy will be making his directorial debut here in this outer space adventure.
Elsewhere, Jan. 13 marks the DVD debut of the animated series Steven Universe: Gem Glow, while Jan. 20 will see the next DVD edition of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu - Rebooted, Fall of the Golden Master available at retail.