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Peanuts: Snoopy Tales (2017/Warner DVD Set)/Pinocchio: The Signature Collection (1940/Disney Blu-ray w/DVD)/Shimmer & Shine: Friendship Divine (2017/Nickelodeon DVD)

Picture: C+/B & C+/C+ Sound: C+/B & C+/C+ Extras: D/B+/D Main Programs: B-/B+/B-

Here's the latest children's releases....

Peanuts: Snoopy Tales is a new Warner DVD set of the new TV series (co-produced by the French) simply called Peanuts (or some may want to call it Peanuts by Schultz as the title appears with that text) and we have covered the show before. It is amusing and not bad, but some may still find it difficult to deal with how the artwork is purposely emphasizing the squares drawn around each scene as if you were reading the strip in color from the Sunday Funnies. You get 32 segments running over 3 hours, so that is more than plenty to enjoy. This is not my favorite incarnation of the strip, but it is still not bad and has its moments. Of course, the show is not centered on Snoopy all the time, but this is the volume for his fans for sure.

There are sadly no extras.

Pinocchio: The Signature Collection (1940) is an expanded edition of the Platinum Blu-ray w/DVD set we covered years ago from Disney at this link...


It is the same video and audio master set, with some variant on the image (see below), but with a few more extras since that last set, which is long out-of-print. Of course, the film holds up as well as ever, but NOT losing older extras helps here.

Extras from that original set are all repeated here, if laid out differently and include BD Live interactive functions, a feature length audio commentary with Leonard Maltin, Eric Goldberg & J.B. Kaufman, Geppettos Then & Now, the still-terrific No Strings Attached: The Making Of Pinocchio, trivial, games, never-before-seen deleted scenes/alternate ending, isolated songs, The Sweatbox, deleted songs, art galleries and a bonus DVD version of the film. New additional extras are all I 1080p HD and include the 2-part The Pinocchio Project: When You Wish Upon A Star featuring a new Music Video and its making, an new version of the classic animated Oswald The Lucky Rabbit short ''Poor Papa'' in black & white, Walt's Story Meetings: Pleasure Island about the making of that sequence in the film and In Walt's Words - Pinocchio with 1956 archival footage with Walt Disney discussing the film and events surrounding its production.

Finally we have Nickelodeon's show Shimmer & Shine: Friendship Divine (2017) in an 8-episode set that runs 94 minutes-long, which is longer than the average for single DVD releases from the company of late (like a few other companies) to not have much on a single DVD when there is enough room for more. It is the same show we reviewed last time (elsewhere on this site) with the same child-friendly set-up for younger gals (and some guys), so fans will like it, but I was not impressed beyond that because the show has no room for growth following a confined formula that cannot use 'safe' as an excuse. In that, I wonder how much longer the show will last unless they find new avenues to take the similar characters. We'll see.

There are no extras.

The 1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Pinocchio looks fine and the same for the most part, but I thought its color could have looked a bit better in the older edition. This time, likely because of more extras, the picture has tomes it looks softer or more color challenged than the older Blu-ray. Thus, it is still not a total representation of a 35mm dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor version of the film, but this is just about the best it will look until Disney starts issuing 4K 2160p Blu-rays. Otherwise, a fine film print or maybe 4K theatrical screening are the only ways to see it look better. The 1.33 X 1 DVD more similar to the older DVD and nowhere near as good as either Blu-ray.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on episodes of both Peanuts and Shimmer are as good as they can look in the format and almost as good as the Pinocchio DVD.

The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mix on Pinocchio is well mixed and presented again for being an older film and holds up as a fine upgrade from the original theatrical monophonic presentation so many decades ago, so the sound is as good as it will likely ever get. Going for 11.1 Dolby Atmos or DTS: X might be a mistake. All three DVDs offer lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes that are about on par with each other, so no surprises there and they are as good as they will ever sound in that older, compressed codec.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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