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Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown + It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown – Remastered Deluxe Editions (Warner Home Video)

 

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

 

 

The Peanuts Gang continues to be one of the all-time comic strip classics and their best selling catalog of animated TV classics has now switched rights to Warner Bros. and is now being reissued in upgraded DVD editions.  The first titles chosen are Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown and It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.  There are actually five specials over two discs, but in the case of the Valentine show, the main show is not the best.

 

You’re In Love, Charlie Brown was made in 1967, has the best dialogue, story, use of color and the original voice cast (all of whom remain the most charming) and It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown ten years later.  The main program was from 1975, but does not have the smooth energy and approach of the ’67 show, plus it lost some of its original voices.  All are good, yet as they made more, the shows became more typical and less special.  Fortunately for the Easter disc, that 1974 special is a one of the kind, It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1976) is the only bonus show and one of the most underrated of all the specials and has some howler moments rarely matched.

 

It is odd it has particularly been lost in some “strange shuffle” since the 1980s, but is nice to see it back here looking decent.  Can’t wait for the Blu-rays.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image on all programs has improved color, less aliasing and slightly more depth and detail than the older Paramount-issued DVDs, yet the Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono is not as good as the Dolby 2.0 Mono on the older Paramounts, so there is improvement at a price.  Too bad Warner and the Schultz estate did not try simple stereo upgrades on these classic shows.  The only extras besides the extra shows noted above are featurettes about each main special.  Unlucky At Love: An Unrequited Love Story is about the real life love that Schultz had that inspired the Valentine story, while In Full Bloom: Peanuts At Easter is as entertaining.

 

Hope the next reissues are at least as good.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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