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Peanuts 1970’s Collection – Volume One (1971 – 1974/Warner DVD Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episodes: B+



Continuing Warner Bros. reissues of the animated Peanuts catalog on DVD, the Peanuts 1970s, Volume One Collection.  It includes the DVD debut of two classics and welcome addition of four others, including a reissue that has been out of print for a while.  What follows are the previously issued titles in the set with links to our previous coverage:


You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972)



There’s No Time For Love, Charlie Brown (1973)



A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)



It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)




Play It Again, Charlie Brown (1971) and It’s A Mystery, Charlie Brown (1974) are both underrated shows, the first more Classical Music based than usual and the second a fun send-up of detective fiction with plenty of solo Woodstock moments, all in the Peanuts mode.


Again has Lucy (actress Pamelyn Ferdin in one of her few voiceovers) tormenting Schroder over his music appreciation and when she sets up a playdate for him, his dislike for her is reinforced when it all goes bad.  Note how Pigpen is cast as a band drummer.  Mystery has Woodstock’s nest stolen, so Snoopy dawns a deerstalker hat, matching coat and magnifying glass to find out what happened.  It has been far too long since these have been in circulation and are reason enough alone to get this set.  That they look so good is a plus.


The 1.33 X 1 color image and Dolby Digital Mono on all shows are again upgraded, new transfers that look and sound as good as they are going to on this format, as has been the case in all of Warner’s reissues of the Peanuts specials.  Extras include previews for other Peanuts releases on DVD begin both DVDs, Warner previews on DVD 2 and great new special Woodstock: Creating Snoopy’s Sidekick (12 minutes) about the making of possibly the most famous bird in comic strip history, which is presented in anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1.  Another great set worth owning.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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