Warner Home Video
Release date: October 20th, 2009
MSRP: $29.98

Contents: Play It Again, Charlie Brown, You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown, There’s No Time For Love, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, It’s A Mystery, Charlie Brown, It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.

I grew up in the 70s. For me, every holiday had a Charlie Brown special. Hell, I think there was even a freakin’ Arbor Day special! They always had been there and I never really gave them too much thought. Of course part of that might be because I was a kid. So this set is a wonderful batch of warm memories.

This collection features one of the big three (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) with the other five ranging from well known (It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown) to fairly obscure. I honestly don’t think I had ever seen Play It Again, Charlie Brown. The quality of the shows Is better than I thought it would be. I knew Thanksgiving and Easter were good, and thought the Election one and No time for Love were decent, but the rest were pretty hazy in my memory banks.

Fortunately the 70s saw the same general creative crew working on all of them. As a result, the quality level stayed pretty even. I do think that It’s A Mystery falls a bit below the quality level of the others, but is still a decent little show. As one would expect, the best here is A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. It remains a truly magical show, certainly one of the best Holiday specials ever done.

Extras: We get WOODSTOCK: CREATING SNOOPY’S SIDEKICK. This runs just under thirteen minutes and features comments from Jean Schultz (Charles’ widow), producer Lee Mendelson, author Phil Cousineau, cartoonist Alex Fajardo and historian Derrick Bang.
This set is not loaded with extras, but is well-priced for what you get. The video is good, having been cleaned up, and the audio does the job. Anyone looking to take a trip down memory lane will find this set well worth the price.

Order volume one of PEANUTS: THE 1970S COLLECTION.

Jeremy Lynch
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