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A Charlie Brown Christmas (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2008
Format: DVD
Warner Home Video now owns the Peanuts holiday specials, after years of ownership and video releases by Paramount. And it will sell - it's a perennial Christmas classic, and deserves every accolade. But...something is missing...

The original sponsor of this special was Coca-Cola, and, like many television programs and specials of the time, had sponsor bumpers in the program. Linus crashed into a "sponsored by Coca-Cola" sign, slingshotted his blanket at Coke cans, and the end credits wished us all a "Merry Christmas from your Coca-Cola bottlers". Due to broadcast regulation changes, children's programming could no longer include direct sponsoring, and the Coke references disappeared forever after the original broadcast. Therefore, unless somebody wants to pay Coca-Cola a huge amount of money, you will never see these portions, either restored or as extras for a true collector's edition. If you own a Paramount copy, don't worry about updating your disc.

Oh, and the greatest Peanuts holiday special is coupled with the very worst Peanuts holiday special - it has never aired on network television outside of its original broadcast. The more you know...

A great special, but somebody needs to step up and do this program up in a true collector's edition.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I am so disappointed with this purchase. I bought this movie for my 3 year-old for her birthday, and when I opened the box, the DVD inside was a bunch of short clips called Charlie Brown's "Christmas Tales," NOT the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas!" I fully intend to contact Amazon for a refund or replacement. My daughter was heartbroken to discover this movie wasn't the same as the book we've been reading in preparation for Christmas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2008
Format: DVD
I love it! This disc is such an improvement over Paramount's disc, both in video and audio, that I don't know where to start. So I won't. And, it appears that they did use the first-year version of the film as there were a few animation errors that were cleaned up for the second and subsequent airings, according to the creators. I'm assuming one of those errors is towards the end when the gang is standing around C.B,s tree and humming. For one split second, Pig-Pen's head disappears, revealing Patty's dress behind him. RIOT! A true American classic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
Format: DVD
Stop right here! This one is it! Purchase this & none other! 'Charlie Brown Christmas' has never looked & sounded better. This is all the 'stuff' that is Christmas, at least up through 1965. Winter snow, ice-skating, snow-ball throwing, Christmas list to Santa, the nativity play & a not-so-great yet real tree... &, of course, a real lengthy scriptural passage read by Linus! Now it wouldn't be Schulz if there weren't his characters' cynicism, materialistic concessions & rants! This is the first real collaboration for Schulz, Melendez, Mendleson & the great Vince Guaraldi (music). And it was all conceived & completed in 6-months!!! This unimaginable, limited amount of time actually worked in its success in that it looks nothing like Disney, Looney Toons &/or a pedestrian children's Saturday cartoon.

Schulz insisted that the integrity & look of his strip be evident in every frame which allowed Melendez (an ex-Disney animator) to move the gang statically (much like how 'South Park' would look years later), complete w/asides & glaring close-ups... cheating, if you will, & yet establishing a sort of compromised 'strip-vs.-cartoon' hybrid. It gave it its look (which, by the way, lost its trademark style in the early '70's... ugh! What happened!?!)
The other remarkable element are the voices themselves in that real children were used on the soundtrack. Here we have the best, most memorable voices in all the decades of this (or any other) animation. Christopher Shea (as Linus) & Peter Robbins (as Charlie Brown) are the only voices... the only...! Even sister Sally's voice is the best. In later installments the children sound like they're reading a script as hired professionals. on 'Christmas' they sound authentically conversational, witty, sarcastic & 'charlie-browny'!!! They all were really funny child actors! Just like real kids (w/adult minds!)

Guaraldi's classic 'Linus & Lucy' is used effectively in the dance at the school auditorium, as is his gorgeous 'Christmas Time Is Here' so perfect to backdrop the skating Peanuts gang! Guaraldi is a genius with his remarkable use of jazz & melody on nearly all his Peanuts' scores. This one is particularly great, as sales of the CD soundtrack prove, still selling so well each & every year (get the 2006 remaster!)

Of course, the reading of the Gospel of Luke is not only remarkable for that time, but in the decades after, it so necessarily touching for this holiday! Only Linus can do this each & every year! Even though I'm agnostic it brings a warm feeling to me everytime I hear it... His lispy recitation is letter perfect & something only Charles Schulz can do through his famed cartoon character(s)! It brings every year to a special (& tearful) hault!

The only 'Christmas' classic w/great schdicky animation & script... a pot-pourri of all things Christmas, never to be topped again (except 'Polar Express'!). This re-release also includes 'The Making of...' & it's exciting to learn & watch. The added special 'Christmas Time Again' really lacks the magic of the original '65 classic as do nearly all the others after the '60's. Only nostalgia & chuckles... good grief!

We love you Charles Schulz... come back to us... & if you can't, at least we have this one-of-a-kind classic each & every year to remind us of you, Charlie & the gang, & 'what Christmas is all about!...'
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2010
Format: DVD
I write this assuming you already know the story A Charlie Brown Christmas. Be warned that the audio on the Warner Bros version is a half second ahead of the video. It is more noticeable on the sounds (tapping of the aluminum tree, tossing of the directors horn) than on the dialog. This seems to only apply to the Warner Bros DVD, and not the Blu Ray.

I am not sure if I like the video on the Warner Bros either. It is a sharper image; but it also seems to be a negative quality.

This is a Christmas special that people watch every year. If I knew then what I know now, I'd have purchased the Paramount version from http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Brown-Christmas-Ann-Altieri/dp/B00004W5UM/ref=sr_1_3?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1291690784&sr=1-3 .

One more comment: The 'making of the Christmas special' is a nice feature that is included on the Warner Bros version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
Format: DVD
Christmas may be a time for joy and laughter, but Charlie Brown has the Blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he takes Lucy's advice and directs a Christmas play. And what's a Christmas play w/o a tree? Everyone makes fun of the short sparse "nevergreen tree" that he comes up with, until Christmas works it's true magic.

This is a classic family holiday film. It has all the characters that we have known and loved our whole lives. This DVD also contains the "It's Christmastime Again Charlie Brown" story. It has English, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese audio tracks. This is a great way to enjoy Christmas with the whole family or with friends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I love the movie "A Charlie Brown Christmas", but it isn't included on this DVD (like it is supposed to be). There are some other TV specials, but the Christmas show is not on it, or if it is, I can't get to it. I see it's on Amazon Prime, so we'll just watch it there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
This is the greatest Christmas story every made or told. I only buy "Charlie Brown" Christmas trees now. My wife hates them but she doesn't understand what Christmas is all about.
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24 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2008
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Let me say first that, yes, like you, I too adore this warm, wonderful Christmas classic. No Christmas would seem complete without it. But it is *because* I love this show (and otherwise would give it five stars without hesitation) that I'm forced to give a one-star review of this particular 2008 remastered/deluxe version. The reason? This new version is out of sync. In other words, the mouth movements of the characters as they speak no longer properly match the actual voices you hear on the audio track. If you already own this version, watch yours carefully; you'll see what I mean. There's a noticeable lag. If you're considering buying this DVD, you might want to wait until Warner Bros. gets its team back to the drawing board and amends this annoying error. Perhaps such a flaw won't bother some viewers; but if you're like me, it will detract from the beauty of this classic every time you watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2009
Format: DVD
In honor of today being Christmas Eve, I thought I'd review this classic. This is another childhood favorite. When Charlie Brown feels that Christmas has gone too commercial, Lucy gets him to direct the school Christmas play. When he gets a crappy little Christmas tree for the play, everyone is mad at him, and wants to know what Christmas is all about. I highly recommend A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS!!!
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