Charlie Brown Christmas 50th Anniversary, A
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A Charlie Brown Christmas 50th Anniversay Deluxe Edition (DVD)
Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And for Peanuts fans everywhere, it just wouldn't be Christmas without this classic holiday delight. Christmas lights may be twinkling red and green, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he takes Lucy's advice and directs the Christmas play. And what's a Christmas play without a Christmas tree? But everyone makes fun of the short, spindly nevergreen Charlie Brown brings back – until the real meaning of Christmas works its magic once again in this Remastered Deluxe Edition with Improved Picture and Audio.]]>
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1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). This is the very first Peanuts special, and it's just as charming and rough around the edges as you remember it. It's a perfect mood piece for Christmas; if anything, it's too short. I get a little choked up at the end when the gang decides to be nice to Charlie Brown and fix his Christmas tree (even though I've probably seen it 50 times). The video is well done; I have my stereo hooked up to my TV, and the music sounds great. The video is high-def, which maybe doesn't matter for a 1960s animated film, but it's nice to have. DVD quality at least, maybe better.
2. It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (1992). This one follows right after the first one's credits, with no indication that it's there until it starts playing. It's kind of a clunker, not one I'd rewatch often. There are some David Benoit covers of the Guaraldi Peanuts songs, but otherwise it's pretty forgettable.
3. It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984). !!! I have no idea why this is stuck on the end of the download, since it has nothing to do with Christmas, but don't overlook it. After a boring first five minutes, this one transforms into the best of the Peanuts musicals. There's virtually no plot, but there are five great songs in succession: "I'm in Shape," "Lucy Says," "Pigpen Hoedown," "It's Snoopy," and of course "Flashbeagle" (twice). Each song is about two minutes in length, perfect for kids with short attention spans. Great songs, great vocals. "Flashbeagle" is cheesy and dated (it probably was in 1984!), but it's undeniably catchy. Everybody in the family will be humming these tunes all day after watching this special. A bit of trivia: Stacy Ferguson (better known as Fergie) played Sally in this special.
So, there you go. One moderately-priced download gets you two fantastic specials and one throwaway. Not bad! I would've given this five stars just for the main feature, but the bonuses just pushed it over the top. Thanks, Amazon!
I'm leaving this review as a warning: the multi-format version does NOT include a DVD option. I thought multi-format meant just that, that there would be both Blu-Ray and DVD options included. I needed the DVD option to use on my computer at my mother's nursing home for Christmas Day. Fortunately, I opened it ahead of time and learned my error. Unfortunately, the DVD is currently out-of-stock and won't arrive in time for Christmas Day. So be warned: multi-format=only Blu-Ray format. No idea why it's listed as otherwise.