Peanuts Holiday Collection (A Charlie Brown Christmas / It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) [Blu-ray]
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Warner Home Video remastered the audio of all these specials with a very cheesy faux 5.1 surround, giving the audio a hokey, echo-filled sound that just sounds very, very wrong. They sound as if they were processed through a "faux surround" mode found on the cheapest surround processor available.
Worse, because there is an echo added to the tracks, even if your processor or TV has a "mono" mode you CANNOT restore the audio to the original mono soundtrack most of us have heard for years, meaning that if you buy these for any kind of decent experience you need to WATCH the Blu-ray but sync up the DVD release for the AUDIO.
Warner Home Video could have EASILY included the original mono soundtracks as well, but decided that hokey fake surround would be a better choice, so ironically, sound quality-wise the mono Spanish audio tracks are BETTER.
As most of the reviews concentrate on the VIDEO quality of these releases, you likely would never know until you placed these discs in your player, hit play and wondered just what went wrong with the sound.
I can't say to stay away - I'll keep mine for the video quality and because I doubt I could get a decent price for these on the second-hand market - but be warned that if you are expecting that sound you've heard from years of TV runs or on the DVDs, you'll be SORELY disappointed.
Update: Note the 2011 release of this collection features the same horrid 5.1 DD mix as the earlier release. Stay away if you like the audio until WB gives us the original English 1.0 track back...
To be fair, I found that the special features make up for some of the lack in quality of the blu-ray dvds. It is interesting to learn about the histoy of each holiday specials and how the Christmas special was almost never produced. For the special features and the amount I paid for this set ($34.99), I didn't feel too bad about the purchase. I am disappointed in the quality but found that the special features make up for some of that disappointment.
Again, the quality of the dvds are not as great as I had hoped, but the special features are worth the consideration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ah, childhood memories. These are the classics I want my kid to watch once a year.Published 1 month ago by Matthew
My fiancée and I grew up with this collection so finding it and reliving those memories has been such a blessing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lv2dance555
I have always loved the peanuts specials, and was extremely happy to get my own copies on blu ray for such a great price. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jennifer31416
This made for a great gift for the peanuts lover. It's nice to have all of them together as often times they are only aired once.Published 5 months ago by Lara
Thought it included the DVD versions but when I checked, I had just misread the posting. Not exactly what I wanted but it was what I orders so no complaints.Published 6 months ago by Michael K. Veh
I would skip the Blu-Ray and go with the DVD. Did not seem very optimized for Blu-Ray to justify additional cost.Published 7 months ago by Ryanpdx
Always wanted these classic Charlie Browns on Blu-ray! Each movie has it's own disk, as apposed to the sets you buy in store, where every movie is just on the same disk. LOVE it!Published 7 months ago by Samantha
It is nice to have the entire Peanuts holiday collection so I can easily find and pop in the appropriate disk. What a lovely set!Published 7 months ago by Nicolle Perry
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