18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Good enough collection, but...,
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This review is from: Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales (DVD)
...don't make the same mistake that I did. I bought this collection expecting to get something new, but this is the same show as is included with the release of I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2011 9:17:53 PM PST
The movie doesn't deserve to get a lower score just because you didn't know what you were getting.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 10:11:22 PM PST
The Phantom says:
No crap? You mean that I've written more than 200 Amazon reviews yet don't know how to do it? Read the headline. The score was based on the merits of the show itself; I simply took the opportunity to give people a heads-up on somewhat deceptive marketing (when this DVD debuted last year it was touted as a "new release"). Thus far three people have been helped by that.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 10:20:53 PM PST
That's awesome. Now we know what your three stars came from since I have now re-read your review twice and it doesn't actually say if the three stars are because of the content or because you didn't know what you were getting. But . . . now we know. And, yes, I hate when promotional material is true (hey, "Christmas Tales" had never been its own release) but false (yes, actually it had been out before). I'm supposing there were tons of people who didn't even know it existed at all but the marketing people could still have used better wording.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 9:34:20 PM PST
The Phantom says:
Well, obviously the intent was to repackage and make more money, even if doing it that was a bit shady. I provided a link to the other DVD because I believe that most people would rather get those two specials packaged together, pay less money AND get the "making of" documentary too. The special thrown in with this DVD isn't even holiday-themed.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 9:38:27 PM PST
"I provided a link to the other DVD because I believe that most people would rather get those two specials packaged together, pay less money AND get the "making of" documentary too." That's actually a good idea. I think Amazon used to have a feature where you could recommend an item in place of another item. Gotta go see if they still have it.
Posted on Dec 10, 2011 11:48:20 PM PST
Andrew Furst says:
The version of "I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown" you linked is apparently out of print, although existing, unopened copies are still being sold. The newer (i.e. "current") version of "I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown" does not have "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales" as a bonus feature. It's easy enough to know if you already have "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales" (the "main" feature of this DVD) because it's a 5 part episode (each "starring" 5 different Peanuts cast members - Snoopy, Linus, Sally, Lucy, Charlie Brown - although most of the other cast members appear in each others short "feature film") 18 minutes long total. Personally I think this is one of the best/funniest (though also shortest) Peanuts animated specials.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 12:06:23 AM PST
The reason "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales" is because over the years commercial advertising has taken up more and more time on television. But when they broadcast "A Charlie Brown Christmas" the audience would get mad if a couple minutes were cut from it. So they decided to play the whole thing but since the whole thing now plus current length of advertising would take up more than 30 minutes so they created "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales" as a way to fill up the extra hour. Anyways, I like all four Peanuts Christmas specials, including "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales."
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