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Another Review From The Peanut GalleryAug. 21 2009
Reconnecting To My Childhood
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Peanuts specials are timeless classics with wonderful moral lessons and clean/clever humor that you can't find presented the same way nowadays. The peanuts will always have a more adult sense of awareness but still never lose their innocence. This 1970's Volume 1 Collection is being released October 20th and will contain the following remastered six specials, two of which have never seen DVD before:
-Disc 1- Play It Again, Charlie Brown (Aired: 3/28/1971) In her continuing attempts to get Schroeder's attention Lucy arranges for him to play at the PTA Program. Unfortunately they don't want to hear Schroeder's choice of Beethoven.
You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (Aired: 10/29/1972) Linus is running in the school election but another speech about The Great Pumpkin may ruin his chances.
There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown (Aired: 3/11/1973) A favorite of mine where a school field trip finds Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Marcy mistaking a supermarket for an art museum. At the same time Charlie Brown deals with disappointment.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Aired: 11/20/1973) Somehow good ol' Chuck winds up hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the rest of the gang after Peppermint Patty invites herself over. With help from Snoopy and woodstock Charlie Brown might make enough popcorn and buttered toast for all.
-Disc 2- It's A Mystery, Charlie Brown (Aired: 2/1/1974) Snoopy tries to find Woodstock's missing nest. Meanwhile Sally worries about a science project.
It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (Aired: 4/9/1974) The perennial classic in which all are dying eggs and celebrating Easter. Everyone can remember the sight of Snoopy gleefully running about Easter morning passing out colored eggs as the Easter Beagle.
Also contained on Disc 2 is an all new featurette, Woodstock: Creating Snoopy's Sidekick. These specials are being presented remastered in their original Full Frame video format with English Mono Audio. Other audio soundtrack options will include Spanish, Portugese and Japanese. Subtitles will be available in English, Spanish, French, Portugese, Japanese and Thai.
These specials are all classics and are perfect for parents looking for suitable programming for their children or for adults who grew up watching them and want a chance to reminisce on past days and simpler times. I can't wait to own them in this DVD set and am certainly excited to collect the rest of the 70's era Peanut specials in Volume 2 (which should collect 6 more specials from Be My Valentine Charlie Brown to You're The Greatest, Charlie Brown). Thanks For Your Time.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Pleased to see WB releasing Peanuts in this wayAug. 18 2009
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Hopefully, Warner does as good a job with this collection as they did with the Peanuts 1960's [sic] collection. The six specials on that collection look great. Sadly, they removed all the extra featurettes from the original releases, but included a very good new featurette. I hope that former trend doesn't continue. So this collection will have six specials as well. If current trends continue, can we expect to see the following?
1960s: (* denotes currently released single WB DVD release, ** denotes previously released Paramount DVD release) A Charlie Brown Christmas* Charlie Brown's All-Stars** It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown* You're In Love, Charlie Brown* He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
1970s, vol. 1: 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*
1970s, vol. 2: (conjecture) Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown* You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown* It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown* It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown* What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown*
1980s, vol. 1: (conjecture) She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown It's Magic, Charlie Brown* Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown** A Charlie Brown Celebration (this is a one hour program--wonder how they'll handle that?)
1980s, vol. 2: (conjecture) Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown (another hour-long program) What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown* Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown
1980s, vol. 3: (conjecture--would have an extra half-hour of programming) You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (hour-long) Happy New Year, Charlie Brown(* announced) Snoopy: The Musical (hour-long) It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown (hour-long)
1990s: (conjecture) Why, Charlie Brown, Why? Snoopy's Reunion* It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown** It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown* You're In the Superbowl, Charlie Brown (there may be rights issues on this one, the "Holy Grail" of Peanuts specials) It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown (DTV)
2000s: (conjecture--would have an extra 17 minutes of programming) It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown** (DTV) A Charlie Brown Valentine** Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales** (17 minutes only) Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown** I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown** (*announced) (hour-long) He's a Bully, Charlie Brown*
In all, it would fit nicely into eight boxed sets.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Use caution before starting a Peanuts DVD collection...April 7 2011
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This is a nice set of episodes if you don't already have most of them. I have the first 3 volumes (60's, 70's 1, 70's 2) and almost all the individual releases trying to get every available episode. I really don't like it when the DVD companies release complete seasons/volumes and then just stop releasing. I assume we won't see them continue into the 80's or it would have been out/announced by now being a year since this release and that we only went six months in between the other.
Now I'm stuck with duplicates of almost all these episodes. A. From buying them previously, and B. now from starting to purchase more individual discs since I've realized they won't be releasing the rest in a comprehensive format anymore.
Just beware...is all. Plus the fact that the Peanuts Specials have been liscenced to 2 different companies for release, there are 2 versions of most specials out there and alot of them carry different "bonus" episodes, so it can be tricky to keep track of it.
Just do some research before you buy if your just starting out collecting...not saying there's anything wrong with this set, just beaware of what's out there to avoid buying the same episodes twice.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Peanuts transcends time...Oct. 18 2009
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... but I guess you have to chop these sets into affordable sizes somehow. There really isn't a 60's Peanuts versus a 70's Peanuts. Peanuts will always exist in middle class mid-century America. It's exclusively a child's world that is presented, with all adult voices just coming across as a "mwah mwah mwah mwah" sounding drone, which is no doubt what you heard when adults spoke and you were a child and no doubt what your own children really hear when you speak.
Charlie Brown is a child everyman with dreams who exists in a world with a sometimes cruel pecking order. Lucy is always besting him, but Charlie Brown's own dog bests Lucy with nothing more than the threat of a slobbery kiss. The episodes teach lessons that in many cases, sadly, could not be taught today. For example, from the 60's specials, A Charlie Brown Christmas has Charlie Brown wondering what Christmas is all about. In the end, as an answer, Linus presents the simple Biblical tale of Jesus' birth. The moral comes across as "Christmas is not about getting more stuff", and in the 60's did not ignite a firestorm - as it would today no doubt - of people claiming they were offended by the "exclusivity of the message" so that you had to water down the message to the point where there is no message at all.
The only complaint I can offer is that we are getting only one extra feature in this set on the subject of Woodstock.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Add The *70s* Set To Your Collection!Nov. 24 2009
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I really can't add too much that hasn't been covered already. If you grew-up in the 60s-70s, "Peanuts" is such a big part of our growing experience that watching them now brings back those found and happy memories!
The only two shows that I've seen from PEANUTS: 1970'S COLLECTION was "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" so the other four specials were brand new to me (I might have seen "There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown" on another DVD or special because I remember the store scene).
Each of the shows have that special Peanuts' charm and many of the child actors--or those that sound similar to them--from the 1960's "Peanuts" specials, appear here. Stephen Shea/Chris Shea voice of "Linus," Jimmy Ahrens voice of "Marcie," and Christopher DeFaria voice of "Peppermint Patty" (who is the only PP voice for me, LOL) all show up on several episodes on this set. I don't know why but those three had such distinct voices, which matched their animated counterparts so well, that the characters wouldn't seem like themselves (to me) unless the voices were similar to those actors.
Anyway, the only aberration from the "Peanuts" formula happens on "Play It Again, Charlie Brown." As far as I know, this is the only instance where you can hear adult voices clearly...but they are coming from a can. The air dates aren't mentioned but PIA,CB has a copyright date of 1971.
The special features include:
***12:42-minute Featurette "Woodstock: Creating Snoopy's Sidekick" Lee Mendelson (ex prod of Peanuts specials, Jeannie Schulz (widow of Charles Schulz), Phil Cousineau (author), Derrick Bang (author, "Peanuts" historian), and cartoonist Alexis Fajardo discuss how the character "Woodstock" came about. Fun little short about Snoopy's best friend and Charles Schulz was inspired by the actual "Woodstock" concert that took place in 1969.
Trailer for "Harry Potter" DVD-Game and iTunes Code for two free downloads of the instrumental songs--"Thanksgiving Theme" and "Charlie's Blues."
For iTunes, just open iTunes, log in, go to store, click on "Redeem," enter the code and the download will start automatically.