Peanuts 1970's Collection Vol. 2 (1975)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
Warner Brothers || NR - 148 minutes - $29.98 || June 1, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-06-17


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Charles Schulz (creator)
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Mono), Spanish (Dolby Mono)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

As I previously said in my review for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, I never was a fan of the Peanuts comic strip as a kid or even now as an adult whenever they would rerun classic strips preferring to read ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ and today, ‘Dilbert’ and ‘Garfield’.

Having grown up during the 1980s and 90s, I never really watched any of the Peanuts cartoons so this collection, along with the individual specials, are my first venture with the Peanut gang and their coming-of-age (well, consistently at the age of 8 or so) experiences.

This “Peanuts 1970’s Collection Vol. 2” features 6 more TV specials. Just to recap, Volume 1 includes: ‘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’ and ‘It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown’.

Here is what’s featured on volume 2:

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown – 3.75/5
The Peanuts crown knows what Valentine’s Day brings candy, flowers and Charlie Brown hopes, maybe even a card from the little red-haired girl.

You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown – 3.75/5
It’s Motocross season and competing against Peppermint Patty and the Masked Marvel (aka daredevil Beagle Snoopy), Charlie Brown – incredibly – has a chance to win.

It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown – 3.25/5
Baseball season and Arbor Day coincide in this eco-friendly tale of a well-meaning tree-planting scheme that goes a bit overboard.

What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown – 2.25/5
Snoopy dreams he’s a sled dog in the Alaskan Iditarod Race – and the pampered puppy finds rough-and-ready frontier life not always to his liking. [Available for the first time on DVD]

It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown – 3.75/5
Snoopy Homecoming presents two challenges for Charlie Brown: the big football game and something scarier: kissing the Homecoming Queen, who happens to be the little red-haired girl.

You’re the Greatest, Charlie Brown – 3.75/5
Hard work and team spirit are what Charlie Brown needs for decathlon victory, but this junior Olympian had better keep his eye on the track to win.

Other than What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown, each of these have previously been released on DVD so those Peanuts fans who are also completist, you’re going to miss out on one special, though this set does not have the featurettes in the individual DVDs either...

In any case, these specials are probably great for the casual Peanuts fan as the more avid fans probably would be willing to invest in the individual releases. However, as someone who isn’t the biggest fan, I enjoy having them all in one set rather than several DVD cases cluttering up an already cluttered DVD media room.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

You’re Groovy, Charlie Brown: A Look at the Peanuts in the 70s (18:24) is a look at the Peanuts comic strip and cartoons during the 1970s era and features interviews with Charles Schulz’s wife, his son and others (including the executive producer of the specials) as they talk about the influence of the Peanuts.

There is also a trailer for Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate’s Cove.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Each special is presented in its original 1.33 aspect ratio and these are the same transfers as the one’s released by Warner in their Remastered Deluxe Edition line. For a cartoon that is now 30+ years old, I was impressed with the colors, clarity and really cleanliness of each special.

Meanwhile, although the Dolby Mono track isn’t anything to marvel at, it’s certainly satisfactory enough for my ears.



.::OVERALL::.

I’m not quite sure what to think of this set as fans of the “Peanuts” comic strip and/or specials might already own the individual releases but for the casual fans like myself, it’s a good way to get the specials and save on shelf space at the same time.