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Movie Renter's Guide - December, 2009

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Synopsis

It's Christmas time, but Charlie Brown is depressed.

Lucy suggests that they all put on a Christmas play, and that Charlie be the director. He accepts.

Unfortunately, Charlie brings a small tree with almost no branches to serve as the centerpiece for the play, and the gang ridicules him for it.

But, in the end, the holiday spirit overtakes the grumbling, and everyone is smiling once again. Even Snoopy.

Specifications

  • United Feature Sindicate, Inc.
  • 1965, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DD
  • Starring (Voices of) Chris Duran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Tracy Stratford
  • Directed by Bill Melendez
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

For 1965, the production team did a marvelous job restoring the movie from the original camera negative. Remember, in those days, animation was still done by drawing each individual frame and photographing it.

What is interesting here is that this movie has never been seen in high definition because it was only shown on TV, and in 1965, TV had a resolution of only 330 lines, compared to 1080 now. So, the dust is not on the film, but on the artwork that was photographed, and you can see it! You may have been only a child when you saw it on TV, and now you can purchase it for your own children to enjoy, and watch it for the first time with a sharp picture.

Technical

The video quality is excellent, but the soundtrack is mono. Nevertheless, it sounds fine.

Extras

These include It's Christmas Again, Charlie Brown, Holiday Preparations, Peppermint Patty Sweating Out an Important Book, The Making of, and other things.