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“You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” - (Remastered)
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre:
TV-Series
Release Date:
1/26/10
Special Features:

Featurette on the making of the special

Review:

During the 60’s “Peanuts” exploded in popularity and a stage play opened initially off Broadway starring future “M*A*S*H” regular Gary Burghoff as Charlie Brown. The play proved so popular that by the late 60’s and early 70’s high schools were putting on the play (which is where I first saw it performed with a cast featuring my brothers). Ironically, the comic strip inspired Broadway play made its way back to it’s source—sort of. The animated Peanuts specials that ran regularly on CBS were a big hit as well and the studio looking for a source for their next special elected to adapt the play including its songs for an animated special of the same name. “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” appeared in 1985 nearly two decades after the debut of the Broadway show. Two decades and a half later the original broadcast is finally coming to DVD in a deluxe edition. ---

Image & Sound:

“Charlie” looks extremely good with a colorful, sharp looking (for the most part) transfer. There were a couple of images that look as if they were artificially sharpened with edge enhancement leaving some minor digital flaws but this is probably the only image issue that I noted. ***

Audio is presented in its original mono format. I had hoped that Warner would see if the multi-tracks existed (which they may have done)and remixed them for stereo or 5.1 but it appears the multi’s may be missing. Either way, the mono soundtrack sounds extremely good. ---

Special Features:

“Animating A Charlie Brown Musical” focuses on the long journey from the creation of the original album (created by writer/producer Clark Gesner), to Broadway and, finally, the animated special. ***

Previously sets have had a bonus special included but this one does not. ---

Final Words:

A well made adaptation of the original Broadway hit, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” receives an “animated” presentation on DVD. Here’s hoping we’ll see this on Blu-ray also as part of a boxed set of ALL the specials in the near future.

 

 
 
 
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