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Charlie Brown/Peanuts Specials - Blu-ray Release for A Charlie Brown Christmas: Date, Extras, Packaging

High-def edition, with Dolby 5.1 Sound, is coming down your chimney in October

Posted by David Lambert
    The holidays just wouldn't be the same without Charlie Brown's bittersweet story about his trying to find the true meaning of Christmas. First broadcast in 1965, the timeless A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special instantly became a critical and commercial success. The Emmy® and Peabody Award winning classic follows Charlie Brown as he suffers from a case of the holiday blues after he realizes how commercial Christmas has become. While visiting Lucy at her psychiatric booth, she advises he direct the school's Nativity play as a means to cope with his frustration.

    When he arrives at rehearsals, he's further aggravated when all the kids want to do is modernize the play. Charlie Brown remains steadfast in keeping the play traditional. His remedy is to include a Christmas tree as a way to capture the proper mood, however, all Charlie Brown is able to find is a short, spindly tree, prompting criticism from his classmates. As he begins to second guess himself, Linus saves the moment when he takes the spotlight, recites verses describing the Nativity and effortlessly manages to capture the true essence of the holiday.
We've known since April that Warner Home Video was planning on a Blu-ray Disc release this year of the classic animated special, 1965's A Charlie Brown Christmas. Now the studio has officially announced it for release on October 6th. The disc features the remastered animated footage in high definition video, audio remixed for English Dolby Surround 5.1, and English subtitles as well. Bonus material is identical to Warner's DVD version:
  • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown - Bonus episode which is the second Christmas-themed Peanuts episode since A Charlie Brown Christmas. Originally airing in 1992, this special is comprised of several Christmas-themed story lines involving the Peanuts gang.
  • A Christmas Miracle: The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas - An in-depth look at how the producers brought a newspaper comic strip to animated life in a new medium. Under tense pressure and with many doubters, the show creators were able to create Peanuts in a new medium and make the show a smash success.
This is also a "Combo Pack," which additionally includes a bonus DVD with the standard definition version of the special, and a bonus digital copy as well. The cost for all of this is $29.99 SRP. The release will be packaged in a standard "Blu" plastic snap case, slid inside of a foil-embossed "o-ring" slipcover. We've overlayed pictures of both case and slipcover below, to give you the idea. Although we don't usually cover any other various "one-shot" TV specials here, it may interest many of you to know that Warner is releasing, on the same day at the same cost, Blu-ray editions (also "Combo Packs," with the bonus DVD/Digital Copy) of Dr. Seuss-based classics How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who!

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