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BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN
(Deluxe Edition)

BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN ($20) is the main feature in a romanced themed Peanuts release on DVD that also includes YOU'RE IN LOVE, CHARLIE BROWN and IT'S YOUR FIRST KISS, CHARLIE BROWN. Of course, with our likable loser Charlie Brown as leading man, one will find unrequited love as a running theme throughout each of the three animated specials. BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN finds Charlie Brown looking forward to the romantic holiday, but fretting when he discovers he is the only one not getting any Valentines. YOU'RE IN LOVE, CHARLIE BROWN takes place at the end of the school year, and our boy hero realizes he is in love with the Little Red Haired Girl, but finds himself unable to work up the nerve to even talk to her. IT'S YOUR FIRST KISS, CHARLIE BROWN takes Charlie Brown’s relationship with the Little Red Haired Girl to the next level; when tradition dictates that he as Quarterback, bestow a kiss on the Little Red Haired Homecoming Queen.

Warner Home Video has made BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN, YOU'RE IN LOVE, CHARLIE BROWN and IT'S YOUR FIRST KISS, CHARLIE BROWN available on DVD in their original 4:3 full screen television ratios. BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN is the best-looking program of the bunch, with the seemingly freshest transfer. Image sharpness and detail is great for this type of animated program. Colors are bright and fresh, plus the contrast is very good. The elements are very clean looking and free from major signs of age. YOU'RE IN LOVE, CHARLIE BROWN and IT'S YOUR FIRST KISS, CHARLIE BROWN look nice, but not as crisp, clean or fresh as the main feature. Colors aren’t as bright and there are more signs of age in the film elements. Digital compression artifacts remain under the radar across the board.

All of the programs feature good quality Dolby Digital monaural soundtracks. For the most part, the tracks have been cleaned up to remove the most glaring signs of age. There are some minor inconsistencies, but nothing is too bad. Dialogue is easy to understand and the musical content gets by nicely, despite the limited fidelity of these decades old recordings. A Spanish language track has also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and Spanish subtitles.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene/episode selection and set up features, as well as Unlucky In Love: An Requited Love Story, which relates Peanuts creator Charles Schulz own romantic disappointment to that of Charlie Brown.

BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN is a bittersweet and funny Peanuts Special made even more special by its Deluxe release on DVD. Recommended.

 

BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN (DELUXE EDITION) 


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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