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(Deluxe Edition)

IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN ($20) places the Peanuts spin on the holiday that is generally associated with the bunny delivering eggs. Although there is a spotlight placed on Snoopy and Woodstock, this very funny holiday special has a running gag involving Peppermint Patty’s inability to produce any viable Easter eggs, thanks to Marcie’s misguided assistance in the kitchen. Also, Linus is up to his old tricks, extolling the virtues of the Easter Beagle to a wary Sally, who is still smarting over the loss of Halloween candy due to the Great Pumpkin. The second feature on the DVD is IT'S ARBOR DAY, CHARLIE BROWN, which wraps an environmental message in an amusing story that finds trees being planted on Charlie Brown’s beloved baseball field.

Warner Home Video has made IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN and IT'S ARBOR DAY, CHARLIE BROWN available on DVD in their original 4:3 full screen television ratios. IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN is the better-looking program of the two, thanks to a new, cleaner transfer. The image has as much definition as one is likely to find in thus type of cell animated television program. Colors are bright, crisp and totally stable. The elements from which the special have been transferred appear relatively clean. IT'S ARBOR DAY, CHARLIE BROWN does look nice, but the transfer has a more dated appearance, and a slight softness. Also, the colors aren’t as bright and appear slightly fuzzy. There are more signs of age in the film elements in this program than there are in the main feature. Digital compression artifacts are not a problem on either program.

Both programs come with solid Dolby Digital monaural soundtracks. The tracks have been a digital scrubbing, which removes the most glaring signs of age, as well as the majority of background hiss. There are some minor fluctuations, but nothing is out of sorts. Fidelity is decidedly limited, but it all gets by. Dialogue is crisp and easy to understand. Spanish and Portuguese language tracks have also been encoded onto the DVD, as are English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene/episode selection and set up features, as well as In Full Bloom: Peanuts on Easter a fifteen-minute look back at the special.

If you are a Peanuts fan, you’ll want to add IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN to your collection. Recommended.



It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1974)



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