A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 08-26-2010, 07:41 AM - Thread Starter
Blu-ray Reviewer
 
Ralph Potts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Middletown NY
Posts: 8,986
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Liked: 401
attachment.php?attachmentid=184083&d=1282833369
The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

Film: attachment.php?attachmentid=109946&d=1210373692

Extras: attachment.php?attachmentid=109943&d=1210373647

Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

80






Studio and Year: Warner - 1973
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 25 minutes
Genre: Family/Animation

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: VC-1
Video Aspect: 1.37:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger, Christopher DeFaria, Jimmy Aherns, Robin Reed
Directed by: Bill Melendez & Phil Roman
Music by: Vince Guaraldi
Written by: Charles M. Schultz
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 7, 2010







"A Peanuts classic about family, friends, and a very special feast"



Film Synopsis:

The story begins when Peppermint Patty and a group of hungry pals show up at Charlie Brown's house. So where's the food, Chuck? It's Thanksgiving! They know Charlie Brown is too wishy-washy to refuse -- and, of course, they're right. With the help of Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock, good ol' Chuck prepares a feast the first Thanksgiving celebrants could never have imagined. There's fun food for everyone and lots of thankfulness, too.



My Take:

In this Emmy Award winning Peanuts classic Peppermint Patty invites herself to Charlie Brown's house for Thanksgiving dinner. She soon calls him back and adds Franklin and Marcie to the guest list as well. The dilemma for Charlie Brown is that he is going to his grandmother's house for Thanksgiving dinner but is too wishy-washy to tell Patty. Linus comes up the solution and suggests that Charlie Brown have a dinner for his friends earlier in the day before leaving for his grandmother's. With help from Snoopy and Woodstock they put on a spread consisting of popcorn, buttered toast, pretzel sticks and jellybeans. Everyone arrives and sits down at the table. Linus speaks about the pilgrims and the origin of Thanksgiving. Dinner arrives and Patty is less than enthusiastic about the contents on her plate and lays into Chuck for the non-traditional offering. A dejected Charlie Brown leaves the table. Marcie reminds Patty that Thanksgiving is about being thankful and not just a meal. She sees the light and apologizes to Chuck. The day is saved when Charlie Brown's grandmother invites everyone to come to her house for Thanksgiving dinner.

When I was young the only time we were able to see classics like this were around the holidays when they came on TV. If you somehow missed it you were out of luck until next year. It was rarely a problem because there was always plenty of advanced notice. The advent of home video changed all of that. I don't want to say that makes it less special but kids growing up in the age of home video don't understand the excitement/anticipation of waiting each year to see The wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer or A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

I like all of the Peanuts holiday specials, including this one although my all time favorite is A Charlie Brown Christmas. This one is special as it is the first to come from an original script rather than first appearing in the comic strip. As with all of the Peanuts animated shows the cast was voiced by children, most of whom were not professional actors, and the outcome worked marvelously. Since the original (A Charlie Brown Christmas) it became a challenge for the production staff to find actors whose voices came close to sounding like those in the earlier productions. Producer Lee Mendelson nailed it when he called upon Vince Guaraldi to compose the music for Charlie Brown specials. His jazz themed music plays as integral a role in each of them as the characters themselves. I love the segments in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving that feature only Snoopy and Woodstock as they contain no dialogue and are wonderfully portrayed via the supporting music.

Favorite moments; the opening with Charlie Brown, Lucy and the football, Snoopy and Woodstock preparing dinner, Snoopy/Woodstock and the garage door and Snoopy battling the chair. To those of us who grew up watching holiday classics like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving they feel like a part of our culture. Seeing it now brings back warm nostalgic memories from my childhood. I am thrilled that it has been released in high definition on Blu-ray Disc.



Parental Guide:

This program is appropriate for all ages.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 76



  • Dynamics: attachment.php?attachmentid=109944&d=1210373692

  • Low frequency extension: attachment.php?attachmentid=109943&d=1210373692

  • Surround Sound presentation: attachment.php?attachmentid=109945&d=1210373692

  • Clarity/Detail: attachment.php?attachmentid=109948&d=1210373692

  • Dialogue Reproduction: attachment.php?attachmentid=109948&d=1210373692



Video: 84


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


  • Resolution/Clarity: attachment.php?attachmentid=109946&d=1210373692

  • Black level/Shadow detail: attachment.php?attachmentid=109946&d=1210373692

  • Color reproduction: attachment.php?attachmentid=109946&d=1210373692

  • Fleshtones: attachment.php?attachmentid=109946&d=1210373692

  • Compression: attachment.php?attachmentid=109948&d=1210373692

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner featuring 1080p VC-1 encoded video that has an average bitrate of 17 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 Mbps.

This presentation clearly represents this made for TV special in its finest light and looks great. The print is decent shape however there are visible specks and debris that pop up. It didn't reach a point where I found it overtly distracting. Resolution is excellent as the video is rendered with discernible clarity and stable sharpness. The range of colors retains the Crayola crayon style palette that is distinctly Peanuts. They don't appear strikingly vivid but balance and definition is spot on. Blacks, such as those found in Charlie Browns pants/yellow shirt striping, Lucy's hair, or Snoopy's spots aren't infinitely deep but look appreciably dark next to the lighter elements onscreen. I didn't see any obvious signs of compression related noise or video artifacts. I was very pleased with the overall quality of this video presentation. I was happy to see the inclusion of a lossless audio soundtrack and I believe that this 5.1 channel mix presents this TV special in its finest light. Dialogue is prominently delivered through the center channel speaker with the music score spread to the left right channels. This generates a fairly open front soundstage that compliments the dated elements in the recording. The rear channels contain ambient information that is bled from the front channels which consists primarily of music but some of the dialogue is mixed in at times which enhances perception. Dynamics aren't especially noteworthy but the Jazzy music score sounds silky smooth and wonderfully airy. Like the video I found this 5.1 channel surround mix very pleasing.



Bonus Features:


  • (HD) Feature: Mayflower Voyagers From the This is America, Charlie Brown Series - 24 minutes, 1080p @ 20 Mbps, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio @ 3.3 Mbps

  • Popcorn and jellybeans: Making a Thanksgiving classic featurette - 12 minutes

  • Bonus DVD of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
attachment.php?attachmentid=184084&d=1282833369



Final Thoughts:

It is a treat to see this beloved TV Special brought to high definition Blu-ray. The included making of documentary is both informative/interesting and features interviews with the original production team, Peanuts historians/aficionados, and cast members. The Mayflower Voyagers feature (presented in high definition) and bonus DVD are welcomed additions that enhance this solid Blu-ray offering from Warner Home Video. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has never looked or sounded better than this and comes highly recommended. Enjoy!









attachment.php?attachmentid=109949&d=1210373731






Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews





Reference Review System:


JVC DLA-RS20 1080p High Definition Front Projector (Calibrated by Jeff Meier)
Stewart Filmscreen - Studiotek 130 G3 100 16x9 Screen
Anthem AVM50v THX Ultra 2 Preamp/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies - 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo BDP-83 Universal disc/Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Oppo 970HD universal disc DVD Player (480i HDMI)
Philips TSU9400 Pro Series Touch Panel Remote Control
Canton "Ergo" Series speakers
Axiom Audio QS8 Quadpolar speakers
SV Sound PB-13 Ultra (Rosenut finish)
APC AV S15BLK Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Furman SPR-20i Stable Power Regulator
Wireworld, VizionWare, Audioquest, Better Cables, Best Deal Cables - Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
Cool Components - CP-CP102 cooling package

Ralph C. Potts
Blu-ray Reviews
AVS Forum
My Home Theater
My DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray Collection
Ralph Potts is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 08-26-2010, 07:44 AM
Mod & Bluray Reviewer
 
Lee Weber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Boston
Posts: 2,308
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 86
Thanks Ralph!

I need to snag this for my little guy
One of my faves.
Lee Weber is online now  
post #3 of 10 Old 08-26-2010, 07:49 PM
Senior Member
 
gridbug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 233
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 17
Would pay good money to see "A Harry Brown Thanksgiving."

gridbug is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 08-26-2010, 09:26 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Leo_Ames's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Liked: 200
Good review

I don't know if it's because of settings on my end or formatting errors, but the rear boxart seems to be covering up some of the text in your review.
Leo_Ames is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 08-27-2010, 01:55 AM - Thread Starter
Blu-ray Reviewer
 
Ralph Potts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Middletown NY
Posts: 8,986
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Liked: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leo_Ames View Post

Good review

I don't know if it's because of settings on my end or formatting errors, but the rear boxart seems to be covering up some of the text in your review.

Greetings,

Strange. No problem on this end using IE or Firefox..


Regards,

Ralph C. Potts
Blu-ray Reviews
AVS Forum
My Home Theater
My DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray Collection
Ralph Potts is online now  
post #6 of 10 Old 08-27-2010, 05:00 AM
AVS Club Gold
 
seggers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: WNY
Posts: 2,078
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leo_Ames View Post

Good review

I don't know if it's because of settings on my end or formatting errors, but the rear boxart seems to be covering up some of the text in your review.

Still running IE6 here in corporate land and all is well with the layout.

So they're going to nickle and dim us with a bunch of seperate releases and then maybe a big ole boxset... Still, this and CBC are my favs of the set, so I'll be picking it up and donating my old DVD to one of the multitude of ankle bitters in the family....

Seggers

Mits 73835, Denon X4000, Emotiva UPA5 (triggered), Wharfedale Pacific Evo 40s, CS, 10s, the internet, a NAS drive, a TiVo Series 3 and an Oppo 103 (bye bye PS3). There's also a Wii, but we don't talk about that...
seggers is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 08-27-2010, 03:24 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Leo_Ames's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Liked: 200
That's interesting, must be something on my end.

Here's how it looks for me.

Quote:
Originally Posted by seggers View Post

So they're going to nickle and dim us with a bunch of seperate releases and then maybe a big ole boxset... Still, this and CBC are my favs of the set, so I'll be picking it up and donating my old DVD to one of the multitude of ankle bitters in the family....

At least they're releasing the holiday collection in a Blu-Ray boxset like Warner and Paramount before them did with the DVD versions. Makes it more reasonable financially then buying these three standalone Blu-Ray sets as they make it out.

I'm getting more versions of these then I can count almost. I have the Paramount DVD versions of the holiday releases, I have the standalone Warner DVDs, I have the decades collections from Warner that include them, I've bought the ones up on Xbox Live's video service (Such as A Charlie Brown Christmas) since I couldn't resist for some reason, and now the Blu-Ray's with a bonus DVD copy included.
LL
Leo_Ames is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 08-28-2010, 01:45 AM
Member
 
sold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: South Australia
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leo_Ames View Post

That's interesting, must be something on my end.
Here's how it looks for me.

Seems to be a combination resolution/IE issue. Can produce the same issue on IE8 if I make the window narrow enough. FF/Chrome are fine (layout ends up looking a bit ugly, but no text is covered).
sold is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 08-28-2010, 02:14 PM
Advanced Member
 
Filmmaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 579
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leo_Ames View Post

That's interesting, must be something on my end.

Here's how it looks for me...

I have the same problem with this and many of Ralph's reviews...I'm running what I believe to be the latest version of IE, 8.0.6.
Filmmaker is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 09-11-2010, 04:05 PM
Member
 
Joigga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I Always Watch This During Thanksgiving
Joigga is offline  
Reply Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews

Tags
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Blu Ray
Gear in this thread

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off