OK, so if there is one holiday special that they could release year after year and just add a tiny new feature to it, that I would buy, it would be “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Since the advent of Blu-Ray and HD technology in fact I have been waiting very impatiently for this movie to come out and I am happy to day the wait is over and it was worth the wait. The two disc set, which contains a digital copy and DVD version as well as the Blu-Ray version comes handsomely packaged in a glittery sleeve that will make you smile, even while it leaves glitter all over your keyboard. It looks like a pixie exploded on my desk.
The picture quality is great. While the original print they pulled it from is obviously well worn and has flaws that are difficult to hide, the special has never looked better. Part of what I always have loved about “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is its flaws. They tend to lend an earnestness to an otherwise too slick medium. That why the Blu-Ray is so great. You can spot all of the flaws and imperfections and I know this might make me sound crazy, but I think it actually makes it look better.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio sounded fine on my TV, but I know audiophiles might complain that is deserves better. That is an argument better left to people with better ears.
The Blu-Ray edition might not be chocked with extras, but the two it has are high quality. The first is an extra HD animated feature “It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown” and the second is an engrossing Making-of Featurette entitled “A Christmas Miracle: The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The featurette is extremely engrossing and is only hampered by its too short length of 16 minutes.