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Excellent film, DVD itself however
on 13 October 2013
Out of all the Peanuts animations, this movie captures the world of the comic strips most excellently, and transfer which does not lose the cold and unsweetened nueroticism of Charlie Brown and provides a refreshing, modest and honest moral to children and adults on the nature of success and failure - very much stands out in the sea of the paralysing "NEVER GIVE UP, YOU CAN DO IT!" trend of contemporary children's media.
DVD format itself however is rather questionable, perhaps I can give it a bit of leeway seeing this DVD re-release was back in 2005, but I found that video format isn't in its original widescreen, instead the sides are trimmed a bit. Further proof of this is the discreet letter boxing that occurs during the credits since the text would've been trimmed. If guess this was necessary to get it on a PAL 576i resolution (That's 768 pixels by 576) DVD. Goodness, what a barbaric time 2005 must've been.
Though if I seriously cared I would have purchased the original 35mm film and project it, which I'd imagine to be glorious, so it's a little give and take. At least the audio is in stereo, unlike the 60s specials collection. So I'll leave you potential buyers to decide if you can deal with a little bit of quality loss.