From the press release:
The critically acclaimed and Emmy® Award-nominated It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will come in Blu-ray format for the first time in a deluxe re-mastered edition. Viewers can now enjoy Charles M. Schulz’s timeless classic unlike ever before, with beautiful high definition picture quality and improved audio.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown finds the Peanuts gang outfitted in spooky costumes, ready for trick or treating and crashing Violet’s Halloween party. Charlie Brown is in a ghost costume (with more eyeholes cut out than needed), Lucy is dressed as a witch and Snoopy is in a World War I flying ace costume. Linus however, decides to steadfastly hold vigil in the pumpkin patch to await the Great Pumpkin with Sally by his side. Will this be the year the Great Pumpkin finally makes an appearance? Linus is convinced that he will.
Originally broadcast in 1966, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown earned an Emmy Award® nomination and since then, has become a critically-acclaimed classic which airs on television annually. In addition to its new availability on Blu-ray, the special will also feature updated packaging, a bonus episode and documentary.
DVD Special Features:
It’s Magic, Charlie Brown – This bonus episode finds Snoopy putting on a show after he checks out a book on magic tricks from the library. With Marcie and Sally as his assistants, he performs many tricks (some that work and some that don’t) before an audience. The grand finale features the biggest trick of all, making Charlie Brown disappear. To everyone’s amazement, Snoopy makes him invisible but doesn’t know how to bring Charlie Brown back. Will Snoopy find a way to reverse the trick?
We Need a Blockbuster, Charlie Brown – Documentary featurette that focuses on the myth and tradition of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which through the decades has grown to become a staple in Halloween season television programming. Through interviews with members of the Schulz family and producers, the documentary examines the challenges and pressures that arise when they attempt to follow-up an underdog hit with a bigger and better TV special.
I can remember how excited I was every year when It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown would air on television right around Halloween. That was confirmation for me, as a child, that fall was definitely here and Christmas was right around the corner (not to mention A Charlie Brown Christmas!). So when I was offered the chance to review It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on DVD/Blu-Ray combo I jumped at it! My older two have watched it endless times with me, but Emma and Ethan are new to this Halloween / Fall tradition.
I was hopeful, but really didn’t expect too much from them as they are only (almost) 4 and 2. The movie is geared for children ages 6 and up. After giving Emma a little synopsis of what the movie was about she was ready to watch it! She has been talking about trick or treating for several weeks now… ever since we did the Halloween costume review in September!
Ethan had a spotty attention span, but that was expected. He has only recently taken an interest in television. Emma, on the other hand, was spellbound. She kept asking if Lucy was a good witch or bad witch (too much Wizard of Oz watching I think) and what the other kids were doing with a sheet on their head (how funny is that?! She didn’t know what a ghost costume was)?
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to share a movie from my childhood with my two youngest. I am fairly confident that this movie will be viewed to the point of irritation for me… but I am okay with that. It will become a Halloween tradition for me to share with my kids… and better yet, we can do it on our schedule and not have to rely on television programming.
My final say… I love all of the Charlie Brown movies. I think Charles Schwartz was a genius when he created this lovable crew. I think this is a definite must have for your Halloween viewing pleasure.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on DVD/Blu-Ray combo retails for $24.98 and is on sale right now at Amazon.com for $18.49.
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