Charlie Brown’s All Stars appears in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 on this single-sided, single-layered DVD; due to those dimensions, the image has not been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Overall, the show looked good.
Sharpness was solid. The shows always offered good definition and delineation, without any notable signs of softness. Moiré effects and jagged edges did not present concerns, and I noticed no edge enhancement. Print flaws remained absent in this clean presentation.
Colors fared well. The show’s primary hues looked lively and full throughout the programs. At times, the tones really popped, as the transfers reproduced the basic colors nicely. Black levels also looked deep and rich, and shadow detail was just fine. Overall, this was a fine presentation given the age and origins of the program.
All Stars provided relatively satisfying monaural audio. Dialogue sounded clear and crisp, with no edginess or dull qualities. Effects were sporadic and cartoonish but seemed acceptably clean and accurate.
Vince Guaraldi's music was fairly lively and even offered some mild bass at times. The overall production showed some thinness commonly found in recordings of the era, but I found it to provide pretty nice sound as a whole.
One extra appears here: A Charlie Brown Celebration. From 1982, it gives us a bunch of comic strips brought to animated life. That means no coherent overall narrative, but the show manages a fair amount of charm and humor. I have to admit I really like the bizarre thread in which Peppermint Patty goes to obedience school!
A largely forgotten Peanuts special, Charlie Brown’s All Stars lacks the broad appeal of its holiday-themed shows, but it still entertains. The program boasts good charm and humor. The DVD gives us very nice picture along with acceptable audio and an interesting bonus episode. Peanuts fans will enjoy this fun cartoon.