Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not great, the picture usually looked pretty good.
Sharpness seemed fine most of the time. Occasional wider shots seemed tentative, but the majority of the movie offered appealing delineation.
I detected no signs of moiré effects or jagged edges, and edge enhancement seemed to be absent. Grain felt fairly natural, so I didn’t suspect any issues with noise reduction.
Print flaws were a minor concern. Despite the movie’s theatrical release, it didn’t enjoy the best clean-up animation, and that trend made the image a little messy. In terms of actual print flaws, I saw a few minor blotches but not much, so the film mainly seemed clean.
Colors came across well, as the tones usually presented nice vivacity. The show went with basic hues, and the transfer delivered them in a lively manner.
Black levels remained acceptable and shadow detail - already not much of a concern in a brightly-lit cartoon - was fine. The transfer never became stellar, but it did enough right for a “B-“.
Unfortunately, the Dolby TrueHD monaural soundtrack of Race came with some problems. Actually, it worked relatively well at the start, but around the 16-minute mark, it ran into issues.
Prior to that point, the audio sounded fairly clean and smooth. At 16 minutes, though, high-end showed a distracting shrill edge that didn’t appear during prior moments.
Because of this, the soundtrack was a mediocre mixed bag. Speech was always intelligible, but that edginess became an annoyance, albeit one that seemed less prominent as the film progressed. Eventually this issue faded for the most part, but the damage remained.
Effects sounded fairly clear, but they lacked dimensionality, as even a scene that featured blasting failed to present low-end. Some distortion occasionally occurred.
Music was the strongest aspect of the mix, though it didn’t give us much range either. The score showed acceptable clarity without a lot of punch. Due to its age, I felt this became a “C-” soundtrack, with the rough-edged dialogue as the biggest complaint.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The lossless audio actually improved over the DVD’s lossy track, if just because it lost hiss from the prior release.
However, both came with the same metallic, edgy speech. I can’t explain why the movie’s first 16 minutes sounded fine and then the dialogue went to pot, but that remained the case.
As for visuals, the Blu-ray came with the usual format-related improvements such as superior delineation and colors. Nothing here really excelled, but the Blu-ray became a step up over the DVD in terms of picture.
In terms of extras, the disc delivers a trailer and nothing more.
The third Peanuts film, Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown doesn’t match up with its predecessors. While not a bad effort, it seems less witty and engaging than I’d expect. The Blu-ray provides acceptably good picture but suffers from erratic audio and a lack of supplements. Race offers middle of the road Peanuts.
Note that as of May 2021, the Blu-ray version of Race appears solely as part of the “Snoopy 4-Movie Collection”. This collects 1969’s A Boy Named Charlie Brown, 1972’s Snoopy Come Home and 1980’s Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!!) with Race.
Boy and Snoopy can be purchased individually but Race and Voyage are exclusive to this four-movie set.
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