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Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor staff

'The Waltons' movies in a new three-disc set, OK Go's lastest album, eco-conscious 'No Impact Man'
out on DVD, and more.

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A family in hard times

The iconic American family that inhabited Walton Mountain for nine seasons on CBS also managed to reunite for six TV movie specials that aired between 1982 and 1997, celebrating everything from weddings to Thanksgivings and marking a somber moment in US history, the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Now, those reunion films are available as a three-disc set, "The Waltons: The Movie Collection," out on Jan. 26. Fans of this popular TV series, which was sincere, lovingly acted, and perfectly cast, will appreciate both the history and life lessons embodied by such small-screen stars as Ralph Waite and Richard Thomas.

Peanuts lovers

Charles Schulz's beloved, "Peanuts" characters have inspired many animated TV specials over the years, but perhaps none so basic as "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (Deluxe Edition), available Jan. 26, one that itself is based on the Tony Award-winning off-Broadway musical of the same title. The whole gang is there to sing the title song as well as others from the show. This is the first appearance for this special on DVD, and it has been remastered with enhanced audio and visuals as well as a featurette on the challenges of animating "Peanuts."


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