Movies nothing, where's my 1980s Collection?
I kind of figure that there's too many rights issues for anything definitive for the 80's?
'What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?' has bits of 'Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown' and as clarified in this thread, those rights aren't held by Warner. So they'd need permission from Paramount for those bits and pieces.
Then we have 'A Charlie Brown Celebration' and 'It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown' that have never seen a DVD release to the best of my knowledge despite no clear issues that I'm aware of. With them mostly having recycled things on DVD for several years now, I assume there must be some stumbling block with these two specials with multiple segments that inspired the Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show. Otherwise, why hold back something new to DVD for a line of releases that clearly must be successful but has mostly released everything else?
And we also have two musicals that decade. I'm not an expert on music licensing deals, but that definitely led to extra cost for 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' on DVD. So while they successfully cleared that music already, perhaps the cost to include it in anything but a standalone release would destroy the economics of it if they'd have to pay further to include it in a subsequent release? And they never even released 'Snoopy: The Musical' so either the economics didn't work out with the first musical on DVD in the end or this one would be even more expensive.
Lastly for a tv special from the 80's not already available on DVD, we have the very poorly received 'It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown'. Perhaps they just haven't seen a way to sell us this one due to the lack of quality that would drag down a smaller normal DVD release, but one possibility is that they'd have to pay royalties to the actors for the live action segments?
Or perhaps we're over thinking it. Maybe the earlier Decades sets started to decline in sales by the 3rd volume (Which makes sense to me since the quality of the specials and my interest in them decline the later we go and i think most fans are similar)? So they simply stopped it since these smaller sets were more profitable for them?
They'd have a hard sell with subsequent sets to many fans if a handful of DVD releases gave them all these tv specials. Milking it the way they've done and making us rebuy a lot of content certainly has helped their sales and kept their cost low.
Many fans probably have 4 or 5 versions of the same special on DVD by this point in their quest to get everything.