Barney's Night Before Christmas (1999)

If you create a user account, you can add your own review of this DVD

Released 6-Nov-2000

Cover Art

This review is sponsored by
BUY IT

Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio & Animation
Menu Audio
Storybook-2
DVD-ROM Extras
Audio-Only Track-5-Song Sampler from Happy Holidays. Love, Barney
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Biographies-Character
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Notes-What We Learnt Today
Trailer-8
Audio-Only Track-10
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 56:11
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Ben Vaughn
Studio
Distributor
Barney Home Video
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Marisa Kuers
Mera Baker
Angel Velasco
Chase Gallatin
Case Village Roadshow New Style
RPI $34.95 Music Bob Singleton


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    I suggest BarneyTM lovers skip over to the Transfer Quality section of this review to read about the reference quality video transfer rather than risk being offended by what I think of BarneyTM. Having said that, I'll try to keep this section of the review as neutral as possible, although I'll probably not be able to help myself, as I am not exactly a BarneyTM lover.

    I ended up reviewing this DVD because all the other site reviewers were strangely silent when this title came up for allocation. Funny that. I also ended up reviewing this DVD because way back when the first BarneyTM DVD was released, I reviewed it, for the same reason. Anyway, enough whinging and on with the review.

    BarneyTM's Night Before Christmas is set on Christmas Eve. BarneyTM helps the children to put up their Christmas decorations, both inside and out, accompanied by a series of songs. They then get to travel to the North Pole in order to meet Santa Claus and Mrs Claus and get a tour of his toy factory, all the while being accompanied by various BarneyTMized Christmas songs.

    Call me Scrooge, but I find it hard to see the educational value in this program, despite the efforts of the creators to claim it has educational value. There wouldn't be a Jihad To Destroy Barney if that were the case.

Don't wish to see plot synopses in the future? Change your configuration.

Transfer Quality

Video

    Whilst I may not think much of the programme material, I certainly have nothing but praise for this reference quality video transfer.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is superbly sharp and detailed, with immense amounts of detail visible at all times. The quality of the lighting employed on these sets is remarkable, with every detail revealed precisely. Shadow detail is limited simply by the fact that no scenes are poorly lit and hence there is no opportunity for this transfer to exhibit good shadow detail. There is absolutely no low level noise to be seen anywhere in this image.

    Colours were beautifully rendered, with vibrant primary and secondary colours splashed liberally across the image. Even BarneyTM's purple was nicely rendered, although he was slightly less detailed than the rest of the image. Fortunately, there is absolutely no colour bleed whatsoever to interfere with the vibrant colour palette on offer.

    Neither MPEG artefacts, nor film-to-video artefacts, nor video artefacts were seen in this exceptionally clear and clean transfer.

    This disc is Dual Layered, with no apparent layer change during the main programme.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    There is only the one audio track on this DVD, English Dolby Digital 2.0. This is a basic stereo track with no particular bells nor whistles.

    The dialogue early on in the movie sounded dubbed and heavily processed, but it improved as the transfer continued. There was never any issue with intelligibility or audio sync.

    The music in this programme is credited to Bob Singleton, and has the characteristic cheap, synthesized sound of typical BarneyTM music.

    There was no activity in the surround channels.

    The subwoofer, whilst not being over-bearing, did accompany the songs quite robustly, adding a nice solid bottom end to this soundtrack.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    There are a good quantity of extras on this DVD, even if many of them are shameless promotions for other BarneyTM products.

Menu

    The main menu has a suitable introduction and is very colourful. The main menu is animated, and various other menus have audio accompaniment.

Read-Along Storybooks

    Two stories are on offer; BarneyTM's Christmas Surprise and BarneyTM's Wonderful Winter Day. You can either have BarneyTM, Baby BopTM, BJTM and the narrator read the story to you, or read the story for yourself.

Song Sampler from Happy Holidays, Love, BarneyTM

    Five audio-only songs from this CD.

Scene Selection Animation & Audio

Biographies-Character

    An explanation of the goals of each character.

Biographies-Cast & Crew

Notes-What We Learned Today

    Claims about what this particular programme tries to teach.

BarneyTM Video Previews (8)

    Advertising.

BarneyTM CD/Cassette Preview (10)

    More advertising.

DVD-ROM Games (8)

    Eight basic games, covering such educational topics as counting and pattern matching.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Reliable information on the content of the R1 version of this DVD is scant, but it appears as if both versions are fundamentally identical in specification.

Summary

    Technically, Barney's Night Before Christmas is an excellent DVD. You will have to decide for yourself what you think of it artistically.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Friday, December 22, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDStart SD2010VNK, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).
Audio DecoderDenon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder and Denon AVD-1000 dts decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
Amplification2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
SpeakersPhilips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer

Other Reviews
The DVD Bits - Dean B
Web Wombat - James A

Comments (Add)
Thanks - CatonaPC© (read my bio)