Barney's Night Before Christmas (1999)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio-Only Track-5-Song Sampler from Happy Holidays. Love, Barney
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Notes-What We Learnt Today
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Ben Vaughn|
Barney Home Video
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Case||Village Roadshow New Style|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Start SD2010VNK, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe 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 Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder and Denon AVD-1000 dts decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||2 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|
|Speakers||Philips 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|