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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Land Before Time 7: Stone Of Cold Fire
Land Before Time 7: Stone Of Cold Fire
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted December 7, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Easily one of the longest running animated children's series, "The Land Before Time" continues with "The Stone Of Cold Fire", re-uniting the cast of animated dinosaurs for another entertaining tale. This time, one of the youngest of the dinosaur clan sees a stone of "cold fire" that is rumored to grant miracles to whoever possesses it. Soon, the uncle of one of the group, Pterano, comes up with a dangerous plan to capture the stone for his own use.

"Cold Fire" is nothing terribly remarkable in the realm of children's fare, but it's almost refreshing to see an animated film that actually tells a decent story rather than provide a lot of flash and empty action. The characters are fully written and enjoyable, and kids may learn a lesson or two before it's all over.

"Stone Of Cold Fire" may be a little scary for the youngest crowd, but some children who are slightly older will enjoy this tale which offers fun, a bit of drama and some suspense. Even the handful of songs that are sprinkled throughout the movie are well-written and performed.


The DVD

VIDEO: The straight-to-video release is presented full-frame by Universal, and it actually looks very good. The animation is nothing terribly complex, but the bright colors and character detail will almost certainly please younger viewers. The picture quality here is also very good - sharpness, detail and clarity are all first-rate for animation like this. The picture is clear, crisp and clean looking throughout, with no significant flaws. I didn't notice any instances of shimmer, pixelation or print flaws. Colors are also often very pleasing, looking rich and bold, with no problems at all.

SOUND: "The Land Before Time 7" does present the viewer with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. It's unfortunate though, that the filmmakers have decided to put this audio landscape to limited use. The sound is mainly presented from the front, with limited reinforcement by the surrounds. There are some instances where the surrounds were put into enjoyable use for ambient sounds, but these instances were not consistent. Audio quality is very good; the music is smooth and crisp, and dialogue is easily understood and clean. Still, with all that's going on in the film there are quite a few missed opportunities to put the audio to more active use.

MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, with very basic images serving as backgrounds.

EXTRAS: DVD-ROM features including "The Land Before Time Preschool Adventure" with games and other features. Also, although not listed on the box, we find trailers for "The Land Before Time", "The Little Rascals", "Babe" and "Beethoven's 2nd" in the "Recommendations" section.

Final Thoughts: Although it's a little expensive at $24.99 retail for a 75 minute feature with little in the way of extra features, if you can find it for less, "Stone Of Cold Fire" is recommended for children.

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