Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests
Studio: Allegro Media Group Release Date: 07/31/2009
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Not bad for the price
Bastet | NJ USA | 12/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This year I had to sell a home that had a fireplace and buy one that had none. I really like having that old fireplace for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so I thought I would look for a DVD that could simulate the look of a fire, at least. Many of them I saw were very overpriced for what you are getting - after all, they are nothing more than a continuous burning fire with maybe an option for music. Why charge over 10 dollars for that? I saw this one on Amazon and, even though there wasn't much information about it, I thought I'd take a chance on it. For under 10 dollars, this DVD fills the bill nicely. The screen shows a good close-up of a burning fire only (no other part of the room is seen) and the quality of the video looks good on my 45-inch TV (the DVD claim is that it is filmed in high-definition for 16:9 widescreen). You have a choice of several programs - just watching the fire (complete with crackling fire noises) or watching the fire with music. The musical programs come in 3 flavors - Piano, Celtic Harp, or Smooth Jazz and you can play the music with or without the crackling fire noise in the background. The musical selections are very nice - quietly relaxing. I especially liked the Celtic Harp as it gives you more unusual pieces - medieval and Celtic Christmas music you don't often hear while the other two selections are more the traditional Christmas carols. There are no vocal selections in any of the programs.
I might have given the DVD 5 stars but for one thing - you don't have an option to play the DVD in a continuous loop - all the programs, including the fire only selection, play for approximately 60 minutes then the fireplace screen goes back to the menu screen which displays a room with a Christmas tree (similar to the one displayed on the DVD cover) and the options menu. The DVD then reverts to playing the Piano Christmas program. It would also have been helpful to have included an insert that listed the names of the songs being played. Even though it's an all instrumental program, it would be nice to know what is playing when one of the seldom-heard pieces come on and you know you've heard it before but can't quite remember the name."