"This is a very nice DVD. The first 90 minutes are of New England scenes of falling snow, the second 90 minutes is a video fireplace, and the third part is "90 minutes of instrumental Christmas music performed on original instruments of Colonial New England by the New England Christmastide Players." However, the first two parts -- the snow and the fireplace -- were what I really wanted and both come with a music score. The music score is excellent, but you can always turn off the volume and toss a favorite CD in your stereo as well.What is the value of this DVD? Well, I am from New England and live overseas in Muscat, Oman. There is no snow over here and it's too hot a climate to have a fireplace. So, the DVD provides a nice festive edge, especially when we have company. Yeah...it's not the real thing, but it's the next best thing to being there.I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a holiday DVD."
A lovely DVD to play during the holidays
K. Bennett | USA | 11/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love to put this DVD in on the "snow" function and have that in the background---it is very Christmasy and peaceful. Sometimes I listen to the music that is provided; other times I play my own favorite Christmas CDs, plug in my tree and enjoy the falling snow. It's a wonderful DVD and I highly recommend it."
Festive fun for the holidays
Daniel S. Russell | Blacksburg, VA United States | 12/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed this "mood tape" much more than most of the other ones I've sampled. The music is fun and at times brilliant. The snow scenes are enchanting, but repetetive, so it's better used for atmosphere rather than close watching. The "Christmas Log" function, however, is boring. I guess you could use it for atmosphere, but it is a tape loop of the fire, rather than a real fire. Fires have lives -- I would love to have seen the producers film a real fire for 90 minutes with it slowly dying down, logs collapsing and embers glowing when it was done. Instead it seems more like a gimmick.Still and all I enjoyed the snow and the music."
Wonderful New England Christmas Images.
The SMART Patrick | Castaic, CA United States | 12/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this DVD! It is a wonderful mix of snowy New England landscapes as well as seascapes. The yule log is...well a yule log burning and not anything more but the video of New England quietly planketed in snow with festive holiday music playing is a perfect compliment to any holiday DVD collection. Perfect to sit at home and enjoy with a cup of mulled cider or as a background for a tree trimming party. I enjoyed every song and moment captured on this memorable holiday, musical feast."
That's All Folks-y!
Nick O'Time | 12/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, here's the deal with this DVD. This is basically two previously released CD's entitled "New England Christmastide" and "New England Christmastide 2" accompanied by your choice of one of two visuals: (1) a looped video of a burning fire (or yule) log or (2) a number of cutscenes of snow-covered New England countryside or coastline during a gentle snow shower. The 42 songs featured on this DVD are exactly the same as the two aforementioned CD's, and they're in the exact same order as well. The reason I bought this DVD is that I own and love the New England Christmastide CD's and I wanted to get them on the DVD format. Besides it was nice hearing the carols while seeing the beautiful images of New England in the wintertime; it provided a nice alternative to just popping the CD's into my player and only hearing the music. I consider this DVD as the "video" from the New England Christmastide Players for not just 1 song but for their entire first 2 albums! That's why I rate this item 5 stars; it's not so much for the video itself but for the wonderful music these musicians have created. Season's greetings!"