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The Original Video Fireplace

Steve Siporin  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Steve Siporin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ark Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006BSWT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Looped for Continuous Play!
  • Includes Video Aquarium Bonus

Editorial Reviews

Sit back and relax in the flickering glow of a crackling wood burning fire. It's a real fire burning down in real time from roaring flames to glowing embers. On this DVD you have your choice: (1) Play the fire with real snap crackling sounds; (2) Play i

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, relaxing and a conversation piece July 22, 2002
By A Customer
I have had the tape for a number of years, and recently got the DVD -- my VCR is headed for the trashheap, . . . technology marches on, I guess.
Its hard to say what makes for a good videofireplace, but I have seen a competitor, and this one is definitely better. The fire burns under the steady eye of the camera through all the stages of a "real" fire -- of course, it was a "real" fire, what's "real" can get so confusing.
The DVD quality is good, and it will restart itself, playing over and over, which is good when you just want to leave it on. I play it with the crackling fireplace sounds, pretending that it really has turned my TV into a fireplace. Guests always comment on the "joke," which is fun, but it can really be a pleasant "background" when I just want to sit and read quietly. I actually use it a lot.
There's also an aquarium on this DVD, which is kind of a fun bonus.
My gypsy in-laws just left on their annual migration in their Airstream -- we gave them a "fireplace" to take with them -- a DVD player/TV with this DVD. It was a brilliant gift.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not DVD resolution January 16, 2003
By RDFarr
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I bought the DVD and feel cheated. The fire scenario is pleasant enought, but evidently the DVD was made from the VHS tape version since the resolution is far below DVD quality. All the videos are fuzzy; even worse than the VHS format since they were made from that generation copy. Why couldn't they have done this DVD right and used a high-quality digital source instead of re-copying their old tape? Could it have cost significantly more? No. It only takes a simple digital camcorder.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fire November 2, 2002
I bought this DVD in spite of the review I read here by "Kicbox of Fort Lauderdale" and I love it and felt I had to rebut the "Kicbox" review! After receiving the DVD and viewing it, I thought something was weird in his/her review. "Kicbox" said "the fire sounds were raging," Sure they were loud but the fire was roaring so I turned the sound level down a bit and everything sounded great. I guess "Kicbox" doesn't have a sound control on his/her TV.
"Kicbox" complains the top of the fire is cut off. Well I guess it is at the beginning when it is raging. That often happens in a real fireplace when the fireplace is loaded with wood. It did in my Mom's fireplace. I suspect "Kicbox" only viewed the opening minutes of the DVD and didn't bother to view the fire further into the DVD when the fire burns down. Had "Kicbox" viewed the fire beyond the opening few minutes he/she would have seen the "tops" of the flames.
Anyone wanting a Fireplace DVD will love this DVD. Especially since it is "looped" and repeats until you turn it off. I give this fireplace DVD five stars. And so does my lady!
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars These reviews are clearly fake. November 20, 2002
Look at the way the previous reviews are written. I bought this fireplace dvd, and it's kind of neat, but it doesn't inspire the kind of long-winded reflection that these other "reviewers" have posted. This isn't a bad time, but don't be fooled; this is not a "Hot DVD."
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the worst November 20, 2002
By A Customer
They basically took the old VHS and dumped it on DVD. This product is weak.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REBUTTAL to rdfarr June 26, 2003
By A Customer
Reading the first review above entitled "Not DVD Resolution" I was puzzled! Does rdfarr think that everying on DVD is reshot via digital cameras? Since I bought this DVD "The Original Video Fireplace" I was curious. So I contacted the makers of the DVD through their website. Here's what they told me: There are many analog videos that have been transferred to digital formats for distribution as DVDs. When that is accomplished, the original analog version is color corrected and undergoes noise reduction and then is "authored" into a digital master. I love this DVD as it is. I use it for fun and pleasure and my guests and family always ask me to play it when they visit.Do I recommend it? I'll say I do. And a word to rdfarr. Chill out! Relax. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Not in a technical assessment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Original Video Fireplace needs better sequal October 4, 2002
I purchased 2 Fireplace DVDs hoping to find a good quality replication of a fireplace. One of the DVDs was this one. The background music is always subjective to the listeners taste. The classical music I could see listening to during the holidays. But for those that just wanted to hear the fireplace sounds- I would steer clear of this DVD. First the fire is raging. The audio reminds me of wind blowing into a news reporter's microphone during a tropical storm (we have those in Florida).
I also did not care for the fact that all you see are the logs burning. The fire is so raging that the flames are cutoff at the top of the video. You don't see a "fireplace". You see logs burning with just a speck of the fireplace showing. The picture of the couple is misleading. From the picture on the cover I suspected that the background was actual video which it is not. Of the 2 DVDs I bought I would have to recommend "Ambient Fire" over "The Original Video Fireplace". Hope this helps.
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