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It's okay, but not great.
on December 18, 2007
The good news: There's really nothing quite like Christmas in New York: the snow, the lights, the shop windows, Rockefeller center, FAO Schwartz, the Bronx Zoo, etc. All of these things are represented in this DVD. As long as you're planning on playing as "ambience," you might not be too disappointed, especially if you do not have a widescreen TV.
The bad news: I took a chance on this video, as the product description did not include the aspect ratio. I'll spoil the surprise for you: it is 4:3. Aaaargh. It looks quite bad (pixelation & ghosting) on my 40" LCD TV, as does everything that's not shot in HD/widescreen. The music is not good, but that's no problem; I'd planned to play the DVD on mute with my own Christmas A.M. playlist through the iPod/stereo for the Big Day. Some not-so-interesting footage (holiday flags, lamp-post decorations, etc.) is worked into the loop far too often, and the editing is fast and choppy in places. The camera was not held level for many of the scenes, so scenery with a horizon looks out of kilter.
I just wanted some snow as background for my 50 degree Christmas morning. Darn you, global warming, darn you. This DVD will have to do, but I wouldn't recommend it. Happy Whatever-You-Celebrate!