Plot: What’s it about?
Have you ever wanted to sit back and take in the sights & sounds of the Christmas season, even in the summertime? Perhaps you need a little kick to get you into the real spirit of the holiday season? If so, this terrific release from DVD International is just the disc you’ve been waiting for. This is another installment in their Naxos Musical Journey series and it stacks up well against the previous discs, which means this one’s a winner also. This disc contains some wonderful classical music renditions of holiday favorites such as Jingle Bells, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, and eleven others. The style suits the songs very well and if these don’t put you in the Christmas spirit, your name must be Ebenezer. In addition to the music you’ll take in some holiday visuals, such as trees, snow covered mountains, piles of toys, and other traditional images of the season. With three impressive audio tracks to choose from and some enchanting music, this disc is a must have for those who always want to feel like it’s Christmas.
Video: How does it look?
The imagery on this release is presented in a full frame transfer, which retains the intended aspect ratio. The visuals look sharp and show few flaws, but this is hand held stuff so don’t expect the polish of actual film. In that regard, it looks as good as you can expect and never falters much at all. The colors are bold and never smear, while contrast is dark and well balanced. I found no compression errors with this transfer, which leaves me to offer a positive grade for the visual presentation.
Audio: How does it sound?
This one has all the bases covered, with tracks offered in Dolby Digital 5.1, six channel DTS, and Dolby Digital stereo. So no matter what your home theater is like, this disc has a track that will serve your needs to perfection. I gave all three tracks a quick listen and I’m convinced that as usual, the DTS version offers the most expansive and rich experience. I think the other two also provide excellent audio, but if forced to choose I would opt for the DTS track. But no matter which option you take, this is the best chance to take in some warm and relaxing music with some inviting visuals to keep your eyes dazzled as well.
Supplements: What are the extras?
You’ll find files on the people behind the music, visuals, and production of this DVD.