Fireplace -- released by DVD International Ever since I saw this DVD advertised I knew I had to have it. I grew up in the NY area with WPIX Channel 11's Yule Log during the Holidays and I knew that this DVD would bring back some memories. Basically this DVD is a roaring fireplace with a variety of Backing audio tracks. The fireplace is shot on film not video, and there is a 16:9 anamorphic version and a 4:3 Pan&Scan version on the one dual-layered disc included. In fact the disc utilizes P&S on the fly. So it is really a 16:9 anamorphic transfer, but if you have your DVD player set to 4:3 Letterbox you'll see it in an approx 1.78:1 letterbox; if you have your DVD player set to 4:3 PanScan then you'll see the Pan&Scan on the fly version. If you have a 16:9 TV, then you don't have to worry about any of that nonsense. If you've seen Aquaria, then you pretty much understand what this disc is all about. The audio is provided in both Dolby Digital and DTS. There is a DD 5.1 and a DD 2.0 track as well as a DTS 5.1 track. There are 2 separate audio tracks that can be played solo or combined with the "natural crackling of the fireplace." You can also choose to just listen to the "natural crackling" The first audio track is a selection of Baroque Christmas music. These are Christmas standards like Silent Night, Jingle Bells, The First Noel etc played by a baroque orchestra. The sound in both DD and DTS is very good and very enveloping. The second audio track is Night Music and it is just a collection of various Classical selections from composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Pachelbel, Debussy, etc. Again the sound is very good is both audio formats. The third track allows you to listen to the roaring fire in Dolby 2.0. Alas, no 5.1 fire. I guess it's better that way though, because it would seem less like a firelace that way, and more like a scene from Backdraft. The fireplace changes angles every so often as it plays, so there's really not the illusion of a real fireplace burning on the TV. Unless of course your fireplace changes angles occasionally -- in which case I'm inviting myself over to gawk at your cool fireplace When you choose either of the music soundtracks you are presented with a secondary menu in which you choose your mix. You have the following choices: Fire Only Music Only - Dolby Digital Music Only - DTS Music and Fire - Dolby Digital Music and Fire - DTS Pretty cool actually. There are also 9 trailers on this disc for the other discs that DVD International have released. Titles like Aquaria and Earthlight among others. All in all I think this is a cool DVD and an interesting if not unique use of the technology. It has an auto-repeat mode as well so you can put it on if you have company over and just let it continue to play (and burn) while you entertain. It's certainly a conversation piece, and the music is great too. Hmm, is it getting warmer in here?