The Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Complete Collection (DVD)

A holiday offering which lives up to its title

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas is the video version of a holiday newsletter you might get from a distant relative, filled with pictures of people you don’t know doing things you don’t care about. But at least with this disc you can skip to the parts you like.

This disc contains 22 songs which are presented with accompanying video. In most cases this is merely a pan of still photos. Occasionally, there’s video of rotating snow globes, kids playing in the snow or other Christmas scenes. By no means can I imagine anyone sitting to watch this more than once, unless they’re in the photographs shown.

This is a product of the 1980s and it shows. It’s standard definition and Dolby Digital 2.0 in a 1.33 aspect ratio that will by no means stretch any system you own. But for background noise and something you’ll occasionally glimpse at, it works.

The special features include about half a dozen holiday shorts. Nifty, if only because I equate the holiday season in part with nostalgia. These fit the bill, if still a little hokey.

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas is perfect to put on when you want Christmas music in the background — baking cookies, wrapping presents, or decorating a tree.


I’m already on Santa’s naughty list, so I’d be crazy to say anything other than Not Guilty.

Here are the top ten things we know: 1) She lives in Ohio 2) She is MWOC unless you count her two dogs 3) Believes Avatar was NOT the greatest movie ever made 4) Operates on a primarily nocturnal basis 5) Wants to write the screenplay for the movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle 6) Watches a variety of shows on television including, but not limited to: Castle, @midnight, Face Off, Sherlock and Whose Line is it Anyway? 7) Does not believe anyone will actually read this besides the editor (hello, Editor!) 8) Has attended more than one N*SYNC concert in her lifetime but only one NKOTB concert 9) Was in a car crash that would have killed her had she not been wearing her seat belt 10) Is in the process of catching up on Supernatural (incidentally would possibly leave her husband for either of the Winchester Brothers depending on the episode in question) and the bonus! 11) Enjoys reading, writing, laying on the beach (long walks tire her out) and assorted snack foods like frozen M&M's.
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