5 Stars Out Of 5
Wonderful scenes & choir soundtrack
December 22, 2012
If you are looking for a DVD that explains Russian Christmas traditions, you will be disappointed. This DVD features scenes from some truly magnificent Russian churches and surrounding areas but the soundtrack is actually recordings of various Russian choirs singing traditional Russian Orthodox carols. You are not listening to the actual service being conducted at the various churches. There is no narration, though segment titles tell the viewer the location of each segment, and the choir performances are wonderful. English (and other language) subtitles allow the viewer to understand the lyrics and combine with the music and images to make this almost a devotional DVD. The only way this video could be improved is to have an alternate soundtrack available that does explain how Christmas is celebrated in Russia; or even better, the producer could make a companion DVD for that purpose.