Having been impressed by "A Day At The Beach" from the same makers, I decided that I would purchase the Tropical Waves DVD. I was looking forward to imaging myself lying on a tropical beach, watching the turquoise water gently wash onto white, powdery sands, but without the real-life irritations (such as sunburn, biting insects and jet skis). For me, doing that for half an hour is a kind of meditation. In fact, what the DVD actually contains is a 14 minute compilation of shots from Thai beaches. It felt more like a promotional video for a tourist board than a relaxation DVD. The rest of the DVD is made up of 4 scenes from a Greek pebble beach (i.e. NOT tropical), each about 10 minutes long and similar to one of the scenes in "A Day At the Beach". If I had known that this is what the DVD consisted of, then I wouldn't have purchased it. The scenes are all nicely shot, but I think the title of the DVD is misleading. The scenes from the Thai beach compilation were really beautiful and it would have been easy to make a proper relaxation DVD out of them, so I think this is a missed opportunity.
I purchased the double DVD, which also included the Lagoon DVD from the same makers, because the price was only slightly higher than buying the Tropical Waves DVD on its own. The Lagoon DVD consists of a 47 minute compilation of shots of sunrises and sunsets over a Greek lagoon together with two sunrise scenes which are 10 minutes each, and two sunset scenes which are also 10 minutes long. It would have been nice if the sunrises and sunsets were 20 minutes long, but overall the Lagoon DVD was better than the Tropical Waves DVD. In fact, if I judged it on its own I would give it 3 or 4 stars, but what I really wanted was the Tropical Waves DVD and I base my rating on that.
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