Relaxing/tranquil visuals on DVD?
July 3, 2006 4:47 PM   Subscribe

I recently cut the cable and now watch only DVDs on my TV. While I don't miss the cable bill, I do miss having visuals on the TV at mealtimes. Any recommendations for DVDs of relaxing/tranquil atmospherics -- such as sunsets, waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, ocean scenes, etc?
posted by cscwallace to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I recommend Grass Collective, having purchased and enjoyed one of their DVDs already. Most of their stuff is download rather than manufactured DVDs, but you could easily burn it to disc yourself.
posted by Joh at 5:07 PM on July 3, 2006

Try the Windham Hill DVDs. It's "New Age" music with video of scenery. (If necessary you can mute the sound.)
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 5:23 PM on July 3, 2006

Hm. Hook up your laptop or other computer to the TV and run iTunes visualizer? Or some other screen saver.
posted by smallerdemon at 8:47 PM on July 3, 2006

posted by davebush at 8:54 PM on July 3, 2006

Response by poster: Just to clarify:

I don't have a laptop.
I don't have a DVD burner.
Really just want to purchase DVDs to play during mealtimes (or other times simply to relax), but need recommendations since this is not a standard DVD category in the stores; thanks!
posted by cscwallace at 9:32 PM on July 3, 2006

Best answer: This site celebrates what it calls "non-verbal films," all available on DVD. Among their recommendations, I can vouch for Baraka, Winged Migration, Microcosmos and Anima Mundi; they're perfect for your purposes, and work with sound on or off. Baraka in particular is a beautiful visual poem that explores religious rituals from various cultures; it's engaging and relaxing eye and ear candy, in the vein of the Koyanisqaatsi trilogy, but without the frenetic scenes of modern chaos. Can't recommend it highly enough.
posted by mediareport at 9:46 PM on July 3, 2006 [1 favorite]

try ebay virtual aquarium dvd good luck
posted by baker dave at 12:27 AM on July 4, 2006

They don't have waterfalls, but the Animusic DVDs are diverting. Pipe Dream is especially good.
posted by meehawl at 3:29 PM on July 4, 2006

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