|(01-15-2012 21:25) May Boswell, Scotland: Love your dvds - especially the fireplace one - takes me back to my childhood. Also like the beach ones - the sound of the waves and the clear turquoise water ............. And those amazingly serene Discus fish. Bought one for a friend who has a stressful job and needs a little help to relax - she very pleased. Thank you.|
|(01-07-2012 14:15) maurizio sabattini, italia: dvd molto bello e interessante.ha ottenuto commenti molto positivi.č stato regalato ad un amico che lo ha particolarmente apprezzato.grazie per il vostro lavoro e la professionalitŕ con cui lo fate.distinti saluti |
|(12-26-2011 18:26) Don Covington, United States: Purchased several of the DVD's for treadmills and I can't really find a word or phrase to express how much I am enjoying the experience. I've walked a couple of miles every day for the last couple of decades, but recently had spinal surgery and am now limited to treadmills, which I previously had always found dull and boring. But due to thecircumstances, this is what I'm now limited to. I couldn't believe how easy to was to transition to this mode of exercise until I started watching the DVD's. Now I can walk for miles, enjoying every second of some of the most relaxing scenery one could ever imagine. Thank you so much for making these DVD's available. |
|(12-16-2011 06:53) Carol Dzurenko, Georgia: Liz and Tony - |
What a great job you have making these tranquil videos! I purchased two of them for my Dad for Christmas. He is 81 years old and shut in for the most part. He was a sailor in his younger days and stationed in Hawaii. I know he will enjoy the ocean and island DVD's I ordered for him. I will email you again after Christmas and let you know his comments on them.
|(12-14-2011 16:36) Audrey Emberton, England: Hi, I wanted to say thanks very much for dispatching my Fireplace DVD so quickly. We are having a family pre-Christmas get together on Sunday 18th. I ordered the DVD on Sunday 11th December and it arrived today the 14th. It is fantastic and is everything we hoped it would be. It will really give the house a warm atmosphere. Many thanks and Happy Christmas|
|(12-06-2011 05:46) Judy Tromblee, USA: The dvd Coral Tranquility looks amazing on our 50" tv. We wanted an aquarium theme dvd so that when our tv was off, it would look as though we had an aquarium, instead of a black hole in the wall. The reef and morphing scenes are so artistically photographed. Now we want to buy a fish book to learn more about the fish and other animals that inhabit the reef. What a wonderful and relaxing experience with soothing music as a background. Thank you so very much for all of your creative efforts in producing this restful,educational and exciting dvd with a rainbow of colors .I guess it is obvious we are pleased with our purchase.|
|(11-18-2011 17:18) Alan Grant, USA: I enjoyed The Living Ocean DVD. I have shot underwater movies and video for 41 years and have been diving in the same areas this video was shot in. The videographer has great talent and technique in setting up the shots. The stability during the pans and sweeps is excellent and the lighting is excellent. My only criticism is in the post production. The colors are way too saturated and in in many shots full of artifacts, particularly in the light fish sides where silver and white turn to chartreuse. I would have loved to see that in BluRay without artifacts! Notwithstanding, the selection of scenes, the dissolves, and the music were perfect. Thank you.|
|(09-23-2011 18:46) Monique Vautour, Canada: I have just ordered my third DVD (Along the Beach, Coastal scenery and Tropical Palm Trees) to help me through long workouts on the treadmill and/or stationary bike... All I can say is WOW!! what a difference to indoor workouts... I can usually push myself to a longer workout and when the outdoor weather isn't nice, well BONUS. The DVD's are well done, color is excellent, sound effects so real, etc... Job well done to you! I have noticed with the Along the Beach DVD, you even meet 2 people (virtual) walking on the beach in one of the programs... I don't know how possible it is, but it would be motivating to have more of this: virtual people in videos either walking, running, riding a bicycle, etc...|
|(09-14-2011 09:49) Deirdre Thompson, Australia: Hi everyone, The Aquarium DVD is fantastic, great to come home after work, sit and relax with a glass of wine and watch the fish. If you want more video footage, how about a trip to Australia and our Great Barrier Reef - Awesome!!|
|(08-26-2011 15:26) Melissa, Vancouver:
Just a note to say the videos I purchased were fantastic, awesome, stupendous, colorful, and awe-inspiring, as well as beautifully done. I wish you had a crew going to Indonesia. There are some beautiful coral forests there with over 300 varieties of fish and underwater animals to see. Breathtaking to say the least.|
|(08-16-2011 16:30) Mary Ingram, USA: I just purchased your "Clouds" DVD. As the kids would say, it is awesome!|
I was unsure just what a DVD of clouds would be like. It is purely
mesmerizing. This is a DVD that when I want to take a breather here
and there, I can sit down and be transported into a blissful state.
Life is so hectic these days and DVD's like this help make our lives
easier in every way.
|(08-15-2011 17:15) Suzi, USA: I've purchased DVDs with my favorite scenic themes. They are absolutely stunning... Alpine Elements, Underwater Wonders, and A Day at the Beach.|
|(08-13-2011 03:07) Regina Butler, USA: I absolutely love these dvd's! I have purchased several & I play them all of the time. Most of the ones I have are all natural sounds. They are so relaxing after a stressful day! The quality is great. It's almost like you are sitting right there or looking outside of your window. I know I will continue to purchase more of these dvd's as new ones are made. Thanks again for these wonderful dvd's. Keep up the good work!|
|(08-12-2011 17:27) Daniella, Austria: The DVDs are wonderful I purchased 3 of them and even got 1 in addition, they are all lovely and filmed in high quality, it is nice to have a choice of sounds and they are all authentic, it is like having all these pleasures directly in your home. The delivery was prompt and worked out very well. Thanks, I will surely come back for more!|
|(07-01-2011 11:05) Cate Facey, UK: Thanks so much for all your help with my order.|
I absolutely love my DVDs. In fact, I thought they were so great, I bought a bigger and better TV to do them justice! After just 5 mins of watching Blue Seas I felt completely relaxed. My lung collapsed last year so I haven’t been able to get out much and I’ve really been missing the sea. It has been fantastic seeing the sea and sunsets again, even if only on DVD. It feels just like being on holiday.
Thank you so much and keep up the good work.
|(06-22-2011 10:41) Jane, USA: You're work is incredibly gorgeous! I've bought quite a few DVD's from your Ambient Collection, and each one is so distinctively beautiful. You have such talent & creativity and, combined with your chosen professional equipment, your work is absolutely mesmerizing. Thank you so much for bringing the beauty of the ocean to so many of us who cannot actually be there as we'd wish.|
|(06-08-2011 06:55) John Riordan, Denmark: Honest Recommendation and Criticism|
In writing a recommendation for these DVD’s firstly I should point out that so far I have purchased 48, which alone says something about how good they are. In all of them without exception Tony Helsloot is to be praised for the wonderful photography and colour and Liz Jones for the marvellous productions and I can highly recommend these Isis Visuals. The company is to be trusted and processes the orders on time. They are packed well, and only once was there some damage in the post, when the plastic casing of my “Cascades” DVD looked like it had been trodden on by a postman, which was most annoying, but the DVD was luckily undamaged. This I hasten to add was not the fault of Isis Visuals, but of the postal system. Nearly all of the DVD’s come with a choice of natural sounds or music, so you can select to suit yourself, and in some cases you can have both at the same time.
I am not going to review each of my 48 DVD’s as others have also reviewed most of them, but I may be able to give a pointer to those who are overwhelmed by the staggering choice which is available since choosing one or more will probably be your largest problem because they are all good. The main factors to consider are your personal preferences and what you intend to use the DVD for. Most it appears intend to use them for relaxation or therapeutic purposes, whilst others are interested in the subject matter, nostalgia and the fitness journey series. No two people are the same so this is difficult. Personally I think if it is relaxation you are after you can do no better than to purchase “Cascades” and “Rain”, as there is just something special about the sound of water which is calming. “Flow of Nature”, “Duck Ponds and Swan Lakes” likewise are very soothing. If it is small children you wish to calm down, “Butterflies and Flowers”, “Tropical Gardens and Butterflies”, “Duck Ponds and Swan Lakes” and any of the aquarium DVD’s would probably be your best choice. “Kaleidoscope” would probably work well too.
In the Ocean series, I personally found “Ocean Tranquility” to be the best. In many of the others the waves were too noisy or the music “too busy” for my taste, but others may prefer that.
There are many DVD’s of natural scenes, all filmed beautifully, so it is often a case of which type of accompanying music you prefer as an alternative to the natural sounds. “Midsummer Night Stillness” all very tranquil but I felt the accompanying Wellness Music was not appropriate to the scenes, however others may prefer this. In “Alpine Elements” there is no music only the sounds of water, which on occasions could be a little overpowering or too harsh for the scene. Unfortunately in the mountain lakes scenes there were more pictures of clouds than there were of the lakes, however in the Autumn scenes, despite having a little too much water sound there was the sound of wind, which was great, as wind sounds seem to have been a forgotten element in these DVD’s and I look forward to the day when they produce a DVD of wind and storms, which could be in the same high class category as “Rain”. “Flow of Nature” and “Lotus Pond” were probably the most soothing, but for relaxation or romance choose “Sunset Moods”. For just relaxation with natural scenes “Forest Seasons”, “Seasons Winter and Fall” and “Seasons Spring and Summer” would be good choices. In the latter one can almost smell the hyacinths in one of the flowers scenes. Most of Denise Young’s piano accompaniment is great although however in the scenes of lavender landscapes I found it most monotonous and it nearly sent me bananas – but there again that is only my taste.
From the aquarium series for striking colour you will not do better than “Tropical Aquarium”, but if you are into fish there are many other aquarium and fish DVD’s so make your choice.
For winter cosiness or romantic evenings there are several fireplace DVD’s and any one is as good as the other. One has the addition of candles and another has Christmas music, so the choice is yours.
“Japanese Gardens” is beautiful but unfortunately far too much time is spent looking at the fish in the fishpond or at temple structures in the garden. It is expressed by a reviewer on the website and I have also heard this myself, that there should be a whole garden series. Many for example are interested in the English thatched cottage gardens one finds in Devon and Dorset, then there could be stately home gardens, formal gardens from France and Italy and many more.
The Fitness Journey series only contains natural sounds and you can choose where you want to “run, walk or cycle”. I found “Through the Forest” to be the most interesting, and this was because there was only a short distance before you came to a bend you could not see around which made you wonder the whole time what was round the next bend, which was far more exciting than “running” through a fairly straight flat shrubby landscape. I found the pace for walking a little too fast, (wouldn’t it be great if one could control the speed at which your fitness DVD played, to suit each individual?), but the “walk” was very pleasing. On some of the other journeys it would suddenly page over to another scene just as one expectantly arrived at a bend and wondered what was round it, which was a trifle frustrating, and in some of them I thought I would never get there. A great addition to this series would be a run in spring through some of Vermont State’s (USA) gravel country lanes, with bends around the mountains, shady maple trees, across covered bridges, past grazing cattle and across flowering alpine pastures.
I have 2 DVD’s which are not part of the Ambient collection. “No Stress – Earth Flight” and “No Stress – Desert Light”. Whilst the photography is excellent I felt the accompanying music was either completely wrong or far too busy for the scenes being shown, and the clouds moved far too fast, although I expect they did that for artistic effect.
I hope this may have assisted you in making your choice, but rest assured ALL the DVD’s are good and I look forward to seeing more new ones in the future. I wish you luck with your purchase and hope that you will enjoy your Isis Visuals DVD’s as much as I do.
|(02-23-2011 07:05) Sharon Mitri, US: i absolutely love my dvds|
floweres and butterflies are just gorgious
and i am going to buy more for gifts
and i cant live without my oceans and fireplace either
|(02-15-2011 04:49) Judith Nicotra, Capital Eye Consultants, USA: We are a physicians office. We play your fireplace DVD in the winter months and several of the other nature DVD's in our waiting rooms throughout the year. Our patients enjoy the relaxing sounds and beautiful photography displayed in your wonderful DVD's. Thank you!|
|(02-06-2011 13:12) jd paul, uS: I am a collector of nature and relaxation DVDs, as I prefer to have these on as background when I read and write. I own one or more titles from just about every series ever released, but Isis Visuals has the largest selection of scenery and the most professionally produced titles of any series I’ve seen or experienced.|
Part of the magic of these DVDs is being able to have some type of control over my environment. I may be stuck inside, whether at work or at home on a day that’s too hot or cold to enjoy the outside, but I can make my environment match my mood.
I can only image the amount of production work that goes into each title. It is difficult to find unspoiled nature scenes to film in an uninterrupted sequence, and must be even harder to capture the images without noise interference from man’s busy life happening around these areas. The cinematography is of high quality, and not grainy or clumsy in scene transition as many disappointing purchases of my past have proven. I always know I’m getting a quality product from this company.
I own about 15 titles from this producer, and still have a long want list. You can enjoy your favorite season year round, visually visit places you might never have an opportunity to encounter, and peek into parts of the world that we will never know. If you are thinking about buying a title, you won’t regret it.
|(01-21-2011 09:55) cindy kay, USA: I just bought and enjoyed your nature walks Through the Forest and Tropical Scenery and am floored by how gorgeous the photography and production are! You made my walk on the treadmill so enjoyable and altogether a lovely experience. I especially adore the feelings of openness and spaciousness-it makes me feel like taking a huge breath of fresh air. I'm going to get your Balinese Rice Fields as well--I can't wait! I'd love to see other nature walks/runs in the rain and through snowy scenery. I hope your work continues to thrive--best of luck. I'm looking forward to discovering more of your work!|
|(01-04-2011 10:21) Willie Admas, USA: Tony & Liz, Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying the videos we ordered. As always the videos arrived in perfect condition and sooner than expected. The Flower Collection is wonderful. The videos are beautifully done the colors are vibrant the music is very relaxing. The spring and summer video is one of our favorite. During these cold winter days we like to watch this one all day. Rain is also a favorite. The scenery is wonderful and very relaxing. We love the choices of natural sound, music or both and the continuous loop play on all the videos. These videos look great on our big screen TV. We look forward to ordering more of your great videos in the future. Please let us know about any new ones. Thanks Willie|
|(07-06-2010 20:03) Tim Green, United States of America: Some time back I suggested a Rain DVD and am pleased to have just placed an order for it. I had hoped that you would produce a storm with thunder and lighting. Some of us find that very calming and peaceful. I am trusting that the Rain can be played without the background music. Thanks and I look forward to enjoying the DVD.|
|(12-09-2009 22:11) bob edgar, scotland: Hi there just purchased a fire/ aquarium dvd, not yet wathced the fish one but fire vid is very good.|
|(10-03-2009 16:40) Heather Miller, Australia: I bought THE BEACH COLLECTION and I'm enjoying it very much. It arrived quickly to Australia at a very reasonable cost and when I'm tired mentally and phisically, as I often am with MS, I need something non challenging to watch that is relaxing and it is just the thing.|