Picks and Pans Review: Video Fireplace

updated 10/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Don't roll your eyes. Fireplace videos are hot. In this popular version, a bundle of pine, eucalyptus, oak and walnut logs snap, crackle and pop with a ferocious roar that calls to mind the sound of a stallion stampede. Slightly disconcerting is the appearance of a man's hand and poker edging in occasionally from the right corner of the screen. It is there to stir the burning embers, not to pull your logs out of the fire. (The Video Naturals Co., 213-469-0019 or 800-526-7002, 60 min., $19.95.) The similar Fireplace TV (Relax Video, 212-496-4400, 60 min., $29.95) has brass andirons and more pop than fury. For a gas fire, no sound and campfire-scented incense (included with the tape), curl up beside Fireside Moments (Environmental Video, 213-322-1140 or 800-332-1140, 60 min., $29.95).

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