(The beginning text of this review is reprinted from a review of another
Baby Einstein video and is an explanation of the series itself. The text in bold
is the review of the specific disc.) I'll start this off by saying that
I don't have children. It's something that's being talked about more and more
these days and that's one reason I requested this title (along with several in
the series), but no kids are on the horizon just yet. With that out of the way,
I managed to still watch this in its entirety and had the help of a borrowed baby
for some of the time.
This series is based upon the Mozart Effect which is based upon the following
· The use of music and the arts to improve the health of families and
· The general use of music to improve memory, awareness, and the integration
of learning styles
· The innovative and experimental uses of music to improve listening
and attention deficit disorders
· The therapeutic uses of music for mental and physical disorders and
· The collective uses of music for imagery and visualization, to activate
creativity, and reduce depression and anxiety
This by no means represents all the uses and aspects, but presents a good overview
as to the theories behind the entire series of Baby Einstein videos. A series
of images (still and moving), music, sounds, and spoken languages are repeated
in an effort to induce the desired results.
There are opponents to this series of videos, ones that feel that introducing
children at this young of an age (they're intended for 1 to 18 months) is wrong
no matter the content. After watching the reaction of the "borrowed baby"
while this video was playing I would disagree. These videos are presented as
nothing but the 21st century equivalent of a musical mobile that entertains
Now, on to the specifics concerning this title in the series, Baby
Mozart. The DVD consists of over and hour of audio-visual stimulation for your
child. There is an enormous amount of content on the disc and it is broken into
several areas. The Theater Area is a continuous feed of audio and video stimulation.
Something is constantly filling the screen, but no specific languages or tasks
are covered here.
Moving on to the Concert Hall, the disc starts to shine. It's divided
into three sections: Mozart for Little Ears, Mozart for Bedtime, and Mozart
for Playtime. It's not really three sections as I discovered. The latter two
sections are the first divided into soft and relaxing pieces and the more vibrant
pieces. This is a little deceptive, but works great if you only want the relaxing
The last section is the Language Lab. This has identical lessons keyed
to vocabulary words in the accompanying book. The languages are English, Spanish,
French, German, Italian, Russian, Hebrew and Japanese. These are a series of
pictures accompanied by the proper word read aloud in a language. Also included
on the disc are the Language Lab Flash cards. This are included as video stills
that can be accompanied by audio.
It's a great disc that is more entertaining than the Einstein video
in the same series and suitable for a younger audience. The ages recommended
for this video (1 - 36 months) seems a little more suited to the more complicated
Einstein video, but it can be enjoyed by all toddlers.
Video: The video on these discs is beautiful. The color and
saturation has purposely been ramped up and it shows. The images practically
jump off the screen and have no trouble catching the young, wandering eye.
Audio: The audio is a capable stereo mix that is perfectly
crisp and bright, but problematic in a few small areas. The levels jump ever
so slightly, causing me to reach for the volume button occasionally.
Extras: There are no true extras, but they offer links to
buy some of the toys that are features in the videos. On a side note, the menus
were increasingly frustrating deeper into the DVD. There was no back button
to return to a previous menu. They are meant to be played straight through and
it's not easy to do otherwise.
Overall: I would highly recommend this to parents that want
to encourage their children and develop their interests at an early age. While
babysitting, the child we kept was easily entertained as we watched and commented
together at the objects on the screen. The disc is broader in its coverage and
not as limiting to the youngest children. Definitely the best of the three I've