(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. These videos are presented as nothing but the 21st century
equivalent of a musical mobile that entertains your child.
Now, on to the specifics concerning this title in the series, Baby Bach.
The DVD consists of over two hours of audio-visual stimulation for your child.
There is an enormous amount of content presented in the DVD and it's enough
that it should remain fresh for several months. The disc is aimed at the 1 to
36 month old child and should entertain even older ones. Most of it is presented
as merely a listening and stimulation tool, but it would have been nice to have
better accompaniment with the some of the audio.
The Theater section consists of video clips with audio playing over them.
Set up like the Mozart and Einstein videos, these are quit similar. They differ
slightly because no single subject is covered like the animals, numbers, colors,
or words of the other discs.
The music section has 17 pieces of Bach's work recorded by the playtime
orchestra. They play the music on soothing and calm instruments. Like the Baby
Shakespeare disc, this music is broken into three sections. The first is all
of the music and the second and third sections are the Bedtime and Playtime
sections. Bedtime consists of the lullaby like songs and Playtime is the active
The Language section includes more language and image games; with one that
identifies a provided vocabulary list in several different selectable languages
(English, Japanese, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish…). The included booklet is
really handy and helps the parent get a handle on what is actually happening,
although the baby will certainly care less about the book, it's nice to know
what you're child is watching and why.
I found this one less interesting when compared to the Baby Van Gogh and
Mozart DVDs. The content, music and images on these other discs seems more interesting
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. This is not the
best entry in the series, nor is it the worst. If you child enjoys the others
that I have recommended, then I would recommend this if you want to add another
to your collection.