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Baby Bach
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // Unrated // February 26, 2002
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Review by Phillip Duncan | posted June 26, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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(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 principals:
· The use of music and the arts to improve the health of families and communities
· 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 injuries
· 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 section.

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 and educational.

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.

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