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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Baby Einstein - Baby Neptune
Baby Einstein - Baby Neptune
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // Unrated // March 18, 2003
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Review by Phillip Duncan | posted June 13, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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As my wife and I prepare for the arrival of our first child, we've been babysitting our nephew more and more often. This past weekend we traveled about 5 hours to the east and visited her grandmother and took him with us. As we made it halfway through the first full day there, the laptop computer and Baby Neptune proved to be an invaluable tool.

This series of videos are based upon the Mozart Effect, which is:
· 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. Obviously the opponents to this series are either stay-at-home parents or ones that have maids that help with the cleaning.

These videos often prove themselves to be invaluable when the baby is fussy and you're trying to prepare a bottle or nothing else seems to calm them. To top that off, I'd rather my child (borrowed or not) watch something that is halfway education and entertaining than the latest episode of whatever is on the television.

Like other recent entries in the series, the disc has a more specific theme. Having run the course of royalty free composers and other historic artists, this one focuses on introducing the baby to water, hence the name.

The 30-minute running time of the video is filled with whales, water and water themed toys being displayed on the screen to a series of lively tunes. The playful hand-puppet characters that frequent these videos are present, as well as several children that play peek-a-boo from underneath umbrellas (which proved to be a popular section). Several scenes from a large aquarium are present and are also present on a separate 12-minute section. I believe these were filmed at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, as I recognize several of the fish and settings.

Overall, it's another successful entry in this ever popular series that doesn't deviate slightly from the others that have come before it.

Video: Considering the audience, the video on this disc is quite spectacular. The stock or live action footage looks especially good, but the sequences filmed using the toys and puppets virtually jump off the screen when matched to the black background.

Audio: The stereo mix is as same as ever, bright and evenly mixed, so it provides a soothing listening experience and one that catches your baby's attention easily.

Extras: Aside from the repeat play feature on the main video, there is another 12-minute section of footage from the aquarium set to music. Flashcards are also present that reveal the names of the bathtub and other water related elements at the press of a remote button. There is also a DVD-ROM section that has pages for your child to color when printed out and links to buy the toys featured in the video.

Overall: As proven by my nephew's reaction, the videos do a good job of entertaining your child. At this young of an age (less than 1-year old), it's hard to verify the educational value. But from watching, as I stated, there are worse things that they could be watching.

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