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Babies [Blu-ray] (2010)

Thomas Balmes  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Thomas Balmes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG974W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Babies [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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  • Editorial Reviews

    Experience joy and happiness at its purest in this life-affirming, universal celebration of the magic and innocence of Babies. Proving that if you surround your baby with love it doesn’t matter what culture you’re from or what child-rearing practices you follow. Babies travels the globe following four children from vastly different corners of the world—Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Mari from Tokyo and Hattie from San Francisco. Sure to put a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart, it’s the film that critics and audiences agree “could be the feel-good movie of the decade!” (Moviefone)

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    64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and Enjoy! May 27, 2010
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    A short time ago, my wife and I were joined by a new baby and our remarkable little boy is now at 19 months. The baby was a first for both of us and neither of us had almost any prior experience with an infant. Everything that unfolded was new and a very interesting experience. When my wife spotted the new "Babies" movie, we just had to see it. We both enjoyed it very much and will be buying the DVD when it becomes available.

    The movie is a very unusual documentary of four babies in four different parts of the world (San Francisco, Tokyo, Mongolia and Namibia) and four different cultures. There is no story. There are no spoken words, only background sounds. The movie goes from scene to scene, back and forth, back and forth from baby to baby and location to location. We watched with fascination as each baby learned to adapt and cope with it's new life as it unfolded in it's particular environment. Very interesting to watch. We cringed at some of the baby experiences and laughed at others. Of course, we had our own living example for comparison and it has promoted a wealth of conversation.

    If you have a newborn/toddler, be sure to see this movie. You'll enjoy it immensely. Actually,babies are so interesting and humorous that almost anyone could enjoy the film. It's a very unusual movie to view. The photography in the various settings is excellent. The sound is good. Relax and enjoy.

    Gary Peterson
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    39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Babies, you will LOVE these BABIES ! August 19, 2010
    By Kimmy11
    Format:DVD
    The concept is deceptively simple: follow four babies from four different countries from birth til they take their first steps ~ 1 year old. As others have noted, there is no (spoken) narrative. Rather, the camera documents the four babies in the same situations : being born, first smile, at play, sleeping, etc. I watched this movie with my daughters and we all absolutely loved it (I was glad that they did not actually show the birth process). We all had our favorite babies - my daughters loved "Hattie" from San Francisco but I fell in love with the baby from Mongolia as he was so adorably mischievous. This multi-cultural perspective on babies is utterly fascinating. You will find yourself asking such questions as "Which baby seems the happiest?" (asked by my 9 year-old daughter); "What do babies REALLY need to thrive?" - toys, shelves FULL of books, or just a loving mom and a roll of toilet paper? There is a particular scene where Hattie bites her mom and instead of reprimanding her (like the Mongolian mother did when the baby was naughty), she pulls out a book entitled ~"No Biting". It's also interesting as an American parent, to see how "sterile" our babies are compared to the babies that grow up in countries like Mongolia and Namibia. Most importantly,as a parent, it makes you appreciate the "magic" of raising a child. A must see for all parents, and lovers of children, including children themselves. It is also a very entertaining movie. My girls laughed out loud and had me rewind it (rented and recorded it on Cable) in several places. Be forewarned: it may increase your urge to have a baby-I luckily slapped sense back to myself.
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    39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars BABIES is cute, funny and sometimes moving. May 21, 2010
    Format:DVD
    BABIES is a feel good movie that arguably has absolutely no point, or is very profound. It is a documentary that essentially films the first year or so in the lives of 4 babies from vastly different parts of the globe. We simply observe them eating, evacuating, smiling, discovering their toes, learning to crawl, learning to play, and so on. Certainly babies are cute, and it's easy to get an adult audience to smile with and laugh at these silly little creatures.

    That could be the point of BABIES..."look, how cute." And frankly, it's pretty satisfying on that level alone. But it could also be showing us, and the most basic levels, how we're all so VERY similar, at least when we start out. That all of us, whether from Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo or San Francisco...we all have so very much in common. That's a simple, almost clichéd "lesson", but BABIES presents it in a clear and undeniable manner.

    I very much appreciated the underlying points to ponder of BABIES...but mostly it was just a 79 minute delight. It's a wonderful cultural lesson: short after birth, we see the Namibian baby essentially spending his time completely nude and the little Mongolian child swaddled tightly in many layers. Both are valid child-rearing approaches...but are starkly different and both are moving. Seeing the Mongolian child wrapped like a cocoon is a startling image...yet given his stark and cold surrounding environment...it is a way for his family to show their love and caring for this child when they are unable to physically be there holding the baby.

    The Mongolian child was my favorite (although I liked all the kids)...and I suspect each person will have their own favorite.
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    39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    I am probably not the best person to review Thomas Balmes' 2010 documentary following the lives of four babies during their first year. The film is only 79 minutes, but it feels awfully long to this childless reviewer especially since it carries the randomness of a string of related YouTube videos. However, I am not a complete curmudgeon since there are several moments of delight to be found in Balmes' extended-shot approach which rarely goes above the eye-line of an infant. The director goes to four distinct places to highlight cultural dissimilarities and the universality of babies' experiences in responding to the world around them - pastoral Mongolia, heavily urban Tokyo, the Namibian desert, and kid-friendly San Francisco. There is no voiceover narration, just the gurgling noises, crying jags and first words from the babies in a fashion closer to a wildlife documentary.

    As for the babies who could technically be up for leading-category Oscars, there is Mari of Tokyo, who appears to show both a contemplative curiosity about the family cat and an artist's temperament in her epic fit when she falls to the floor and pounds her legs on the playroom floor. Hattie of San Francisco takes to her jumpy chair and her playground race car like Evel Kneival and actually has the film's funniest scene when she tries to escape her parents as they perform an unbearably pretentious Native American earth chant. Bayarjargal of Mongolia displays the most perseverance as he confronts the mayhem caused by a bullying older brother, thirsty goat, and an aggressive rooster. However, it's Ponijao of Namibia who steals the movie as the model of stoicism as she replicates her mother's domestic actions with just pebbles, dirt and the occasional piece of food. In fact, you might be amazed like me at how self-sufficient all these adorable babies are.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't pay for advertisings.
    I LOVE the documentary itself (5 stars), but this DVD contains four trailers of other movies/cartoons.
    The actual movie takes about 5 minutes to start, and I HATE this. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Emanuela
    5.0 out of 5 stars This video was so adorable to watch
    This video was so adorable to watch. We loved seeing the different cultures and how little babies were born and raised around the world.
    Published 2 days ago by MB48
    5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this dvd
    I absolutely loved this dvd! The stories of each individual baby were amazing! We watched before I became pregnant and it was a great insight into how different cultures deal with... Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Anna-Marie Serrano Lobo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A must see for all the parents to be and new parents, Definitely puts things into perspective
    Published 8 days ago by Olga
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great use in studying socialization and culture in sociology class
    Published 9 days ago by susan millerd
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend!
    My toddler loves this movie and so do we! I feel better about screen time when it's a show as lovely as this.
    Published 18 days ago by Esmith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
    Very interesting. Very well done!
    Published 19 days ago by Mimi
    5.0 out of 5 stars The photography is amazing. I wish they would do part two and ...
    This is a must see! Well done, fascinating, and appropriate for all ages ...but necessary for new moms! The photography is amazing. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by judy brown
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good documentary overall
    Pretty good documentary overall. It was a little weird that there was no talking, but it let the viewer really focus on the four different cultures.
    Published 24 days ago by Brandon Aukamp
    3.0 out of 5 stars I don't like being manipulated
    The film maker can deliver any message he or she wants but this one was so obvious it almost spoils the movie. Read more
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