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National Geographic - In the Womb (2005)

Dilly Barlow , Toby Macdonald  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dilly Barlow
  • Directors: Toby Macdonald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: National Geographic Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8JNT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From the moment of conception, every human embryo embarks on an incredible nine month journey of development. Now, cutting-edge technology makes it possible for National Geographic's In the Womb to open a window into the hidden world of the fetus and explore each trimester in amazing new detail. Revolutionary imagery sheds light on the delicate, dark world of a fetus as never before.

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What about the birth... June 13, 2008
This review is primarily for doulas, childbirth educators, midwives and such who are curious about the birth footage in this film:

Overall, this was an interesting film though I thought it became repetitive and there was computer graphic footage that seemed to be repeated over and over again. It really brought home the miracle of human development. It is truly like magic how a baby develops in such complexity and perfection!

Of course, I was most interested to see the birth at the very end of the film and it was great! The mother gave birth standing, with her heads and arms leaning on the hospital bed. The voiceover made comments about how movement during labor is so important and how upright--standing, squatting, kneeling--is the best way to give birth (and thankfully this was backed up by what was actually happening on the screen instead of just the "ideal"). So, that was really cool! It is a very brief clip and not very easy to see so I wouldn't recommend the video for use as a birth video per se, it was just nice to see a normal birth portrayed smoothly (and in hospital setting).
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Learning Video March 8, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We have 4 kids and have another one on the way. The kids had some questions that covered a broad range. (what does the baby look like now to how will it come out) We sat all four of them down (ages 3 to 11) in front of it. They all enjoyed it and got their questions answered better than we had answered them. Good Show from National Geographic - 5 stars
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming February 23, 2010
I was a bit disappointed by this documentary, especially after reading so many reviews about how amazing it is.

As other reviewers have mentioned, long stretches of this film feature the same dozen computer-animated clips played over and over again while the narrator offers vague, general information. I would have liked to hear more statistics and comparative data -- the narrator rarely even mentioned how big the fetus was at different stages. There were a lot of rapid-fire cuts, footage of fluid rushing through the lungs, and unexplained belly-cam shots, but I was expecting more substantive information. You won't get anything from this documentary that you don't get in one of those week-by-week pregnancy emails. The 4-D scans were fascinating, but there were not many of them.

In all, this film was a disappointment.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative July 12, 2007
By F. Mak
My wife and I bought this for some extra insight into her pregnancy and I must say that it is most informative.

I believe that many modern documentaries are looking for PG ratings so that young members of our world may watch without being afraid. The documentary does not go into details of what could go wrong or any issues such as that. Instead, it focuses on what happens in a typical pregnancy. They even show a birth and it happens to be a very pg-13 sort of birth. Great for introducing curious youngsters to how all of this works, though if I were reading this, I would preview it before showing my youngsters to see if it was right for me.

In my humble opinion, this is an excellent modern documentary.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative AND entertaining July 10, 2006
I first found this film on tv while I was pregnant, and I was amazed at how good it actually was. When my husband came home I made him watch it and he loved it too. We loved to see how our baby was developing and what we could expect. I had seen other films on developing babies, they are were boring and tried to give you too much information, but this was just enough information and entertaining enough to hold your interest.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD for soon-to-be parents July 2, 2006
By K. Fay
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This takes you through conception to birth. Very imformative and descriptive. We watched the DVD at different segments during our pregnancy. It was fun to see what the baby looks like at the different ages in the womb.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable March 8, 2007
This is an incredible DVD. My wife and I watched it in amazement as each little part of the baby is formed. I have to say that the most incredible part is when the cells that become the heart all simultaneously start beating together at the same time. They seem just like all the other cells, but then these certain ones just start beating all together and become the heart. It's wild! Despite it's evolutionary language, this DVD is a clear evidence of God's incredible design. When you see the baby at the end in her little dress, it's so crazy to think of everything that happened just to get to that point. Buy it, watch it and show it to everyone you know! Micah
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! August 21, 2006
By Shauna
I heard really good things about this show, so I just had to buy it. I watched it with my sister in law, and we were totally blown away! It had so many interesting facts, and it wasn't boring either! I greatly recommend to anyone!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Scientific validation for ministry for early life and even pre-birth traumas.
Published 1 month ago by james-from-houston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful as well as informative!
Published 1 month ago by MC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by H06
5.0 out of 5 stars great
We received our order as requested in a snap. It's all good! We were happy with our video for our clients
Published 2 months ago by Bowling Green Pregnancy Center
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See
This is an excellent video to watch/show/share for so many reasons....the amazing photography is personally edifying and informative; it's informational for children as part of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. Bouzguenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid
The start and development of life is a very interesting topic and it is marvelous to think of the coming into being of a adorable baby. Read more
Published 7 months ago by zhangmh
4.0 out of 5 stars How did a change in your tummy mommy
Such a long time in the making so well done great for children to understand how development is created thank you God
Published 7 months ago by Arthur L. Barney
5.0 out of 5 stars oh my GOD. I love this video. i first saw it at my OB/GYN doctor...
It is the best video ever. Please see it . You will love it. It is great and beautiful . well done . very educational for first time and young generation.
Published 8 months ago by MAYRA MENDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars great
We had our first child and it was nice to see what was going on in there. She is amazing.
Published 8 months ago by Thad Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video for my students!
I used this video with my 9th and 12th grade classes. It was simple enough for the 9th grade and complex enough for the 12th grade level students.
I loved it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marcita
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