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Baby, The (BluRay) 
Written by: on June 9th, 2014

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1973
Director: Ted Post
Writer: Abe Polsky
Cast: Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill, Susanne Zenor, Tod Andrews, Michael Pataki, Beatrice Manley, David Mooney

BluRay released: July 8th, 2014
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
BluRay Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.98

Synopsis: A social worker becomes attached to a mentally-disabled man, who still sleeps in a crib.

‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner’ – At the heart of this film is a most unusual tale about a grown man, who is treated by everyone around him as though he is still a baby. And the weirdness does not end there, those who interact are just as dysfunctional as Baby. In fact one could easily argue that they that had all long since checked out of reality. The film’s narrative is driven by a power struggle between baby’s family (his mother and two sisters) and a social worker, who has become overly attached to Baby. Only don’t be fooled by her ill perceived good will, for she also has ulterior motives for wanting Baby all for herself.And while so much of what makes this film works as well as its does relies on its perverse premise.

One must not overlook Ted Post’s (Hang ‘Em High, Magnum Force) first rate direction, which does a superb job reigning the operatic performances of the film’s central character’s. The cast features a few recognizable faces, Ruth Roman (Strangers on a Train) in the role of Baby’s mother and Marianna Hill (Messiah of Evil) in the role of Baby’s oldest sister. Of there would be no movie without the genuinely creepy performance of David Mooney in the role of Baby.

There is no easy way to soft peddle what this film is all about. It is not the type of film that is ever going to garner a mass audience, who will delight in the atrocities as they unfold before their very eyes. And yet there is also something oddly compelling about the story at hand, that will linger on in the recesses of your mind, long after the final images have faded off the screen.

The BluRay:

The Baby comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This film and all of its home video releases have always had a soft look to it. And it is in this regard that this new transfer shows its greatest improvement. There is a marked improvement in the amount of clarity present in every frame. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels fare well and there are no issues with DNR or compression.

This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD Mono mix in English. The audio sound clean, clear and balanced throughout.

Extras for this release are the same as the extras that were included with Severin’s DVD release and they are as follows a Trailer for the film (2 minutes 45 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen), two audio interviews, the first one with director Ted Post (20 minutes) and the second one with actor David Mooney (14 minuutes 46 seconds), who portrayed ‘Baby’ in the film. For his interview Ted Post discusses how he became attached to this project, the cast and his thoughts on the final product. For his interview David Mooney talks about his performance and what effects this role had on his career. Not carried over for this release are trailers for Psychomania, In The Folds of Flesh and Horror Express. Overall The Baby gets very good release from Severin Films that improves upon their previous audio / video presentation.

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