Directed by Elia Kazan
USA 1956

 

  Regarded as scandalous when it was first released, Baby Doll has lost its shock value but retains a strong, sweaty Deep South sensuality. Businessman Wallach moves in nextdoor to boring Malden and his young wife Baker, who is essentially a walking, talking erogenous zone. Lust, muckiness and flaming, violent retribution follow swiftly after Wallach and Malden get into a fight over their cotton mill interests and the nubile Baker. Written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Kazan, it's a darkly witty portrait of passion in a small, sun-baked town full of repressed sexuality and titillating nightwear.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 18th, 1956

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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This is also part of the Tennessee Williams Film Collection which contains A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Two-Disc Special Edition / Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 Deluxe Edition / Sweet Bird of Youth / The Night of the Iguana / Baby Doll / The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 

              

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:54:40 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio (modified from 1.66)
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)  
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 (modified from original 1.66)

Edition Details:

• Featurette Baby Doll: See No Evil (12:49)
• Baby Doll trailer gallery

DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2006

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Chapters: 28

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: Peter says:
'Looks like WB goofed on BABY DOLL. Those frame grabs indicate that it's opened up on top and bottom (and likely cropped a little on left/right as a result). Should be projected 1.66 like most any WB film made after 1953 or so. Some theaters probably even would run it 1.85, but from personal experience I'd say most 1950s widescreen films look better in 1.66 because cinematographers were still shooting with the idea in mind that some theaters still ONLY had 1.37. In any case, it's clearly wrong. A strange decision on WB's part.'

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While looking at the rest of the Tennessee Williams Boxset, the edition of Baby Doll distinguishes itself as showing the most grain (which I suspect is finely cleaned dirt and digital noise) but it is extremely sharp and the contrast/grey-scale is top notch. For a film of 50 years old it looks exceptionally good. Audio and subtitles are at Warner's high standard. The Baby Doll: See No Evil featurette is short at 12 minutes but has input from Malden, Wallach and Baker which is quite interesting.

The film carries a unique legacy with its lewd and provocative reputation and cool south narrative from Williams. Certainly tame for today's audience but its charming locational shooting in Mississippi, fine performances and historical significance make it valuable viewing fodder. We recommend but are disappointed about the aspect ratio!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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The 2-disc SE is part of the Tennessee Williams Film Collection which contains A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Two-Disc Special Edition / Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 Deluxe Edition / Sweet Bird of Youth / The Night of the Iguana / Baby Doll / The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone) 

              

Other Individual Reviews:
Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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