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Rock-a-Bye Baby [Blu-ray]
(Frank Tashlin, 1958)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Paramount / Hal Wallis Productions
Video: Olive Films
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,542,209,908 bytes
Feature Size: 22,271,643,648 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.21 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 14th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 941 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 941 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: A Movie star has triplets, but does not want her beloved public to find out. Has she made a mistake in hiring Jerry Lewis as the babysitter ?
One thing's for sure: Jerry Lewis doesn't stand amid alien corn in his
and Paramount's "Rock-a-Bye Baby," which came to Loew's State
yesterday. He is banging around like crazy in a thoroughly familiar sort
of farcical maze, and anybody who is not prepared to go along with him
had better stay away.
An often forgotten Lewis/Tashlin production (loosely based on Preston Sturges' script for The Miracle of Morgan's Creek) that contains some very good stuff indeed - all in the first half, unfortunately. Lewis is the lifelong fan of a movie star (Maxwell) who gives him her triplets to look after while she's in Africa making a film. The supporting cast is particularly good (Gardner, Conried, Connie Stevens), but the gear-change from manic slapstick (watch out for the berserk hosepipe) to cringing sentimentality about babies and nappies is hard to take.Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Of the three Olive Film Blu-ray releases (Boeing, Boeing - The Geisha Boy, and Rock-a-Bye Baby) I probably enjoyed this one the best. The image appears to be the best of the group as well. This single-layered Blu-ray is clean and gave me a decent HD presentation. Colors, notably reds, are very bright and detail and contrast levels are in the upper digital range. Rock-a-Bye Baby is no 'demo' disc but the quality of the visuals can be very pleasantly surprising. the 1080P rendering provided a solid presentation.
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No real dynamic substance but a authentic DTS-HD Master 1.0 mono at 941 kbps. Another original score by Walter Scharf that supports the film and the comedy elements. I don't expect it sounded much better theatrically and there are no subtitles offered.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Typical of Olive Films - especially with their Paramount titles - there are no extras at all. It's another totally bare-bones package.
February 11th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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