Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

MGM Studios DVD presents
Baby Boom (1987)

"I'm not really great with living things."
- J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton)

Review By: Dale Dobson   
Published: March 05, 2001

Stars: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard
Other Stars: Harold Ramis, James Spader, Pat Hingle, Sam Wanamaker
Director: Charles Shyer

Manufacturer: WAMO
MPAA Rating: PG for (occasional language, adult themes)
Run Time: 01h:50m:14s
Release Date: February 06, 2001
UPC: 027616858580
Genre: comedy

Image Transfer
Audio Transfer
C+ C+DB D-

DVD Review

Baby Boom stars Diane Keaton as J.C. Wiatt, a hard-driving businesswoman whose life is thrown into disarray when she "inherits" the orphaned infant daughter of a long-lost cousin. Her live-in lover Steven (Harold Ramis) can't cope with the change, her employer Fritz (Sam Wanamaker) questions her commitment to the firm, and her assistant Ken (James Spader) begins assuming her responsibilities at work. Meanwhile, Wiatt falls in love with little Elizabeth (played by twins Kristina and Michelle Kennedy) and sets out to establish a new life in Vermont, replete with homeowner difficulties, new business opportunities, and one Dr. Jeff Cooper (Sam Shepard), the local veterinarian.

At its best, Baby Boom has a few things to say about the values of the "fast track" versus those of hearth, home and family. At its worst, it's sitcom material stretched out into a nearly two-hour movie. There's no shortage of comic talent on hand here—Keaton is ably supported by Ramis, Saturday Night Live cast members Mary Gross and Victoria Jackson, and Annie Golden (of National Lampoon radio and stage show fame) in small roles. But the material only goes so far—the first act has a lot of truly funny moments and a satirical New York sense of humor, but after the locale shifts to Vermont, the story softens and turns its attentions away from the initial setup. It soon becomes a standard, predictably upbeat comedy, complete with a montage sequence as Wiatt's new business takes off, and Bill Conti's sappy, caffeine-free score doesn't help.

I don't want to be too hard on Baby Boom—it's not too cloying or sentimental to stomach, and it benefits greatly from Diane Keaton's genuine, charming presence onscreen. But it hasn't dated very well—its criticism of the Yuppie ethic no longer seems fresh nor even all that interesting. It's a cute little movie, executed competently. Nothing more.

Rating for Style: C+
Rating for Substance: C+


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: MGM presents Baby Boom in its original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio. The nonanamorphic transfer is taken from a relatively clean source print, but the generally soft image suffers from heavy grain hazing and frequent instability on thin edges. Diane Keaton's character wears a polka-dot necktie that shimmers and changes brightness whenever it's onscreen, credits are noisy and flickery, the transfer often seems overly dark, and the visual quality of this single-layer disc is just not up to contemporary standards.

Image Transfer Grade: D


Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0English, Frenchyes

Audio Transfer Review: Baby Boom retains its original Dolby 2.0 Surround audio mix, presented in English and dubbed French. Aside from some surround effects during the opening MGM/UA logo, a quick stereo pan at the beginning of the film, and some full-bodied music during the end credits, the 2.0 track is largely monophonic in character. The French dub is reasonably well-synchronized and generally similar to the English presentation. Both analog tracks are simple but functional, cleanly transferred with no distracting flaws, but frequency and dynamic range are limited and the "stereo surround" billing almost seems an exaggeration.

Audio Transfer Grade: B


Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 16 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in French, Spanish with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: Very little to report here—sixteen picture-menu chapter stops, French and Spanish subtitles, and the original theatrical trailer in 1.85:1 nonamorphic letterboxed format. The trailer shares the image shortcomings of the feature presentation, and the subtitles tend to overlap the "black bars," a guaranteed annoyance when viewed on 16:9 (or matted 4:3) displays.

Extras Grade: D-


Final Comments

Baby Boom is a pleasant but insubstantial comedy about life choices, ambition and genuine happiness. MGM's DVD transfer is below average, with no supplements of any substance. A rental at best.


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store