- Written by Secrets Movie Revie Team
- Published on 01 April 2011
- Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2011
- Little Fockers (Blu-ray)
- Babe (Blu-ray)
- The Fighter (Blu-ray)
- I Love You Phillip Morris (Blu-ray)
- The Ten Commandments (Blu-ray)
- Tangled 3D (Blu-ray)
- Black Swan (Blu-ray)
- Every Day (Blu-ray)
- Tron (Blu-ray)
- Tron Legacy 3D (Blu-ray)
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (Blu-ray)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One (Blu-ray)
- The Resident (Blu-ray)
- Somewhere (Blu-ray)
- Taxi Driver (Blu-ray)
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Blu-ray)
- Fiddler on the Roof (Blu-ray)
- Rabbit Hole (DVD)
- The Incredibles (Blu-ray)
- All Pages
"Babe" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen
Babe is the story of a pig who is orphaned from his mother at a very young age. Won at the fair by Farmer Hoggett, who initially sees Babe more as a good meal at Christmas than as an animal with any value. Taken in by Fly, a sheep herding border collie, Babe doesnâ€™t really want to fit into the accepted hierarchy of the farm and questions why things are a certain way.
His inquisitive ways get him into trouble early as he tries to help out a duck thatâ€™s attempting to take the place of a rooster in providing the morning wake-up call, but his bungling of the situation gets him into more trouble with everyone. However, his inquisitive nature eventually starts to pay off as he discovers a talent that no one knew was possible.
- 1995, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 29 min
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Codec: VC1
- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Starring: James Cromwell
- Directed by Chris Noonan
- Violence: Mild
- Sex: No
- Language: No
Babe was a surprising success at the box office, managing to even snag a nomination for Best Picture (beating out Toy Story, The Usual Suspects, Leaving Las Vegas, Casino, and many other wonderful films that year). While I might not hold it in that high of regard, it was a very entertaining and touching film that flew by. A couple of scenes were a little darker than I had expected for a kids film, and it deals with a few harder subjects, but it is overall very enjoyable and touching for the whole family.
It does feel like it was originally meant to run a lot longer, as it feels like it could have easily been another 30 minutes longer, but they wanted to hit that magic 90 minute number for a kids film, and in this case it probably benefits from omission.
Babe is 16 years old now, but for the most part the transfer doesnâ€™t show it. Overall it has a very nice, crisp image that looks very nice, though doesnâ€™t quite jump off the screen in realism. A few of the outdoor scenes were a bit rougher in quality, but overall itâ€™s much better than I had expected. The soundtrack isnâ€™t that aggressive, but it does a good job with dialog and ambient effects around the farm. Itâ€™s not something you would use to show off your new sound system to anyone, but itâ€™s also true to the film and comes across nice and clear.
A commentary track from the writer/producer and two featurettes.