Baby Maker, The (MOD)

Barbara Hershey plays a free spirit who agrees to bear a child for a childless couple in this early look at the phenomenon of surrogate motherhood, co-starring Scott Glenn.


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Baby Maker, The (MOD)
 
4.5

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5.0

Excellent to see this on DVD

By Vince

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Baby Maker, The (MOD):

Thanks, Warner Archive. Keep up the great work of getting these lesser known titles out there!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rare & Dated - but Terrific Movie!

By Drsd2kill

from Columbus, OH

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Original
  • Quirky
  • Rare

Cons

  • Poor DVD Mastering

Best Uses

  • Adult Viewers
  • At Home

Comments about Baby Maker, The (MOD):

I was glad to discover this rather unusual and dated film. The idea of a surrogate mother now isn't so radical, though this film takes things a bit further by having the father impregnate the surrogate the old fashioned way while the wife is in another next room. Talk about having faith in the strength of a marriage... I can understand that a film like this probably doesn't have a large market and so I'm grateful to have it on DVD even though it isn't of the highest quality.

Another interlaced, 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation, though with a seemingly better encode than DREAM LOVER by a wide margin, even though the print used for the transfer is also less than optimal. And make no mistake, it is a print. There are cigarette marks (is that what they are called?) at the end of reels and a bit more dirt on display that one might expect from a studio DVD release. The image is very soft and sometimes appears to be out-of-focus, though this was a low budget independent film from 1970 so expectations must be held in check. Color is quite nice though variable as whites tend towards being slightly yellow or pink, often varying shot to shot. Contrast is quite strange as the sides of the image have a steep black level drop off while the center of the frame lacks contast and has blacks that waver from being slightly reddish or bluish in tone. Opticals, partically the opening titles, appear quite grimy. Still, there is an unprocessed and unrefined look to the transfer that suits the source and is quite watchable. Compression artifacts were not a problem, and even with its flaws I was quite pleased with the result, warts and all. Or maybe that's because I liked the film so much, I dunno. It was another blind purchase (as were all 5 of the titles I obtained), and one I was glad to discover. 2.5/5

The sound is presented in Dolby Digital mono encoded at 192 kbps. Flat with slight hiss, though not sounding noisy like a typical optical track from a print might, the audio was neither so good or so bad that I look exception to it.

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