Blu-ray Release: The Baby

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 25, 2018
Price: Blu-ray $25.19
Studio: Arrow/MVD

More than 45 years after its original release, the twisted little drama-thriller The Baby remains one of the most bizarre “horror” movies of the Seventies. Directed by Ted Post (whose “normal” studio endeavors include Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Magnum Force) and co-starring Ruth Roman (Strangers on a Train) and Marianna Hill (Medium Cool), The Baby is a twisted, psychedelic nightmare of suburban depravity.

Still traumatised by the loss of her husband, well-meaning social worker Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer, The Loved One) throws herself into her latest assignment: the case of “Baby”, a 21-year-old man with the mind of an infant – who crawls, cries and has yet to make it out of nappies. But Baby’s family – the tyrannical “Mama” Wadsworth (Roman) and her two demented daughters (Hill and Susanne Zenor) – aren’t the only ones with a warped conception of familial relations, and the full horror only begins when Ann sets her sights on liberating the drooling man-child… and in so doing unleashes the wrath of the Wadsworth women.

The bonus package is pretty solid for such a fringe title, led by a new interview with co-star Marianna Hill, one of the Seventies’ most striking actresses whose credits also include High Plains Drifter and The Godfather, Part II.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • Down Will Come Baby – a new retrospective with film professor Rebekah McKendry
  • New interview with co-star Marianna Hill
  • Tales from the Crib – archival audio Interview with director Ted Post
  • Baby Talk – archival audio Interview with Star David Mooney
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.