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Babe [WS] [Special Edition] [DVD] [1995]

Release Date:09/23/2003
Third time's the charm for Chris Noonan's critically acclaimed Babe, as the film is finally given the proper DVD treatment with this special edition release. The film is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio (A full-screen version with the same features was released simultaneously) and the English soundtrack has been rendered in both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1. Additionally, there are dubbed French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks as well as Spanish and French subtitles. The bonus features include feature-length audio commentary by writer and producer George Miller, three games, and two featurettes.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (78 out of 79)

    Special Features

    • Commentary and interview with writer/producer George Miller
    • The making of Babe
    • Games: farmyard friends
    • Babe's challenge
    • Sheep ma-a-ath


    A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog -- or, rather, sheep pig -- in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script. The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm. Confused and sad, Babe is adopted by a friendly dog and slowly adjusts to his new home. Discovering that the fate of most pigs is the dinner table, Babe devotes himself to becoming a useful member of the farm by trying to learn how to herd sheep, despite the skepticism of the other animals and the kindly but conventional Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell). Because technically impeccable animatronics and computer graphics allow the farm animals to converse easily among themselves, first-time director Chris Noonan can treat the film's menagerie as actual characters, playing scene not for cuteness but for real emotions. The result is often surprisingly touching, with Noonan and George Miller's script, based on Dick King-Smith's children's book and, indirectly, a true story, seamlessly combining gentle whimsy and sincere feeling. These same qualities are embodied by in Cromwell's beautifully understated performance as Farmer Hoggett, which anchors the film. Despite its unlikely premise and low profile, Babe's inspirational story was embraced by audiences and critics, and the movie became an international sleeper that won an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It was followed in 1999 by the less successful Babe: Pig in the City. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • James Cromwell
      James Cromwell - Arthur Hoggett
    • Magda Szubanski
      Magda Szubanski - Esme Hoggett
    • Christine Cavanaugh
      Christine Cavanaugh - Babe
    • Miriam Margolyes
      Miriam Margolyes - Fly
    • Danny Mann
      Danny Mann - Ferdinand

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