Babel (2-disc Collector’s Edition)

Posted in: Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on September 14th, 2007

(out of 5)


  1. wonderer
    09/14/2007 @ 9:46 pm

    disc 1 is identical to the single-disc release with the exact same authoring. my computer started playing the disc from where i stopped playing the single-disc release.

    there is no such thing as a “moroccan” language. people in morocco speak arabic, berber, or french.

  2. Tom Buller
    09/15/2007 @ 2:34 am

    Thanks for the correction — that was pretty ignorant of me. Fixed.

    You make good points in your review. I didn’t feel them as strongly with Crash, but I definitely understand your perspective.

  3. Norm Schrager
    09/16/2007 @ 1:12 pm


    I think Innaritu and the Babel filmmakers went global to make the film feel 1) universal and 2) important. The shame is in the second reason — it reminds of me when a studio puts a film into production because they’re sure it will be Oscar bait. This was probably one of them.

    A slightly better than average film turned into critical darling because of its “importance”. I’d rather see Amores Perros or 21 Grams again.

    See you guys again.

    Norm S.

  4. Tom Buller
    09/16/2007 @ 8:57 pm

    Agreed. And why they try so hard to be important, much is lost.

  5. wonderer
    09/19/2007 @ 12:26 pm


    A note about the cover: The director’s name is printed as “Alejandro G. Inarritu”. This is actually an error in Spanish grammar as Spanish-speakers frequently use two last names, though if only one last name is used to identify a person, then the first last name (the father’s) is used. Therefore, the short version of the director’s name should be “Alejandro Gonzalez I.”. I’m told by a Paramount rep that Gonzalez wanted his name printed as “Alejandro G. Inarritu”, so I guess Gonzalez acceded to English-speakers’ assumptions about naming practices. This is rather unfortunate as there is a huge population of Spanish speakers in the United States, and undoubtedly, people will laugh at this error, even if it was intentional.

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