Babel (2-disc Collector’s Edition)

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

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(out of 5)

5 Comments

  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.

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews32/babel-2-disc.htm

    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

    Tom-

    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.
    http://www.meetinthelobby.com

  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

    Norm,

    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.

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews32/babel-2-disc.htm

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