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Babel [DVD]

Brad Pitt , Cate Blanchett , Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia
  • Directors: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M8MW6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,791 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Brilliantly conceived, superbly directed, and beautifully acted, Babel is inarguably one of the best films of 2006. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his co-writer, Guillermo Arriaga (the two also collaborated on Amores Perros and 21 Grams) weave together the disparate strands of their story into a finely hewn fabric by focusing on what appear to be several equally incongruent characters: an American (Brad Pitt) touring Morocco with his wife (Cate Blanchett) become the focus of an international incident also involving a hardscrabble Moroccan farmer (Mustapha Rachidi) struggling to keep his two young sons in line and his family together. A San Diego nanny (Adriana Barraza), her employers absent, makes the disastrous decision to take their kids with her to a wedding in Mexico. And a deaf-mute Japanese teen (the extraordinary Rinko Kikuchi) deals with a relationship with her father (Koji Yakusho) and the world in general that's been upended by the death of her mother. It is perhaps not surprising, or particularly original, that a gun is the device that ties these people together. Yet Babel isn't merely about violence and its tragic consequences. It's about communication, and especially the lack of it--both intercultural, raising issues like terrorism and immigration, and intracultural, as basic as husbands talking to their wives and parents understanding their children. Iñárritu's command of his medium, sound and visual alike, is extraordinary; the camera work is by turns kinetic and restrained, the music always well matched to the scenes, the editing deft but not confusing, and the film (which clocks in at a lengthy 143 minutes) is filled with indelible moments. Many of those moments are also pretty stark and grim, and no will claim that all of this leads to a "happy" ending, but there is a sense of reconciliation, perhaps even resolution. "If You Want to be Understood... Listen," goes the tagline. And if you want a movie that will leave you thinking, Babel is it. --Sam Graham

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In tongues 22 Mar 2007
Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga (who have sadly had a falling-out) may be one of the most formidable creative teams in the industry. Without resorting to cheap sentiments or preaching, Iñárritu crafts a quietly compelling follow-up to "21 Grams," with an introspective look at the interlaced lives after a tragedy.

Two boys in Morocco buy a rifle, and while testing it out, they strike a passing tourist bus. Unfortunately, the bullet strikes a vacationing American woman (Cate Blanchett), in the middle of a rural area with no real medical facilities. Unable to be transported, the woman and her husband (Brad Pitt) are dropped off in a rural village, to await help.

Unknowingly, the boys have triggered off shattering events in other people's lives across the world -- a troubled, deaf Japanese girl (Rinko Kikuchi) causes a commotion, and the police find that this neglected, lonely teen is the daughter of the man who originally had the boys' rifle. And the American couple's nanny (Adriana Barraza) is delayed going to her son's wedding, and attempts to bring the children into Mexico with her -- with disastrous results.

"Babel" is like a series of completely different photographs, but with the same person in the background. These haunting looks at how lives can be changed in an instant -- and the effects of violence, whether malicious or careless -- makes up the last volume of Iñárritu and Arriaga's "Death Trilogy." It illustrates death with the fragility of life.

But it's also about the difficulty of communicating in the modern world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Babel (2 Disc Collectors Edition) 6 Jan 2008
'Babel' is a slow paced, slightly melancholy film that follows four different stories and the links between them. It is a lot more coherent to watch than '21 Grams' which was made by the same director and makes this more enjoyable as a result. The stories are a touch aimless at times and the endings, whilst linking up well, aren't very powerful. But I guess life is like that, you have events that have a major impact and then you keep on going, plus we are a lot more connected than we first realise. I guess that is what this film is trying to put across. The performances were excellent, especially Chieko, the japanese deaf-mute girl, where you really feel her frustrations and vulnerability and Brad Pitt who is better than I thought he'd be. The soundtrack, which is quite sparse, allowing the atmosphere of the film to permeate through, was moving when it had to be and was far enough in the background when most appropriate. The ending piece of music was especially moving and added perfectly to the final scene. This is a good film and worth a watch, it has no definite beginning, middle and end, but that in no way detracts from the various stories and their impact, although I feel that may have disappointed other reviewers here. Give it a view and decided for yourself, especially if you like the feel of '21 Grams' but not the convoluted or confusing storyline.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Im not going to write a review due to plenty of them available through respected newspaper and tv reviewers. However, I can honestly say the two poor reviews below irritated me enough to write this.

Ignore them, if you know anything about filmaking and are wanting to watch a clever, entertaining, atmospheric, gripping and beautifully photographed film look no further.

The two bad reviewers below obviously know nothing and that fact they found it dull shows their fairly brainless and watch brainless films. Just like children who talk at the back of cinemas due to not understanding whats going on.

Go and rent Air Bud 4 in HIGH DEF and leave these films alone.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By miel22
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Maybe it's an irony to find something that perhaps some find a downer, uplifting when feeling low.This is what happened for me last night when I watched this film. Life can be crap, but circumstances and what happens sometimes slips out of our hands. Life isn't fair, but anger does not solve this. It's just an effect that usually brings a result, which is more often than not, not good.
Anyway, of this film.I really do not feel like dissecting the beauty out of it, but seen this director's work before & felt sure was going to be good. It was. I will save for special times, but I will watch again & again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! 23 Jan 2011
The reason I watched this film was due to visiting where it is filmed in Morocco, and it turned out our minibus driver was the driver of Brad Pitt's bus in the film! (We didn't believe him to be honest as he was a bit crazy, but yes he was right!). Its a twist of several different stories happening around the world (Morocco, Tokyo and Mexico) and how they intertwine. I liked it a lot and would recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Film!! 6 April 2008
By Ashpan
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started watching this film after reading the mixed reviews, but I must say this is a really beautifully directed and acted film. The film focuses on four different stories, which as the film progresses shows how they are all linked. Babel lasts for over 2 hours which might test some people's patience but I never felt bored. It is hard to explain, because I wouldn't say the film was gripping or exciting, but yet you couldn't help being engrossed in each story and really feeling for the characters. There isn't any `big' ending, with a lot of issues still unresolved which I found a bit frustrating. I would definitely recommend this film if you are looking for something thought provoking, maybe avoid if you like typical Hollywood films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bowled over!!
A very unique film, I admit I was tempted to switch off after only 20 minutes, but decided to carry on with it. I am so glad I did because it is a very clever piece of work. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Elaine Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Three Kilometres..." - Babel on BLU RAY
On a desolate Moroccan mountainside impoverished young brothers Ahmed and Yussef are testing out their exciting new manly acquisition - a Winchester M70 Rifle their father bought... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great art house film
Amazing film. Saw it at my local film theatre and was enthralled by it, Worth buying to view at home.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. M. J. Cliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic all round!
Received promptly, and apart from the fact that the film was great, it was also in great condition. Very satisfied with this purchase!
Published 4 months ago by Georgina Holdom
3.0 out of 5 stars a worthy study
A worthy study and to an extent enjoyable as it is totally fictitious and completely unlikely, but that is why I like it.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David John Rash
3.0 out of 5 stars Far less than the sum of its parts
Underwhelming multiple narrative drama with three disparate stories, the consequences of which have monumental impact on each other. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ben Smith [SHELF HEROES]
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made film
I loved this directors Mexican film so bought this - it didn't disappoint as was very good despite the Hollywood actors. Highly recommended.
Published 9 months ago by Ms. R. M. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars When the word confused!
The really hunt between Arriaga-Iñarritu is this issue, a very careful story of lost and encounter behind the soul of humandkind and the scense of forgiven!
Published 13 months ago by Jose Lira
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
yea it was ok, could have been so much better tho, i was expecting more. . . . . .
Published 13 months ago by ms j e davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I had already seen the film and thought it brilliant it still is up there with my favourite films of all time.
Published 14 months ago by n s mason
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