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Babel (2006) - Golden Globe® Winner and Oscar® Winner!

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Format: DVD
Sku: 203931981
UPC: 097363459842
UPC 14: 00097363459842
Category Keywords: Japan  Mexico  Terrorism  Theatrical Release  Tragedy
Rating: Game Rating Code
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|From the Director of Amores Perros and 21 Grams.
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving six different families.

"...the most ambitious movie of the year...a structurally complex and fascinating narrative.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"...overflowing with memorable acting, unforgettable images, searing tragedy, unexpected humor...  Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"...a masterful film, the kind you itch to see twice or more...  Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"...a powerhouse, demanding film...a first-rate cast and company.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The year's richest, most emotionally explosive film. A towering achievement...  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
BABEL is the crowning achievement in the trilogy from the unstoppable creative pairing of screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, which also includes AMORES PERROS (2000) and 21 GRAMS (2003). Building upon its predecessors' method of weaving together disparate storylines, BABEL reaches new heights of ambition with a tale that, in the absence of traditional narrative and protagonist, relies on numerous incredible performances to evoke an affecting relevance by framing contemporary issues in very human struggles and mistakes. Richard and Susan (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) are a wealthy couple from San Diego who are vacationing in Morocco in order to heal after the death of their young child; their other two children are at home with their Mexican maid, Amelia (Adriana Barraza). In a complex shift of ownership to which the audience is privy, a rifle finds its way into the hands of a local herdsman's young sons (Said Tarchani and Boubker Ait El Caid), who recklessly take a shot at a tour bus and catch Susan in the shoulder, causing her to nearly lose her life. The distraught Richard calls home to tell Amelia of the situation, who promptly departs for Mexico to attend her child's wedding, with Richard and Susan's children in tow. Disaster thus multiplies, with the situation in Morocco ascribed to terrorists in the media, while Amelia meets with the harsh immigration policies of the Bush administration. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, a widower (Koji Yakusho) tied to the rifle in question attempts to deal with his memories and his raucous, promiscuous, deaf daughter (Rinko Kikuchi).

Nearly every performance of the film is devastating, offering an intimate, emotional experience that would approach melodrama if it weren't rendered so realistically. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto's color palette masterfully captures the muted tones of the harsh natural landscapes of Morocco and the Mexican border, as well as the fluorescent lights of Tokyo that denote another, though equally barren, end of the spectrum. The misunderstandings born of cultural, language, and class barriers are on par with those that occur between family members, depicting a world that, while connected in the least expected of ways, is also faced with a deep-seated crisis that threatens to alienate humanity from itself.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/15/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 143 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 345984
Video UPC UPC: 00097363459842
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Babel - DVD
By: Chris Barsanti DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/9/2007 10:11 PM
The Bible gives us the story of the tower of Babel, the magnificently tall structure whose height was deemed offensive and impertinent by God. To punish humanity for its architectural hubris, God then decided to drive a linguistic wedge between the nations of the world, who until then had spoken the same tongue. As fables go, this is a particularly effective one in that it both illustrates a moral -- don't think you're better than God or you shall be struck down with all speed -- and also provides a handy answer to those who wondered why there are so many different languages the full review
Expert Review Babel - DVD
By: Rafe Telsch Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/19/2007 11:16 PM
Babel was advertised as a play on the story from which it derives its name. The idea pushed in advertisements was a barrier of language, causing communication problems for the couple who need medical attention after that run in with the bullet, among others. The idea seemed to be that no matter who we are, there is somewhere in the world we don't fit in because of language. It's an interesting theme and ties in nicely with the film's title. Sadly, it's not what the movie is about at all. the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Brad Pitt
Video Cast Info Cate Blanchett
Video Cast Info Gael Garcia Bernal
Video Cast Info Harriet Walter
Video Cast Info Michael Pena
Video Cast Info Mohamed Akhzam
Video Cast Info Peter Wight
Video Cast Info Trevor Martin
Video Cast Info Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Director
Video Cast Info Douglas Crise - Editor
Video Cast Info Guillermo Arriaga - Writer
Video Cast Info Gustavo Santaolalla - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Rika Nakanishi - Art Director
Video Cast Info Rodrigo Prieto - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Stephen Mirrione - Editor
Video Cast Info Steve Golin, et. al. - Producer


Winner (2007)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Babel, Best Motion Picture - Drama

Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Brad Pitt, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Best Director - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Adriana Barraza, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Rinko Kikuchi, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Winner (2006)
   Video Award Name Cannes Film Festival, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Best Director
   Video Award Name Cannes Film Festival, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
   Video Award Name Cannes Film Festival, Stephen Mirrione, Technical Grand Prize

Professional Reviews

Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a dizzying array of faces, languages and imagery that sears into your soul." 07/01/2006 p.54

Rolling Stone
"Inarritu and his superb cast use provocation and feeling to build something tentatively hopeful out of the rubble. This is a film to take to heart." 09/07/2006 p.122

New York Times
"BABEL is certainly an experience....The sheer reckless ardor of Mr. Gonzalez Inarritu's filmmaking -- the voracious close-ups, the sweeping landscape shots, the swiveling, hurtling camera movements -- suggests a virtually limitless confidence in the power of the medium..." 10/27/2006 p.E1

Entertainment Weekly
"BABEL looks beautiful, never more so than when BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures locals at ease among themselves." -- Grade: B- 11/03/2006 p.51

Rolling Stone
4 stars out of 4 -- "In the year's richest, most complex and ultimately most heartbreaking film, Inarritu invites us to get past the babble of modern civilization and start listening to each other." 11/02/2006 p.88

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Each piece in the puzzle unfolds at a thrilling velocity, events spiralling out of control in a whirlwind of rash judgements, linguistic barriers and sheer bad luck." 02/01/2007 p.40

Rolling Stone
Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[A]s the film builds to a shattering climax, you'll be in an emotional grip that won't let go." 12/28/2006 p.118

5 stars out of 5 -- "The stories gradually gather urgency, heat and pain....In a soundbite century, it stares tragedy in the eye, scrapes away the mindless babble." 02/01/2007 p.98

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"[H]ypnotic....We come away from this film consumed with a sense of sorrow over innocence betrayed and reminded of the double standard of justice in our polarized world." 11/01/2006 p.104

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "It's an intense experience, defined by a simmering sense of dread..." 03/01/2007 p.114

ReelViews 9 of 10
Babel is a masterwork from a director whose each effort re-enforces his international reputation. This movie is as mature and potent a piece of cinema as 21 Grams, and a worthy conclusion to Inarritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga's "trilogy." This is cathartic, thought-provoking, emotionally solid movie-making. It's the kind of cinema I hope to see whenever I sit down in a theater to view a drama. Whether viewed amidst a flood of pictures in the middle of a film festival or on its own in a local multiplex, Babel stands out from the crowd. Its complex (yet not mystifying) storytelling, forceful character development, and superb cinematography make this a candidate for one of 2006's best offerings. - James Berardinelli 9 of 10
Challenging, consistently surprising, and etched in heartfelt sorrow, Inarritu's third and reportedly final collaboration with screenwriter/novelist Guillermo Arriaga is a spellbinding and superbly acted nonlinear, multi-layered narrative that gradually reveals the mysterious connection linking strangers in Morocco, Tokyo, Southern California, and Mexico...Brilliantly shot by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (an Oscar nominee for Brokeback Mountain), Babel will likely bore and/or alienate viewers seeking a conventional narrative where everything falls neatly into place and situations are tidily resolved...The result is a richly nuanced, at times shattering film that brings Inarritu's "Death Trilogy" to a stunning close. - Tim Knight

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