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Babylon DVD reviewed


Not strictly mod, but a movie that’s certain to be of interest is the reissue of cult Brit flick Babylon. Indeed, this 1980 movie was co-written by Martin Stellman (who penned the Quadrophenia movie around the same time) and also stars Trevor Laird (Ferdy), with the tale of youth alienation not a million miles from the Quad movie.

But it’s a great movie in its own right – set in the pre-riot streets of Brixton, it’s the tale of Blue, who fronts the Ital Lion sound system, gearing up for a battle with the rival Shaka crew. But Blue’s life is falling apart – he loses his job, suspects his girlfriend is cheating and he’s on the receiving end of a beating by plain-clothes coppers. When the sound system gear is trashed by racists, he takes the law into his own hands.

If you want a full review of the DVD, check out Cinedelica, which has it covered in infinite detail. The movie is out to buy from Monday October 13th, complete with full digital restoration, commentary by the cast and crew, as well as a Q&A from a recent BFI showing.

Read the Babylon DVD review at Cinedelica

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