Fire in Babylon [Blu-ray]
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Riley has assembled all of the prominent names that you might expect to look back on a certain era (most of the footage deals with the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties). It documents that the early team notoriety was as entertainers with no particular talent for the sport and notes that the turning point was when they were decimated by the fast bowl pitches of the Australians. Employing many of the same techniques, the West Indians created a better and more formidable team with four of these notorious fast bowlers. As their reputation grew (both for talent and brutality), they ascended to the heights of cricket.Read more ›
Fire in Babylon features lots of video from the team's rise to cricket power, often with the original sports announcing. It also provides quotes from the players and team captains who fueled the West Indies victories. However, this isn't a sports documentary--not exactly, at least. What Riley sets out to do isn't to show a team working hard to become champions. Instead, he wants to show what happens when they do.
The nations of the West Indies had only recently achieved independence, often with violent clashes. They were also islands, with little common ground. "Could we beat our former masters at the game they created?" one player asks; the answer was yes, demonstrated in a 1985 test match against England. The rise of the cricket team brought unity to the region and encouraged the islands' emerging culture, a message hit home by Bunny Wailer of Bob Marley and the Wailers, who offers frequent commentary. Eventually, the team was a symbol of black power in Africa as well.
The picture quality is highly variable; some of those old cricket videos are full of scratches and spots.Read more ›
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Excellent story of how sports and humanity can change the perception of the world. These athletes (Criketers) from the West Indies did what every sport team should do to bring... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This documentary traces the accendacy of West Indies Cricket in the late 70s and 80s and half way through the 90ss. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David D . Cutting
A wonderful documentary of a minority and disenfranchised people and their struggle to overcome. Inspiring. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Devon J Superville
Love this documentary about the once great West Indies cricket team. I'm a Windies fan :)Published 5 months ago by Sunil D.
Great documentary movie. One of only a few I have viewed more than once. Have recommended to many friends who have also bought copies for their collections.Published 6 months ago by Wayne W.