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Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan [2006] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Pamela Anderson
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, PAL, Dolby, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IOM9W0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,828 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Feature mockumentary starring Sacha Baron Cohen that brings one of the 'Da Ali G Show' star's most popular characters to life on the big screen. Borat Sagdiyev (Cohen) is a leading journalist from Kazakhstan's state-run television network. He is sent to the United States to report on all aspects of American life. However, after stumbling across an episode of 'Baywatch' while channel-surfing in his hotel room, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying the show's star, Pamela Anderson. He purchases a ramshackle ice-cream truck in which he and his faithful producer Azamat (Ken Davitan) make their way across the Great Plains and on to the sunny West Coast - all the while coming into contact with a wide variety of 'typical' Americans.

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It takes a certain kind of comic genius to create a character who is, to quote the classic Sondheim lyric, appealing and appalling. But be forewarned: Borat is not "something for everyone." It arrives as advertised as one of the most outrageous, most offensive, and funniest films in years. Kazakhstan journalist Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen reprising the popular character from his Da Ali G Show, leaves his humble village to come to "U.S. of A" to film a documentary. After catching an episode of Baywatch in his New York hotel room, he impulsively scuttles his plans and, accompanied by his fat, hirsute producer (Hardy to his Laurel), proceeds to California to pursue the object of his obsession, Pamela Anderson. Borat is not about how he finds America; it's about how America finds him in a series of increasingly cringe-worthy scenes. Borat, with his '70s mustache, well-worn grey suit, and outrageously backwards attitudes (especially where Jews are concerned) interacts with a cross-section of the populace, catching them, a la Alan Funt on Candid Camera, in the act of being themselves.

Early on, an unwitting humour coach advises Borat about various types of jokes. Borat asks if his brother's retardation is a ripe subject for comedy. The coach patiently replies, "That would not be funny in America." NOT! Borat is subversively, bracingly funny. When it comes to exploring uncharted territory of what is and is not appropriate or politically correct, Borat knows no boundaries, as when he brings a fancy dinner with the southern gentry to a halt after returning from the bathroom with a bag of his feces ("The cultural differences are vast," his hostess graciously/patronisingly offers), or turns cheers to boos at a rodeo when he calls for bloodlust against the Iraqis and mangles "The Star Spangled Banner."

Success, John F. Kennedy once said, has a thousand fathers. A paternity test on Borat might reveal traces of Bill Dana’s Jose Jimenez, Andy Kaufman, Michael Moore, The Jamie Kennedy Xperiment, and Jackass. Some scenes seem to have been staged (a game Anderson, whom Borat confronts at a book signing, was reportedly in on the setup), but others, as the growing litany of lawsuits attests, were not. All too real is Borat's encounter with loutish Southern frat boys who reveal their sexism and racism, and the disturbing moment when he asks a gun store owner what gun he would recommend to "kill a Jew" (a Glock automatic is the matter-of-fact reply). Comedy is not pretty, and in Borat it can get downright ugly, as when Borat and his producer get jiggly with it during a nude fight that spills out from their hotel room into the hallway, elevator, lobby and finally, a mortgage brokers association banquet. High-five! --Donald Liebenson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 July 2014
Format: DVD
If you’re wondering whether to watch ‘Borat’ or not, you probably need to ask yourself how do you feel about its star – the man behind the moustache, aka Sacha Baron Cohen himself. If you don’t know who he is by now, or have never heard about him, I strongly advice you look him up on the internet (there must be numerous clips of his work on Youtube for example) and, if you like what he does, then Borat will be a treat for you.

Sacha Baron Cohen is an English comedian/actor who specialises in sending up his (unsuspecting) victims by portraying outrageous characters in their vicinity and secretly filming their reactions. Here, he plays a fictional journalist, Borat, from Kazakhstan who travels to America to do a documentary on American culture.

However, if you’re thinking that the whole film will be nothing more than ‘hidden camera antics,’ then you’ll be wrong. The ‘story’ is heavily scripted around the ‘set pieces’ which make up the footage that is filmed without the knowledge of the public. It’s most likely best to view the film as half scripted, half hidden camera and completely outrageous.

It is offensive. Although it’s hard to say exactly who to. Much of the debates surrounding the film centres on who should be offended more. Some say that it portrays people from Kazakhstan poorly while others say it’s ‘anti-American’ and, in places, anti-Semitic. I think it just mocks the world we live in and nicely points out that no one should be beyond parody.

Don’t expect a beautifully-created storyline with well-developed characters and clever story arcs, just enjoy seeing pretty much everyone sent up, as they are repeatedly amazed and appalled by the antic of the man with the moustache.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By T. Charles on 12 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
Sacha Borat aka Borat, the charmingly offensive, Kazakhstan reporter has written and appeared in a hilarious anti-PC film that tramples over every cringing, PC attitude, where previously, 'decent' folk once feared to tread. His exploits in seeking to introduce America for the benefit of Kazakhstan TV have deeply upset Kazakhstani politicians and tourism officials alike. (Did Kazakhstan have a tourist industry before this film?)

But the joke is really on America and Americans and the way that they respond to Borat provides the humour of the film. Their endemic racism, homophobic and their tendency to take things literally and their inability to send themselves up produce some very funny episodes.

Aided by the memorably named Azamat Bogatov, 'Borat' does pander to the lowest common denominator, but somehow he gets away with each outrageous scene and stunt. How he managed to avoid arrest is open to speculation. From watching the film again, it is conceivable that more of the stunts were staged than initally seemed possible. The extras to promote the movie, which are included in the DVD package are worth viewing, as are the deleted scenes. Sacha Baron Cohen's appearances to promote the movie, (chat shows in the US and openings in cities around the world) were conducted in character. Indeed, such is his total immersion in the character that he reminds me of the late, great, Peter Sellers, who was similarly transformed by the characters he inhabited, often to the point that he couldn't step back out of character.

How Cohen plans to follow up this triumph will be eagerly awaited. Nothing else he has tried has worked as well as Borat. The Bruno character is more the stuff of short sketch than full-length feature film. In the meantime, savour the outrageousness of this DVD. Highly recommended.

All stand for the Kazakhstan National Anthem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eye Can on 19 July 2007
Format: DVD
After all the anticipation and hype I was expecting something fuller than this. The comedy starting off so well seemed to dry up for extended chunks of time
Dare I say it BECAME boring asthe character starting off so promising struggled to fill out the script . Snippets of film and story lines brilliant I wish they could have developed more and cut out some of the padded out scenes
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Sands VINE VOICE on 16 April 2007
Format: DVD
If you don't know what this is about by now, then you must have spent the last 6 months in solitary. Put simply, if you like Sacha Baron Cohen's work, taking the mick out of Americans, and naked men wrestling, then this is for you. If you don't like either of the above, then I'm thinking maybe this isn't for you.

It's funny to keep reminding myself whilst watching this that most of it is real. The best part of it is the whole Borat concept itself, and how totally oblivious/ignorant and un-pc he is. On top of that, the reactions of some of the people he meets are just as bad, but they're real, he's not.

I think this is a very funny/cringe-worthy film and I enjoyed it, but don't let your friends spoil the film for you! That happened to me and it kind of spoilt some of the jokes.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bando Massiv on 9 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
Best movie-film ever. I would like to purchase this movie-film. Everybody must buy it. I could not stop laughing when I saw this movie-film. I saw it in November when it came out and I'm still quoting lines from it and watching clips of it on YouTube. It's amazing how Sacha Baron Cohen pulled this act off. I would really love to own an ice cream truck and have a pet bear, just like Azamat and Borat in the film. This film has made me want to visit Kazakhstan.
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