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The media throws up unlikely heroes, men or women that touch us, those that triumph in the face of hardship and adversity, those that strike a resonant note in these beleaguered times. And the last 3 months has given us one such man, a warrior of unshakeable belief, a titan amongst publicists, a hero for the modern media age. The undisputed heavyweight champion of PR, the Sultan of Spin, ladies and gentlemen we bring you the Iraqi information minister. Baghdad Broadcasting Corporation is proud to present Comical Ali: The Very Best of The Iraqi Information Minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf. Youve been missing him like crazy, but wipe away those tears because Baghdad Broadcasting Corporation have brought back the Iraqi Information Minister and this time you get to keep his unique brand of humour for ever on DVD. The world stands united in admiration for him, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf a legend of the modern media age. And now you too can own the uncensored, blow by blow very greatest hits. Not only do you get to own a piece of history, but you also get to laugh your ass off.
Wisely and appropriately, this low-budget documentary restrains itself from overplaying the comedy element here, even if the cover artwork makes you fear otherwise. Rather, it offers a potted history of the War, thumbnail profiles of "Comical Ali" and his boss Saddam Hussein and earnestly ponders whether Al-Sahaf only embarked on his lurid stream of blatant whoppers because he was under orders to do so? (Well, there's a thought...). Copious and highly entertaining footage of Al-Sahaf enables you to arrive at your own theory as to whether he was bad, mad or sad, or all three. --David Stubbs