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  • Actors: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Bobby Lee
  • Directors: Larry Charles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A688IZK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the creators of Borat comes the hilarious story of a North African dictator (Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat, Brüno, Da Ali G Show) who, on a visit to New York, is stripped of his power and forced to get a real job at a Brooklyn health food store.

Theatrical cut runtime: 80 mins approx.
Extended cut runtime: 95 mins approx.


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3.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MLA VINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
The Dictator is a 2012 comedy featuring Sacha Baron Cohen as an Arab tyrant brought low after being kidnapped while attending the UN General Assembly. The thin plot sees Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen blunder his way through various culture clashes as he learns about the world through employment at a vegan, feminist, non-profit cooperative. The plot is largely about the jokes rather than the story. At a superficial level this is easily dismissed as kind of silly but it is impressively even-handed in its dismantling of Arab fascism, big oil, and leftist anti-ism. More important that any of that, The Dictator is funny. Not exactly Borat funny but filled with great quips and lots of visual humour. Some of the humour is a little too low-brow but in the main it is another funny Sacha Baron Cohen outing to be entertained by.

Cohen's performance borrows heavily from Borat. The difference between Aladeen and Borat boils down to wit. Aladeen is just as bumbling and incompetent at times, especially when forced to work a mundane job. Unlike Borat, Aladeen is full of put-downs and retorts, spending most of the film berating or insulting someone. Amid our fearful, politically correct times, this kind of humour that insults all sides equally is most welcome.

The plot expands the wit by showing Aladeen to actually be much more effective when taking charge of the co-operative he works for. Aladeen is brutal and unpleasant. He gets the job done. The Dictator savagely skewers the utopian notion that we are all the same.

The unchecked power of dictatorship leads Aladeen into trouble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Marques Bessa on 30 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm a big Cohen fan. I really enjoy all his characters and all his movies. In my opinion he is the Charlie Chaplin of today. Yes, Chaplin was a genius and a better filmmaker, but Cohen is (for me) the only comedy actor that sends a deep and true message throw his jokes.

The extended cut is great and it's worth to see 15 more minutes of General Aladdin and his hilariuos adventures. You really get two movies for the price of one.

The cover is great, the sound and image are perfect and the extras add, even more, to thos great comedy.

I've already seen it a dozen times and i pretend to keep on watching these movie every time i need a good laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NatalieE on 5 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
the disc is in good condition and zoverstocks always sell their products at a great price. on the other hand, the film was fairly boring in many parts, I almost considered turning it off. the only reason I didn't is because the odd moment made me laugh. basically, the plot is terrible and doesn't grip you at all, infact it can be very confusing, but sacha does well playing his role.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
While The Dictator maintains it's satire with a rude & crude approach to it's humour, which won't be to everyone's tastes, it's very much more conventional as a movie than Sacha Baron Cohen's predecessors in Borat & Bruno. In that is very much more a structured movie with a traditional plot with a beginning , middle & ending, as opposed to the TV camera crew following a set of outrageous moments with random people.

The plot is quite simple, Sacha Baron Cohen plays the eccentric dictator of the North African nation of Wadiya, Aladeen. While his 2nd in command who should had been the next in line to the throne, Tamir (Ben Kingsley -Gandhi), plots to overthrow him. As his latest assassination attempt fails , Tamir decides to take Aladeen out of his comfort zone to America, to address the United Nations, and have him assassinated there, while Aladeen's double will make Wadiya a democracy on World T.V & profit from the oil rights himself. But things don't go quite to plan, as a de-bearded Aladeen runs amok in New York to great comical ends, in a life affirming experience as he meets & falls in love with the beautiful hairy boy child Zoey (Anna Faris -Scary Movie). Comedy & mayhem ensue as Aladeen runs into people with totally different beliefs to his own.

Overall i found The Dictator to be an hilarious movie with many comedy set pieces, i felt offended & shocked in places but i couldn't help but laugh, although some of the jokes fell flat, like the Wadiya meaning of positive & negative for example. On the flip side it was very clever & great satire on real life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iskariot on 23 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
I was expecting to see a plot where the dictator gets kicked out of office (which happened) and then there would be something where he tries to fight his way back through real-life situations - a lot like in Borat. No such luck. Everything (or almost everything) was scripted, which harmed the idea no end. In addition to that, it was boring: repeated jokes, "funny" situations as in the Pink Panther films... how low can you sink? Acting was good, almost everything else sucked. Crossing the limits doesn't work at all when everything is scripted - did you know that?

Note: I liked the idea of Borat, but even there the scripted parts didn't work too well toward the end. Still, it was way better than this one.
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