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3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000A08JQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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WARNING THIS VIDEO MAY RESULT IN SHOCK AND AWE!

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. You’ve 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.

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Comical Ali is a dry tribute to the thus-nicknamed former Iraqi Minister for Information, Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf, whose bravura performances at press conferences throughout the brief Iraq War of 2003 turned him into a global icon, celebrated on numerous Web sites and even showered with tongue-in-cheek praise by President Bush himself. His colourful denunciations of the "villains" and "mercenaries" whom he insisted were being "crushed" by the glorious Republican Guard at every turn only increased in their volume and insistence when TV footage of American troops occupying Saddam Airport plainly proved that he was talking nonsense. And, as a dry smile played about the Minister's lips, you wondered if he himself realised he was talking nonsense and was having fun with it--or was he a Saddam loyalist in pathological denial?

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


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