- 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
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- ASIN: B000IOM9W0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,587 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan  [DVD]
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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.
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 Danas 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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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. And, as I said at the beginning, if you have no idea what to expect from this film, don’t watch it. You need to know what you’re letting yourself in for before you spend an hour and a half in the company of Borat. Also, if you enjoyed this so much that you bought it on DVD, it’s worth noting that a lot of extra funny scenes were cut from the theatrical release and can be found on the ‘extras’ menu – don’t take the DVD out of the machine without checking those babies out!
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