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Borat (2006) - Golden Globe Winner® & Oscar® Nominee!

Director: Larry Charles     Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204025863
UPC: 024543419693
UPC 14: 00024543419693
Category Keywords: Satire  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Sacha Baron Cohen brings his Kazakh journalist character Borat Sagdiyev to the big screen for the first time. Leaving his native Kazakhstan, Borat travels to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences. His backwards behavior generates strong reactions around him exposing prejudices and hypocrisies in American culture.

"...a perfect combination of slapstick and satire, a Platonic ideal of high-and lowbrow...  Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Absurd, outrageous, gross, disturbing, insightful, and so funny it'll burst half the blood vessels in your face.  Dan Jolin, Empire
"...twice as many laughs as all of this year's other movie comedies combined...  Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"...isn't just one of the funniest movies of the year, it might be one of the funniest movies of all time.  Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat. High-five!  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
Sacha Baron Cohen brings his Borat character to the big screen with this feature length adaptation of his American exploits. Fans of DA ALI G SHOW will already be familiar with the devilishly simple Borat formula, in which the heavily mustachioed TV host from Kazakhstan dupes a number of unwitting citizens into revealing their deepest prejudices, and this movie takes that premise, stirs in a little narrative structure, and serves a side-splitting 84-minute mirth-fest. The action begins with Borat traveling to America alongside his producer Azamat Bagatov (Ken Davitian). After a hotel room viewing of BAYWATCH Borat decides he must travel to California to woo Pamela Anderson, so he and the long-suffering Azamat take a cross-country road trip in an ice cream van, encountering some funny, disturbing, and deeply strange individuals along the way.

SEINFELD producer Larry Charles lends his directing talents to BORAT, and he gets the balance between the loosely threaded plot and Borat's encounters with real Americans exactly right. At times the movie threatens to topple over into glorious anarchy, with each situation escalating to ridiculous (and ridiculously funny) extremes, but Charles knows exactly when to put the brakes on and progress to Borat's next encounter--although the police are called at the tail-end of one memorable sequence. Keen-eyed viewers will notice some repetition from the TV show, with Borat once again going to a rodeo and again taking etiquette lessons, but it's almost as if Cohen treats each of these set-pieces as a comedic "bit" he is working on, gradually adding further delirium every time he goes back for another shot. Sometimes it's difficult to tell who, if any, of BORAT's participants are actors, but it matters little when the material is this gut-wrenchingly funny, and it's testament to Cohen's talents that he's managed to take a marginal supporting character from his TV show and turned him into a genuine cultural phenomenon.

Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/6/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 86 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2241969
Video UPC UPC: 00024543419693
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Borat - DVD
By: Chris Cabin filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/23/2007 6:47 PM
Kazakhstan has a pretty sunny disposition for what is, ostensibly, a hellhole. In the middle of this dirt patch between Russia and China lies, a man toils to make his life better. He makes his living as a television reporter for Kazakhstan TV and his sister is the fourth most popular prostitute in the country. His name is Borat Sagdiyev, he has a moustache reserved for used car dealers, and he's just landed on American shores....read the full review
Expert Review Borat - DVD
By: Matt Paprocki Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/9/2007 9:47 AM
Nearly every segment works as Sacha Baron Cohen’s character travels the country in search of Pamela Anderson, all while filming a “documentary” about America for his impossible to spell country, Kazakhstan. He meets all kinds of Americans: those who threaten him, those who enjoy his company, and a few who arrest him....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Ken Davitian
Video Cast Info Sacha Baron Cohen
Video Cast Info Alan Keyes - Featuring
Video Cast Info Anthony Hardwick - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Bob Barr - Featuring
Video Cast Info Bobby Rowe - Featuring
Video Cast Info Craig Alpert, et. al. - Editor
Video Cast Info David Maturana - Art Director
Video Cast Info Erran Baron Cohen - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jay Roach - Producer
Video Cast Info Larry Charles - Director
Video Cast Info Luenell - Featuring
Video Cast Info Luke Geissbuhler - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mariam Behar - Featuring
Video Cast Info Monica Levinson - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Pamela Anderson - Featuring
Video Cast Info Sacha Baron Cohen, et. al. - Writer

Awards


Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Borat, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"The satire is scaldingly funny and shockingly on target." 09/07/2006 p.122

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] specimen of satirical brilliance so fearless and liberatingly offensive that it ought to be included in every high school syllabus pertaining to (a) multicultural sensitivity and (b) the craft of socially relevant comedy." 09/29/2006 p.56

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Baron Cohen] has never been one for mere pranks or easy giggles -- his comedy here, as ever, being textured, intelligent and deeply political." 12/01/2006 p.38

Box Office
"Suggesting some of the maniacal skill of Peter Sellers, Cohen so deeply inhabits the character of Borat that all traces of the actor disappear." 11/01/2006 p.98

Rolling Stone
4 stars out of 4 -- "BORAT will make you laugh till it hurts, and you'll still beg for more...Cohen makes prime slapstick out of all the silliness..." 11/20/2006 p.134

Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he effect is to leave an audience convulsed, and unsettled, with laughter....A kind of slapstick, psycho-political JACKASS..." -- Grade: A- 11/10/2006 p.54

New York Times
"The brilliance of BORAT is that its comedy is as pitiless as its social satire, and as brainy." 11/03/2006 p.E17

Rolling Stone
Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006." 12/28/2006 p.118

Entertainment Weekly
Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "BORAT is nothing less than brilliant avant-garde political art..." 12/29/2006 102

Film Comment
Ranked #6 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." 01/01/2007 p.36

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "[Cohen] has the brilliant knack of immersing himself in a persona and manipulating those around him without appearing malicious." 05/01/2007 p.93

ReelViews 8 of 10
Overwhelmingly positive word of mouth can be a double-edged sword for a filmmaker. Although effusive praise builds anticipation, it can also elevate expectations to levels that cannot possibly be met. This is why some viewers who see a movie after it has won a Best Picture Oscar emerge disappointed. It also explains why some late-comers to Borat may find it to be less hilarious than expected. Don't misunderstand: Borat is a funny movie, and well worth the price of admission regardless of whether your comedy tastes run to low-brow, scatological humor or more subtle politically tinged satire. However, it's hard for any movie to live up to the hype when it's being billed as "the funniest of all-time." - James Berardinelli

Reel.com 9 of 10
Make no mistake, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is the funniest comedy of the year. This offshoot of Sacha Baron Cohen's Da Ali G Show is also the most outrageous. The English comic, in the guise of naive Kazak journalist Borat Sagdiyev ("I second most successful in all Kazakhstan"), offers a master class in the politically incorrect as Borat arrives in the United States with preconceptions that are sexist, racist, and anti-Semitic. But as Borat tours a United States that he finds completely perplexing, there is more at work than mere comedy or satire in this astute look at the U.S. as seen through the eyes of a stranger. - Pam Grady

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Cohen,Sacha Baron
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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