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Bruno (2009)

Director: Larry Charles     Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 212236409
UPC: 025195017107
UPC 14: 00025195017107
Category Keywords: Gays  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Borat was so 2006!
As bruno travels the world in search of fame, no one - whether they are celebrities, politicians or even terrorists - will be spared from his signature sense of style and his wickedly off-kilter manner!

"This is satire at its most confrontational and incisive.  Jason Buchanan, TV Guide
"[Sascha Baron Cohen] retained the power to shock, offend, provoke, unsettle, and most importantly, entertain a jaded, desensitized public.  Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club
"Sascha Baron Cohen is the pure, untamed id of movie comedy.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine

Editor's Note
After BORAT took over America in 2006, another Sacha Baron Cohen creation arrives on the big screen. In BRUNO, the gay Austrian model of the title brings his antics to the States.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/22/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 82 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00025195017107
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Brüno - DVD Review
By: Blake Matthews Reviews
Published on: 11/18/2009 8:31 AM
Following the hit Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen returns with a third character from Da Ali G Show – Brüno. Brüno is a gay Austrian fashion reporter who is fired after disrupting a Milan Fashion week catwalk. His lover then leaves him for another man, and Brüno decides to come to America to become a superstar. He tries unsuccessfully to become an actor and creates an over-the-top talk show, which the focus group hates. During the film he attempts to interview Harrison Ford, who is nastier than has ever been seen before, but he succeeds in interviewing Paula Abdul and other celebrities, as well as various senators. He also tries to make his name as a peace negotiator for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with less than spectacular the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Sacha Baron Cohen
Video Cast Info Sacha Baron Cohen - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Anthony Hines - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Dan Mazer - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jeff Schaffer - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Sacha Baron Cohen - Story
Video Cast Info Peter Baynham - Story
Video Cast Info Anthony Hines - Story
Video Cast Info Dan Mazer - Story
Video Cast Info Sacha Baron Cohen - Producer
Video Cast Info Jay Roach - Producer
Video Cast Info Dan Mazer - Producer
Video Cast Info Monica Levinson - Producer
Video Cast Info Anthony Hines - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jon Poll - Co-Producer
Video Cast Info Jason Alper - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Jonah Hill - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Jeff Schaffer - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Todd Schulman - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Dale Stern - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Anthony Hardwick - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Wolfgang Held - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Erran Baron Cohen - Composer
Video Cast Info Larry Charles - Director

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Baron Cohen is the pure, untamed id of movie comedy....The hilarity is stratospherically hilarious, producing gags that pull you up short." 07/09/2009

Box Office
3 stars out of 5 -- "It's gross, offensive and puerile in equal measure -- but it is impossible not to laugh while you wince and recoil." 06/26/2009

"Undeniably funny, outrageous and boundary-pushing...further documentation of Sacha Baron Cohen's sheer nerve..." 06/26/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] no-holds-barred comedy....Here is a film that is 82 minutes long and doesn't contain 30 boring seconds." 07/09/2009

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "BRUNO is funny, filthy and lands a few sharp punches....The writing is tight..." 07/06/2009

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] crazier, funnier, and even pricklier pincushion of a movie than BORAT....BRUNO ends on a note of scandalously funny out-and-proud triumph..." -- Grade: A- 07/17/2009

Los Angeles Times
"Like a wayward love child of Lenny Bruce and the Three Stooges, Bruno is an idiot savant of penetration -- breaking through borders, boundaries and anything that resembles good taste on his way to whipping up as much cultural anarchy as he can." 07/09/2009

USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he shock factor is undeniable....You'll cringe and watch through splayed fingers, but mostly you'll laugh." 07/10/2009

A.V. Club
"BRUNO brings an exhilarating element of danger back to comedy....[Cohen's] retained the power to shock, offend, provoke, unsettle, and most importantly, entertain a jaded, desensitized public." 07/09/2009

Wall Street Journal
"It's an exercise in offensiveness, an exploration of over-the-topness and a gleeful working of both sides of the street, with sporadic frolics in the gutter." 07/10/2009

"[Q]uite funny....A succession of skits, gags, episodes and stunts..." 07/09/2009

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "There are a ton of laughs....Cohen puts himself in ridiculous and sometimes life-threatening situations without breaking character..." 11/16/2009

4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's definitely the squirm-inducing moments when he scores." 07/24/2009

ReelViews 7 of 10
Bruno allows Sacha Baron Cohen to bring another member of his rogues' gallery of misfits to the big screen. This is a worthy successor to Borat and employs the similar tactic of exploiting the stupidity, ignorance, and prejudice of Americans as a form of satire and social commentary. This time around, however, the formula is a little more mean-sprited than last time, and some moments of discomfort within Bruno result from a sense that the filmmakers are not playing fair. The spontaneity of Borat is largely absent and, although some sequences are undoubtedly unrehearsed, there are indications that some were staged. The difficulty in telling one from the other speaks to the craft used to assemble the production, but it also robs Bruno of a key element - the belief that Baron Cohen is using "real" Americans to illustrate his points. The "reality" embraced by Bruno is no less artificial than the one embraced by many so-called "reality" television shows. When it comes to making viewers laugh, however, Bruno hits a home run - provided the viewer is not easily offended. For Baron Cohen, there are no sacred cows and he sets out to shock those who profess to be "unshockable."...Ultimately, Bruno does what it sets out to do: provide social commentary through the most violent of guerilla tactics, camouflaged by waves of laughter at highly "inappropriate" comedy. Those who have seen Bruno's segments on The Ali G. Show and who have experienced Borat will not be overly surprised by where this movie goes, but the demographic is limited. There are those who will praise this as brilliant filmmaking (Baron Cohen is ably assisted by Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry Charles, who also directed Borat) and others who will demonize it as hateful, pornographic excess. Some, in fact, will use the latter reaction to justify the former. For my part, I was glad to find a movie that pulled no punches in its quest to generate laughter. For those of a non-Puritanical mindset, it's hard to deny that Bruno succeeds in being both outrageous and outrageously funny, and it's hard to damn a comedy, regardless of its faults, for those qualities. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Bruno is a no-holds-barred comedy permitting several holds I had not dreamed of. The needle on my internal Laugh Meter went haywire, bouncing among hilarity, appreciation, shock, admiration, disgust, disbelief and appalled incredulity. Here is a film that is 82 minutes long and doesn't contain 30 boring seconds. There should be a brief segment at the next Spirit Awards with John Waters conferring the Knighthood of Bad Taste to Sacha Baron Cohen. If he decides to tap Cohen on each shoulder with his sword, I want to have my eyes closed...To describe Cohen's character Bruno as flamboyantly gay would be an understatement. He makes Bruce Vilanch seem like Mike Ditka. Bruno is disgraced in his native Austria when he wears a Velcro suit to Fashion Week and sticks to backdrops, curtains and models. It's slapstick worthy of Jerry Lewis. Then he flies to Los Angeles with Lutz (Gustaf Hammarsten), his loyal worshipper, vowing to become a celebrity...As in his 2006 hit Borat, Cohen places his character into situations involving targets who may not be in on the joke, and have never heard of Bruno or, for that matter, Sacha Baron Cohen. Some of the situations may be set up with actors, but most are manifestly the real thing. I include an interview in which Bruno lures Rep. Ron Paul into a hotel room, his appearance on a Dallas TV morning show, the screening of a TV pilot before a focus group, counseling with two Alabama ministers dedicated to "curing" homosexuals and a gay wrestling match before a crowd that is dangerously real...The movie is directed by Larry Charles, who in Borat, Bill Maher's Religulous and his TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm has specialized in public embarrassment. Come to think of it, this may explain his outstandingly awful feature film debut, the Bob Dylan vehicle Masked and Anonymous (2003). In that one, stars like Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Angela Bassett, John Goodman, Val Kilmer and Luke Wilson appeared as straight men while Dylan as Jack Fate occasionally deigned to utter brief and enigmatic proverbs. Maybe they were told, ha-ha, they were going to appear in a real movie. - Roger Ebert

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