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BORAT

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 84 minutes, deleted scenes, global P.R. Tour, Music infomercial

STUDIO: 20th century Fox

RELEASE DATE: 3-6-2007

BORAT is one of those films that will shock you and make you laugh at the same time while offending others as BORAT plays out. Sacha Baron Cohen took his character Borat Sagdiyev (from Kazakhstan) on the road across the US and A with a film crew. The real folk thought this was part of some documentary, but Cohen used his naive and bigoted idiot Borat to expose the disturbing things people say and spins with humor. So Borat attends a Gay Pride Parade, has a black hooker show up at a Southern household, and causes people to boo him at the rodeo. Nude fighting with his producer in his hotel room is just funny and jaw dropping. However, Borat has a big goal of wedding (and having sexy time with) Pamela Anderson (after seeing her on Baywatch). Pam is in on the joke with the rest of us that watch this film. The documentary look adds to the charm of the comedy along with the fake piracy warning and the fake rating at the end of the credits. The menus and packaging make it look like a shoddy Russian bootleg (another joke). I wonder what type of DVD Reviewer Borat would be. His reviews would be funny to read indeed.

VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

Image detail is sharp and the transfer is good for this glorious film.

AUDIO: English 5.1, Spanish 2.0, French 2.0, Russian 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Just watch what happens if you select Hebrew for the audio option.

BONUS MATERIALS: Eight deleted scenes are included. Some are great (like the bank and fast food place scenes, Sexydrownwatch (a parody of Baywatch- Borat style), and being stopped by the police and secret service) while others are thankfully axed (the supermarket scene). Over 15 minutes of Global Propaganda Tour footage is shown (including Borat's appearances at the San Diego Comic Con and on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brian's show). The music infomercial is funny. Still I like seeing Martha Stewart getting a kick out of Borat on the tonight show. I hope the rest of the deleted scenes and footage from the aborted attempt at a BORAT film earlier are included on a two disc special edition (I sense the double dip that comes with gypsy tears).

FINAL ANALYSIS: BORAT is a great comedy that will shock and offend. It will depend on which kind of viewer you are. Will you be shocked and laugh or just plain offended by glorious Borat. Bring on the two disc SE.

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