Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan

DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Tony Sullivan

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This is a review of the Region 1 DVD - although the extras seem to be the same on both sides of the Atlantic.

Considering the intended guerrilla film-making involved here the picture is fine, as for the audio, sound is not the film's major concern, but every excruciating line of dialogue is rendered audible.

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The extra features here are, one supposes merely intended to whet your appetite for the two-disc set that will undoubtedly follow.

The deleted scenes demonstrate mostly why they were deleted, but that doesn't stop them from being funny and in astoundingly bad taste. The Censored Footages are:

Dog Pound (1:45) Borat attempting to get a pet that will attack Jews.

Massagings (2:33) Ribaldry ensues as Borat is treated to a full body massage.

Supermarket (4:00) An extended sojourn in a supermarket that quickly wears out its welcome.

Doctor (3:10) Borat encounters the local GP.

Policings (3:00) Borat encounters the local constabulary, who manage not to shoot him at least.

Rodeo Reportings (1:56) The local news station reports on a Borat disturbance at the rodeo.

More Footages (6:00) Borat serves burgers... Borat visits a plastic surgeon. Borat visits a psychic. Borat visits the tattoo parlour. Borat tries to get a loan (what was he thinking?). Borat joins a civil war re-enactment.

Sexydrownwatch Borat makes his own version of Baywatch (complete with a cameo from Alexandra Paul).

There then follows a section entitled Propoganda, featuring:

Global Propaganda Tour (16:30) The Global Propaganda Tour featurette contains funny clips from late night chat show appearances with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. Borat's very funny introduction to Saturday Night Live and his impromptu performance when the film broke down at the Toronto Film Festival.

Musics Infomercial (1:00) Cute Soviet/70s/K-Tel/Borat plug for the soundtrack

Go to the Make Language Select option and choose Hebrew for another amusing diversion. Probably the best supplement is the box art itself. The outer shell is in English, but the inner DVD wrapper is in Borat's tongue, and printed in such a manner as to suggest the best that 80s soviet technology could muster. Likewise the actual DVD is made to look like a cheap DVD-R copy, this in itself made me laugh.

Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2007
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A fake documentary about a Kazakhstani TV reporter on a cultural mission to America.
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Product Code: 2998301000

Region: 1

Ratio: 16.9 widescreen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Bonus footage, trailers, deleted scenes, other documentaries (Kazakh Police Warning Video, Sexydrownwatch, Rodeo News Report, Borat Promotional Tour for Make Benefit Movie Film, Soundtrack Infomercial featuring Borat


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