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, ... more »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.« less
S.D. S. (jamgypsy) from FROSTBURG, MD Reviewed on 10/28/2010...
As long as you realize this is a total spoof, you can appreciate the wacky humor in this film. DON'T try to take it seriously! And you should know that this version has some very tasteless nude slapstick comedy in it, so beware!
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Admin S. (SwapaDVDTeam) Reviewed on 4/6/2010...
The original version of this DVD looks like a burned copy. The disc is plain and the title is printed on the disc in what looks like handwriting with a Sharpie. Do not mark this DVD as 'Received with a Problem' for being burned until you have confirmed with the the Team or the sender that is not an original copy.
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An Extremely Un-PC Political Comedy--"Borat" Turns Itself In
K. Harris | Las Vegas, NV | 11/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I guess I am shocked at how divisive this film seems to be--it's apparently another in the camp of "love it" or "hate it." I was familiar with Sasha Baron Cohen and the Borat character from HBO's "Da Ali G Show". While I was amused by this reprehensible, yet surprisingly innocent "Kazahstanian," I was skeptical about a full fledged big screen treatment. Turning a comedy skit into a feature movie is a "iffy" proposition, at best. Take a look at almost every Saturday Night Live adaptation for corroboration. I'd have to say, then, that I was pleasantly surprised--Borat is a winner.
Part scripted, partly hidden camera improv, partly "Jackass" tomfoolery--you're never quite sure what is to be believed in "Borat". Some may feel that this limits the film's effectiveness as commentary, but I feel this enhances it's comedic appeal. For there is such unbridled outrageousness to be had in "Borat," it's hard not to be caught up in the spirit. I probably laughed more consistently within the framework of this spare 83 minute film than I have all year. Some of it is dumb humor, to be sure--some of it was shock value or disbelief.
But a large part of the humor comes from real life. By playing the moronic, offensive imbecile--Cohen, and thus Borat, expose a cavalier prejudice, hypocrisy, and/or intolerance that exists within American culture. Whether it's buying a gun to kill Jews, viewing women as sex objects to be violated, or supporting the genocide of our enemies--Borat always finds willing subjects to engage, people who in one way or another identify with these barbaric ideas.
It's tempting to dismiss Borat as offensive nonsense, I know many have already stated that opinion. It might also be tempting for others to embrace "Borat" as one of the more unapologetic and politically relevant films in quite some time. But I don't think it is attempting anything quite so significant--and that, in truth, may be it's greatest success. It walks the line unlike any other film in recent memory. It has elicited much love from fans and major critics and much hatred from it's detractors. This power to provoke such passion, such debate--be it feelings, emotions, thoughts, ideas--that is the film's crowning achievement. This crazy little film is not only one of the year's funniest films, it has also become one of the year's most talked about. Who can argue with that? KGHarris, 11/06.
DVD packaging.... INGENIOUS
Danna L. Gutman | Rockville, MD USA | 03/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, I haven't even played this DVD yet. I saw the film twice in the theaters, and I think enough has been said about it on here...
***May contain spoilers***
But let me say that when I got my Borat DVD in the mail today (how I love Amazon deliveries the day DVDs are available - and with super saver shipping no less) I was a little confused. I opened the package, and found a DVD covered by your usual sleeve promoting its highlights like any other you might buy in the US. Then, I eagerly slipped the plastic-covered DVD out of the sleeve, turned it over to read the back, started reading and wait... what? or rather, CHTO? because the entire DVD cover is in Russian.
Now, I read Russian. And I have purchased pirated DVDs for $2 at Moscow metro stations because that is pretty much what you do when you're in Russia. So the fact that I examined this DVD case for a good 5 minutes, opened it to find what looks like a DVD-R disc with "Borat" labeled in permanent marker and seriously considered the possibility that somehow a pirated DVD had been sent by Amazon... finally, of course, I realized that the whole thing was a joke. Possibly even funnier to me than any single joke in the film. The giveaway was the single slip of paper inside promoting more films you can buy from the US and A that are legal in kazakhstan...
Anyway. Now all I have to do is go to Russia and purchase an ACTUAL pirated version to compare!
The DVD should be purchased for the uncanny packaging alone, but I guess I have ruined the surprise..."
Surplus material makes for most glorious DVD
Flipper Campbell | Miami Florida | 03/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The "Borat" party continues on DVD, with cool-stupid menus and lots of howlers in the "Surplus Material" section (that's extra features to most of us). A 20-minute video about the Borat character's U.S. promo tour -- "Global Vistings and Television Shows for Purposes of Propaganda of Documentary" -- takes us to Cannes, with the infamous florescent thong incident that freaked out photo editors worldwide. From the Riviera, it's on to the talk-show circuit with appearances on Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno. Borat to Conan: "Your pubis, is it red? May I harvest it?" On Leno, Borat is ready for love as he mistakes Martha Stewart's bed-making demonstration for an invitation to sex. Stewart plays along, sort of.
There's also a mock late-night TV music ad, with Borat singing to kids about their miseries and then covering "Born to Be Wild" from the stupid van. In the "Censored Footages" section of 8 clips, check out Borat's visit to an incredulous doctor -- "That means you had sex with your sister? ... No high 5" -- and a "Baywatch" spoof, "Sexy Drown Watch," with plenty of flab on display -- and another thong.
It all adds up to a bonus half-hour with Borat, most of it as good as anything in the movie."
"We go to California..they have Texas there, and Pearl Harbo
Kenneth Shed | New Hampshire | 03/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Finally got to see one of the most talked about movies of the year. The widescreen edition is great and the special features are okay. Sacha Baron Cohen plays Borat, a native of Kazakstan and also a reporter from that country who comes to America in the hopes of learning something constructive to take back and apply to his own culture. What the film really does is show a hilarious, if often times disturbing and yet comical view of American culture through Borat's eyes. From his purchase of an "auto car" to falling in love with Pamela Anderson after watching an episode of Baywatch, it was fun to follow him through his journey from New York to California. Cohen is great because he makes the character he plays very believable. Whether it was the Rodeo, the Bear they bought for protection or the etiquette lessons, the film was highly entertaining. This kind of humor is not for everyone but I know people who would have found some of it to be a turn off still ended up laughing a lot. Borat holds nothing back and in the meantime explores everything from run down neighborhoods to evangelical church meetings. At times I laughed so hard my sides were about to burst!"
"if you chase a dream... especially one with plastic chests.
Renata Emther | Private | 03/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have not laughed this hard for years!!! I must give Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Ken Davitian a credit for having the guts to come up with such a project and complete it. They must have known what a whirlpool of criticism it would raise. Anyone who feels offended after watching this film either did not get it or strongly resembles some of the "Americans representing America" in the film. (In this connection, I burst into another fit of laughter while reading one of the preceding reviews here and the nine comments on it - some terrific comments, thank you!) Cohen's diction as Borat is flawless, his acting and lines simply hilarious! Ken Davitian (as his producer and traveling companion Azamat Bagatov) is entertaining and convincing as well. You've got to put any seriousness aside as soon as the protagonist introduces himself with a big smile, "My name is Borat. I like a-you. I like sex," then proceeds to introduce his little "Kazakh" town inhabitants from the local "mechanic & abortionist" to the "kindergarten" = kids with guns. When he arrives to the U.S, New Yorkers (true to their reputation) respond to his peculiarly warm behavior with a lot of F-words. Even the most polished-looking man in an expensive suit does not hesitate to say: "You kiss me, and I'll pop you in the f-----g balls!" The long (but never boring!) line of his encounters with unsuspecting Americans goes from there all the way to California. One has to admire how composed and patient some of these people are while being faced with Borat's bizarre and/or shocking statements and behavior (well, except perhaps for the Veteran Feminists of America). Cohen would have me laughing in no time, whether I'm on his true story or not. You can also see hypocrisy of others, and downright chilling responses from people like the GM salesman who's not sure how to explain the "pussy magnet" in a car, but gives Borat a precise estimate on how fast he must drive a Hummer into a crowd of gypsies to kill them. Or the man behind the gun shop counter who wastes no time finding the right gun "to defend (Borat) from a Jew," the Imperial Rodeo general manager with his "dadgum Muslim" advice, and the spectators at the Imperial Rodeo who keep clapping and cheering while Borat talks about "American terror of war." Are they actually listening to him or is the crowd mentality simply taking over? And what about the screaming and running preacher who looks more possessed than the people he claims to help? Or the drunk Fraternity Brothers from University of South Carolina who not only don't know the difference between Russia and Kazakhstan, but show what poor excuses for human beings they are while talking about girls. Losers either way. My favorite scene has got to be the one at the Magnolia Mansion. Whether it is the "retired/retard" word play, Borat's little surprise after using a bathroom or his unexpected dinner guest, the members of this dining society are exposed as the self-righteous, hypocratic, and patronizing people they are. Some scenes are close to revolting (e.g. Borat & Azamat's wrestling in a hotel room), but they are a crucial part of the film. I will not go into more details so I don't spoil the film for those amazon customers who have not seen it yet (if there are any), I'll just add that the music score is pretty awesome, too, and the Deleted Scenes on the DVD are also worth watching (I will never pass a cheese aisle in a supermarket without laughing again). To close with Borat's words, "I had learned that if you chase a dream... especially one with plastic chests..." - well, for those of you who haven't done so yet, better watch the film until the end to hear the rest of this true line, and (hopefully) comprehend the bright idea behind the whole film. Brave, smart, and absolutely hilarious!!!"