REVIEW: THE DICTATOR
OVERVIEW: The brilliant Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) “establishes a claim to be the best comic filmmaker now working” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) as Third World ruler Admiral General Aladeen in the “outrageously funny” (Rafer Guzman, Newsday) comedy THE DICTATOR, reigning supreme in an all-new Banned* & Unrated version debuting August 21, 2012 on Blu-ray with a Digital Copy, DVD (both with UltraViolet ™), On Demand and for Digital Download from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The hysterical tale of an inept despot’s first trip to America, THE DICTATOR “starts at outrageous and rockets on from there” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) as the leader of Wadiya is stripped of power and suddenly forced to live his ultimate nightmare…the American dream. THE DICTATOR features an outstanding comedic ensemble including Anna Faris (Scary Movie), Ben Kingsley (Hugo), Jason Mantzoukas (“The League”), Chris Parnell (“30 Rock”), Bobby Lee (“MADtv”) and Jessica St. Clair (Bridesmaids).
“My film is funnier than equal rights for women, as gut-busting as a UN resolution and more hilarious than watching a student set himself on fire. Owning a copy of my glorious and award-winning** film will give you more pleasure than having Halle Berry rub almond oil into your buttocks while you stimulate her bint al-sahn with your mashloof…and it will cost you considerably less money,” said Admiral General Aladeen. “Although my film was subjected to the infamous authoritarian censorship of the West, thanks to Blu-ray and DVD you can finally see all the really naughty bits. I have your home address, so trust me, you WILL love it.”
SYNOPSIS: The heroic story of a North African dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
FILM REVIEW: “Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again, thank goodness because I really needed to overwrite the memories of Bruno with something better. I am a big fan of
Borat, even with all its outlandishness, but Bruno was just wrong. Sacha now brings us this new character, Aladeen the dictator, and he’s back to basics. Yes the movie is brimming with outlandishness as you’d expect. There is a good amount of shock humor, normal humor, stupid humor, slapstick, and it’s even corny at times too. The movie itself is not exactly great, but it’s not meant to be; it’s meant to be funny and it is there that it succeeds, if you don’t mind Sacha’s style of humor. He really pushes the envelope with this extreme humor. It’s what he does best. It’s crazy, it’s raunchy, and it’s fun. It should be no surprise that there is plenty of anti-Semitism and anti-anything for that matter. Sacha’s calling card is to be politically incorrect. I was in tears (from laughing hard) within the first few minutes of the film, and that is always a sign of a good comedy for me.
To keep the consistency of Sacha’s work on the big screen, we have the same Director for this film as for the other two Sacha Baron Cohen movies, Larry Charles. What sets this one apart is that the plot has more substance. There is actually more of a story here as opposed to just random acts of comedy blended together. Larry and Sacha are evolving and that’s nice to see. We still have an off-the-wall Sacha character but now he is surrounded by other characters with some depth which in turn gives the movie more depth. This is good. And yet, all in all, I think Borat was slightly better. I guess because it was first with the initial shock of what is the comedy of Sacha Baron Cohen. Now with his third movie there is less element of surprise, but it’s still pretty good and worth watching if you are looking for a solid laugh.
By Cine Marcos
The film is
presented in 1080P widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration
preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just
flawless. Not only the picture looks great in
this release, also the sound it is good, a English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Brazilian Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital
that provides a
good complement to the picture. It also includes
English, Spanish, French
and Portuguese subtitles.
2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 1080P Enhance for 16x9 TVs
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Brazilian Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description
English SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese
Unrated version in high definition
Theatrical version in high definition
Deleted and Extended Scenes
o Newsnight Interview
o Nuclear Diary
o Deathbed Flashback
o Assemble the Generals
o Meet Clayton
o Aladeen Steals Food
o Computer Store
o Death to Aladeen Restaurant
o Manhattan Zoo
o Funeral Parlor
o A Gift for Zoey
o The Birthing
o The Rooftop
o A Final Word
Larry King Interview
Music Video: Best Love Song “Your Money’s On The Dresser”
Theatrical version in standard definition
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