Blu-rays for the Weekend – best of Sacha Baron Cohen

This weekend, Grimsby, the latest comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in cinemas across the UK. Mark Strong plays Agent Sebastian Grimsby, the world’s greatest spy, who uncovers a plot that puts the world in danger. In a strange turn of events, it transpires that the only person who can help him is his estranged brother, Nobby, a football hooligan with nine children.

To get you in the mood, we’re looking back at Cohen’s best work available on Blu-ray:


Borat is a character who featured frequently in Cohen’s Da Ali G show, so it was only a matter of time before he got an outing on his own.

As Kazakhstan’s star TV presenter, Borat is sent to the USA by his government to learn more about their way of life. Of course, Borat’s lack of social skills and inappropriate behaviour doesn’t go unnoticed by his new western friends, and he’s soon off on a hilarious collision course across America.

Borat comes with a number of special features, including 25 minutes of never-before-seen extra footage, Borat’s world tour promoting the film, and a look at the film’s music.


Another of Cohen’s creations, the flamboyant Brüno Gehard was a regular on Da Ali G Show, before it was announced that he would have his own feature length mockumentary.

Brüno follows the flamboyant journalist as he is fired from his television show, Funkyzeit mit Brüno, for disrupting Milan Fashion Week. After his dismissal, he goes it alone in the US as he attempts to be Austria’s biggest celebrity.

The Blu-ray comes with bundles of extras, including over forty minutes of deleted scenes, 23 minutes of extended scenes, and commentary with Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles.

dicatatorThe Dictator

Proving that Cohen doesn’t need to rely on his old characters to make you laugh, The Dictator is an entirely separate film with a brand new character, Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen.

Aladeen is a childish, sexist and anti-western dictator, who rules over the fictional Republic of Wadiya. When he is kidnapped during a visit to New York, it soon becomes clear he has been betrayed by his uncle, Tamir. Stranded in the US, Aladeen must learn an unfamiliar way of life with laugh-a-minute consequences.

Special features include half an hour of deleted and extended scenes, a music video starring Aladeen and an interview with Larry King.

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