BrŁno (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy
Universal || R - 82 minutes - $29.98 || November 17, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-11-08


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Larry Charles
Writer(s): Sacha Baron Cohen (characters); Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Dan Mazer (story), Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Mazer & Jeff Schaffer (screenplay)
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen


Theatrical Release Date: July 10, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Interview
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DVS Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Bruno is the story of Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his adventures to become famous in America. He was once a famous person in Australia, and dating some big superstar there named Diesel (Clifford Banagale). Then after a fashion shoot gone wrong, where Bruno wears an all Velcro suit, he is adamantly thrown out of the fashion and paparazzi filled world and put back on the streets. Diesel breaks up with him in a mall, so Bruno now newly single heads off to America with Lutz (Gustaf Hammarsten) to become popular in the states and take over the world.

So what sort of antics does he precede to do? Well, he has multiple ideas. First he goes to an agent to try and find him some work, but he fails at that by overacting his lines. Then when he does get a part his agent flies off the handle because at the time of the call Bruno is getting, well, something taken care of. Itís too stupid to even bother telling you, and itís not funny in the slightest. This movie tries to make the running gag of trying to use as many gay jokes as possible, oh yeah Brunoís gay in case you didnít see the massive amounts of previews for this garbage of a flick, and repeat the same jokes over and over again.

Bruno decides to then make a show and pitch it to a network where he interviews celebrities. His first victim? American Idolís Paula Abdul, who in her own mind is insane for even partaking in this movie. She meets Bruno at a residency where there isnít any furniture, so Bruno asks the helpers there to be furniture so they can sit on them. Yeah, itís as stupid as it sounds, just like the entire film. Other antics include on this stupid and pointless journey, but not limited to: Bruno camping and trying to have sex with the guys he is camping with, Bruno trying to make a sex tape with a former presidential candidate, and losing the key to a bondage outfit that him and Lutz get trapped in and walking around town in the costume.

This movie is ridiculous and stupid. I love the comedy genre, and have been a big fan of movies that try to push the limits, but this one just goes too far even for me. I went in expecting some nudity, but there is more than needed to be. There are several male nudity shots, as well as incredibly uncomfortable shots that involve many other marital aids that had me shocked in disbelief that this got a rating of R in the big scheme of things. Tons of people walked out in the theater I was in, and not only that, but the laughs were few and far between.

Iíll admit, I did laugh a few times. Anyone who knows me can tell you how excited I was to see this movie, and I was just let down. Pushing the envelope is okay sometimes, but this one bit the hell off the envelope and threw it in the garbage compactor. Thereís no room for filth like this in cinematic history, Iíd rather see a Uwe Boll film thirty times in a row, everyday, for the rest of my life, than see this crap again. At the start of this review I complained about the running time being a paltry 82 minutes, but Iím glad -- I couldnít take anymore.

Itís also worth nothing though that this movie isnít an unrated or directors cut, so the black circles over some areas are still here on the DVD.

Borat may be 2006, but Bruno isnít going to be anything youíll remember or want to see.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen: In a shocker to me, this was one heck of a boring track. Charles and Cohen talk about as monotone as possible which makes this a horrible commentary that pretty much only discusses the technical aspects and a few storyline points here and there. What fun is a comedy commentary without any comedy commentary?

Interview with Lloyd Robinson (6 minutes): The interview from the movie is shown, well, not in movie form but instead a one-on-one interview with Robinson. Thereís not any real comedic value involved with this extra, so as the lone special feature thatís lame I recommend passing on this one.

Deleted Scenes (35 minutes): These are all worth watching due to the sheer hilarity that is involved with all of these interviews performed by Bruno, so definitely set some free time aside to watch them. The best is involved with Abdul at the start of this segment, and continues with laughter from there.

Alternative Scenes (6 minutes): Two additional scenes are shown here, one of which involves baseball legend Pete Rose, and the other dealing with the politician sex tape. Both are hilarious and deserve a viewing just for the sheer comedic value.

Extended Scenes (19 minutes): I donít know whatís worse in this segment: the fact the people are real or the fact that the people are real. These are scenes that are slightly longer than were in the already short film, so Iím not sure why they werenít added in due to the lacking runtime.

The menu is poorly made, as it took a few seconds to load in-between switching extras and the main modes on the screen. When trying to thumb through the different extras available the load times were inexcusable, so beware if you are trying to watch all of them in a short time frame.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Colors are bright but not to the extent of what I would call blinding, although I did notice a few flares of color in some shots. They werenít that distracting, just a little bit annoying from time to time. I also noticed some grain and distortion in the transfer that did plague some of the film especially towards the end in the nighttime shots. Brightness of the movie overall was pretty well done, as I didnít struggle to see anything on the screen and the shots didnít look too dark or bright for the runtime. This is a fairly good transfer for a recent film. The sad thing is had some tweaks been made with the color and contrast then it would have easily been a phenomenal knock-out transfer.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is incredibly light on the sound for the most part, which creates some problems as the movie progresses. Some of the earlier scenes were tweaked to be a bit louder than the following ones, and then vice versa as the movie continued. I had to adjust the volume multiple times throughout the viewing and that for me is a major disappointment. The levels were literally all over the place. I also donít recall my sub turning on more than twice the entire movie, as though there are little to no action sequences involved with this one. Despite my complaining this isnít really a bad track, but one that needed some improvement on surround usage (of which there is little) and dialogue levels.



.::OVERALL::.

Despite my dislike of the film for the most part, Bruno comes with a nice set of extras and a great technical package. Fans of Cohenís past work will enjoy this more than I did, but beware as I have liked his past project and this one fell flat. I would tread cautiously on this one and suggest a rental at first, then go from there.