THE DICTATOR Blu-ray Review

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat hit at the exact right moment to become a phenomenon. It was a huge box office success and led to everyone quoting the movie until they wore it out (you don’t hear much about “sexy time” these days). But since then Cohen’s yet to find a goofy character that audiences have latched on to. Granted, he’s more subversive than – say – Michael Myers “Yeah Baby” schtick, but this year’s The Dictator wasn’t received that warmly in America. But – especially in the unrated cut – it’s laugh out loud funny in a number of places, even if it’s tied to a tired narrative. Our review of the Blu-ray of The Dictator follows after the jump.

The Wadiyan Virgin Guards and a Goat Deliver Unrated Blu-rays of THE DICTATOR; Enter to Win a Free Copy

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While we’ve gotten many crazy packages delivered to Collider’s headquarters in Los Angeles, today’s delivery of The Dictator was a wild one.  Rather than using UPS or Fed Ex to drop off our Blu-ray copy, General Aladeen (from the Republic of Wadiya) sent members of his Virgin Guard.  And they even had a goat.  Since I figured some of you might like to see the delivery, hit the jump for the video.  In addition, they provided me with a few extra copies for some of our readers.

This Week on Blu-ray: THE DICTATOR, A SEPARATION, GOOD WILL HUNTING, THE RESCUERS and More

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We’re starting up a new weekly feature here on Collider.  Since we know many of you are Blu-ray collectors as well as moviegoers, we’ll be running down the major new releases to home video each week.  Here’s a brief glimpse at what August 21st has to offer.  Click on any title to buy it on Amazon:

Hit the jump for more details, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on our latest feature.

Weekend Box Office – MEN IN BLACK 3 Leads Muted Memorial Day with $55 Million

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We all knew that Men in Black 3 would wind up overtaking The Avengers after three weeks of record-breaking dominance. What we didn’t know was that that would wind up as MIB3’s sole accomplishment this weekend. With a huge release in 4,248 locations, and on one of the biggest movie-going weekends of the year, MIB3 is not exactly setting the box office on fire with its three-day estimate of $55 million.

Title Weekend Total
1 Men in Black 3 $55,000,000 $55
2 The Avengers $36,987,000 $513.6
3 Battleship $10,754,000 $44.2
4 The Dictator $9,600,000 $41.4
5 Dark Shadows $8,000,000 $62.9
6 Chernobyl Diaries $7,515,000 $7.5
7 What to Expect When You’re Expecting $7,150,000 $22.1
8 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $6,350,000 $16.5
9 The Hunger Games $2,200,000 $395.2
10 Think Like A Man $1,400,000 $88.2

Weekend Box Office – THE AVENGERS Claims Third Week On Top; $25.3 Million Debut Sinks BATTLESHIP

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For the third week in a row, The Avengers dominated the box office. Marvel’s superheroes added another $55 million to their domestic total – putting the film over $450 million in a record-breaking seventeen days. Meanwhile, the three new releases that lined up to challenge The Avengers all struggled in the blockbuster’s wake.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Avengers $55,050,000 $457
2 Battleship $25,350,000 $25.3
3 The Dictator $17,415,000 $24.4
4 Dark Shadows $12,770,000 $50.9
5 What to Expect When You’re Expecting $10,500,000 $10.5
6 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3,250,000 $8.2
7 The Hunger Games $3,000,000 $391.6
8 Think Like A Man $2,700,000 $85.8
9 The Lucky One $1,765,000 $56.9
10 Pirates! Band of Misfits $1,450,000 $25.3

Friday Box Office – THE AVENGERS Continue to Soar as BATTLESHIP Founders

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For the first time this month audiences had more than one new release to tempt them into theatres. Trouble is, no one seemed particularly tempted by the three titles that lined up to take down The Avengers. With an estimated $15.3 million on Friday, the Marvel superheroes are now assured their third weekend title with a projected $55 million. That won’t be a record, but who cares? At $1.048 billion worldwide, the film is already Disney’s highest-grossing release of all time. In second place, Universal’s Battleship took in an estimated $9 million from its 3,690 locations for a projected $26 million first weekend. Not only is that well below expectations for the pricey live-action boardgame, it’s also less than John Carter earned for its debut back in March. Draw your own conclusions. After opening to $4.1 million on Wednesday, Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator took in an estimated $5.7 million on Friday towards what should be a $16 million first weekend. Finally, What to Expect When You’re Expecting saw an estimated $3.9 million from 3,021 locations on Friday. Not exactly what Lionsgate was, um, expecting from their ensemble comedy.  Full details tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 The Avengers $15,300,000 $417.3
2 Battleship $9,000,000 $9
3 The Dictator $5,700,000 $12.7
4 What to Expect When You’re Expecting $3,900,000 $3.9
5 Dark Shadows $3,800,000 $41.9

THE DICTATOR Review

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Anyone can be offensive.  The skill comes with trying to get people to laugh at it.  Sacha Baron Cohen, the mind behind the semi-scripted comedies Borat and Bruno, has shown a great skill at getting audiences to laugh at light comic fodder like incest, rape, anti-Semitism, screaming dickholes, and carrying bags of shit to the dinner table.  He also tends to throw in a little social criticism for some spice.  The Dictator marks his first feature-length, fully-scripted film, and while the blade may be a bit more polished, the edge remains razor-sharp.  Despite a slapdash plot and a cop-out ending, The Dictator is brilliantly irreverent, juvenile, cartoonish, and it will have you laughing, feeling guilty about laughing, and then laughing even harder.

New Posters for DJANGO UNCHAINED, Tom Cruise’s ONE SHOT, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, ON THE ROAD and More from Cannes

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The Cannes Film Festival is about to get underway, and studios are rolling out their promotional material to make sure that those attending screenings of the festival’s films don’t forget about the studio releases that are still to come later this year.  Our correspondent Magdalena (who you can follow on twitter) walked around the area of the festival earlier today and snapped some photos of the posters and billboards that are on display.  In addition to a really cool banner for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, she also brought us our first look at the Tom Cruise thriller One Shot, based on the popular Jack Reacher character book series from author Lee Child.  Moreover, there’s a pretty great set-up for the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator outside one of the Carlton hotel.

Hit the jump to check out posters and billboards for The Amazing Spider-Man, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and more.

First Teaser Trailer for ANCHORMAN 2 Attached to Screenings of THE DICTATOR

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Though principal photography for the long-awaited Anchorman 2 isn’t scheduled to begin until next February, it appears that we’ll actually get our first look at the reunited Channel 4 news team much sooner than we thought.  We’ve been told by someone who caught an advanced screening of The Dictator that the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy is preceded by a brief teaser featuring the entire news team (sans Christina Applegate) talking about how excited they are to return.  Huzzah!  Hit the jump for more.

Sacha Baron Cohen Appears on THE DAILY SHOW as The Dictator

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As he did with the press for Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen is currently doing the publicity rounds for The Dictator completely in character.  Yesterday we shared his appearance on Saturday Night Live, and last night he took part in an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show as Admiral General Aladeen.  It’s a pretty fun watch, and Stewart does a fine job of playing along with the bit as best he can, but when the interview inevitably takes a turn towards dick jokes it’s understandably tough for Stewart to keep a straight face.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The Dictator opens on May 16th.

New Red-Band Trailer for THE DICTATOR; Sacha Baron Cohen Kidnaps Martin Scorsese on SNL

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A new red-band trailer for the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator has gone online.  The clip is basically structured similarly to the other trailers, but it includes alternate takes and different jokes.  I was a big fan of Borat and admired the ballsiness of Bruno, but I’m starting to feel like The Dictator may be a bit one-note.  This is the first Cohen comedy that’s set up as a true narrative feature instead of a mockumentary, so it’ll be interesting to see how this outlandish character fares throughout a true story arc.  I liked the opening scene of the film so hopefully I’m wrong, but I’m not entirely convinced that I won’t tire of the character after 30 minutes of the film.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  We’ve also included an embed of a sketch from this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live in which Cohen appeared in character as said Dictator holding the actor’s Hugo director Martin Scorsese hostage.  The Dictator opens on May 16th.

New Photos from THE DICTATOR Feature Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris and Megan Fox

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator has released a few images of Megan Fox and Anna Faris to drum up interest for their May 16th release date.  Having been buried under coverage of some sort of blockbuster superhero movie, The Dictator will have to pull a few more tricks out of his sleeve to grab headlines.  We’ve already seen the trailer, the opening of the film, a poster for General Aladeen’s (Cohen) visit to New York and the spilling of Kim Jong-Il’s ashes on the red carpet. The Dictator also boasts a solid supporting cast with John C. Reilly, Sir Ben Kingsley, B.J. Novak and J.B. Smoove. But, pictures of Megan Fox and Anna Faris certainly don’t hurt.  Hit the jump to check them out along with a few other actors from The Dictator.

Check Out the Opening of THE DICTATOR Starring Sacha Baron Cohen

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The first couple of minutes from The Dictator have gone online.  The movie stars Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen, the goofy tyrant of the Republic of Wadiya.  The opening quickly sets up Aladeen as a global menace by borrowing footage of world leaders talking about real-life dictators.  However, the comedy really gets going when we see a brief history of Aladeen’s life, from what happened to his mother, and the result of changing the Wadiyan dictionary to make Aladeen the same word for “positive” and “negative”.  If the rest of the movie is as good as these gags, then audiences will be in for a terrific comedy next month.

Hit the jump to check out the opening, and click here for Steve’s reaction to the footage he saw at CinemaCon.  The film also stars Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, and John C. ReillyThe Dictator opens May 16th.

New Images from THE DICTATOR, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

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Paramount has released some new images from their upcoming releases as part of their 2012 preview.  As such, we’ve got new looks at The Dictator, the animated holiday film Rise of the Guardians, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  We’ve seen one of the G.I. Joe images before, but this version is in super duper high resolution.  Out of these three films, I’m actually the most excited for Rise of the Guardians.  The adventure story centers on a group of heroes who must join forces to protect “the hopes, beliefs and imagination of the children all over the world.” The twist is that the heroes are Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost.  I loved the first trailer, and the character details we recent received were incredibly enticing.

Hit the jump to check out images from each film.  You can read Steve’s recap from Paramount’s CinemaCon presentation right hereThe Dictator opens on May 16th, G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits theaters on June 29th, and Rise of the Guardians will be released on November 21st.

Paramount/DreamWorks Animation CinemaCon Video Blog; Covers Tom Cruise’s ONE SHOT, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, J.J. Abrams STAR TREK 2 Hat, and More

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Last night at CinemaCon 2012, Paramount and DreamWorks Animation showed off footage from their upcoming 2012 movies including director Christopher McQuarrie‘s One Shot (starring Tom Cruise), Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Rise of the Guardians, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

In addition to the footage, if you’re a fan of J.J. Abrams Star Trek and anxiously awaiting the sequel, during a tribute to a retiring Paramount executive, Abrams was interviewed on set wearing a very cool Star Trek 2 crew hat.  While he was only on screen for a few seconds, it was clear he was on the deck of the Enterprise, the hat had a number 2 in the front, and I immediately wanted to own one.  Hit the jump for more.

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