Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) gives American culture a shrewd skewering.
Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) gives American culture a shrewd skewering. (By Ruben Fleischer -- Twentieth Century Fox)
Friday, March 2, 2007

Notable DVDs being released Tuesday include:

· Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (R) Sacha Baron Cohen is Borat, a not-quite-on-top-of-things journalist from Kazakhstan visiting the United States to make a documentary for the people of his homeland. He travels the country, getting the funniest looks from everyone he meets thanks to his lost-in-translation approach. Cohen is shrewd, establishing a bumbling, nonthreatening, genial presence that makes victims comfortable (or flustered) enough to reveal themselves. The resulting scenes skewer racism, anti-Semitism and sexism. Extras include deleted scenes and featurettes. You'll probably give this one the Borat seal of approval: Niiiiiice!

· Fast Food Nation (R) Think of this as a documentary masquerading as fiction. Eric Schlosser investigated the meat industry for a book. His findings form the tent pole of this movie, which drapes a flimsy outline of a plot on it. It has Wilmer Valderrama, Greg Kinnear, Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis and other notables in roles of varying sizes. You may not find it especially entertaining, but you may not find your next hamburger quite as appealing after seeing it either. Extras include commentary from Schlosser and director Richard Linklater, a featurette, animated shorts (including "The Meatrix") and a photo gallery.

· Peter Pan 2-Disc Platinum Edition (G) Another Disney classic gets the company's "platinum" treatment. There's a new digital restoration (believe me, it shows), a new home-theater mix, a new music video, a variety of games, a DVD storybook, a previously unreleased alternative opening, deleted songs and other extras. It's definitely worth adding to your family film library.

· King Kung Fu (PG) This is the story of a Chinese gorilla with karate skills. After humiliating his master by defeating him during a lesson, he's shipped off to Wichita. As a publicity stunt, the gorilla, King Kung Fu, is set free. Authorities chase him, and he and his love interest, Rae Fay, find themselves atop the Wichita Holiday Inn. Yes, it's a parody.

· The Manitou (PG) This 1978 horror flick with Tony Curtis and Michael Ansara is a bit on the cheesy side but has a surprisingly enthusiastic fan base.

· The Full Monty: The Fully Exposed Edition (R) This version of the 1997 comedy about unemployed steelworkers who form a striptease act has two discs and a variety of extra features. Among them are commentary by director Peter Cattaneo and actor Mark Addy, deleted scenes, several featurettes and a "music machine" feature.

· Revenge of the Nerds: The Atomic Wedgie Collection (Various ratings within the set) Containing all four films from the "Revenge of the Nerds" through "Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love," this set may appeal to film students, who can use it to study the devolution of a franchise. Unfortunately, considering it doesn't start at a particularly high point, that's a pretty tough course of study.

· VeggieTales: Moe and the Big Exit (Unrated) The latest installment in the animated series of talking vegetables in stories based on biblical tales offers a twist on Moses and the Exodus. Set in the Old West, this story features Larry the Cucumber as Moe, a cowboy in Dodgeball City. Moe is living large, while his kinfolk toil away digging the Grand Canyon. Moe has a change of heart and asks the mayor to let his people go, but the mayor says no. Can Moe help free his people from bondage and flee Dodgeball City once and for all?

· Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (Unrated) This mixes live stand-up bits from 2005, as the title suggests, with taped skits and phony "interviews."

· South Park: The Complete Ninth Season Five words: "Trapped in the Closet" episode. 'Nuff said.

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