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PHE Press Release: The Dictator Banned and Unrated (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 2 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 11 2012 - 07:33 AM

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THE UPROARIOUS FISH-OUT-OF-WATER COMEDY FROM THE CREATORS AND STAR OF BORAT IS EVEN MORE OUTRAGEOUS IN AN UNCENSORED VERSION YOU COULDN’T SEE IN THEATERS!


THE DICTATOR

Banned* & Unrated


Coming to Power on August 21, 2012, Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Includes Both an Unrated and Theatrical Version, Plus Raucous Deleted Scenes and More Jaw-Dropping Bonus Content

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  (July 11, 2012)–  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 yourmashloof…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.”


THE DICTATOR Banned* & Unrated will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo that includes both an unrated version of the film with nearly 20 minutes of footage not seen in theaters, as well as the original theatrical version.  The set also includes over 30 minutes of hilarious deleted and extended scenes, a Larry King interview with Admiral General Aladeen, a Digital Copy and more.  A single disc DVD will also include the unrated version and the original theatrical version, as well as select deleted scenes and more.

All Blu-ray and DVD releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies.  With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.

* Original theatrical version banned in Malaysia and the Republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

**2012 Wadiyan Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Costumes, Best Simulated Sex Scene, Best Actual Sex Scene, Best Torture Scene, Best Sound Mix and Least Jewish Actor.


THE DICTATOR Banned* & Unrated BLU-RAY/DVD Combo

THE DICTATOR Banned* & Unrated Blu-ray will be presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, as well as English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack will be presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, as well as English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc breakdown is as follows:

Blu-ray

·         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   Titfight

o   The Birthing

o   The Rooftop

o   A Final Word

·         Larry King Interview

·         Music Video: Best Love Song “Your Money’s On The Dresser”

DVD

·         Theatrical version in standard definition



THE DICTATOR Banned* & Unrated Single-Disc DVD

THE DICTATOR Banned* & Unrated DVD will be presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, as well as English, French and Spanish subtitles.  The disc includes the following:

·         Unrated version in standard definition

·         Theatrical version in standard definition

·         Deleted and Extended Scenes

o   Newsnight Interview

o   Meet Clayton

o   Computer Store

o   Manhattan Zoo

o   A Gift for Zoey

o   The Birthing

·         Larry King Interview


Paramount Pictures Presents a Four By Two Films/Berg Mandel Schaffer/Scott Rudin Production: The Dictator. Executive Producers are Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Adam McKay, Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer.  The film was produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Todd Schulman, Anthony Hines and Scott Rudin, written by Sacha Baron Cohen & Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer and directed by Larry Charles.


About Paramount Home Media Distribution

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.


 

THE DICTATOR Banned* & Unrated

Street Date:                                         August 21, 2012

SRP:                                                       $39.99 U.S. (Blu-ray/DVD combo)

$29.99 U.S. (DVD)

U.S. Rating:                                         R for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and (theatrical version)                            some violent images

Canadian Rating:                              14A for sexual content, crude content and coarse language

(theatrical version)

Canadian Rating:                              14A for crude content, sexual content and coarse language

(unrated version)


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#2 of 2 Adam Gregorich

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Posted July 11 2012 - 12:35 PM

While some parts of the trailer looked amusing, Sacha Baron Cohen just doesn't do it for me.