The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Universal Studios - 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 82 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish/French DTS 5.1, English DTS 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten
Directed by: Larry Charles
Music by: Erran Baron Cohen
Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer
Region Code: Free
Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 17, 2009
"From the man behind Borat"
In BRUNO, the gay Austrian model of the title brings his antics to the States. Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Da Ali G Show and Talladega Nights) brings you the comedy that has started more conversations, generated more controversy and dared to go further than ever before! As brüno travels the world in search of fame, everyone he encounters- celebrities, politicians, Hasidic Jews, terrorists and cage fighters- becomes a stepping-stone to stardom, with hilarious results!
If you are easily offended, very religious, homophobic or closed minded skip Brüno and the rest of this review. I finished the movie with an unsettled feeling and I think that is what Sacha Baron Cohen was going for. I saw Brüno in the theaters this summer and felt let down. Because like most people, I was expecting a Borat 2. My second viewing found many more laughs through the complete mess of immature but smart-as-hell satire. Brüno can be watched like a collection of skits, and it's better that way. Some scenes really are hysterical (the steel cage fight with “Straight Dave”, Paula Abdul’s Chair and the Congressman Ron Paul's interview), others are so outrageous I can't type them here (even though I want to!), and some just miss the funny mark by a mile. What I found difficult to swallow is that these people don't know its Sacha Baron Cohen in character, especially after The Ali G show and the humongous success of Borat. Paula Abdul didn't know? Thankfully there are some great extra features that talk about how they pull off all the interviews and situations and keep it covert to the unsuspecting victim(s). The bottom line is if a movie about a gay "fashionista" from Vienna trying to make it in the USA, mixed with homosexual oriented content, racism, homophobia, sharp satirical wit and social commentary sound like your cup o' tea, (and you got through this run on sentence) then Brüno is for you! Even though hilarious at times, I think it would have played much better as a 55 minute HBO special instead of the 80 minutes that it is.
Rated R for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
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Brüno comes to Bluray Disc from Universal featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.3 mbps
For a movie with many different looks, sources and filming styles, Brüno sure looks good in HD. Yes some scenes suffer from bad lighting and angles, but we must be forgiving as its often shot in an off-the-cuff documentary style. When it shines, it really shines. Skin tones and colors are beautiful, its detailed and sharp, and at time's reference quality. Unfortunately, when they go to the handy cams and video footage, the quality weakens. Regardless, both are faithful to the source material and Brüno is a great transfer. The audio is at times really crisp and in your face; the music is booming and full of lush low end and dynamics. Then there are times its difficult to hear dialogue because they couldn't have a boom mic a foot overhead. When being used, the surrounds were quite dynamic and brought me into the shuffle of the crazy happenings on screen. Just like the video, the audio went back-and-forth between reference quality and pseudo lo-fi.
- (HD) Deleted Scenes
- (HD) Extended Scenes
- (HD) Alternative Scenes
- (HD) An Interview with Lloyd Robinson
- (HD) Picture-in-Picture Commentary with Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen
- Digital Copy
- BD-Live enabled
- iPhone POCKET BLU app
I am going to give my blessing to anyone interested in this release of Brüno. The quality of the audio/video coupled with the great extra features make it a worthwhile Bluray experience. Universal loaded this release with a overdose of really great extras. The Picture in Picture Commentary with Director Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen adds over 20 minutes to the movie and The deleted/extended scenes (over an hour) were better than the feature and that alone makes this release worth adding to your collection. If you have seen it, were not offend but didn't think it was really very funny, I think you might find the second viewing a bit easier to digest and let the laughs out.
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Nice review...like Borat, I couldn't get through this one. Maybe I'm turning into a prude in my old age (no comments from you Ralph!), but his over-the-top behavior is just too much for me to stomach.
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Nice review though. Thank you.
You should watch the PIP commentary with Sacha and Larry..its really a great one
It sounds like Bruno is eliciting the same response upon first viewing. I tend to not like movies with flamboyantly gay characters so I think I'll just wait for it to come on one of the movie channels.
I'm with Dave on this one? The first one (Borat) i was able to handle but after seeing the trailer on this one it's a total pass for me.
just 1 example. the mother being interviewed for her child to appear in a magainze or something along those lines....that's definitely worse than watching sasha run naked for 30 minutes
good review and glad you didnt give it the automatic 'no thanks'
He is a "gay stereotype," mean spirited, and generally unpleasant with no real light-hearted comical edge to offset it. This perhaps may not have been an issue if they had written a better story, but there isn't. There are many scenes that are out of context and have no function in furthering the plot or character development. The "story" is almost non-existent. The whole film feels disjointed.
Borat had enjoyable characters even though they are crass and stupid, as well as a fun minimal story arc as he went around modern America getting into trouble.
Brüno is essentially political and social commentary in a random Jackass style, but not as interesting in execution.
The film was by no means boring for me though. The hour and half went by quickly.
funny for the most part, but[img]http://******************************************[/img] I can certainly see how people could be very turned off by this one and/or offended. This guy is out of control!
This has been my impression of Sacha's body of work.
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Sure, bits like the wrestling-on-the-bed scene with his hairy, overweight manager were really funny, and I laughed my butt off. But the funniest parts for me are the ones where people are put in a position to react to him...the expression on the senator's face when he says "from her teet"....the guy running like a madman through the streets because a foreigner wants to say hello...the way the dinner party guests treat him as if he's special while trying to maintain their "etiquette"....this is great stuff! But the star of the show is not Borat or Bruno....it's US!