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Alex Borstein: Drop Dead Gorgeous in a Down-to-Earth Bombshell Sort of Way (2006)

Alex Borstein  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alex Borstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5X7TS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • A Tour of the Family Guy Studio
  • Closing Credits Song ("Crazy Summer Days")

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She's smart, she's irreverent, and she's hilariously raunchy! Alex Borstein created some of Mad TV's most memorable characters, and she's one of the twisted minds behind Fox's hugely success Family Guy. Now you can see her skewer Hollywood in a "screamingly funny" (CBS Radio) stand-up performance on DVD for the first time ever. A must-own for Family Guy fans.

While Alex Borstein's material in this concert performance is a little thin, her alluring pose on the DVD cover alone catapults her into the ranks of comedy babes. She is not as pointedly political as Janeane Garafalo or as taboo-shattering as Sarah Silverman (two names she invokes early on). She is more a kindred spirit of Margaret Cho and her comedy of empowerment. Borstein, the voice of Lois on Family Guy and former ensemble member on MadTV, demonstrates that truth may not be stranger than fiction, but it can definitely be funnier, as she reads from actual female "character breakdowns" for proposed TV shows and movies. Who says there aren't good strong, positive roles for women? One such breakdown calls for a character who is a mutant as well as "kick-ass" sexy. And, as an afterthought, "red hair would be nice." The freshness date on some of her topics has long since lapsed. She calls out Rosie O'Donnell on her so-called "crush" on Tom Cruise, and blasts those who hailed Renee Zellweger as brave for gaining 25 pounds to portray Bridget Jones. "I walk around like this everyday," the Reubenesque Borstein proclaims, "That's brave." She elevates the material with nimble impressions of Zellweger, Charlize Theron in Monster, and singer Natalie Merchant. After jokingly citing Janet on Three's Company, Velma from Scooby-Doo, Kate Jackson's Sabrina from Charlie's Angels, and the Facts of Life girls as her inspirations, Borstein turns "schmaltzy" at the end to encourage her audience to not "look outside for role models." Borstein generously grants Ted Hardwick precious stage time as cheesy warm-up entertainer Teddy Towne. A menu option allows you to skip right to Alex. Use it. Of greater interest to Borstein's worshipful following is her informal but informative tour of the Family Guy offices. --Donald Liebenson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drop Dead Hilarious January 9, 2007
Those use to Alex's persona on Mad Tv are in for a shock,while she is just as funny,if not more so...She has one hell of a foul mouth.So if you're easily offended or can't stand swearing,avoid this dvd.Otherwise you're gonna have a great belly laughing time at this.

Alex does do a couple of impersonations,my highlight being her impersonation of Renee Zellweger. This dvd is worth viewing just to see the real Alex at work,not the edited for tv version.Great dvd for any comedy/family guy/mad tv/Alex fan
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish May 14, 2009
Borstein needs to stick with her voice-over work (where she is truly gifted) until she can come up with a performance better than this. She relies too much on material she hasnt even written (Hollywood casting breakdowns) to get the laughs and to make a point. A point which we all know...Hollywood has set an ideal for women that no one can live up to. The most interesting part of the DVD is a behind-the scenes look at the offices of Family Guy. If you are looking for stand-up from a women's point of view that is much more insightful and actually delivers the laughs check out Margaret Cho.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Borstein is funny, and in her stand up August 7, 2014
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Alex Borstein is funny, and in her stand up, she keeps bringing on the funny. Most of her stand up is speaking against the stereotypes and objectification of women.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! November 7, 2006
By J. Cerf
I got the chance to preview Alex Borstein's new stand-up act Drop Dead

Gorgeous and it's nothing short of drop dead hilarious. She is a

natural on stage who is as funny as she is original. Her material is

new, fresh, genuinely funny, and while it's plenty raunchy, she doesn't

rely on that for laughs. It's great to get to see Alex in action, in

real life as opposed to her animated work as Lois on Family Guy.

She imitates, she sings, she dances (some would call that dancing

others....well) and everyone is a potential target. A MUST buy for all

Family Guy and Borstein fans. And if you're not yet a Borstein fan,

you're about to be...
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