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Da Ali G Show - The Complete First Season (2004)

Sacha Baron Cohen , Ali G  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ali G
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020X852
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Da Ali G Show - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 6 episodes from the 2003 season, one with commentary by Sacha Baron Cohen & writer/producer Dan Mazer
  • Unedited "Spyz Movie" that Ali G pitched to Hollywood
  • Unseen footage
  • Glossary of Ali G jargon

Editorial Reviews

"Keep it real" says Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen) at the top of each show. Keeping it real is what the British comedian does--and doesn't do--during each episode. First, there's the character of Ali G himself. There's nothing real about this slang-slinging geezer. He's a poser, a white hip-hop wannabe from the 'burbs who aspires to be "gangsta" like Biggie and Tupac. His interview subjects, on the other hand, are the real deal: Newt Gingrich, Buzz Aldrin, Donald Trump, etc. Ali asks stupid questions, they attempt to provide intelligent answers. The humor comes from the disconnect between the two, which is to say: 60 Minutes meets In Living Color.

Da Ali G Show was a hit in Britain before Cohen brought his act to the States, but Ali wasn't the only character who came with him. There's also Borat, a Kazakhstan TV reporter with a shaky command of English. His show-within-a-show is called "Borat's Guide to America" and he travels the "US and A" interviewing regular folks, such as matchmakers and rodeo riders. Then there's Bruno, a sexually ambiguous fashion reporter with "Funkyzeit Mit Bruno." His subjects include models and designers. Borat and Bruno have their moments, but Ali G is the star of the show and gets the most screen time. It's Ali G, after all, who gets both James Lipton and Ralph Nader to rap. (The verdict? Lipton's got skills; Nader should stick to politics.) As proof of his popularity in the U.K., Ali G got his own theatrical release, Ali G Indahouse in 2002. As proof of his popularity in the U.S., HBO renewed his show for a second season. Due to sexual content, raunchy humor, and drug content, Da Ali G Show is recommended for mature audiences. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

The outrageous comedy/reality series stars British chameleon Sacha Baron Cohen, who travels across America in the guise of one of three totally different characters. Cohen's primary alter-ego is Ali G., who calls himself a "hip-hop journalist", but who's really a white rapper-wannabe. When Cohen isn't putting Ali G and his "guests" in unusual and often delightfully uncomfortable situations, he's shedding his yellow gangsta track suit attire and slipping into two other memorable characters: Borat, an impossibly naive TV reporter from Kazakhstan, and Bruno, a gay, Austrian fashionista. Each of these characters will be traversing America, exploring different aspects of our culture, and interviewing real celebrities and dignitaries.

Customer Reviews

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Grows On You - Hilarious September 16, 2004
The jokes in Ali G. interviewing various American figures are really based on the humor in these people being so detached from youth culture that they think he is possibly serious (even when asking the most ridiculous questions) and possibly really does have a show that uses hip-hop jargon to explain politics and world events to da youth. Correspondingly, most of his best interview segments happen with older people, or people from rural areas.

The actor's particulaur genuis is his ability to keep a straight face after having asked the most totally ridiculous question, or said the most ridiculous and vulgar thing, possible. No small acheievement.

The humor in the Borat character, a Middle-Eastern man visiting and touring America for his program (beamed back to Khazakstan television) is based on the duality between Borat's polite, civilized manner and the brutal misogyny and racism that lies within his mindset and his culture, which he pleasantly verbalizes in his broken English.

The humor in the Bruno character is rather simple. He consistently and persistently chooses to believe that all men are homosexuals. It can be rather funny.

On the whole, hilarious.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the funniest.... May 24, 2004
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I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Ali G during his American run on HBO last year by a friend of mine and I have to say that he is one of the funniest people in the business. He's not a stand-up comedian that somehow made the transition to his own show, he is a comedic actor, fully embracing each character he portrays and making each one funny in their own distinct way. Honestly, the time I've spent watching his show is probably the hardest i've laughed in a long time. Not only is Sacha perfect in each of his roles but whoever produces the show is a genius as well, placing the characters into awkward situations with hilarious consequences and somehow getting really famous people to be interviewed and then almost always embarassed by Ali.
To put it simply, this show utilizes every type of humor there is and does it very well, Sacha is extremely talented and funny and I promise you won't be disappointed if you give it a try.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but I found it extremely funny August 21, 2004
I am often very ambidexerous on my reviews pointing out both what I like and (on the other hand) what I do not like about a certain product. However, with Da Ali G Show, I have to un ambiguously say that I have no qualms about buying the DVD.

If you have not heard about Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen), here is the basic rundown. The show is broken down into three concepts following three personas: (1) Hip-hop British interviewer Ali G., (2) Kazikstani reporter apparently stuck in the 70's Borat, and (3) German fashion club-kid Bruno. The general M.O. is to find unsuspecting interviewees from areas ranging from entertainment to religion to politics. The interviews seem to go smoothly, lulling the interviewee into a false comfort. Then, the interviews veer into absurd directions to see how far the interviewers can be taken off course before pulling the plug. Granted, the concept does not sound all that interesting, the execution is brilliant.

The result is getting to see a range of the absurd from Edwin Meese and Boutros Boutros Gali attempt (rather unsuccessfully) to rap to a debate about religion which degenerates into an arguement about which of the panel members cloged the backstage toilet.

If you cannot tell from the foregoing description, let me emphasize this point (with all-caps no less):


Many people will not find this schtick funny. It relies heavily on satire as well as somewhat juvenille humor. If this is not your cup of tea, I can definitely understand and would not recommend it to you.

Given that, however, I found it very funny and was glad that I bought it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Funny it Hurts... September 4, 2004
Literally. I've never in my life laughed as consistently hard as I did watching this show. Simply put Sasha Baron Cohen is a comedic genius. He knows exactly how to manipulate people to get the desired reactions that he wants. Da Ali G character is so ingenious and yet so simple, an english baller with all the street vernacular and the IQ of a rock. One of the funniest scenes from the 1st season has to be when Ali G visits the United Nations and asks the former chief "So, is Disney World part of the United Nations?" The man answers "No, Disney World is not a state, it has characters and nothing to do with politics." Ali G replies "Well some of dem characters are like know what I'm sayin'." Borat's guide to America is consistently the funniest part of Da Ali G show. Here Sasha portrays a television reporter from Kazikastan(sp?) who has absolutely no shame or clue about American culture and customs. The two funniest parts with Borat have to be when he goes to visit the minor league baseball team and his dinner with a group of refined older people. During that dinner he leans over to a woman who is like 90 and says "I had sex last was good." Bruno is Sasha's gay fashion reporter who stirs up trouble everywhere he goes. Overall, this show is pure genius and so unbelievably funny that you will hurt from laughter. This is a MUST-OWN for any fan of the comedy genre. Highest Recommendation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars if you love Borat or Bruno, this is a must watch.
I love this show, but It doesn't have many episodes. Fun while it lasted.
Published 18 days ago by Levi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny as hell
Published 24 days ago by Stacks
5.0 out of 5 stars For What He Does, He Does It The Best. This TV Series Is The Best.
This TV series is hilarious. Sacha Baron Cohen knows how to turn it inside out. The interviews he does are gold. He is a master.
Published 2 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Booya Ka Shaw
Old school Ali G is hilarious! I wish he would of stuck with only making TV episodes but oh well. Ali G, Bruno and Borat, what more could you ask for?
Published 4 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious show
Hilarious show. Sacha Baron Cohen is a genius, and this show is where it all began (for those of us here in the USA).
Published 9 months ago by Joe D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Borat!
When this show made its debut on HBO years ago, I totally didn't get it. Now I do, and I just love the absurdity of his characters. Good for some belly laughs every time.
Published 13 months ago by theswanguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I love the Ali G show. If you liked Borat and/or Ali G in Da House you will like the TV show.
Published 17 months ago by Jeffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental
Ali G is to this day still one of the greatest artistic creations I have ever encountered. Still decades ahead of its time. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sober Minded Skeptic
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny every time I watch
Absolutely some of the funniest "Reality TV" that you can watch, and its now 10 years old! Makes me laugh each time I watch!
Published 21 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest shows ever.
Love Baron Cohen. Love Da Ali G Show. Love Borat. Love Bruno. Here it all is in its glory. Wish it came with season 2...
Published 21 months ago by Michael Austerlitz
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