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Bruno is hitting DVD thanks to Universal. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
The DVD comes with an hour of deleted scenes, commentary by Cohen and director Larry Charles, and more. And here’s the best part–for you, of course–we have three copies of the DVD to give away. How do you become one of the recipients of a copy? Enter using the form below–and enter once a day, because we encourage such rambunctious behavior–and if we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it. Good luck!
So now we have not one but two Sherlock Holmes films coming out, giving added credence to Doc’s excellent research into Sherlock’s Law, that two years must not pass before someone else attempts to make some version of a Sherlock adaptation.
In addition to the previously announced Guy Ritchie directed version (which will see Jason Statham in some role–we allege) now we’ve got Judd Apatow co-producing a Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) scribed Sherlock comedy with Will Ferrell as Watson. Which is all well and good, but the interesting bit is Sacha Baron Cohen as Holmes. Interesting because Will Ferrell is pretty much Will Ferrell in all of his movies. This is not a slight, as if you watch early Bill Murray, Bill Murray is almost always playing the same Bill Murray character–and it’s funny. But Cohen is like the comedic analog of Gary Oldman (who should really do more comedies IMO)–Cohen can do comedies all day long and really become the role, so you’re not really watching Cohen just like you’re not really watching Oldman. So Cohen becoming Holmes should be fascinating.
So we decided to take this moment (nay, excuse, let’s be honest) to throw down a bunch of Holmes interps. This is by no means an exhaustive representation of Holmes adaptations, because there’s a pantsload. But this will just give you a quick lunchtime’s worth of overview.
Here’s what’s supposed to be the first film of Holmes, entitled Sherlock Holmes Baffled, from 1900. And you will be baffled too when you watch this. Because it appears to be the first appearance of The Vanisher, which we had thought was an X-Men villain. You learn something new everyday.
Because some things you simply need to know. And why should you have no lives and read dozens of websites to know what’s what? We’re taking this one for the team.
The reason there’s a sequel to this film is obvious: a $532 million box office take worldwide. The sequel is called Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which confirms the demographic they’re shooting for is anyone who thinks having the numeral 2 in the title like that is clever.
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter all return. New to the cast are: Bernie Mac as Ben Stiller’s dad, Mufasa; Sherri Shepherd from The View as Ben Stiller’s mom, Sarabi; Alec Baldwin as Scar, a challenger to Bernic Mac’s throne. Hmm. I might have mixed up the names.
Written by: John Logan, based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jayne Wisener, Ed Sanders
Review: Rarely will you ever hear me say that a movie could do with less blood, but the sadism kind of took away from the artistic aspect. Not that sadism isn’t an art form, just not a musical one. Other than that, you get the perfect combination of music, murder, cannibalism, and pedophilia. And you don’t even have to go to the Neverland Ranch (allegedly!) to get it.
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