Digital Breakdown: 'Borat' not bad, really 

The film everyone has been waiting for is finally coming out on DVD; the greatest false representative of Kazakhstan makes his way to digital in "Borat."

BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN

Never before have broken English and blundering Americans been more fun than in "Borat," from comic genius Sacha Baron Cohen, who reprises the role from his HBO series "Da Ali G Show" in the movie.

Borat Sagdiyev (Cohen) leaves his home in Kazakhstan to film a documentary on America. However, after watching an episode of "Baywatch," his plans change and he proceeds to track down Pamela Anderson. Along the way, his run-ins with Americans present a dim, yet funny, view of American culture.

The DVD’s great extras include a "Baywatch" spoof, deleted scenes and a compilation of the wild promotional tour Cohen took as Borat. Price: $29.99. Rent or buy: A good rental.

PETER PAN: TWO-DISC PLATINUM EDITION

The classic tale about a kid who won’t grow upand a mystical land of pirates, fairies and magic is available again, but for a limited time. From Disney’s feared and revered vaults comes "Peter Pan: Two-Disc Platinum Edition." The set includes a new cut of the film digitally restored for enhanced picture and sound, plus multilevel games, deleted songs from the original film, three new featurettes and a preview to the upcoming movie "Tinker Bell." Price: $29.99. Rent or buy: Buy.

THE MANITOU

Holy misdiagnosis! When surgeons begin to operate on what they think is a tumor on the neck of patient Karen Tandy (the hot Susan Strasberg), it turns out that the growth actually is a fetus accelerating at an abnormal rate. It’s no ordinary neck-growing fetus — it’s the reincarnation of a 400-year-old Native American demon. This wild and crazy tale debuts on DVD in a digital widescreen cut. Gory, nasty and altogether weird, the movie is a must-have for any horror fan. Price: $14.98. Rent or buy: Buy!

HAWAII FIVE-O: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

It’s hard to believe that it has taken this long for this classic series to make it to DVD. Finally, we can see, in crystal-clear quality, Steve McGarrett grunt "Book ’em, Danno." Surprisingly, there are some decent special features on the DVD, including the original pilot movie, "Cocoon," a retrospective with James MacArthur, who played Danno, cast and crew interviews and a reunion. Price: $49.98. Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.

Other DVDs coming out Tuesday: "Stargate: Atlantis — Season 2," "Requiem," "Fast Food Nation," "Confetti," "Walkout," "South Park: The Complete Ninth Season," "Doctor Who: The Invasion" and "Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment."

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