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CultureMob Giveaway: Win THE CAMPAIGN: UNRATED EXTENDED CUT on Blu-ray Combo Pack


Courtesy of Warner Home Entertainment, CultureMob is offering a special giveaway for one The Campaign Blu-ray Combo Pack.  For a summary of director Jay Roach’s wild political satire, let’s look to Warner’s official synopsis.

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district.  Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center.  At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager, and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about.  As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy.

In preparation of the film’s October 30th Blu-ray and Digital Download debut, I am giving one copy of the Blu-ray “Unrated Extended Cut.”  To qualify, we’re going to do something a little different at CultureMob.  Now, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have already contributed their talents to a number of wonderful comic programs.  To wit:

Will Ferrell:

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Anchorman remains the the millennial generation’s closest equivalent of the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup.  It’s a flamboyantly odd comedy-fantasy about an egocentric, sexist ’70s anchorman (Ferrell, natch) who finds his world spinning out of control with the addition of female Veronica Corningstone (the great Christina Applegate) to his Action News Team.  Like that Marx Brothers classic, Anchorman manages to keep a straight face in the midst of outrageous, surrealistic farce; it’s stuffed with jokes that only get funnier on repeat viewing and a brilliant ensemble cast that includes David Koechner, Steve Carell, Fred Willard, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Tim Robbins, and Paul Rudd, whose clueless lothario Brian Fantana might be the funniest thing in one of the 21st Century’s funniest movies.

Step Brothers.    The level of depravity that Step Brothers mines during its 105-minute runtime continues to impress me; while it isn’t funnier than Anchorman, it’s ready and willing to go to places darker and more insane.  The plot:  a man and woman (Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenbergen) fall in love, move in together, and have to negotiate the fierce rivalry that develops between their two children.  That’s a normal situation made profoundly abnormal by Said Two Children, who a) still live with their parents, b) are forty years old, and c) are played by Ferrell and John C. Reilly at their most aggressively infantile.  This film has so many great bits – Adam Scott’s pitch-perfect Tom Cruise impersonation, the formation of Ferrell and Reilly’s “Prestige Worldwide” company, a grand finale that makes perfect use of Andrea Bocelli.

Zach Galifianakis:

Live at the Purple Onion.  Unlike Ferrell, Galifianakis’ best work (so far) comes from the stand-up comedy realm, and given his newfound fame and fortune as an actor, it’s unlikely he’ll be returning to the stage any time soon.  That’s one of the things that makes this special so…well, special.  It’s a filmed version of Galifianakis at San Francisco’s Purple Onion, and it is glorious.  The special captures all of Galifianakis’ beautiful quirks: his penchant for the piano, for the perfectly timed non sequitur, his hang-dog air of misery.  It’s the next best thing to seeing him live.  Bonus value: the DVD includes interviews with his twin “brother” Seth, who formed the inspiration for Zach’s Campaign character.

“Bored to Death.”  This HBO comedy deserves to join “Freaks and Geeks” and “Arrested Development” as one of the all-time great brilliant-but-cancelled television shows.  Nominally, the program centers on Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman), a struggling writer who decides to start moonlighting as an unlicensed private eye, but the series’ focus quickly spread to include Ames’ two best friends, debauched socialite George Christopher (Ted Danson) and prickly comic-book writer Ray Heuston (Galifianakis).  And it was a smart move; while Jonathan’s cases are generally fleet and amusing, the relationship that these three profoundly screwy characters share gives “Bored to Death” genuine resonance.  It’s rare that movies and TV present male friendships with such complexity and insight – that Schwartzman, Galifianakis, and especially Danson are so hysterical together is just icing on the cake.  It’s “Sex and the City” for anyone who loathed “Sex and the City.”

And to win the Blu-ray, all you need to do is email me at, provide your full name and your mailing address, and tell me which is your favorite Will Ferrell or Zach Galifianakis comedy, and why it is.  There are no wrong answers; you have one sentence to make your case, so use it wisely.

I’m going to stop taking entries at 8 PM EST on Monday, October 29th, so get your answers in before then.  Only contestants within the United States are eligible, and entering the same name under multiple email addresses will get you disqualified.

One further caveat: P.O. box addresses will not be accepted.  If you win the giveaway and send me a P.O. box, you will be disqualified.

Good day, and good luck!

Also, make sure to check out “The Recount” Facebook App.  The initial campaign may be over, but something somewhere went askew with the tallying of the votes, and now the rivalry between Cam and Marty has resurfaced with a recount!  They are hitting the campaign trail once again in pursuit of political greatness. Each week leading up to the home media release, fans will be able to view updated video content within The Campaign‘s Facebook page.