Kazakhs high-five 'Borat' DVD
EmptyLONDON -- Kazakhs are rushing to order Sacha Baron-Cohen's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" on DVD from Amazon.co.uk, the online giant said Friday.
"Borat" topped the order list from consumers in the former Soviet republic this week, according to Amazon head of media Rakhi Parekh.
"With the controversy the film caused around the world, it seems residents of Kazakhstan are now desperate to see what all the fuss is about -- so much so that they are willing to pay the 505 Kazakhstani Tenge ($4) charge to have the DVD delivered from the U.K.," Parekh said.
Kazakhs also appear to have developed a healthy interest in capitalism and the U.S., according to the Top 10 product orders from Amazon.co.uk. The top-selling book is "Leading at a Higher Level: Blanchard on How to Be a High Performing Leader." Other titles on investment strategies and offshore tax planning suggest that locals are looking to add to the country's current list of six registered millionaires.
The U.S. influence on life in Kazakhstan also can be seen with "Celebrating the American Home: 50 Great Houses from 50 American Architects" in the chart, while the U.S. cult of the body beautiful is filtering through to Kazakh men, who are snapping up "Men's Health" fitness titles.
Musically, Kazakhstan seems firmly embedded in the 1980s, with "The Very Best of Sting and the Police" the top-selling album being shipped to Kazakhstan.
The Top 10 selling products on Amazon.co.uk currently being ordered from Kazakhstan are:
1. "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" (2006) ~ DVD
2. "Stargate Alantis" -- Series 2 -- Complete ~ DVD
3. "Leading at a Higher Level: Blanchard on How to Be a High Performing Leader" ~ Books
4. "The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Manual: Spas, Pools, Hot Tubs, Rockscapes and Other Water Features" ~ Books
5. "Celebrating the American Home: 50 Great Houses from 50 American Architects" ~ Books
6. "Essential ABS" ("Men's Heath" Peak Conditioning Guides) ~ Books
7. "Men's Health: The Body You Want in the Time you Have" (Men's Health) ~ Books
8. "The Very Best of Sting and the Police" ~ Music
9. "Non-Resident and Offshore Tax Planning" ~ Books
10. "Taming the Lion: 100 Secret Strategies for Investing" ~ Books.