Exporting Raymond

Exporting Raymond

DVD - 2011
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Follows Phil Rosenthal, creator of the hit TV series Everybody Loves Raymond, in his attempt to translate Raymond into a Russian sitcom. Rosenthal goes on a hilarious, warm, and intimate journey to a distant land to help people that don't seem to want his help. Lost in Moscow, lost in his mission, lost in translation, Rosenthal tries to connect to his Russian colleagues but runs into unique characters and situations that conspire to drive him insane. Includes commentary, and more.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2011]
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 01, 2017

Not as funny as I expected, but still an interesting documentary about exporting a sitcom to a country with a different language and culture.

Jul 10, 2016

Some of it was interesting.

Producer Phil Rosenthal tries to take one of my favorite shows "Everybody Loves Raymond" to the Russian audience. Along the way, he discovers that Russians have a different sense of humor and the adaptation takes much longer than expected to get done. This documentary is funny! Watching Phil try to deal with Russian TV executives, producers, actors (who all have their own ideas for the show) and his assigned driver produces many comical situations. If you loved "Raymond", you will probably enjoy this documentary. Recommended by Linda

May 04, 2015

Had never seen any Raymond before. The film in Russia was okay - but the bonus features included two episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond which were pretty good.

hania4987 Feb 13, 2014

this is my homage to the Sochi Olympics ... should be subtitled "lost in translation"

Aug 16, 2013

Have you ever been put into a business situation that you wish you hadn't? One in which everybody seems to be against you, for reasons unknown to you.? Well, think positive, misery loves company! Here's Phil Rosenthal -- successful American TV producer of "Everybody Loves Raymond", in Moscow --- offering a Russian TV studio guidance on how "Raymond" should be produced for a Russian audience: "Debra should wear the kind of clothes Russian wives wear when doing their daily cleaning and vacuuming ." Russian TV wardrobe fashionista: "No! The Debra character must only wear avant guarde fashions, even when cleaning!!!" And THAT is Phil's problem. It's a big problem, and it gets worse. The actor playing the part of Raymond shows absolutely no talent for tv comedy. The question: Will Phil Rosenthal be able to rescue this disaster-of-a-project in the making? Even if you're not a fan of "Raymond", this documentary is both entertaining and enlightening on the subtle differences between US and Russian culture. But you may wonder: If people are people wherever they live, are there really any differences in the end? Recommended.

Sep 27, 2012

I'm not a fan of sitcoms although an occasional viewing of Raymond could make me laugh, but this is a very funny dvd with cross-cultural humour misunderstandings on both sides.


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Aug 16, 2013

Russian TV studio executive, complaining to Phil Rosenthal about his repeated suggestions on how to improve the show : "Too much advice. Too many notes!!"


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