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"MacGruber" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg

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Synopsis

MacGruber(Will Forte) is an ex-military specialist who, for the last ten years, has been living in a remote monastery trying to find peace in his life since his fiance Casey (Maya Rudolph) was killed by criminal mastermind Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer).  When the military learns that Von Cunth has stolen a powerful nuclear warhead called the X5, Col. James Faith (Powers Booth) and Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Philippe) convince MacGruber to come out of retirement, form a team, and go after Cunth before it's too late.

Specifications

  • Rogue Pictures
  • 2010, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 30 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1
  • Starring: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillipe, Val Kilmer, Power Booth, Maya Rudolph
  • Directed by Jorma Taccone
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: Explicit
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

I wasn't aware of the SNL skits featuring the MacGruber character and therefore didn't have any preconceptions before watching this movie.  I had originally watched this film when it was released in the theaters and thought it was absolutely hilarious.  I found it to be just as funny watching it for the second time around on the Blu-ray release.  The style of comedy is silly but the performers are exceptionally talented in making the outlandish situations work and delivering funny lines.  Will Forte and Kristen Wiig are delightful to watch on screen and it's also refreshing to see Val Kilmer play a comedic role, which he does really well.  The plot of MacGruber is painfully simple, but it's really just a vehicle for showing unique and ridiculous ways that the characters would handle dangerous situations.  The Blu-ray disc features an unrated version of the film, but I couldn't easily tell what the differences from the theatrical version were.  There may be some extra banter in there, but the unrated version didn't strike me as raunchier than the theatrical version.

Technical

MacGruber was shot using the RED One digital camera system which was also used on District 9, Angels and Demons, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian to name a few.  This film was originally shot in 4k and the transfer is very high quality, which makes the picture quality of this Blu-ray exceptional.  Colors are vibrant and make the scenery look really striking.  There is an excellent amount of detail throught the whole film as well as deep blacks, lots of shadow detail and really good contrast.  The image quality just looks fantastic for the entire film.  The audio track is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio and spares no expense in delivering the typical smashing, crashing, and thudding sounds present in major action flicks.  I really enjoyed the soundtrack on this film and also found it hilarious at times.  Overall the sound mix on this film was entertaining and done superbly.

Extras

There are very few extras on this Blu-ray release.  There is a single deleted scene, a gag reel, and commentary on the film with Will Forte, Director Jorma Taccone, and co-writer John Solomon.  I found the gag reel to be quite amusing, but it doesn't make up for the skimping on the included extras.