Suffice it to say that it's been a tough year for Universal Pictures, at least commercially speaking; starting with the long-delayed remake of 'The Wolfman' and continuing through last month's geek-friendly 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World', the majority of their releases were D.O.A., regardless what Cinematical (or anybody else, for that matter) said about them. Thankfully, many of these films were actually pretty good, and with any luck will find their audiences on home video and cable. But not counting 'Scott Pilgrim', which probably had the year's highest hype-to-letdown ratio, 'MacGruber' was ushered into theaters with the strongest adversarial stink of "not another SNL adaptation," and despite being a raucously entertaining movie and one of the year's best comedies, it failed to explode (commercially) on impact.
On September 7, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released 'MacGruber' on Blu-ray and DVD, offering a modest slate of extras along with two different presentations of the film: the theatrical cut and an extended, unrated version. Regardless which one you choose to watch, both feature a scene that ranks among the funniest of the year, and one that's worth watching the whole film to catch, whether or not you think the rest of the film lives up to it.
In the film, Will Forte plays MacGruber, the be-mulleted action hero who returns from self-imposed exile to face off against his old foe Dieter von Cunth (Val Kilmer), who has plans to launch a rocket right into the heart of Washington D.C. After MacGruber recruits his team, and then loses them (for reasons that won't be spoiled here), he rounds up the few remaining people he can find to work with him: Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig), a former friend who became a lounge singer, and Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Philippe), a decorated soldier whom MacGruber delights in humiliating. In the scene in question, Piper and MacGruber are parked a few blocks away from a coffee shop that St. Elmo is sent to investigate. As MacGruber is explaining in ridiculous detail how she must behave, his van is attacked, resulting in one of the more brilliant miscommunications in recent movies.
Thankfully, there are dozens upon dozens of sequences and jokes that stand equal to this particular sequence, making 'MacGruber' an almost inevitable cult classic. The DVD and the Blu-ray, the latter of which looks amazing, is now available at retailers across the country.