Second Take: Bridesmaids on Blu-Ray

The hit comedy¬†Bridesmaids strolls down the DVD and Blu-Ray aisle this week, but before committing to a union with your hard-earned cash, you have to ask: is it really one of the funniest movies of 2011? The movie might have been funny and easygoing when you first met it, but how will it be once it’s living with you in your home? Comedies can be hilarious at first but lose their luster during repeat viewings. Is the spark still there?

Thankfully,¬†Bridesmaids is just as good the second time around the block, just as vulgar and dirty, if not more so. The movie is consistently funny from beginning to end. The relationship between Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) maintains its cuteness factor. And the Blu-Ray also comes with loads of deleted scenes that supply even more jokes.

In Bridesmaids, Annie (Wiig), a woman who has recently lost her boyfriend, her business and her job, learns that her best friend (Maya Rudolph) is getting married. She readily agrees to be the maid of honor, but is soon challenged by bridesmaid Helen (Rose Byrne), a beautiful, rich and successful young woman who, unlike Annie, appears to have her act together. As the wedding date approaches, Annie’s world crumbles apart, threatening to destroy her friendship and more. Luckily, her suffering is for our enjoyment.

Even for those who’ve already seen Bridesmaids, the Blu-Ray-DVD combo pack – available on September 20, 2011 – comes packed with a slew of deleted, extended and alternate scenes. Not all of them are good, of course, but several were cut merely for pacing or narrative purposes; there was a lot of funny material left on the cutting room floor. The deleted roommate scenes are especially entertaining, and disturbing.

Beyond the deleted scenes, the combo pack comes with a hilarious, nine-minute-long gag reel, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a variety of other little special features.

My only issue with the Blu-Ray is that the toggle for the theatrical and unrated version so the film (the unrated version adds six minutes to the movie) is buried under the special features menu. From a categorization viewpoint, it makes sense, but it isn’t very usable. I popped the disc into my Blu-Ray player, clicked Play and expected to be asked which version I wanted to watch. Instead, the movie just started – and not until I ventured into the extras section after I was done watching did I find the toggle. Bad design.

Bridesmaids is a funny movie that works just as well on a second viewing. The Blu-Ray offers even more comedic material. Thankfully, the honeymoon phase will last for a while longer.

By Erik Samdahl
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