Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Super Special 2-Disc Classy Edition (2004)

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Released 4-Oct-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary
Outtakes
Featurette-Making Of
Music Video
Deleted Scenes
Trailer
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Interviews-Character
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 90:14
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (19:24)
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Adam McKay
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Will Ferrell
Christina Applegate
Paul Rudd
Steve Carell
David Koechner
Fred Willard
Chris Parnell
Kathryn Hahn
Fred Armisen
Seth Rogen
Paul F. Tompkins
Danny Trejo
Scot Robinson
Case Slip Case
RPI ? Music Alex Wurman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English Audio Commentary
English Titling
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

   

"I thought maybe we could get together later and touch each other in the swimming suit area" Brick Tamland

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was first released on DVD a couple of years ago. This new release, the Super Special 2-Disc Classy edition, is made up of the previously released disc plus a new disc of additional extras along with a cardboard slipcover. It is also at a budget price point. It does not seem to be the director's cut which I believe is available in Region 1, although most of the extra bits seem to be in the extras.

    As many of you are no doubt aware, Anchorman is another film featuring the comedic talents of Will Ferrell (including a writing credit), Steve Carell and Paul Rudd along with many of their mates in cameos including Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Vince Vaughan, Luke Wilson and Ben Stiller (many of them as rival anchormen for other television stations). It was directed by Adam McKay who started his career on Saturday Night Live and was more recently responsible for the superior Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The story is set during the 1970s in a television station news room in San Diego. The news room has also been a purely male domain led by the anchorman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his crew, sports reporter, Champ Kind (David Koechner), field reporter, Brain Fantana (Paul Rudd) and weatherman, Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). Based on a directive from management, the news director, Ed Harken (played by one of my favourite comedic actors Fred Willard) brings in a woman as a new reporter, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). This causes great consternation amongst the guys who only see women as sex objects. They are especially surprised when their usual pick up approaches don't work with Veronica. Ron finds himself immediately attracted to her.

    There is some funny stuff here but overall it does not quite hit the heights of the best of these sort of comedies such as Talladega Nights or Zoolander. Most of the humour is more silly than clever although there are some good touches such as the amount of smoking, drinking and littering that goes on. One particularly funny scene involves a gang fight between the rival network news teams including Tim Robbins as the pipe-smoking machete-wielding PBS anchor and Ben Stiller as the anchor from the Spanish station. Ferrell is funny as Ron although does go a bit over the top at times such as after the incident with his dog. The cast and crew obviously had a lot of fun making this film and the extras reveal that a lot of dialogue was improvised.

    I enjoyed this film and in the Will Ferrell canon it is certainly better than some (Kicking & Screaming, Bewitched) but not up to the level of others (Talladega Nights or Stranger Than Fiction). This new edition is certainly worth a look for fans of the film due to the additional extras but is not an automatically recommended upgrade. Check out the extra section below for more detail.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 1.80:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced, which is close to the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. I noticed a couple of spots which had some light MPEG grain in the backgrounds but it is certainly not obtrusive. The shadow detail was excellent.

    The colour was excellent, showing of the garish 70s clothes and furnishings.

    In artefacts land, I noticed one black spot at 44:38.

    There are three sets of subtitles on this disc, all in English. Firstly there is an automatic stream for on-screen captions such as '3 months later'. Secondly there are English subtitles for the main dialogue which are clear and easy to read along with subtitles for the commentary.

    The layer change occurs at 19:24 and is not noticeable.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains  an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s plus the commentary.

    Dialogue was very clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The score of this film by Alan Wurman suits the time period and is combined with a number of well-known seventies songs featuring the boys' acapella version of Afternoon Delight!  

    The surround speakers were used for atmosphere mostly, some music and a few minor effects in keeping with the nature of the film.

    The subwoofer added bass to the music but didn't have a lot else to do.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    The extras are spread over the two discs. All the extras on Disc 1 were only the previous release and all those on Disc 2 are new. Most of the extras are not 16x9 enhanced. All have subtitles available.

Menu

    The menu design is fairly simple and a little uninspired despite featuring some motion and sound.

Disc 1

Audio Commentary - Adam McKay, Will Ferrell et al.

    As is generally the case with these films the commentary is very silly indeed. It is amusing and certainly worthwhile for fans of the films and/or the stars.

Bloopers (7:36)

    A combination of bloopers and other versions of improvised dialogue. This raises a few laughs.

The Making of Anchorman (9:31)

    Not a bad collection of footage both on-set and audition tapes of the main actors.

Afternoon Delight Music Video (3:51)

    A highlight of the extras. The news team making a video for Afternoon Delight which is a hoot!

Deleted Scenes (27:22)

    A large collection of mostly worthwhile deleted scenes including some alternate versions and dialogue along with a funny sequence about Baxter's funeral.

Trailers (1:23)

    Just a trailer for Meet The Fockers despite the plural used on the menu.

Disc 2

Today's Headlines (9:56)

    A collection of alternate and extended scenes. Nothing earth shattering but still amusing.

Special Report (6:49)

    Another set of outtakes mostly involving squirrels and defecation.

Cast Auditions (7:01)

    Full versions of audition tapes used in making of on Disc 1.

Rehearsals (9:10)

    Rehearsal footage of the cast including scenes not included in the film.

ESPN Auditions (1:56)

    Ron auditions for a job at ESPN with amusing results.

Commercial Break (2:05)

    On set footage and practical jokes including lots of Paul Rudd in Y-Fronts.

A Conversation with Ron Burgundy (10:42)

    Interview after a viewing of the film at the Museum of Radio & Television. Funny stuff.

Ron Burgundy at the MTV Movie Awards (10:14)

    Ron conducts interviews (in character) with Jim Caviezel, Burt Reynolds and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. Mildly amusing but mostly silly.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    There are a few different releases of this film available but the best comparison is probably to the Region 1 Limited Edition 2-Disc version.

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

    On this basis the Region 1 seems to be the best choice.

Summary

    An amusing but not classic film from Will Ferrell and his mates.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The set has a large collection of extra features.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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