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Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts 01:33 PM 08-24-2010
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80






Studio and Year: DreamWorks - 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13/Unrated
Feature running time: 94/97 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carrel, Paul Rudd, Fred Willard, David Koechner
Directed by: Andy MacKay
Music by: Alex Wurman
Written by: Will Ferrell & Andy MacKay
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 31, 2010







"His news is bigger than your news"



Film Synopsis:

Will Ferrell (Old School, Elf) is Ron Burgundy, a top-rated 1970's San Diego anchorman who believes woman have a place in the newsroom - as long as they stick to covering fashion shows or late-breaking cooking news. So when Ron is told he'll be working with a bright young newswoman (Christina Applegate) who's beautiful, ambitious and smart enough to be more than eye candy, it's not just a clash of two TV people with really great hair - it's war!



My Take:

Will Ferrell's films run hot and cold for me. There are several of his movies that I have really liked while there are others that I just can't stomach. Honestly I am not clear as to why he feels the need to burden us in almost every one of his films with seeing him practically naked but what ever. I saw Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundy when it was first released on DVD and remember thinking it was kind of funny but typical of his brand of over zealous tomfoolery. When I was contacted regarding its release on Blu-ray I figured this would be a good opportunity to take another crack at it. This unrated two disc Rich Mahogany Blu-ray edition is a Best Buy Exclusive that includes the theatrical and unrated cuts of the film, a boatload of bonus material (including new content), The many months of Burgundy book and 12 collectible trading cards. I watched the unrated version which adds a little over three minutes to the theatrical cut's runtime. The story pokes satirical and of course over the top humor at 1970's network news.

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top news anchor and he along with his news team, Brian Fantana (Rudd), Brick Tamland (Carrel), and Champ Kind (Koechner) rule the airwaves every evening at six pm. When not working they share a carefree life of parties, women and comradery that is envied by the other news teams in town. Ron is beloved by the city of San Diego which has made him a network mainstay and the primary catalyst for their #1 ranking. It is the 1970's and the world is changing. In order to keep up with the times the network hires a female news correspondent by the name of Veronica Corningstone (Applegate). She is competent, attractive, ambitious and a threat to Ron's status as the center of attention. Veronica struggles to be taken seriously at work and has a fervent desire to be a news anchor. Her presence touches a nerve with everyone at the network and culminates in an episodic showdown with Ron for the anchor seat.

I must admit that this second viewing of Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundy proved more rewarding. Yes it's an outrageous, raunchy, and silly film but I got a kick out of the purposefully ridiculous dialogue, pitch perfect 1970's references, and the cohesive comedic interaction among the cast. Fred Willard's uncomfortable telephone conversations with his son's school cracked me up (love the one about the German pornography). Here are a few more scenes that had me chuckling aloud:


  • The cologne closet in Brian's office

  • Brick's pants party invitation

  • The biker and Baxter

  • Veronica and Ron at the overlook

  • When in Rome

  • The Afternoon Delight harmony

  • The news teams rumble

There are well placed cameos by the likes of Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Ben Stiller, and Luke Wilson. There are many who feel that Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundy is a comedy classic. I wouldn't compare it to my definition of a classic comedy film but I think that in its own right it deserves recognition for selection of a time period and subject matter that makes for hilarious fodder in the hands of writers Will Ferrell and Adam MacKay. Fans can revel in this fully loaded Rich Mahogany Blu-ray edition that brims with everything Ron Burgundy and makes for a perfect keepsake.



Parental Guide:

The unrated version is for mature audiences and contains adult situations, language and thematic material that would be inappropriate for young viewers.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 78



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Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundy comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 32 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps.

This is a decent looking encoding from Paramount that predominantly presents this catalog Blu-ray release in a positive light. Images have appreciable definition with adequate refinement which provide images with discernible structure and relatively clear resolution that draws perceivable nuance in the objects and people onscreen. There are a few soft spots and at times the video takes on an edgy quality but I didn't feel it problematic. The period style colors are bright with clean rendering and deep primary highlights. Fleshtones are a little on the warm side which gives complexions a mildly rosy tinge. Blacks are dynamic and punchy while appearing just a tad crushed. The films dark sequences exhibited very good balance between light and dark content with appreciable but not definitive visibility of detail in backgrounds. Grain is intact and clearly evident over the course of the presentation. Minor specks and debris are visible on the print but their presence is rarely intrusive.

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio retains a front loaded perspective with well defined dialogue that is always intelligible. I would have preferred smoother dynamic range and better depth/weight to sounds and voices but that is more a limitation of the recording and not the encoding. The soundfield is one dimensional with discernible front channel separation and clarity. The soundstage does open up nicely during the jazz club sequence. The music score has good dimensionality with adequate low frequency response. The rear channels occasionally supply mild ambient extension but envelopment is rarely involving. Bearing in mind that this is a six year old comedy that is predominantly driven by dialogue I would say that it sounds just fine.



Bonus Features:


  • Disc 1:


  • Theatrical and unrated versions of the film

  • Commentary with Adam MacKay, Will Ferrell, Lou Rawls, Andy Richter, Kyle Glass, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate

  • Deleted/Extended scenes - 36 segments

  • 7 minute blooper reel

  • ESPN Sports Center audition: Ron Burgundy

  • Afternoon Delight music video

  • Disc 2:


  • Feature introduction by Will Ferrell and Aaron Zimmerman

  • (HD) Lost Movie: Wake up Ron Burgundy - 94 minutes

  • Raw footage Good Takes - 27 segments

  • Afternoon Delight recording session

  • PSA - 5 segments with Ron Burgundy

  • Ron Burgundy's 1970 Emmy Award acceptance speech

  • AMC Loews Happy Birthday - From Ron Burgundy

  • 2004 MTV interviews by Ron Burgundy - Featuring Rebecca Romijn, Jim Caviezel, Burt Reynolds

  • Cinemax: The making of Ron Burgundy - 9 minutes

  • Reel comedy: Anchorman - 8 minutes

  • A conversation with Ron Burgundy - with Bill Kurtz - 10 minutes

  • Table read - 6 segments

  • Cast auditions - Christina Applegate, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrel, Fred Armisen, Justin Long

  • Rehearsals - 9 minutes of footage

  • Playback video - 5 minutes with Brick Tamland

  • Commercial break

  • (HD) Theatrical and teaser trailers

  • Trounced Spiderman TV spot



Final Thoughts:

Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundy is outrageous, raunchy, and silly but proves lots of fun thanks to a well conceived script that makes for hilarious fodder in the hands of writers Will Ferrell and Adam MacKay. I chuckled at the pitch perfect 1970's references, purposefully ridiculous (and funny) dialogue, and spot on comedic timing of the well placed cast. Fans can revel in this Best Buy exclusive and fully loaded Rich Mahogany Blu-ray edition that brims with everything Ron Burgundy. It comes from Paramount/DreamWorks offering high definition audio/video quality that clearly improves upon any previous home video release and is a must have keepsake for fans. Enjoy and Stay Classy!









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apexdown's Avatar apexdown 02:26 PM 08-24-2010
Thanks for the review Ralph.

I think I'll have to give this one another go.
goonstopher's Avatar goonstopher 10:23 PM 08-24-2010
Ralph,

Good points. This movie was HOOOOORIBLE the first time I saw it. Now I have seen it probably a hundred times and it is one of m favorite movies of all time. It grows on you, amazing movie.
DJ Matt's Avatar DJ Matt 12:02 AM 08-25-2010
I will have to check this out again as its a fairly decent comedy.
price3's Avatar price3 06:55 AM 08-25-2010
I had the same feelings as goonstopher
vpn75's Avatar vpn75 08:10 AM 08-25-2010
I have this on HD-DVD. Doesn't sound like the BD is an appreciable upgrade so I'll probably just hang on to it.
JamE55's Avatar JamE55 08:34 AM 08-25-2010
This movie should be categorized as "Movies you love to hate" but still watch it. lol!
goonstopher's Avatar goonstopher 09:36 AM 08-25-2010
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Originally Posted by JamE55 View Post

This movie should be categorized as "Movies you love to hate" but still watch it. lol!

Jeez I don't get it... Me and my friends use to sit and watch this movie together literally 2 times a week for about 2 years straight. I have it memorized and yet some people don't like it.

First time I watched it I shut it off, but it grew on me. Now Napoleon Dynamite was another movie around this time period that people liked for some reason and I think it is still the most painful experience EVER. For a while I used it as a way to judge girls, if they said they liked that movie the conversation was over and I walked away haha.
mnc's Avatar mnc 11:31 AM 08-25-2010
This is my favorite Will Ferrell movie even though I thought it was just ok the first time I watched it. I have the HD-DVD already probably won't buy again as long as my player still works.
Rhythm-X's Avatar Rhythm-X 01:37 PM 09-06-2010
Boooo. This disc appears to be incompatible with Momitsu-derived players. A friend of mine with the Insignia WiFi Netflix Blu-ray player bought it and complained that it seemed to skip chapters. I borrowed it and tried it in my nearly identical (minus Netflix and Wi-Fi) Sherwood BDP-5004 and got the exact same thing - it goes straight from the Dreamworks logo to Burgundy shouting "Cannonball!" and jumping into the pool on both the PG-13 and Unrated versions. I can scan backwards from that point and everything's there that's supposed to be there - it's just getting skipped automatically.
Chad Varnadore's Avatar Chad Varnadore 03:18 PM 09-06-2010
While I usually enjoy Will Ferrell's cameos and supporting roles, the only movie with him in the lead that that I've really liked was Stranger than Fiction. I didn't even bother with this one, Step Brothers, or the ice skating one, but with all the high praise I've read on this BD, I might have to give Ferrell another try. Thanks for the review Ralph.
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts 03:36 PM 09-06-2010
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Originally Posted by Chad Varnadore View Post

While I usually enjoy Will Ferrell's cameos and supporting roles, the only movie with him in the lead that that I've really liked was Stranger than Fiction. I didn't even bother with this one, Step Brothers, or the ice skating one, but with all the high praise I've read on this BD, I might have to give Ferrell another try. Thanks for the review Ralph.

Greetings,

Looking forward to hearing your impressions Chad..

Regards,
Stormshadow4life's Avatar Stormshadow4life 07:47 PM 09-07-2010
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Originally Posted by Chad Varnadore View Post

While I usually enjoy Will Ferrell's cameos and supporting roles, the only movie with him in the lead that that I've really liked was Stranger than Fiction. I didn't even bother with this one, Step Brothers, or the ice skating one, but with all the high praise I've read on this BD, I might have to give Ferrell another try. Thanks for the review Ralph.

So it would seem that you've dismissed ALL of his movies except for Ricky Bobby, The Other Guys, and Elf? Or should we assume you've seen all his current ones?
goonstopher's Avatar goonstopher 08:18 PM 09-07-2010
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Originally Posted by Chad Varnadore View Post

While I usually enjoy Will Ferrell's cameos and supporting roles, the only movie with him in the lead that that I've really liked was Stranger than Fiction. I didn't even bother with this one, Step Brothers, or the ice skating one, but with all the high praise I've read on this BD, I might have to give Ferrell another try. Thanks for the review Ralph.

Some people like his over the top roles, others his more subtle stuff. My (dumb) ex-gf likes him just because he yells and is loud and stupid. She totally didn't get anchorman or the other guys in which he is a little more subtle. I agree Stranger Than Fiction holds a strange place for me and I appreciate it but anchorman and the other guys are his best movies.
Chad Varnadore's Avatar Chad Varnadore 01:41 PM 09-08-2010
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Originally Posted by Stormshadow4life View Post

So it would seem that you've dismissed ALL of his movies except for Ricky Bobby, The Other Guys, and Elf? Or should we assume you've seen all his current ones?

I'm not the type to categorically dismiss anything. But his zanier starring roles haven't been a priority on my wishlist.

Not that it matters, but I pretty much hated Ricky Bobby - at least as close to hating a movie as I've probably ever come. I can't remember The Other Guys off the top of my head, but apparently, if I saw it, it didn't leave a lasting enough impression for me to remember the title. Elf was OK the first time. I sold the dvd, bought the BD and then realized I didn't like it as much as I thought, but I'm sure, if the mood strikes, I'll revisit the film during some distant holiday season, while looking to reminisce.
Chad Varnadore's Avatar Chad Varnadore 01:49 PM 09-08-2010
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Originally Posted by goonstopher View Post

Some people like his over the top roles, others his more subtle stuff. My (dumb) ex-gf likes him just because he yells and is loud and stupid. She totally didn't get anchorman or the other guys in which he is a little more subtle. I agree Stranger Than Fiction holds a strange place for me and I appreciate it but anchorman and the other guys are his best movies.


Thanks. I tried to pick up Anchorman today, but BB grossly underestimated demand and/or doesn't actually want to sell that many copies at today's special price, since, unlike other out-of-stock items, you can't order it online either.
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