The Movie: 7/10
It’s funny, several times. It’s kooky, most of the time. It’s immature and eye-rollingly goofy, almost all of the time. These are thoughts that come to mind when thinking of Anchorman 2. Why does it make me laugh at all? I find that more than it being funny in a humorous way it’s more funny in the “I can’t believe grown men get paid millions of dollars to act like idiots and here I am giggling at them.” kind of way. Laughter is laughter so I can’t take that away from the Burgundy world. I laugh. I laugh at individual moments, specific jokes, behaviors, singular bits and pieces. Overall I don’t think of the movie as being funny, just kind of dumb. That’s not an insult, just an observation.
The story is Ron gets knocked back by a circumstance, needs to win Veronica’s heart, and get through the new age 24 hour news infancy. Where do the 70’s crew fit into an 80’s kind of world? Answer, they don’t exactly. Their naivety and basic views of the world tap into the lowest possible denominator, the news people WANT and not the news people NEED. Kittens, pro America caricature stories and the like. They win over the duller portion of the viewing audience only to win over the executives who run the network. There are troubles however, Ron can’t seem to get his priorities straight. He somehow stumbles upon some feelings for his son and wife only to become, well, you’ll have to watch the movie.
The same hygiene happen in this Burgundy flick as the other, of course. I don’t like to compare, but it really doesn’t matter. If jokes that are better suited for a 6 year old are your speed, you know I don’t need to tell you that this is a movie you will probably laugh along with. If you are not a child inside, you might giggle, laugh once or twice, and come away like I did thinking, “Yes, it’s Ron Burgundy and the gang of improvisational actor/comedians who indulge the director and themselves with a ridiculous amount of tomfoolery. Not a bad thing.
- Commentary By Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, & David Koechner – If you like the humor in the film, the commentary here is as random and funny as well. The commentary is only available on the extended version of the movie.
- Behind The Scenes: Newsroom – A 19 minute making of featurette that focuses on the newsroom they built especially for the movie. Lots of behind the scenes fun including some of the times when Ron Burgundy loses his composure.
- 2 Gag Reels – Two 8 minute gag reels you know what to expect here.
- 2 Line O Ramas – Different takes and various scenes, a staple for an Apatow Blu-Ray release.
- Kench O Rama – Watch Kench Allenby act goofy.
- Deleted Scenes – 8 deleted scenes, which are not included in the super sized version of the movie.
- Extended Scenes – Easily an hour of extended scenes here on top of the hour added to the movie. For Anchorman completionists only.
- Previsualisations – Computer animatics and test footage from the CGI parts of the movie.
- Cast Table Read – Theatrical, Unrated & Super Sized Versions Of The Movie – Not the whole movie in table read form but quick clips from the most funny parts.
- Rare Cast Auditions – Old footage of cast members auditioning, Fun fact Dick Phuck originally auditioned for Brian Fantana & Brick.
- Benefit For 826LA – Jack Black who is missing from the actual movie performs a song for Anchorman 2.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
The menu is fine, a shot from the movie of everyone dancing in a disco. My husband liked it, but to be honest, it was a bit boring. I wouldn’t have the cover as a poster, just a bit too Burgundy for me.
Audio & Video: 10/10
Paramount have a bona-fide WHAMMY on their hands here with a pristine 1080P AVC transfer that is as good as it gets. The image here is so crisp and sharp I am starting to wonder if Blu-Ray can get any better than this. Colors are vibrant and shadow detail is as deep any film I have seen, flesh tones are accurate and no flaws are evident at all. This is a stunning looking movie and one Ron Burgundy would pull out the Jazz flute to celebrate.
The Fantastic DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Lossless soundtrack is also in the upper tier of quality. The film has a variety of 70’s and 80’s music and whenever it plays the room lights up. Obviously the movie is a comedy and most of it is dialog, but surprisingly the film also has a great deal of special effects and surround sound action. When the dialog is playing you will not miss a word as it’s central and very crisp and clear. So there it is Anchorman 2 on Blu-Ray if you are a fan what are you doing reading this? Get out there and pick it up now, it’s Brian Fantana approved because 50 percent of the time it works every time.
Overall Score 6.5/10