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Blu-ray Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is back and classier than ever in the much anticipated sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues. The movie focuses on Ron getting the news team back together for one last shot at glory with GNN, the Global News Network. Ron is on his own now and feels like a washed up pathetic excuse of a man since he lost his job to his wife Veronica (Christina Applegate). The only thing that can save him is being reunited with his news team of Brick (Steve Carell), Brian (Paul Rudd), and Champ (David Koechner).

Upon their arrival at GNN, life changes for the beloved news team in a way they certainly did not see coming. They are no longer the best of the business and are placed at the 2 am time slot while Jack Lime (James Marsden) has the primetime slot. This leads Ron to lay a bet: if Ron and his news team can beat Lime’s ratings he must legally change his name to Jack Lame, however if Ron cannot beat Lime’s number he has to retire and leave New York forever. Will Ron Burgundy pull through in a shocking way that only Ron Burgundy can do, or will he fall short and forever be trapped in a glass case of emotion?

One of the best parts of the Blu-Ray release of Anchorman: The Legend Continues is the inclusion of three versions of the film: the theatrical version, then the extended cut, and finally the Super Cut with a whopping 763 new jokes. The super cut there is still similar to the original cut but there is also enough recognizably new material that makes this “new” movie just as enjoyable. This new material is, however, rather dark and crude, the closest comparison would be early Family Guy jokes, so if that kind of humour makes you laugh than the Super Cut is definitely the way to go.

There is also an absolute abundance of bonus features on the Blu-Ray formats of the three disk set.  Disk one has commentaries, behind the scenes, table reads, and gag reals.  Disk two’s Super Cut edition has over ninety minutes of deleted, extended, alternative scenes, cast auditions, and a performance from Jack Black singing on request of Judd Apatow. Here is some in depth look at a few of these great features:

 

Benefit for 826LA: Spoiler Alert

The song that Jack Black sings about Anchorman is just so ridiculous and unexpected it is surprising it wasn’t included as a post credit scene. The song starts off by him giving credit to Judd Apatow and how great Anchorman is, and then continues into how his character is not included in the second part. The song is so ridiculous it perfectly encapsulates the ridiculousness of Anchorman.

Auditions

The audition between Meagan Good and Will Ferrell is absolutely hysterical. The scene shows Good’s character coming onto Ron and as the actress takes it to the next level Ferrell just explodes as he tries desperately to stay in character. The chemistry between the two was clearly strong from the audition and demonstrates why she made the cut into the movie.

Deleted/Extended Scenes

Some of these scenes were clearly left out from the movie for a very good reason as they simply were not that funny. However there were a few gems that were left out of the movie but I won’t spoil any of them because they deserved to be watch and not ruined.