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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Unrated Edition)
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01.03.2005 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Unrated Edition) order
Director:
Adam McKay

Actors:
Will Ferrell
Christina Applegate
Fred Willard

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It's the height of the seventies and pompous anchorman Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) has the run of San Diego when it comes to the six o'clock news but when the station manager assigns the beautiful Veronica Corningstone (Applegate) to his newsroom, Burgundy and his chauvinistic co-hosts do their best do discredit her and send her back to the kitchen where women belong.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

Despite it's very funny second half, ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY, is an average movie at best. The beginning of the film is hit and miss with a few funny jokes and many stale shots at the attitudes and clothing of the seventies. Granted Will Ferrell could make me laugh if I just watched him mow a lawn, I had a really hard time getting into the flick until it kicked into gear about forty-five minutes in. We'll all agree the seventies were a ridiculous decade and there's much to laugh at but one can only laugh so many times at big facial hair and leisure suits. The big problem though is that when the film did start getting funny, it was mostly disposable humor caused by the sheer silliness of the characters and their actions. It's really nothing you'll remember once the movie is over and nothing you'll have a good time remembering more than a couple hours after you're done watching it. If you're looking for a quick entertainment fix, it should quench your thirst but I can think of about a half-dozen of Ferrell's Saturday Night Live characters than I'll remember more than Ron Burgundy when I wake up in the morning.

This was by no means a one man show as Ferrell was able to count on some solid support from his newsroom colleagues Fred Willard, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, all of whom imbued their character with enough sleazy humor to draw out a fair share of snickers. Christina Applegate wasn't out of place either as the ambitious reporter out for Burgundy's anchor chair. A slew of big names also appeared in riotous cameo roles as rival newscasters aiming to grab the #1 rating out of Burgundy's Channel 4 crew. There's one sequence in particular in which all the newscasters face off which is the one scene in the movie that might leave a lasting impression. I won't spoil it for you bit suffice it to say it's beyond stupid and beyond funny. Just seeing these people show up was worth it and the scene was funny as much due to that surprise than to what it contained itself. All in all, you'll most definitely get your laughs watching Ron Burgundy show off his "guns" and his "massive erection" but you'll have to wait a little while for them and you'll forget most of them soon after, I wouldn't consider this movie wasted time however because in case you don't laugh that much, you can still get your kicks off Christina Applegate's great ass just like Ron Burgundy does at his party!

THE EXTRAS

Full-Length Audio Commentary With Director Adam McKay and Star Will Ferrell: The unrated version of the commentary starts off with both men seeing what the most vulgar thing they can say is and is probably best served with a side dish of marijuana. A bunch of cast members join in as well including Christina Applegate and some guest commentators like Andy Richter and Lou Rawls. It's funny but it gets a bit old after a while.

Bloopers (8 mins): A reel of screwed-up lines and people cracking up. There's a lot of totally messed-up improv on there which is actually quite funny.

The Making of Anchorman (10 mins): I remember when a making of  feature was something you'd catch on late night TV and you'd get to see crazy stunt men and special effects. Apparently, since DVDs have come into existence, it has been redefined to a ten minute studio clip of actors and filmmakers discussing their characters with a couple of auditions tape thrown into the mix...

"Afternoon Delight" Music Video (4 mins): A song performed by Will Ferrell and accompanied with a very funny video clip of the film's actors.

A Conversation with Ron Burgundy (10 mins): This is a hilarious interview conducted by A&E's Bill Kurtis with Ferrell in full Ron Burgundy character. I never thought I'd hear someone ask Bill freaking Kurtis for an open mouth kiss but here it is!

Ron Burgundy at the MTV Movie Awards (4 mins): A very funny clip of Ron Burgundy interviewing the electric Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (is she still "Stamos"?) at the MTV Movie Awards. She's a good sport.

ESPN Audition (2 mins): A disastrous audition by Ron Burgundy for the all-sports ESPN channel. Doberman pinscher genitalia anyone?

Deleted Scenes (30 mins): There were so many deleted scenes for this flick that they were actually recuperated and made into a whole other movie (Wake Up. Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie). Here you'll be able to catch over twenty deleted or alternate scenes whose funny factor runs from poor to hilarious.

You can also access text features containing Cast & Filmmaker Bios and Production Notes.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY will not make it to the comedy hall of fame but it still dishes out a decent amount of laughs. I wouldn't rate it more than a rental just because I can't imagine watching it over and over again but I'd take it home from the video store for a one night stand.
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