Anchorman Blu-ray Review
one of the most successful and iconic comedies to be
released in the past decade. There's a part of me that is still
how successful it's become but it's undeniable that the film has a
charm that makes it work more than most comedies produced in the past
so of the genre. The entire film harkens back to a lot of great
the 80's and it does so remarkably well with a jubilant over-the-top
that makes fun of some of the stereotypes and dated-culture aspects of
story concept revolves around a local TV news anchorman
named Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) who is egotistical, arrogant, sexist,
news anchor for San Diego's #1 broadcast news source. The film
revolves around Burgundy as the station's main anchor (and it spends a
time of his follies) while introducing Veronica Corningstone (Christina
Applegate) as an ambitious and up-and-coming news-anchor who wants to
within the station.
station also has several other employees who all look up
to and admire Ron Burgundy while working with him: Brian Fantana (Paul
Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and Champ (David Koechner). Brian has an
over-the-top idea on how stylish, desirable, and 'cool' he is (which no
helps him as a field reporter for the station). Brick is the
weatherman. He is the
nicest person on the team but he has an IQ of 48, and doesn't always
what the rest of the group is doing. He is the most innocent of the
is the sportscaster and he seems to possibly be the most chauvinistic
the group, but his apparent feelings for Burgundy (which seem a bit...
obsessive?) seem to suggest he might be a closeted homosexual. This is
of Burgundiers. They go together like a pack of wolves. Or dogs. (I
storyline often revolves around the way in which
Veronica persists to succeed at the network in following her dream to
be a news
anchor despite the sexism in the workplace and the advances by most of
coworkers. After many attempts made by Burgundy to attract Veronica the
eventually wind up dating before a breakup and feud happens over her
the team as co-anchor. This storyline contaisn social satire and is
also demonsrative of a romantic heart to the film as the story unravels
about Ron and Veronica in a way that pins a romantic element to
film goes for a lot of humor based around the senseless
sexism of the 1970's workplace and news-stations, showing the
the situation. In one hilariously timed scene placed early in
everyone in the news-team is shouting out angry tirades about Veronica
the team and Brick jumps into the mix with: "I
don't know what we're yelling about:
LOUD NOISES!" These kinds of comedic moments work as social commentary
about the seventies culture in the workplace while being funny at the
storyline of Anchorman
also taps into the feuding news-stations with a sub-plot involving the
of the various news teams, when Burgundy and company goes up against
their field. Burgundy's biggest rival happens to be Wes Mantooth (Vince
Vaughn), who leads a competing news team against Burgundy's. They
quarrel over the
fact Mantooth's station always comes in second place in the ratings.
to one of the best sequences in the entire film as a gigantic
brawl occurs which is jubilantly over-the-top and ridiculous: it almost
a mini-film extravaganza featuring hilarious cameos by Tim Robbins, Ben
and Luke Wilson as other anchormen.
Ferrell and the rest of the comedians who comprise the
cast of Anchorman put forth some of
the most quoted moments in comedy. This is one of the ways in which
has showed the most success. It has truly entered into popular culture
of the most loved comedies of the past decade with it becoming one of
quoted films around. There was an abundance of catchphrase like moments
film which became quite popular after its release and this has remained
the truest indicators of the film's legacy success. Here is a sampling
of some famous
quotes from Anchorman:
Kind of a Big Deal."
of the time, it works 100% of the time."
of the things that impresses me the most about the film
is (perhaps unsurprisingly) the performance delivered by Will Ferrell.
manages to be both insanely unlikeable at times during the film's
yet his character and performance also manages to display this
softer side that is more 'human' and compelling. This is truly a great
indicator reflecting the comedic (and acting) chops of Ferrell, which
film ultimately be a significantly more enjoyable comedy. The rest of
the cast 'meets
up' with his performance undeniably well and Anchorman
is a truly good ensemble showcase when it wants to be. There are also a
ton of cameos sprinkled throughout the film that add to the comedic
wonder when the film is at it's most successful.
not be a 'perfect' comedy: I certainly never felt that
way about it upon release or even after the onslaught of fandom it
Yet it is a genuinely funny film. Something about this film just
"works" and appeals to a ton of people. It's part Ferrell's comedic
chops, undoubtedly, but it's also the
way the film offers successful satire and a surprising heart by
Some of the jokes might go on to long, some of them would have been
actually left on the cutting-room floor, and some additional editing
made certain scenes play even better than they do in either the
extended versions. Regardless, Anchorman
works well more often than it doesn't and it certainly entertains. It's
considered a comedy classic at this point and fans of the film continue
enjoy the comedic sensibilities it contains
today as much as they did when it was first released.
Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-4 1.78:1 framed transfer that is close to the
presentation originally featured. This is a stellar presentation for a
The bitrates hover around the mid-to-upper 30mbps range and the detail,
clarity, and depth is surprisingly a effective element of the film's
presentation. This is an intentionally subdued cinematic film with
cinematography that feels perfect for the 70's vibe featured
throughout and the high quality transfer maintaining that vision makes
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 24 bit audio
presentation is the best I expect this film to ever be capable of
It's competent and it sounds good with the lossless sound presentation
there isn't anything too impressive about this sound mix which is only
occasionally effective in utilizing the surrounds and is mostly a front
center sound design. This is a dialogue heavy film and in that regard
quality of the presentation succeeds. It just isn't as immersive as a
experience. This might not be that big of a surprise. Comedies rarely
the best audio presentations in terms of sound design and Anchorman
is no different in this regard.
release is packed to the brim
with extra content. So much so that the title of the edition being
to the "Rich Mahogany" line from the film is appropriate given that
this is certainly a set with tons of material that should please fans.
rare case, I'm not sure if having this much supplemental material is
but then again... diehard fans of Anchorman
will undoubtedly love having so much extra content (even if a lot of it
to fluffy pancakes).
of all, viewers get the
option of picking between two versions of Anchorman:
theatrical and extended. Either option provides (more-or-less) the
exact film with just a few differences to the overall film. There are
commentaries tracks (one for each version) featuring cast and crew - including Will Ferrell and director Adam
disc one, the following is also
included: bloopers, 36 deleted and/or extended scenes, the Afternoon
Delight music video (featuring the cast of the film), and
an ESPN SportsCenter Audition featuring Ron Burgundy.
two contains an abundance of
extras for Anchorman as well. This kicks-off with the full length Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (HD)
feature film. Originally released as a direct-to-DVD release it is
this collector's edition in high definition as one of the supplements.
so much footage was shot during the making of Anchorman that the film
several cut sequences and entire sub-plots which were removed from the
version. Some of the footage was later included just as deleted scenes
here is a reassembled option, showcasing some of the 'big' moments cut.
seems like a great concept and it's clear that the feature had a lot of
into editing it to be a 'feature'. However, it still feels like a
containing the less-funny and rightfully excised moments of Anchorman.
second disc contains an
introduction by Will Ferrell and Aaron Zimmerman, raw footage known as
"Good Takes" (which contains 27 different takes and improvisations), Anchorman
cast auditions, Ron Burgundy PSA's, Ron Burgundy Emmy Awards Speech,
from 6/2/03 (featuring six scenes), Happy Birthday AMC Loews,
the MTV Music Awards, Cinemax: The Making of Anchorman,
Comedy Central: Reel Comedy, Anchorman, rehearsal
footage, and trailers promoting Anchorman.
set also contains a 32 page print "Ron Burgundy's Diary" and 12
"trading cards" (though I wonder who would trade them if the cards are
one of the most beloved comedies of the past decade.
This "Rich Mahogany" special edition Blu-ray was previously exclusive
to Best Buy stores but is now available everywhere as the premiere of
sequel is almost here. It has solid PQ/AQ and tons of
of whether or not Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
turns out to be any good, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron
a good comedy and this collector's edition will undoubtedly satisfy
Will Ferrell and company.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.