"RICH MAHOGANY" EDITION
OVERVIEW: Celebrate the arrival of the most eagerly awaited film of the millennium by bringing home the insanely funny comedy that started it all: ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY The “Rich Mahogany” Edition Blu-ray arrives in stores everywhere December 3, 2013 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring Will Ferrell as the titular news anchor who is suddenly faced with the encroaching equality of women in the workplace, ANCHORMAN is a hilarious take on the battle of the sexes. The beloved and treasured film that amazed and inspired a generation also stars Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and Fred Willard.
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY The “Rich Mahogany” Edition two-disc Blu-ray features three versions of the film: the theatrical version, an unrated version and Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, all in glorious high definition. The Blu-ray also boasts hours of ultra-classy bonus material including bloopers, table reads, cast auditions, deleted and extended scenes, filmmaker and cast commentary, celebrity interviews, the recording session for “Afternoon Delight” and much, much more.
FILM REVIEW: “I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal.” That just about sums up Ron Burgundy, San Diego's top rated newsman, from the 70’s, a time where newsmen were gods. Anchorman is a very funny comedy in what can only be considered a superb directorial debut by Saturday Night Live (SNL) writer Adam McKay. However, this isn’t your straight, run of the mill comedy. Its more like those weird SNL sketches which some people either find incredibly funny or incredibly stupid.
In Anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the legendary newsman beloved by San Diego. Ron lives life like a famous rock star. The rest of his news team is composed of on-the-scene reports with Brian Fontana (Paul Rudd), weather with Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and sports with Champ Kind (David Koechner). The news business in the 70’s is a male dominated industry and when Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) arrives she begins to shake things up a bit with her desire to anchor the evening news. Veronica gets her chance when Ron can’t make it on time because he gets into an argument with a motorcyclist played by Jack Black after Ron throws a burrito at him. Jack Black takes this revenge and throws something beloved by Ron over the bridge in what is probably the second funniest scene in the movie. The funniest scene belongs to the street fight lead by the anchors of the other local news’ Vince Vaughn, the public televisions news’ Tim Ribbons, and the Spanish news’ Ben Stiller.
The ratings increase after Veronica broadcast, and she is offered the co-anchor chair right next to Ron. Soon after this, the romance between Ron and Veronica draws to a chill and both are looking on ways to make the other look bad on live television. Veronica wins when she finds out the Ron reads whatever is written on the teleprompter no matter was it is. Ron is fired after he insults the entire city of San Diego and turns to the bottle to deal with the pain. When Veronica turns up missing for a live shot at the San Diego zoo for the birth of a panda, Ron is called upon in an attempt to revive his career and his love affair with Veronica.
The performance by Will Ferrell and Steve Carell were flawless. Although we’ve seen Ferrell do these type of characters before. Carell’s retarded weatherman is hilarious and he manages to delivers on just about every line. Christina Applegate did a great job handling this corky sort of comedy. Vince Vaughn (Wes Mantooth) also gives a noteworthy performance however his role is very small. The two funniest scenes as I mentioned early are those with Jack Black confronting the burrito throwing Ron and the street fight against the Spanish news, the Public television new and other local new cast.
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.39:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.39:1) 16x9
English 7.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby
Digital, and English
Subtitles - English
SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese
Theatrical version of the film
Extended, unrated version of the film (branched)
Commentary with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Lou Rawls, Andy Richter,
Kyle Gass, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate
Deleted & Extended Scenes (nearly 50 minutes)
“Afternoon Delight” Music Video
ESPN Sports Center Audition – Ron Burgundy
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
Feature Introduction by Will Ferrell and Aaron Zimmerman
Public Service Announcements
Raw Footage “Good Takes”
“Afternoon Delight” Recording Session
Happy Birthday AMC Loews
o Rebecca Romijn
o Jim Caviezel
o Burt Reynolds
Cinemax: The Making of Ron Burgundy
Reel Comedy: Anchorman
A Conversation with Ron Burgundy