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ANCHORMAN: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - The Rich Mahogany Edition

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Running Time: 
94 Minutes
I’m probably one of the few people who have never seen Anchorman. I remember when it first came out some of my friends swore to me that it was the greatest comedy of all time and that Will Ferrell was in fact for real. I just never got around to it. 
Years later, in the presence of a looming sequel, I finally got the chance to see the film when I landed the Rich Mahogany Edition in my workload, and I have to admit I was kind of excited. It was a massive release that featured that not only the theatrical cut but the extended cut, over 30 deleted scenes, commentary tracks, collectable cards, and even movie cash for the sequel. 
So, I came home from work and sat down to watch the film. Opening menu sequences show Ferrell as Burgundy practicing his speaking technique, cracking a few jokes, drinking and smoking. I quickly selected the extended edition just in case the menu should reveal anything that I might find hilarious in the film itself. The film began. 
Not only was am I counted among the few who hadn’t seen Anchorman, up to this point, but I’m probably one of the few that didn’t find it to be that great of a film. For the most part, Steve Carell kind of stole the show with his simple minded character. The rest was kind of a horrible mish mash of lame jokes, bad acting, with the occasional moments of hilarity (Luke Wilson’s arm troubles had me rolling).
So, in a nutshell, that was my experience with the film. So what did I think of the Blu-Ray quality?
Anchorman comes at you in a pretty mixed 1080p picture that features, what I think is supposed to be a third man kind of film style that is made to look like the 70’s, a relatively strong sharpness and texture capturing quality that’s somewhat sapped by a lack of vivid colors (which might fall into the category of wardrobe style). In the scene after the dramatic brawl between news stations Farrell and Carell have a discussion about Carell’s actions in the field of battle and Carell, somewhat off in the upper right hand corner, is a bit blurred and out of focus. 
The film, artistically, seems to drag down the HD presentation a bit, but I was really wowed by the way you can see every pore on Farrell’s face in some scenes (even count the hairs on his moustache), and between Farrell and Applegate, their eyes really shine through in the HD atmosphere. There is a bit of white noise in some scenes but overall it’s the lack of vibrant colors and odd filming style that brought my experience down a notch as far as picture and immersion are concerned. 
Again, just a plethora of bonus features including the theatrical and extended cuts of the film, collectable cards, movie money, a 12 page diary featuring scribbles from Burgundy himself, over 30 deleted and extended scenes, commentary form the cast and crew. There’s just a ton of stuff in the bonus section, too much to name, but well worth it if you’re a fan of the film. 
AJ Garcia
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