Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition - Blu-ray Review - Home Theater Forum and Systems - HomeTheaterShack.com

Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
Mike Edwards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 4,996
My System
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition - Blu-ray Review


Title: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition

Movie:
Video:
Audio:
Extras:


HTS Overall Score:81




Summary
Ah yes, Will Ferrell, the man has put out many a funny movie (and just as many unfunny ones), but very few of his movies is as highly regarded as “Anchorman”. The rowdy group of mischief and mayhem are back at it again with Will Ferrell in perfect form here. I’ve always said that the true test of a comedy is not how much it makes you laugh, but how well it holds up over time. A lot of humor is situational and dated to that particular time period, but a movie that can be funny no matter what generation is watching it, is deemed a success in my book. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve quoted “It works 60% of the time, all the time!”, or “Did you just throw a burrito at me?” (Don’t ask about that one) over the years. Ron Burgandy left such an impact on me that I use it as the baseline for “was it as funny as….?” Comments regarding comedies to this day.

Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell), is living the high life. As a news Anchor for the channel 4 news team he’s living the wild life of fame. He’s known and loved by everyone (well except for the other news teams) and has lavish parties where he’s got women swooning over him and men wanting to be him. Only problem is that he’s a wildly mysgonistic and sexist pig of a man. News anchoring is the man’s world and he knows it! All of his misconceptions are thrown on the line when Channel 4 team hires on Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) to be the new anchor along with Ron and his cadre of miscreants. This throws the men into a wild fit, shocked and outraged that a WOMAN, of all things, is being allowed into their male dominated world. This sends Ron and his crew into the throws jealousy and they heap prank after prank on Veronica’s head in hopes that she’ll quit and run away, leaving them to gloat over their conquest. Only problem is that Veronica is just a tad more strong willed than they originally anticipated. Add Ron falling for Veronica and we have ourselves a bit of a pickle.

Oh Ron, there are literally thousands of other men that I should be with instead, but I am 72 percent sure that I love you.

Now Ron can be one charming fella when he wants to be and Veronica (against her better judgment) falls for Ron just as hard. The problem is that Ron is still an egotistical maniac and no romance with that kind of a guy is going to go well. Soon enough Ron has alienated Veronica and gotten himself fired from the news Station. Roaming around San Diego, he’s a man without a home, a man without a calling. However, as fate would have it, there is an emergency in town that only Ron Burgandy can solve and it’s time for the famous four to come to the rescue and save the news once more.


Brick, where did you get a hand grenade?

“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy” is a hodgepodge of some of the great comedians in our time. There is just LUDICRIOUS amounts of cameos and guest stars throughout the whole film. We’ve got Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Fred Willard, Vince Vaughn, John C. Reilly and even cameos from Ben Stiller, Judd Apatow, Luke Wilson and many more to boot. Will Ferrell lights up the screen with his irreverent take on machismo and sexism, reveling in the ludicrous and absurd all the while teasing us with grains of reality and mocking the social norms we’ve come to accept. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the movie over the years, but each and every time it makes me lose myself laughing on the floor.

With a rock solid cast, each of the characters fall into their clichés with gusto and carry the movie with their zany acting. Will Ferrell is the perfect person to play an offensive character, and Steve Carell, as much as I don’t like him as a front man, is hysterical as the mentally challenged Brink Tamland. The sheer irreverence and skirting the lines of political correctness allows the film to both mock and strengthen the social norms that the film is about. Christina Applegate oozes into her role with the perfection of an artist, playing her character off as stunning to the eyes and at the same times playing a sassy girl with just enough fight in her to make it interesting. All in all the actors have the characters down pat and they’ve become some of the most memorable and most quoted characters in comedy history

What? You ate the whole... wheel of cheese? How'd you do that? Hey, I'm not even mad; that's amazing. How 'bout we get you in your p.j.'s and we hit the hay.



Rating:

Rated PG-13 for sexual humor, language and comic violence


Video
This is the same transfer as the original 1 disc version of the film back in the early days of the format. As early of a transfer as it was, it still is very solid encode. The colors are bright and cheerful and there’s a pretty solid level of detail throughout the film there’s some soft shots out in the open, but there’s also a lot of makeup covering Will Ferrell’s aging face so it’s rather understandable. Black levels are deep and inky, for the most part, with only minor black crush in a few scenes. The only real problems is that there is some pretty decent haloing going on around the characters as well as whites being pushed a bit too hard in some scenes. Other that those issues there’s very little digital artifacting going on. Just a few speckles and dirt on the film source.








Audio
Now the audio is decent, but unfortunately not stellar. As with most comedies the soundtrack is a bit front heavy with most of the weight going into the center and mains rather than give an encompassing feel to the film. Surrounds are used for some decent ambience, but there’s not a lot to work with. The occasional sound of traffic coming through the rears or the thud of a door, but the majority of the noise is all coming front and center. Now, with that being said, there is still a great deal of good to be said about the soundtrack. The vocals are locked firmly in the center channel and have some great directionality to them. Dynamic range is very smooth, giving us some decent levels to compare against and the sub adds some nice low end to the movie. Nothing wild, per se, but just a decent low end rumble for things such as a car crash, the thud of books landing on the floor and a door slamming shut. A serviceable track that gets the job done well, but doesn’t have much more to itself being the type of movie it is.




Extras:

• 12 Playing Cards
• 32 Page Diary of Ron Burgandy
• Commentary by Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Lour Rawls, Andy Richter, Kyle Glass, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate
• Bloopers
• 36 Deleted and Extended Scenes
• "Afternoon Delight" Music Video
• ESPN SportsCenter Audition - Ron Burgandy
• "Wake up Ron Burgandy: The Lost Movie"
• Intro-Commentary with Will Ferrell and Aaron Zimmerman
• Raw Footage :Good Takers"
• Cast Auditions
• Comedy Central - Reel Comedy: "Anchorman"
• Table Read 6/20/03
• TV Spots
• 2 Versions of the Film





Overall:


I have to say that “Anchorman” is one of the better comedies in the last decade, and one of Will Ferrell’s last funny movies. I’m hoping beyond hope that “Anchorman 2” can rise to the greatness that the original is hailed as, but only time will tell if the team can come back after 10 years and still have that charisma. The audio and video are good on this release, but what really shines through is just the copious amount of extras that are on the disc. This edition was previously a Best Buy exclusive edition that was going for some serious coin up until now on Ebay or half.com. We get the nice fancy box packaging not only the physical swag, such as the playing cards or Ron’s journal, but a second disc full of TONS of special features, and one exceptional treat. The lost movie, a movie made completely out of the extras and deleted footage that never made itself into the film. With a slightly different plotline and some great lost gags it makes for an incredible special feature that is worth the price of a double dip for this edition. I can only say one thing. BUY IT!!!!


Additional Information:

Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
Directed by: Adam McKay
Written by: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, Spanish DD 5.1
Studio: Paramount
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 97 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: Dec 3rd, 2013


Buy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy (Unrated Rich Mahogany Edition) Blu-ray on Amazon



Recommendation: Get It!


More about Mike
Mike Edwards is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 05:50 AM
Elite Shackster
 
tripplej's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,965
Re: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition - Blu-ray Review

Thanks for the review. I never saw this movie and was wondering if it really was living up to the hype. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I will check it out. Thanks once again.
tripplej is online now  
post #3 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
Mike Edwards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 4,996
My System
Quote:
tripplej wrote: View Post
Thanks for the review. I never saw this movie and was wondering if it really was living up to the hype. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I will check it out. Thanks once again.
You've never seen "Anchorman"? I think that's actually a cardinal sin!
Mike Edwards is online now  
post #4 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 05:55 AM
Elite Shackster
 
tripplej's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,965
Re: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition - Blu-ray Review

Quote:
Mike Edwards wrote: View Post
You've never seen "Anchorman"? I think that's actually a cardinal sin!
I will have to go for confession and get resolution!



I do see the "character" now on the news and in certain commercials now since they are promoting Anchorman 2..

Will check the first movie out during the holidays. Thanks.
tripplej is online now  
post #5 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
Mike Edwards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 4,996
My System
Quote:
tripplej wrote: View Post

I will have to go for confession and get resolution!



I do see the "character" now on the news and in certain commercials now since they are promoting Anchorman 2..

Will check the first movie out during the holidays. Thanks.
Ok that will redeem you partially
Mike Edwards is online now  
post #6 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 06:08 AM
HTS Administrator
News Editor
Reviewer
 
Todd Anderson's Avatar
Todd Anderson
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 4,082
My System
Re: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition - Blu-ray Review

Classic film!!!!
Todd Anderson is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 01:00 PM
Shackster
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 9
Re: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition - Blu-ray Review

Thanks Mike! Great review. Also one of my favorites to pull out and enjoy. I love the Paul Rudd quote, too, and I think he said, "60% of the time, it works every time!" Glad you posted this review. Thanks.
Pfjim is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 01:09 PM
Elite Shackster
 
tonyvdb's Avatar
Tony
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Can
Posts: 14,804
My System
Re: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition - Blu-ray Review

Add me to the list of people who have not seen it. I will have to give it a look over the Christmas break.

Home theater:
Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

Living room system:
Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
Panasonic TC-P50ST60, HD-PVR & WDTV Live, Harmony 900

tonyvdb is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 02:06 PM
Shackster
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 9
Re: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition - Blu-ray Review

For tonyvdb - Though the movie is set in San Diego, CA, it might still have some interest for you in Edmonton. You should see it first, if you have any interest in seeing the latest iteration which is due out almost immediately.
Pfjim is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 12-10-13, 10:56 PM
HTS Moderator
 
ALMFamily's Avatar
Joe
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 7,209
My System
Re: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy: The Rich Mahogany Edition - Blu-ray Review

Thanks for the review Mike!

Another one for the list that has not seen this - soon to be rectified!
ALMFamily is offline  
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
anchorman , bluray , burgandy , edition , legend , mahogany , review , rich , ron

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now




PLEASE COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED FIELDS BELOW... THANKS!

REQUIRED FIELDS ON THIS PAGE
YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THESE

Username
Password
Confirm Password
Email Address
Confirm Email Address
Random Question
Random Question #2




User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
PLEASE READ BELOW PRIOR TO ENTERING AN EMAIL ADDRESS!

ATTENTION!

YOU MUST ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT!

Activation requires you reply to an email we will send you after you register... if you do not reply to this email, you will not be able to view certain areas of the forum or certain images... nor will you be able download software.

AN INVALID EMAIL ADDRESS WILL CAUSE YOUR ACCOUNT TO BE DELETED!

See our banned email list here: Banned Email List

We DO NOT respond to spamcop, boxtrapper and spamblocker emails... please add @hometheatershack DOT com to your whitelist prior to registering or you will get nowhere on your registration.


Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML is not allowed!
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 


For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome